Meeting Minutes

2017

July 2017

  • We welcomed Pat McKeowan, a senior engineer at ECT2 (subsidiary of Haley & Aldrich) who provided a video of the water project he worked on in Ward 8, Nepal to deliver water to the village water tank.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97pLYIyJa9c

June 2017

  • No Meeting occurred.

May 2017

  • We welcomed Charlie Burnham from Sevee & Mahar Engineering and Neil Franklin from Haley & Aldrich to give an overview of a proposed water treatment project in the village of El Progreso in Pichincha, Ecuador.

April 2017

  • We welcomed David Hawke, VP of the EWB NH Professional Chapter, to talk about their water supply project in Gwase, Uganda. Highlights of David’s presentation were: The project has good support from the community in Uganda,The chapter has a grant writing team to help with funding projects, The chapter has a defined process for creating a project team;

March 2017

  • Thanks to presenter Kevin Russ, a geotechnical engineerat Haley & Aldrich, and a veteran of the school construction project in Debre Birhan, Ethiopia.  Kevin gave an overview of the project’s progress from September 2015 to present. The focus of his presentation was on building plans for the first school building, given the challenges of working wit

February 2017

  • Thanks to Gabe Sullivan from Jay Cashman, Inc. in Quincy, MA is the Haiti bridge project manager. Gabe presented a formal update on how Hurricane Matthew (2016) impacted the bridge project, shifted priorities, and how his company determined the path forward (and how we can help).

January 2017

  • President Nadia Glucksberg opened the meeting by asking for introductions of attendees and reviewed ongoing chapter activities and news, including Milembe School, Debre Berhan project, thanks for holiday generosity for a local family.
2016

November 2016

  • Due to a last minute presentation cancellation, President Nadia Glucksberg opened the meeting with reviewing ongoing chapter activities and news.  Jim Landau, a structural engineer and member of the Debre Birhan project team, graciously agreed to present an update on the school design status.

October 2016

  • USM EWB student chapter members Hunter Wing and Lucas Johnas provided an excellent update on their solar panel project at the Hogar Rafael Ayan orphanage in Guatemala. The students plan to travel to Guatemala in January 2017 to work on an open loop solar water system to provide heat and hot water for the orphanage. They also plan to train people at the orphanage to maintain the system.

September 2016

  • No speaker for this meeting.  Instead it was a Chapter Planning Meeting to discuss the needs of the projects currently underway and possible future projects.

August 2016

  • No meeting – Check out the Yard Sale Fundraiser.

June 2016

  • Baxter Miatke, E.I.T. and Master’s candidate in Environmental Engineering at UVM, presented his experience as an EWB student chapter member partnering with the Vermont EWB PMP chapter to design re-use of gray water (from cooking and laundry only) for crop irrigation in the village of Venecia, Nicaragua. The rainy season is coming later each year, presumably due to climate change, which precipitated the request for help to design re-use of gray water.

May 2016

  • In the absence of President Nadia Glucksberg and VP Kathy Kern,  Secretary Kathy Hillman Reed opened the meeting and introduced the guest speaker Randy Braley.  Randy owns Navigo, a consulting company currently working on a large desalination project at the Dead Sea.

April 2016

  • Nadia discussed ongoing project announcements.   Scott Teas and Pam Hawkes were our guest speakers. They are principals at Scattergood Design, LLC in Portland, ME, an architectural practice devoted to solving problems with architecture and building restoration projects.

March 2016

  • Amy Floren was our guest speaker.  Amy works with Bridges to Prosperity, an organization that provides isolated communities around the world with access to essential health care, education, markets and economic opportunities by building bridges over impassible rivers.

February 2016

  • Arsene Sebaziga was the guest speaker.  He arrived in Portland from Rwanda in the 1990s following the genocide there.  Arsene works as an assistant engineer for the MaineDOT and is an EWB member.  Nadia discussed ongoing fundraising and the upcoming Portland Uncorked! event.

January 2016

  • Tarlan Ahmadov presented a PowerPoint overview of Catholic Charities of Maine’s (CCM) Refugee and Immigration Services and Language Partners program.  Nadia discussed ongoing EWB chapter activities and fundraising.
2015

Dec 2015

  • A seasonal celebration at the SeaDog Brewery.  Nadia discussed ongoing EWB chapter activities and fundraising.

