|Top of the Hill||Boots and Blisters||Business as Usual|
|Who's Who and New||Gearing Up||Member Spotlight|
|Public Relations||Web News||Special Notes|
| Recent Missions
|| Callout Information
|Top of the Hill||President's message||by Larry Mervine|
See you out there!
|Boots and Blisters||Training Officer's message||by Tom Russo|
Many members volunteered their time during these years to help teach at trainings. James Newberry and Paul Donovan served as the "training committee" this year, each of us taking turns making a month's training activities our responsibility. It made all the difference in the world. In addition to the training committee, here's a list of who helped teach or organize individual CSAR training events.
|Susan Corban||Search Techniques, Hasty Search and Sound Attraction|
|Susan Corban||GPS Training|
|Susan Corban||Litter handling|
|Susan Corban||Low Angle Litter Handling|
|Curtis Crutcher||Search Techniques, Hasty Search and Sound Attraction|
|David Dixon||Litter Handling|
|David Dixon||Low Angle Litter Handling|
|Paul Donovan||Land Navigation|
|Paul Donovan||Summer Bivy, Williams Lake|
|Mike Dugger||Land Navigation|
|Mike Dugger||GPS and basic Communications|
|Mike Dugger||Low angle litter hauling|
|Don Gibson||Mock Search|
|Larry Mervine||Search Techniques|
|Larry Mervine||Litter Handling|
|James Newberry||Tracking and Track Awareness|
|James Newberry||Search Techniques (twice)|
|Jeff Phillips||Mock Search|
|Joyce Rumschlag||Search Techniques (twice)|
|Nancy O'Neill||Litter handling|
Thanks also go to the people who have helped with evaluations these past two years: Susan Corban (land nav), David Dixon (search techniques), Paul Donovan (land nav), Mike Dugger (litter, land nav, search techniques), Terry Hardin (litter), Mickey Jojola (litter, search techniques), Larry Mervine (litter, search techniques), Gene Mortimer (land nav), and James Newberry (litter, search techniques).
I believe Susan Corban deserves an extra round of applause for her efforts to get the team moving on medical training. We'd toyed with the issue for years before she stepped in, and nobody ever stuck to it with the tenacity that she showed. She figured out exactly what it would take for this team to start providing basic medical aid, and as a direct result our team now has a large number of Wilderness First Responders, all of whom owe the opportunity to have that training to Susan.
To top it all off, training attendance at all CSAR trainings these past two
years has been very gratifying. In the first six months of 2000, several
people attended six or more of the possible 9 trainings during that period
(remember that WFR counted as three): Katie Avery (6), Susan Corban (7), David
Dixon (6), Paul Donovan (8), Mike Dugger (6), and Joyce Rumschlag (6). Nobody
attended all 5 of the trainings in July-November, but three people attended
four of the five: Charlie Irland, Larry Mervine, and Andy Nielsen. Bravo!
All the organizational help in the world does no good unless the training
program gets the support of the team, and I have to say it has been a pleasure
to have served as training officer for such a fine group of people. I hope
you give to James Newberry in 2001 the same sort of support you've shown me in
1999 and 2000!
|Business as Usual||Secretary's message||by David Dixon|
Not that my duties weren't rewarding. I know I didn't have much secretary stuff to say at meetings but I did my work behind the scenes. You all see this column in the newsletter but my real time consumer was redoing and posting the full minutes. I hope some of you actually have gone online and read them on the membersonly website.
We've certainly had lots of new people come through our organization in the last few years. I now look forward to switching hats and dealing with that aspect of Cibola in a new, maybe more exciting role.
Jeff knows that I will help him in his new role. As promised, he can even use my laptop! Good luck Jeff.
The following have been nominated for 2001 Officer positions.
President: Susan Corban, David Dixon, Tom Russo.
Vice-President/Training: James Newberry.
Membership: David Dixon, Jeff Phillips.
Secretary: Frances Robertson, Joyce Rumschlag, Jeff Phillips.
Treasurer: Brian Lematta.
The Team received a $12 check from NMESC from parents of Danny from Mission of 1996.
Our new account at State Employees Credit Union is up and running. Most of our funds from Wells Fargo have been transferred.
Call the Hotline frequently for information on all team events. Remember to leave a message as far in advance as possible for convenience of evaluators if attending an evaluation.
Tonight is the last call for getting orange shirts from Action uniforms.
James could use one more sleeping pad for the gear cache.
Ed Mighetto's wife is coming next month with some screen print ideas for coolmax t-shirts.
Team has 2 donated radios that need batteries. James proposes to buy 4 at a cost of $300. Some discussion on whether we need more team radios. Most feel that they would be used. Motion is made and seconded to purchase. Vote is for.
Frances and David will give a Wilderness Preparedness for Children presentation at E.G. Ross Elementary next week.
There will be a PR Committee meeting this month on the 30th, 6:30 pm at Frontier Restaurant.
