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Engineers Without Borders - Gateway Chapter - Minutes - Feb. 27, 2007
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Meeting MinutesEWB Gateway Professional Partner’s Chapter (GPPC)General Membership MeetingFebruary 27, 2007

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Engineer’s Club, St. Louis, MO

 

Attendance:  List attached

 
Malawi Trip Presentation by Washington Univ. EWB – Tom Kent and Frank Bergh

Tom and Frank presented on a trip they took to Malawi as part of the God’s Child Project (GCP) in January 2007.  Patrick Atkinson started the God’s Child Project many years ago in Guatemala and was asked by the UN to start something similar in Malawi.  Washington University EWB is going to be working with GCP in Guatemala.  For the project in Malawi, they worked in Bakasala replacing a roof on a school and painted an orphanage. 

 

Tom and Frank noted that they provided handouts to the locals, but that it was a difficult process.  It was also the rainy season when they went and it rained very heavily towards the end of their trip. 

 

To view project details, go to:  www.washucsc.org/cssj/Malawi/

 

Washington Univ. EWB Guatemala Trip – Dan Payne and Allison Rowe

Presentation Link
Dan Payne and Allison Rowe discussed their upcoming trip to Guatemala and the Huella de Dios (Technical Education Center) project in Antigua.  This is part of the God’s Child Project as well.  Allison discussed the San Isidro Erosion Prevention project.  They want to build a hurricane proof health clinic. 

 

Wash U EWB is sponsoring a housing design competition for the God’s Child Project amongst students.  They are small homes for the poor of Guatemala that are built by volunteers who come down to assist.  GCP wants to know if they can be done faster, cheaper and be more functional. 

      Link - Details of the Design Contest  

►►Wash U wants professional engineers to judge the competition which will be ending April 2.  Please send names of those that are interested to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Wash U fundraising has won a $2000 grant from the Gephardt foundation.  They also applied for a $10,000 “100 Projects for Peace” grant.  They are now a finalist for that grant.  They have asked their engineering student council for funds and Wash U does a Breakfast Without Borders every Wednesday morning to raise funds and are soon to have a spaghetti dinner. 

 

Frank Bergh noted that the Wash U chapter is using a Google Group to share information.  Go to the Wash U Chapter website and subscribe to their Google Group.  Their chapter website is:  http://students.cec.wustl.edu/~ewbwashu Go to the website, click “contact”, scroll down, click “subscribe”.  It has all of their project information and presentations.

 

Their professional mentors are Jim Shelton and Eric Neuner from the GPPC of EWB-USA.

 
Honduras Preparations – Melissa Allen

Melissa Allen presented on the Honduras Project Assessment Group’s preparations for the upcoming Honduras assessment trip.  The group is going March 21-31, 2007.  The first stop is Santa Rita, Copan where a water tank project will be assessed.  In Pimienta, there are multiple projects including a water tank, landfill, school/library, and sewage/water treatment facility.  In Urraco Pueblo, a pedestrian bridge, potable water, and a library/school are the projects to be assessed.  All preparations are complete.  Still to be received is approval from EWB-USA.  ►►Melissa is to prepare a presentation for the EWB-USA TAC on the assessment trip and team activities before the trip takes place.

 

Link – Melissa’s Honduras Presentation

 
Fundraising – Tom Lachajczyk

Tom L. reviewed several concepts for the fundraising event.  The dinner and entertainment night put on by GPPC and CASS students would include dinner and native dancing by CASS students.  The event will need to be held in June before the students leave in July.  A complete dinner and the evening would be approximately $50-$100 per plate.  Tom has talked to the chef from Florissant Valley CC who has many ideas for a menu.  The school has a room that can be used.  Tom would also like to do a silent auction.  Tom’s goal is to raise $10,000 for the year. 

 

We need to see if we can get some sports or entertainment figures to join us.

 

Thoughts are that a cheaper dinner ticket of $50 per plate would be more palatable (no pun intended) to attendees.

 

Tom has been talking to an event coordinator, Fern Rosen.  A question raised was if we should hire Fern to assist with this event?  The thought is that we should due to the work load involved in putting an event like this on.  Tom will see if Fern can attend the GPPC Executive Committee meeting on Thursday, March 1.

 

It was suggested that GPPC team up with the Wash U chapter on this fundraiser.  Wash U is receptive to the idea, but classes end in May and almost all students leave by the second week of May, so it would need to happen before then. 

 

Tom noted that there is also a scripts program with local grocery stores.  All that is needed is the 501c3 number and an account routing number.  That money has to go directly to EWB-USA in order to maintain our 501c3 status.  ►►Bill Kremer will investigate with EWB-USA to see if it is possible.

 

►► Tom would like volunteers to help out with the CASS event.  Please contact Tom if you can help with this event.  Tom can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

►► Tom also has a book of foundations that are willing to provide grants, but he needs someone to review the entries for appropriate groups to contact for funding.  Please contact Tom if you can volunteer to review the material.

 
Other Items
 

Dave Schepers noted that to be included on one of the future TACs (Technical Advisory Committees) that EWB-USA is forming, you need to send your resume to Meg VanSciver with EWB-USA.  Her e-mail address is:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Dave noted there was a Rotary Club Luncheon last week for Engineer’s Week.  Their topic last week was Engineer’s Without Borders and UMR gave the presentation.  Dave did get to present on the professional chapter and mentioned the Wash U chapter as well.

 

Bill Kremer submitted a Treasurer’s Report.  The GPPC has $1,728.65 in funds.  The report is attached via the link below.

Link to Bill Kremer’s Treasurer’s Report

   
The next membership meeting is March 27th at the Engineer’s Club at 6:00 PM
 
Meeting Adjourned at 8:00 PM
  

 

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