Nov 2015

  • Sally Sutton and Deb Breiting from Portland Adult Education presented their program which helps immigrant and refuge engineers and scientists transition to life in the US.

Oct 2015

  • Matt Wolcott presented information about Safe Passage and the great work they are doing in Guatemala.

Sept 2015

  • Wei Go, from the EWB Hartford Professional Chapter presented on the successful implementation of a water project in Sabhung, Nepal.

August 2015

June 2015

May 2015

      • Keith Stone presented an overview of his trip to Debre Birhan in March 2015.

April 2015

      • Hunter Wing, president of the USM student chapter, presented an excellent overview of their trip to Guatemala in February.

March 2015

      • Leila Pike presented slides and a discussion of her trip to Cameroon where she visited a friend serving in the Peace Corps.

February 2015

      • EWB-USA webinar on project sustainability.

January 2015

      • Tom Szymoniak presented on PSU’s December trip installing latrines in Ethiopia. PSU’s latrine project is a component of our Ethiopia Program.
2014

October 2014

September 2014

      • Rita Cooper presented an update on the progress of the Ethiopia project.

August 2014

      • Kathy Hillman Reed and Jessica Pierce led a discussion about the planning status for the wine & beer tasting event, now named “Portland Uncorked!”.

July 2014

      • Rita Cooper shared slides from her recent assessment trip to Debre Birhan, Ethiopia with Scott Winchester and Angelique Kidd Smith.

May 2014

      • Dan Plunkett talked to the group about his work in various African countries.

April 2014

      • Judy Bruenjes reported on her recent trip to Ecuador.

March 2014

      • Sally Sutton (Program Coordinator at the New Mainers Resource Center at Portland Adult Education) provided an overview of the “Skilled Professional Program” and the “Workplace English and Job Class Programs”.

January 2014

      • Wardah Mahdi presented her thesis research on the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers and shared her experiences as a site engineer in Iraq.
2013

November 2013

      • Bob Andoh, Chief Technology Officer at Hydro International, gave an interesting presentation highlighting his thoughts about the global challenges in the 20th and 21st centuries relative to water as a precious natural resource.

October 2013

      • The assessment team presented on their September trip to Debre Birhan, Ethiopia.

September 2013

      • Jean-Claude Zasana presented information about his work with the CARE microfinance program and the VSLA (Village Savings & Loan Association) program in Rwanda.

August 2013

      • Matt Randall, Katie Abbott, Emily Gervais, Charlie Burnham, Sandy Macovsky, and Shanta Keller reported on the latest project trip to Dorgobom, Ghana.

June 2013

      • Pious Ali shared his experience with Seeds of Peace Camp. The Maine camp hosts children from around the world to participate in activities that promote religious and cultural understanding, combat violence, and address economic challenges.

May 2013

      • Sam Franklin shared his experiences with the Peace Corps in Ghana (2008-2012) and our travel team discussed their recent assessment trip.

April 2013

      • Brad Wolfe shared his experiences with the Peace Corps in Honduras

March 2013

      • Due to the winter storm and unsafe driving conditions, the March 19th meeting was canceled. The presenter was rescheduled to April.

February 2013

      • The project team discussed the assessment trip scheduled for April.

January 2013

      • Holly Jacobson discussed her work at MASS Design Group in Boston. MASS Design Group helps build clinics and hospitals in rural poor communities around the world, using native materials, and local oversight. They use design and architecture to support health care and improve public health.
2012

December 2012

      • Peter Atherton discussed ADios Ministries and his efforts to support water/sanitation/infrastructure projects in Nicaragua. Peter is an engineer (and Senior Vice President) at Wright-Pierce and Project Director for ADios Ministries.

November 2012

      • Philemon Dushimire is a lawyer and former judge and professor from Burundi where he was suspended and threatened for acquitting an innocent man.  His presentation discussed his personal views of political justice and democracy in Burundi.

September 2012

      • Leo Larochelle discussed his professional humanitarian work in Ghana with USAID.

June 2012

      • Chishala Kapupu, a recent graduate from Colby College with honors in geology, shared her experiences completing her studies in Maine, Australia and Swaziland

May 2012

      • Eugenie NDUWAYO presented on her work in Africa on erosion control

April 2012

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