Report on HREG December 5th meeting
Since Kim wasnt able to be at our last meeting, I will try to give a brief
report for those of you who couldnt make it. We met at TSU, which we have
decided is our regular meeting place unless we have a special reason for
Mike Ewert, Oral LaFleur, David Bergeron, Charles Mauch, Gary Ashcraft,
Cameron Payne, Scott Askew, James Ferrill, Bill Salathiel, Diane Clemens,
Jonathan Clemens, Alen Chang, Rahsaan Arscott
We gathered in the solar lab to take a look at the new battery free solar
refrigerator that David Bergeron recently delivered to TSU as part of the
NASA field demonstration grant. It was running great on this beautiful
sunshiny day. Next we watched the Infinite Power of Texas video. Then we
discussed several issues that are summarized below.
Tour of solar homes and TXSES annual meeting: Jonathan Clemens told about
the tour of solar homes in Austin, which attracted about 500, and we talked
about the possibility of hosting a Houston tour next fall. He also reported
on the Texas Solar Energy Society (TXSES) annual meeting. The TXSES bylaws
were changed such that each recognized local chapter has a representative
to the board of directors. Jonathan is representing HREG for the year 2000.
Roundup: Jonathan told about the Texas Renewable Energy Roundup a green
living and sustainability fair planned for Fredericksburg for Sept. 29
Oct. 1, 2000. He encouraged HREG to participate and handed out bookmarks
with the web address www.renewableenergyroundup.com on them. Response was
good, so we will make plans at a later meeting. If you would like to do
something on your own, you can find out how to volunteer on the web site.
Engineering Science Technology Council (ESTC) of Houston: Gary Ashcraft and
Bill Salathiel introduced themselves to the group and told about the
consulting firm they operate. They are interested in fuel cells, hydrogen
and renewable energy in general. The ESTC is an organization of
organizations and performs such functions as organizing science fairs for
school children. Dues are $25/year. Gary asked if he could be HREGs
representative to ESTC and the group agreed. Gary will be reimbursed for
HREG status and charter: Mike Ewert briefly went over the groups history
and reported that we have 25 members [registered on the eGroup]. Our acting
Mike Ewert president
Steve Stelzer vice-president
Kim Travis secretary
Jonathan Clemens representative to TXSES board.
Mike showed a draft Statement of Organization based on the TXSES bylaws.
The group discussed it and made some changes. A copy of the edited version
follows these minutes. Gary said he knew some lawyers who might be able to
tell us if our plan for the organization is safe from a legal point of view.
We are trying to keep things as simple as possible and use the TXSES
umbrella to our advantage.
Solar cars: Mike Ewert showed a video clip and told about the model solar
car project that he and several co-workers at NASA have done for the past 5
years with 5th graders at a school in El Lago. Kits and more information
are available from Mike for anyone who is interested in promoting this
renewable energy education project. Mike then told about how he hopes to
extend this project to a higher level this spring by designing and building
a go-cart sized solar car with students at Seabrook Intermediate School. He
asked if HREG would be willing to commit $100 toward the project in exchange
for use of the Solar-cart afterward. The response was yes. We will try
to have the car ready in time for Earth Day.
HREG Web page: Jonathan reported that he had spoken to Greg Nudd about
having an HREG web page on the TXSES site and got a favorable response.
Jonathan also had some ideas for the page, but we ran out of time so this
topic was tabled until the next meeting.
Next meeting: We plan to have our next meeting at TSU at 2pm on a Sunday
afternoon late in January. Feel free to comment positively or negatively
about the 23rd or 30th. Oral, please comment ASAP when you return to the
US. Our topics for the meeting so far are HREG web site, charter and plans
for Earth Day. If anyone has a feature topic to offer, please let me know.
If there are any corrections to these minutes, please let me know or reply
to the eGroup. Thank you.
Mike Ewert December 26, 1999
Houston Renewable Energy Group (HREG)
Statement of Organization
ARTICLE I NAME
The name of this organization shall be Houston Renewable Energy Group
(HREG). The geographical boundaries of this organization shall be the city
of Houston and its suburbs.
ARTICLE II PURPOSE
The purpose of HREG shall be to further the development of renewable energy
and related arts, sciences and technologies with concern for the ecological,
social, and economic fabric of our community and state. This shall be
accomplished through exchange of ideas and information by means of meetings,
publications and public displays. HREG shall serve to inform the public,
institutional and governmental bodies and seek to raise the level of public
and government awareness of its purpose.
ARTICLE III MEMBERSHIP
Membership shall be open to any person who shares the aims of HREG as set
forth under Article II. The primary means of communication for the group is
through the HREG eGroup, but those without access to e-mail are also welcome
to participate. See www.egroups.com/list/hreg for more information or to
HREG is NOT a CHARTERED organization in and of itself. It has no dues.
HREG is a recognized local chapter of the Texas Solar Energy Society
(TXSES), which IS a chartered non-profit organization. HREG members are
encouraged, but not required, to join TXSES. Local leaders are elected as