October 2007

Arizona State rocks an EWB-USA Halloween!

EWB-USA Fall Workshops a Huge Success! 
University of Illinois, Chicago kicks off the season with the Great Lakes Workshop

The Great Lakes Workshop provided a fantastic opportunity to meet and network with EWB-USA members in the always exciting city of Chicago. The workshop opened with remarks from EWB-USA Executive Director, Cathy Leslie, who discussed the rapid growth of the organization and exciting plans for the future. Great Lakes Region Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) member Mike Paddock discussed Building Relationships, while Great Lakes TAC Chair George Jamison presented EWB-USA Health and Safety guidelines.Other presentations included Fundraising, Concrete Mixing, Water Purification, Meeting Facilitation and Working with Other Cultures. The attendees had an opportunity to network with local and national corporations as well as with members of EWB-USA staff. Of course with the business came a lot of fun! Saturday night at Giordano's Pizza provided an opportunity to relax and get to know other attendees socially. The Great Lakes Workshop committee did a fantastic job! ~Tammy Wergin


East Coast Workshop at Rowan University
The Rowan workshop was a great opportunity for students and professionals to learn how to effectively manage and implement their EWB-USA projects. ~ Meg VanSciver
Rowan has posted some of the presentations given at the conference on our website. Go to and click on “Resourceslink on the left hand side.  The photos sill be uploaded soon. 
For those speakers that would like to add their presentation to the list, email Prof. Everett at [log in to unmask]
For those student groups looking for field equipment and supplies, there is a list of Hach supplies, with catalog numbers, in the Water and Wastewater Session area. 

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October 31, 2007
Dear Members and Friends,
It has been a whirlwind month for me, traveling around the country to each of our four Regional Workshops, and the meeting and greeting and talking and listening that is entailed. As always, I experienced pure delight, with a little bit of awe thrown in, at the energy, creativity, and perseverance you all put into developing your chapters and projects. Many thanks to Rowan University, the University of Chicago-Illinois, Northern Arizona University, and Portland State for hosting us this year.
A few reminders for our new chapters and the new boards coming in this fall:
-         Please remember that chapters cannot open checking accounts! Student chapters have the option of maintaining an account through their university or through EWB-USA national. Keep in mind that professional chapters must keep their money exclusively through EWB-USA. 
-         Please remember to send your updated chapter contact information and membership lists to Tracy Beavers at [log in to unmask]
Finally, I am very excited to announce our new affiliation agreement with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), approved by the ASCE Board at the end of October. This partnership establishes a relationship to provide assistance with engineering needs through the training and participation of civil engineers and engineering students, and brings both financial and in-kind support to EWB-USA. We look forward to establishing similar relationships with other professional engineering associations in the future.
Thank you for continuing to donate your time and energy to our organization and the 200+ communities we serve.
Cathy Leslie, P.E.
Executive Director

West Coast Workshop at Portland State University honors Regional Founder 
The second weekend in October was a perfect Portland weekend. The weather was cool but sunny and the trees were colorful. The West Coast Region Annual Workshop opened with a Keynote address from Congressman Earl Blumenauer. His insight into the global water crisis was the perfect kickoff to the workshop. During opening remarks, Cathy Leslie presented Dan Garbely with his long-overdue Founders Award. Congratulations Dan! Breakout sessions were a great path to in-depth information. The Health Assessment Training with Dr. Jay Kravitz, Public Health Officer of Washington County, OR provided a fascinating look into the profound impact we can all have in our partner communities. The session on Chapter Management Techniques, moderated by Kim Slack, President of the Portland Professionals, brought out great discussions of chapter sustainability and leadership issues. And then there was salsa! Vivamos!, the Saturday Night Dinner & Salsa Dance Party, was a great event for networking and letting loose. ~Gina Earles

  Workshops conclude in the Mountain Region at Nothern Arizona University 

Last but certainly not least was the Northern Arizona University workshop in Flagstaff, AZ. What a beautiful city, I felt like I was still in Colorado. Emphasis was placed on the social aspect of sustainable development using appropriate technology and sustainable development. As an EWB-USA staffer I learned a lot about human capacity and indigenous knowledge. The anthropology students and department play a big role in the NAU chapter. A special treat was speaker Anthony Akunzule, director of the Ghanaian People's Network and NGO for NAU's water sanitation project in Yua. I guarantee he flew the farthest. Arvind Phukan from Rotary International spoke about working with Rotarians for matching grants on your water projects so I encourage you all to contact your local Rotary Clubs. All in all it was an awesome and informative workshop. It was great to see old friends and meet the new faces of EWB-USA. Thank you NAU. ~Tracy Beavers

EWB-USA's national office decides to STAND UP and SPEAK OUT on October 16th and 17th with millions worldwide in a call to take action against poverty and for the Millennium Development Goals.


The EWB-USA Chapter of the University of Vermont is holding a fundraising banquet on December 6th at 7:00 with Mr. William Wallace (past president of EWB-USA) as our keynote speaker.  

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