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Engineers Without Borders - Gateway Chapter - Minutes - April 24, 2007
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Meeting Minutes

EWB Gateway Professional Partner’s Chapter (GPPC)

General Membership Meeting

April 24, 2007
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Engineer’s Club, St. Louis, MO

Attendance:  List attached

1.    Guatemala Trip Presentation by Washington Univ. EWB - Dan Payne, Allison Rowe, and Frank Bergh
Dan Payne and Allison Rowe discussed their trip to Guatemala and the Huella de Dios (Technical Education Center) project in Antigua.  This is part of the God’s Child Project (GCP) in Guatemala.  Their presentation included details of family visits, surveying, and the school site project. 

Wash U EWB sponsored 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.  Designs were submitted by four teams on April 2.  Wash U is going to take the best of the designs and create one design to send to GCP.  They should have it finalized in May.

Wash U chapter has another project in Uganda near Christmas 2007.  There are computer labs that have been supplied by Computers for Africa out of Omaha.  They are seeking solar powered computer labs and have asked for assistance from EWB Wash U in designing the solar equipment.  They are applying for a grant for this project and are seeking help from GPPC.  Anyone interested should contact Frank Bergh.

Wash U chapter still works in the North St. Louis area.  They get together every Saturday morning to work on some properties to make them habitable for low income families.  Tom will send Paula an e-mail with info or it is on the Wash U EWB website.  There is a link to it from the EWB-STL website.  (http://cec.wustl.edu/~ewbwashu/index.html )

2.    EWB International Conference - Jonathan Jump
Jonathan Jump attended the EWB International Conference in Amherst, MA April 12-14.  Jonathan noted topics included doing more work in urban areas of the US, global warming, and trends at EWB.  They discussed EWB breaking into regional groups and had breakout discussions regarding the start-up of a regional group.  The idea of creating a regional TAC has been moved forward and teaming up amongst the various chapters in the Midwest Region was widely accepted.  There is a new tool for helping chapters determine what projects to work on that Jonathan would like to see us try here in the St. Louis region.  He will get more info on that tool.

3.    Honduras Presentation - Matt Volz and Scott Kappelmann
Matt and Scott presented an abbreviated presentation of the results of their trip to Honduras.  The trip included the site assessment trips to Santa Rita, Pimienta, Santiago, and Urraco Pueblo.  A more detailed presentation will be done in May when there is more time and Melissa Allen, the trip leader, is available. 

The trip was March 21-31, 2007.  The first stop was Santa Rita, Copan where a water supply tank project was assessed.  In Santiago, there is another water supply project that UMR is going to work on.  In Urraco Pueblo, multiple bridges, a library/school and a flood gate were reviewed.  Overall, the trip was a success and the team was able to meet with Hector Lopez’s parents in Santa Rita as well.  Hector is a CASS student who submitted a project idea to EWB GPPC.
 
4.     Fundraising Gala, June 23, 2007 - Tom Lachajczyk
The ticket packs are ready to go and are ready to be sold.  People who need tickets should contact Paula Grahlherr ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ).  They are $45 each.  A letter to send out asking for sponsors and offering tickets for sale is available from Jennifer Meyer ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Susan McKnight of CASS updated on the entertainment portion of the evening.  The students will be doing approximately 30-45 minutes of dance and discussion of their countries.  The countries include Mexico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

Tentative Agenda:

6:30-9:00 - Silent Auction/Door Prizes/Possible Raffle
6:30-7:30 - Icebreaker and Social Hour/Possible Piano Music by a CASS Student
7:30-8:30 - Dinner (Buffet or Plated?)
8:00-8:30 - EWB Presentation/Sponsor Recognition/Door Prizes
8:30-9:15 - Entertainment/Dancing from CASS Students
9:15-9:30 - Final Thanking of Sponsors/Results of Silent Auction and Raffle/Adjourn

The fundraising goal of the gala is $6,000-$10,000.

There is a discussion of doing an open bar initially and then going to a cash bar later.  It was suggested giving each person two drink tickets as they enter and then cash bar beyond that to avoid a bar rush during happy hour when it is open versus cash bar later.

Dave Schepers has already raised $2500 in sponsors for the gala just by sending out solicitation letters. 

There is a need for a 1 page poster or flyer to hang up in offices.  Paula and Jennifer will develop it for the members.  Jennifer asks that any donations be reported to her so she can send out thank you letters.  The silent auction items should be sent to the Engineer’s Club attention EWB.  The donations and sponsorships should be received by June 9, 2007. 

The menu will consist of Latin American dishes.  The ticket buyers will be given two drink tickets initially and then cash bar after that.

Paula has been doing public relations work.  She has been sending out notices to engineering firms and developing posters for the Engineer’s Club. 

We have capacity for 300 people and have 300 tickets.  We have distributed 56 tickets so far. 

For the silent auction items, Tom has a list of possible donors and is asking for people to ask each group.  Jennifer noted she has some donations already.  Jennifer will coordinate the donations for the group along with her committee.

5.    The next membership meeting is May 22nd at the Engineer’s Club at 6:00 PM

6.    Meeting Adjourned at 8:30 PM

 

 
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