Hello Everyone,

This is just an e-mail to update you and your chapter on important 
upcoming events, grants and processes for project.  We recognize that 
everyone is working very hard on their projects, so we try to make this 
as concise as possible.  Remember, this e-mail is where you will hear 
about *EWB-USA grants* first.

1) _Project Process:_  Unfortunately, several chapters have been 
submitting late for implementation trips, which makes it very difficult 
for the staff.  Therefore, starting next month, we will *not be 
accepting late submissions* (without prior approval), and chapters will 
instead need to delay their departure dates.  For a concise overview of 
the process, see this webpage:

*EWB-USA Project Process <http://www.ewb-usa.org/ProjectProcess2.php>*

If you have questions about the process, please do not hesitate to 
e-mail or call the office.  Our goal really is to work with you.  
However, when chapters travel without following our process, it causes 
us considerable time to follow up on the situation and JEPARDIZES ALL 
EWB-USA projects.  Therefore, if a chapter travels without approval, we 
will be charging an additional variable project fee based on the amount 
of administrative support your chapter requires.

2) _Spring Conference:_  The EWB-USA international conference will be 
held April 12 -- 14, 2007, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, MA.  
Please take a look at the *conference webpage 
<http://www.ewb-usa.org/ConferenceInfo.php>* to learn more about the 

        $1,000 & $5,000 grants

        Conference Scholarships

        Registration Information

        Film Festival

        Poster Session (we'd like to have posters from all projects, 
even if your chapter is unable to attend)

3) _Project Presentations at Conference:_ EWB-USA is looking for 
chapters to present about their projects at the EWB-USA conference.  
Specifically we are looking for chapters to discuss their lessons 
learned in one of the five areas listed below.  Chapters will receive 
$100 for presenting.

        Example of Rural Development

        Example of Positive Health Impact Project

        Positive Environmental Impact Project

        Positive Economic Impact Project

        Positive Cultural Impact Project

4) _Assessment Checklist (505):_  EWB-USA has developed an *assessment 
checklist <http://www.ewb-usa.org/ProjectsDownloads.php>* to help 
chapters in their quest to obtain all the necessary information for 
their projects.    We recommend everyone takes a look at it prior to travel.


Thank you,


Meg VanSciver
This is a general e-mail to all the chapters. **

Meg VanSciver
Project Manager
Engineers Without Borders - USA
1811 Lefthand Circle, Suite A-1
Longmont, CO  80501
Phone: 303-772-2723x112
Fax: 303-772-2699

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