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Engineers Without Borders - Gateway Chapter - Minutes - June 2009
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EWB Gateway Professional Partners Chapter

General Membership Meeting

June 10, 2009

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Old Rock House St. Louis

 

1.         Welcome and Introductions

The meeting attendance list is attached to these minutes.

 

2.         Budget Report

Bill Kremer was not in attendance so a budget report was not provided.

 

3.         Fundraising

a.         Several fundraising ideas have been proposed.  We are looking for volunteers to take on these ideas.

            Cardinal Game – purchase tickets and have a Cardinal night.  Tom Lachajczyk is checking into prices and games available.

            Golf Tournament – last years golf tournament did raise some funds, is there any interest in organizing another event this year?  VOLUNTEER NEEDED

            Solicit Donations – develop an email to send out to businesses, etc that lists specific items we need donations for.  Items that need to be completed for this include:

-       Develop a project summary sheet and list the items we need funding for, retaining walls, drainage ditches, gutters.  VOLUNTEER NEEDED

-       Develop a presentation on the latest trip to Pimienta to highlight the work we have done and the work we have yet to complete, Jonathan Jump and Gina Gansmann will be developing the presentation.

-       Draft an email to include the project summary and develop a list of businesses, etc to send email to.  VOLUNTEER NEEDED

Additional ideas discussed were hosting a pot luck picnic, and hosting Happy Hours, social events that do not correspond to monthly meetings or project meetings.

 

4.         Project Discussion - Pimienta

a.         Dr. Raul asked our group during the May 2009 Pimienta trip to review a project for WOM.  The GPPC and SIUE EWB members assessed a problem a local community was having with infiltration of hand dug wells.  Washington Overseas Mission will be including this project as part of their 2010 construction brigade.  This project involves construction of a well housing to protect the open pit wells.  The wells are located in a Mayan community in the floodplain of the Ulua River.  There are 5 to 6 wells, each approximately 5 foot in diameter and 25 foot deep.

b.         The SIUE Student Chapter will be taking on a project referred to as Puente La Nana Project.  This project involves the design and construction culvert/bridge in the town of Pimienta.  The site was surveyed during the May 2009 Pimienta trip.  This project will serve has a senior design project for the students.

c.         The Water Supply and Distribution project involves construction of a new water main to supply water from an existing 250,000 gallon storage tank to three communities in Pimienta.  The project was originally designed by US AID in 2007-08.  Our chapter has reviewed the design and may make improvements based on requests from the Municipality of Pimienta.

            Our chapter is working with Rotary in San Pedro Sula and Webster Groves to obtain a Matching Grant from The Rotary Foundation.  The application is near completion and will be submitted by July 1, 2009.  It is anticipated that construction on the project would begin after the rainy season, possibly December 2009.

5.         Trip Activities in Pimienta May 2009

·         An over view of the work that was completed during the Pimienta May 2009 trip was presented. 

 

NEXT MEETING – QUARTERLY LUNCHEON

Gateway Professional Partners Chapter

July General Membership Meeting

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

St. Louis Engineers’ Club

11:30 am to 12:00 pm - Networking

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm – Luncheon

 

Lunch Cost - $20

Students - $10

 

 

 
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