In the absence of Dale Brady and Tim Reese, the meeting was conducted by Tom Lewis, with 19 people in attendance.
In his Resilience News, Tom addressed the fact that the Republican presidential candidates, in their recent debate, failed to address many issues relevant to our community. There was no mention of California fires or drought, effects of climate change such as glaciers melting, gulf stream slowing down, toxic algae in oceans affecting sea creatures, or that the Syrian refugee disaster was initially started by drought in that country.
Tom Kennedy gave the treasurer's report of $713.11 in the bank account. The donation jar was passed to add $36.00 to that.
The need to have alternate locations for our meetings was discussed, based on the fact that we've been kept from our regular schedule/location for three times this year, by Health Dept. meetings. When we have to change dates and locations it usually results in lower attendance. The consensus was that we keep the Health Dept. as our regular location, but line up some free or cheap back-up locations so we don't have to change dates. The Capon Bridge Ruritan (former church) bldg is usually available, with a $50.00 donation asked. Members will be checking with their local Ruritans to see what's available and who to contact. The Bank of Romney Community Center is a good location, but not always available.
Election of officers for 2016 will take place in December, so a nominating committee will need to be appointed in October. Anyone who wishes to serve as an officer, please speak up!!
October presentation: Passive House, Randall Ashelman
Suggestions for upcoming events/presentation topics:
- Presentation about and/or visit to a sheep & goat farm
- Strawbale houses
- Visit to or presentation by Spring Valley Farm
The Keyser, WV Transition group is getting started with about 15 people. Elspeth Odbert and Edd Vrcich are involved. A planned project is building two high tunnels for schools.
Main Presentation: Affordable Solar
- Elspeth Odbert presented a plan for a DIY solar heater called a Heat Grabber, constructed of low cost materials and attached below a south-facing window, it acts as a heat exchanger, transferring solar heated air into a room.
- Vince Lombardi presented information about a number of companies and products in a variety of price ranges for solar systems to provide minimal power for water pumps and lights, to complete house systems. References are listed on the SPH website under Interest Areas/Solar Power and Alternatives.
- Jim Guy talked about using passive solar to warm a house, and using insulation and other means to prevent infiltration of outside air to make a house more efficient. His reference material is also available on the SPH website.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 pm. The next meeting is Thursday, October 8, 2015, 7:00 pm at the Health Dept. Meeting Room, pot-luck at 6:00 pm.