Monday, July 6, 2009

June 24th EWB Minutes

We had a meeting last night with Dr. Wait and Mr. Huffman and discussed the trip. I'll post the minutes here. If anyone has any questions let me know. If you have an idea of anything or a desire to do something, let me know, and we'll get you started.



Here are the photos that Nate took on his trip to Zambia:

Just to summarize what we decided in tonight’s meeting:

1) We will do the site assessment trip when the funds are available. The purpose of this visit will be to perform surveying, soils analysis, and identify the location where the dam should be built. On this trip we will also outline for the villagers what their responsibilities are (e.g., get the land legally classified as community land and not individually owned; obtain government permission to build the dam, etc.), do the community health assessment reports required by EWB, and help them plan on how to make the best use of the new resource.

Once the villagers have achieved their tasks – and once we have raised enough money to pay for the earth work – we will travel back to Zambia to oversee the construction of the dam we have designed.

2) If we haven’t raised enough money to travel (~$2500 x 6) by July 13th , then we won’t travel for the site assessment trip in August. In this case, we would shoot for site assessment in December (provided, of course, that travel funds were available then).

3) Nate and Mike are going to get together on July 4th to make a rough draft of the fundraising presentation. They’ll email everyone a copy of it when they’re done for comments and input. (Or load it onto Google Documents, as described below.)

(For the talk, we’ll be shooting for 30 – 45 minutes… should talk about: what is EWB overall, EWB at Marshall, the target community and their problems / needs, Nate’s assessment trip and what he learned, the basic idea of what we hope to accomplish and how it will improve the people’s lives, maybe something about how a donation of “X” can help… ‘a donation of $100 will buy 20 bags of cement to help reinforce the overflow weir’. The presentation should include a direct and specific request for financial support.)

4) Everyone is going to email contact info to Mike for him to make phone calls and/or send letters requesting the opportunity to give the presentation. Email him with the names and info of people who have told you we can give the presentation, church groups that would let us speak, civic organizations, service groups, etc.

Mike: maybe you can keep the list up to date and online using something like Google Documents, so that everyone can see which groups you’ve already contacted, and what they said. That way to don’t keep suggesting people you already know about, and we see what the response was for the organizations we suggested.

And also you could keep an online appointment calendar for everyone to view (Google Calendar) for when the actual talks are scheduled for.

These online documents will make it much easier for all of us to work collaboratively and know in real-time where we stand.

5) To help build up the EWB Marshall membership beyond the club officers, we will find and conduct some local activities (e.g., Habitat for Humanity) that can help get our name out there and involve some of the lower-classmen. Also, we will look at attending additional EWB national meetings and bringing lower classmen along to help groom them for future leadership positions so that the club doesn’t die when the current leadership graduates.


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Minutes - March 18, 2009

Start - 1:30pm

-Nathaniel Stansberry
-Michael Audello
-Caitlyn Davis-McDaniel
-Kevin Leatherman
-Mickey Dial
-Thomas Cazad
-Dr. Wait

New Project Status
-Our application for the Zambia Micro-Dam project was accepted

Michael Audello
- Proposed presentations for Rotary Clubs etc.

- Presentation for Freshmen in the Freshmen Dorm
- April 7, 2009 8-9pm

West Point Bridge Funds
- Talk to Dr. McCormick about transferring your West Point money to EWB

- Nathaniel, Michael, Caitlyn are attending an EWB conference in Milwaukee over spring break

- Have received money from a number of companies
- Received an e-mail from Toyota regarding charitable donations
- Need to develop a preliminary budget and submit it to Toyota

Assessment Trip
-Need to gather information and make plans for the initial trip
-Rainfall Data needed
-Looking for Medics to take on trip
-Those potentially going on the trip need to get passport and visas
-Survey Equipment

-Heavy machinery operator training
-Cat Training in Bell, WV

Next Meeting
- April 1, 2009 1:30pm in Lab Building
- Group Photos

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


There is a meeting tomorrow; Tuesday, March 18, 2009 in the Engineering Lab Building at 1:30pm.
The meeting will cover some new developments and the status of our project and fund-raising.

...///Brenton A. McCuskey\\\...

Monday, February 23, 2009


Our last meeting was a great success, many people showed up to hear Rodney Holbert speak on his previous trips with other schools and the successes they had. We hope that everyone that showed up will continue to attend our regular meetings which are returning to their regularly scheduled time of Wednesday at 1:30 in the engineering labs.

Lets make this a success!

...///Brenton A. McCuskey\\\...

Thursday, February 19, 2009


I just wanted to remind everyone that there is a meeting today in the Aurthur Weisberg Engineering Laboratories Classroom at 4:30p. Rodney Holbert, Office manager of Burgess and Niple Engineering in Parkersburg, will be there to discuss his Engineers Without Borders trip to Nicaragua.

Everyone interested should plan on attending.

...///Brenton A. McCuskey\\\...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Minutes - February 10, 2009

Minutes - February 10, 2009

--New members
--Still looking for more people

Website Design & Implementation
--Looking for someone to head this up
-- Assistance would be appreciated
--Obtained webspace hosted by Marshall University
--Obtained Marshall University E-mail

Fund-raising Letter
--Possibilities and ideas
--Contact Michael Audello

New Blogger/Secretary
--Brenton A. McCuskey

Design-Production of EWD Flyers
--Bryan Adkins & Brigham Ash

Presentation/Display Board
--Caitlyn Davis-McDaniel
--Discussed possibilities

--Caitlyn Davis-McDaniel
--Discussed possibilities

Chosen Project
-- Simwatachela, Zambia
--Need cultural information

Next Meeting
--4:30pm February 19, 2009 @ Engineering Lab

...///Brenton A. McCuskey\\\...

Engineers Without Borders

Engineers Without Borders - Marshall Chapter is a non-profit humanitarian organization devoted to the advancement of developing communities worldwide through the; design, construction and implementation of sustainable engineering projects.

As a developing chapter we, EWB-Marshall, look for to providing technical support to these developing communities and implementing the construction of beneficial civil works. In order to obtain our goal we must; collaborate with local businesses for both financial and technical help, utilize our combined engineering knowledge, and encourage new members to join.

To keep everyone motivated and informed, we will post meeting times, notes, photos and other pertianant information to this blog.

We need your help to make this a success!

...///Brenton A. McCuskey\\\...