When calling in on the Hotline you should identify yourself as a WFR. Pager 1 can then identify all WFR's to ICS.
Andy Nielsen and Bill Grantham passed the latest PACE test.
Our Web site is now getting lots of hits and this has been costing us $5/month. Tom R. has been paying this for the last two years. Mike reminds everyone that our site has evolved into our records database and information provider. Motion is made and seconded to pay Tom back. Vote is for. 2nd Motion made and seconded to pay the bill on a semi-yearly basis. Vote is for.
James, as the probable new Training Officer, would like to have some help on Training next year. He also would do a Litter handling evaluation for those that need it in December.
Continue to give any updated personal information to Susan for the phone list and newsletter.
|Who's Who and New||Membership Officer's message||by Susan Corban|
Mentors: Those of you who are mentors are saying 'hello' and asking your mentees (yup, that's a word) if they've got any questions and checking on their progress, right? Thank you for your willingness to be mentors.
|Gearing Up||Equipment Committee message||by James Newberry|
|Public Relations||by David Dixon|
My primary goals as chair have always been recruitment and community involvement and education. I think the committee has readily met those goals. Due to their efforts we have seen a marked increase in the number of new people attending meetings and enough of those have stayed that our membership has continued to steadily increase. Committee members have also done a variety of public service presentations on outdoor themes to kids of all ages. I would like to thank those that have given their time to these endeavors, especially my original core committee of Susan, Larry, and Don. I think they would all agree, it's been fun.
I would like to end with my usual encouragement to get involved with Cibola PR. We all know how rewarding missions can be but rewards can also be found in giving a presentation on the 10 Essentials to a group of 8 year olds or helping recruit new members while enjoying the sunshine at UNM. Who knows, you might keep a child from becoming a SAR subject or end up recruiting a future PR Chair.
|Member Spotlight: Andy Nielsen|
I was born in the small town of Morristown, New Jersey -- of which I remember nothing since my folks packed me and my elder brother in a station wagon six weeks later for a move to the bustling metropolis of Sandusky, Ohio, where I grew up. I spent my formative years like many people: lamenting the fact that a horrifying nine months of the year I was in school and trying to escape the suburbs in my free time. I did this by spending time in the fields and creeks outside of town trying my luck at hunting, fishing, and wandering aimlessly. The only one of these skills that I excelled at was wandering aimlessly, which pretty much accounts for the path of my life since then. I earned a BS in meteorology from Penn State in 1988, despite having placed second in the "Great Missed Classes Race" of fall 1987.
Having indentured myself to the Air Force as a ROTC cadet, I was commissioned a second lieutenant upon graduation. Since the Air Force didn't need me right away, I bought an old motorcycle and toured the northeast for about a month, camping and freeloading my way through New England. On this trip I leaned an important lesson: don't leave oatmeal in its little tubular box inside your non-waterproof pack: it tends to spill all over and, upon contact with rainwater, becomes a concrete-like substance adhering to what you expected to be clean, dry underwear. Since then I have been attempting to improve my outdoor skills.
The Air Force took me in the fall and it's amazing how time flies. I've been fortunate enough to have spent most of my career to date overseas, and was stationed for over four years in Japan and about three in England. As a C-130 navigator, I've had the opportunity to travel extensively, something that I have found I truly love. While stationed in England I met and married my wife, Kate (whom I also truly love). When she let me drag her on a trip to Tunisia and didn't even complain about a two-day bus ride around the country, I knew she was for me! We moved to Albuquerque in 1997.
My interests, in a non-comprehensive sort of way, range from general travel to camping and hiking to scuba diving to motorcycling to skiing. Dispersing my energies, I tend to be OK at a number of things but not really an expert at anything. I became interested in Search and Rescue after hearing stories from Paul Donovan regarding such things as leisurely midnight strolls through the El Malpais lava fields, etc. Search and Rescue appealed to me as a way to help people, satisfy my urge to be outdoors, learn, and meet new people. It has been very satisfying in all of those areas.
|Web News||by Tom Russo|
I've added a few database functions this month. Most notable for most of you is the new web-based event calendar. I expect that this will replace the newsletter's clunky old "mail-it-to-Tom-and-he'll-type-it-into-the-newsletter" method of getting info into our newsletter's calendar in the very near future. So far, though, you have to go to the website to see new calendar entries, the newsletter is still updated by hand.
The team website can be accessed at http://www.cibolasar.org/
|April 17-19 (tbd)||First Classroom session (evening)|
|April 21||First Field Session at Lower La Cueva Canyon (Saturday)|
|April 22||Snow and Ice Practice Sunday-above Santa Fe Ski Basin optional|
|April 28||Field Session at Bernalillo Cliffs (Saturday)|
|May 5||Field Session at Lower Juan Tabo or Graduation Climbs (Saturday)|
|May 12||Field Session at Lower Juan Tabo or Graduation Climbs (Saturday)|
|May 19||High-angle Rescue Practice (optional)|
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