4[hreg] HREG summary
- Aug 1, 1999Hello all,
I'm sorry that it took a while for me to put out a
message after our last meeting at NASA, but I've been
on vacation and then catching up. I thought we had a
good meeting. It was great to see so many of you! I
thought I counted 23, but there are only 21 on the
sign-in sheet, 10 of whom stayed for the business
I'm going to try to summarize where I feel we stand
with the group, but first I'll start with leadership
news. Charles Mauch felt like he couldn't continue to
be acting president, so after some negotiation, we came
up with the following volunteer positions:
Mike Ewert - acting president
Steve Stelzer - acting vice-president
Kim Travis - acting secretary
We are keeping the "acting" titles until the group
becomes more formal and/or we have a more formal
election. Think about whether you are willing to play
a leadership role in HREG - having active leaders will
be important to the success of the group. By the way,
thank you to Kim for already starting the e-group!
OK, here is my summary of what the HREG has discussed
and decided, going all the way back to our first
meeting at the end of last year. Feel free to respond
if you remember things differently or have something to
The focus of the group will be renewable energy,
including energy conservation considerations - hence
the name - Houston Renewable Energy Group. The group
is a citizen's organization, open to anyone. The
primary interest of the group is learning more about
renewable energy use in the Houston area and sharing
that knowledge to improve our community. We do not
plan to focus on business or political activities.
Since no one has a lot of time to devote to the group,
we would like to keep or functions and organization
simple. We might consider becoming an un-incorporated
501c3 non-profit organization in time, if that isn't
too much work.
We would like to pursue at least an unofficial
affiliation with the Texas Solar Energy Society
(TXSES), acting as their local group. We will
encourage, but not require, members of HREG to join
TXSES. At present, HREG has no plans for dues. TXSES
has annual dues of $25.
Ideas for group activities include public exhibits such
as Earth Day festivals, a tour of solar homes, speakers
and solar construction projects.
Since we cover a wide geographic area, we plan to use
electronic communication to reduce the need for
face-to-face meetings. We would like to make Texas
Southern University (TSU) our regular meeting place.
Many have expressed an interest in energy efficient and
solar homes. Therefore, I propose this topic for our
next meeting. Also, I think we should create a list of
several activities for the group, such as the ones I
listed above, through an on-line discussion. Then we
can vote, or find some way to prioritize them and get
started on the first.
I close with a slogan used by TXSES and I look forward
to hearing from all of you soon.
The Solution Comes Up Every Morning!
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