A few members of our group recently attended the great lakes regional conference in Indianapolis. We sat in on presentations from EWB-USA national members and got to meet our new Chapter Relations manager, as well as discuss the new system for chapter fees. During the breakout sessions we traded group contact information, project details, and learned about how to lead effective meetings, anticipate common problems, build safety into our designs, and correctly fill out the mountains of paperwork involved with an assessment or implementation trip. It wasn't all business though, we made some great friends as well! the knowledge we've gained will be added to our projects in the coming year to aid our success!
Monday, November 22, 2010
We broke an international project into four key components that are absolutely necessary
- Partnership: from first impressions to keeping consistent communication, having a strong with the community is crucial to the long-term success of a project
- Logistics: from lodging to travel, food to communication, we gave little tips and tricks for the nitty-gritty details necessary to get you through the trip safely
- Mission: start with the passion of members and use that to direct your goals and motives for the trip; then be sure to list those goals and prioritize them, so you get all the most important tasks done
- Team: from selecting members through the pre-trip meetings, all the way to post-trip relays of information, it's important to building a strong team with diverse skills so everything gets done
A special thanks to everyone who came out to see the presentation. Coming to our event allowed people to "stamp" their fake passports, and anyone who got 3 stamps is eligible for a raffle of a round trip plane ticket, so hopefully the lucky winner is an EWB member.
Click here to view the full presentation
Saturday, November 13, 2010
It was also a nice for EWB members to come and take a well-deserved break from all the hard work they've been putting in on the projects. A special thanks to Mark, Jim, and everyone else who worked to put this fundraiser together.
Click here to see photos from the fundraiser.