General Meeting: 28 January 2010. Overview.
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General Meeting: 28 January 2010
The president holds ultimate responsibility for effective allocation of efforts of each and every officer/leader/member and other participant (faculty, donors, etc) of EWB-TAMU towards projects that serve and empower of local and international communities.
All moneys and financial transactions are handled by the VP-Finance.
Organizational affairs includes the internal community and the appropriate external advertisement and publicity
The primary responsibility for VP-Projects is to guide and direct the efforts of Project Leads towards organized, timely, and effective project implementation and relationships with various communities.
Vision: A world in which all communities has the capacity to meet their basic human needs.
350 International Projects
EWB-TAMU will deliver sustainable and innovative solutions to real-world problems in order to empower international communities by offering opportunities for the students of Texas A&M University to:
+ Manage international engineering projects,
+ Develop relationships with members of other cultures
+ Create engineering designs,
+ Lead the implementation of those designs, and
+ Initiate the supporting functions of the projects: fundraising, manage finances and establish relationships with faculty and donors
Increase quality of EWB-TAMU service projects through:
The Vision- To improve the lives of kids down in San Juan, Costa Rica. (give them education, give them opportunities, give them a better chance!)
Focus: Don’t do this for me, don’t do this for fame or fortune, do it to for the kids. You will get fantastic experience along the way
a. Review our progress from last semester
b. Review and learn from Implementation Phase I (the trip we just took)
c. Consolidate and recognize the data collected for this semester's work
d. Fully communicate the goals and mission of the semester to the project members
e. Complete the design of the remainder of the project in a timely manner so that we can attain both EWB-USA and Costa Rican approvals
f. Prepare for the next implementation
g. Designate a travel group, and further define the jobs for the implementation prep.
h. Have fun, Learn, enjoy it!
Build a prototype version of a soapbox car for the proposed event
Work on Shipping Container Project
Design and construct new exhibits for the children's museum in Bryan.
Design and build a new playground for Scotty's house
Build a shack for “Shack a Thon”
Participate in Big Event
EWB-TAMU Local Projects
EWB-TAMU Soap Box Derby
Be there or be...
Project Scope: Design and implement a facility to store food, clothes, and other supplies for a community help center in Acuña, Mexico.
Project Contraints: transportable, secure, sustainable.
It’s a DESIGN CHALLENGE!!
Better member involvement
Allows for increased training and collaboration
Increases clear and thorough internal AND external communication
Establishes high accountability
Demands better preparation
Manages both short AND long-term planning
1 – 2 hrs/wk
2 – 5 hrs/wk
4 – 7 hrs/wk
5 – 10 hrs/wk
The engineer who saves villagers two hours a day by drilling a new well, but failed to ask how that society would use the free time. Was that culture more likely to use the time to plant more crops or would they spend more time hanging at the local pub? If they spend more time at the local ‘watering hole,’ what other caustic social problems will arise? Or did they ask if the time spent going to the well a source of community bonding – much in the way washing clothes in the local river is often a social event which provides strong community bonding?
Is collecting clothing for a distressed population good or bad?
What happens to the local shop owners and tailors when they have to compete with free product? How long until these vendors lose their businesses and become dependent on charity. Is it accidental that most nations were net exporters of food at the end of WWII, but today many of these same nations have virtually no food production.