|Top of the Hill||Boots and Blisters||Business as Usual:Meeting Minutes|
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|Top of the Hill||by David Dixon, President|
I hand over the front of the room to Aaron. I know that he and his new crew will continue to serve you well. I hope that we all continue to support and help them.
Here's to a great 2003 and (for the last time) Good searching and rescuing!
|Boots and Blisters||by Aaron Hall, Training Officer|
Looking back over the year, we have had 14 Evaluations and 20 Sanctioned Trainings. Training subjects have included: Winter skills, Mantracking, 4WD, Terrain Identification, GPS, a Mock Search, Low Angle Equipment and Rigging, a Summer Bivy, a Winter Bivy, and many others. I want to sincerely thank everyone who has pitched in and helped to conduct training or an evaluation. There is a lot more to Search and Rescue than missions and your hard work has helped make Cibola's training and evaluation program a reality. Once again, thanks and keep up the good work!
|Business as Usual:Meeting Minutes||by Joyce Rumschlag, Secretary|
Pre-meeting mini lesson was the viewing of medical tapes concerning Violent Patients and Burns and their Treatment.
David Dixon called the meeting to order at 1930 with the introduction of officers and general membership. Brian Miner was attending his first meeting. Welcome! Old business was discussed in regard to following up with joining NASAR, and Tom Russo had purchased 3 tracker units.
Aaron Hall reminded us about the man tracking and training mission in El Malpais. Search Techniques evaluation is on Saturday. Avalanche training will be held on Saturday December 28. There was a discussion regarding when the next training will be held and what the subject would be. No final decision was made, and the training will be announced on the hotline.
David Dixon reported on our financial status for Art Fischer.
David Dixon reported for Steve Buckley that we should all be monitoring ourselves to make sure that we have the required amount of trainings and evaluations.
Tony Gaier bought two new radios that will be programmed and sent out in the field for members who do not have one of their own. Members can keep the radio for six months or longer if no new members require them.
Mike Dugger reported that David Chapek is not only an EMT but also a WEMT. Congratulations! We will be skipping the videos for the December meeting.
Frances Robertson needs help for the Children's Fair on Saturday from 0930 to 1115. She also passed around new hand outs that could cost from $0.17 to $0.20 each. It was decided by the membership that a revision was required, disclaimer added as well as a summary of who CSAR is. Good work, Frances!
The member guide will undergo one final revision. Thanks to Steve Buckley and the member guide committee for their work on this important task.
Voting for new officers will take place at the next meeting.
President: Aaron Hall
Vice-President: Steve Buckley
Secretary: Joyce Rumschlag
Membership: David Chapek
Treasurer: Lili Ziesmann
Don't forget to vote.
Aaron Hall suggested that we rethink a policy that is keeping people out of the field. Training officers have too much to do and should be given credit for giving evaluations. A motion was made to shift responsibility for running evaluations from the Training Officer to the President. This motion carried unanimously. There was lengthy discussion about whether to encourage members to run evaluations by allowing evaluators to run two or more evaluations in lieu of taking the evaluation. There were several suggestions about how to manage that, but after lengthy discussion of the pros and cons the topic was tabled without a vote.
December 14 was suggested for the date for the Christmas party. Check the list serve and hot line for updates.
Meeting was adjourned at 2145.
|Who's Who and New||by Steven Buckley, Membership Officer|
Let's look at how the team has changed over the last year. In January 2002 the team had 21 members and 7 prospective members. Of those members, 18 of the 21 are still members. Three members resigned. Of those prospective members, all 7 became members. One of those prospective members that became a member resigned in 2002.
We had 20 people provide contact information this year. Of this group, we picked up five prospective members. Of those five, two have become members and the other three are making great progress towards that goal.
O.K. time for a few metrics:
Member Retention: 21-(4 resignations)-(3 training losses) = 14; 67%
Prospective to Member Progression (Class of 2001): 7 for 7; 100%
Prospective to Member Progression (Class of 2002): 2 for 5; 40%
Recruiting (Prospective Members from First Contacts): 5 out of 20; 25%
In December of 2002 our team is composed of 23 solid members (not including 3 projected losses due to training) and 3 prospective members (all close to transitioning to member). Not bad and in-family with our membership statistics in the past.
I want to say a few things about our membership as I transition to other ways to contribute to the team. You have all heard me state that we are volunteers and that fact should be considered at all times. A volunteer is someone who freely gives something to others for a common good. In our case, we provide extensive personal outdoor expertise and a disciplined team architecture to provide SAR (specifically, search and litter services--our core competencies) to the New Mexico community. To provide this service, we endure family impacts (our significant others hear those mid-night phones calls too), physical challenges (dragging my carcass and a 25 lb rescue pack to the top of Bosque peak is tough at my age --- but it builds character), minor financial impact (they repay us for gas but all that gear and its upkeep is expensive), and some level of personal danger. In my mind, those who volunteer are a cut above those who don't. With that thought in mind, I would like to recognize those who served our team so well but have moved on to other challenges and ways to contribute. James Newberry, Andy Nielsen, Paul Dressendorfer, and Stephen Hochmann served our team well as volunteers. Thanks for your service, thanks for your superb contributions to the team, and best of luck in your future endeavors. You did great and helped make us strong.
On to another soapbox. You have also heard me say that I believe that SAR volunteers are in the same category as volunteer firefighters. The thing that makes this belief credible is our training and evaluation program. The trainings give us a structured forum to practice our skills as a team. Our evaluations demonstrate adequate proficiency to contribute to the team's mission. This team has done an outstanding job of participating in Cibola's training and evaluation program. Of course, Aaron Hall gets a big thank you for his tireless execution of the training and evaluation program. Great job Aaron! The volunteer trainers and evaluators that supported Aaron also deserve a big thank you as well (we are looking for volunteers for next year--hint, hint). Great job! Finally, the members who managed their individual training and evaluation requirements well (saving the officers from having to pull out the old E-mail cattle prod), thanks. The training program allows us to converge as a team. The evaluation program gives us the credentials to justify our team status to any external observer. Let's continue this trend and crank our training and evaluation programs next year as well.
To all of my SAR comrades, have a safe and happy holiday. See you on missions.
|Web News||by Tom Russo|
The team website can be accessed at http://www.cibolasar.org/
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