|Top of the Hill||Boots and Blisters||Business as Usual:Meeting Minutes|
|Gearing Up||Editorial||Public Relations|
|Feature Article||Web News||Special Notes|
|Top of the Hill||by Larry Mervine , President|
There is more to being a member of Cibola Search and Rescue than just attending missions. There are many tasks that need to be done so that the team can run efficiently. Officers do these unseen tasks many times without thanks. So we need to take the time to thank Aaron, Steve, Joyce, David and Lili for the work they did for the team in 2003.
As for 2004, I have a dream that our team will increase its membership to 50; I have dream that Cibola SAR will work with all other SAR teams in a harmonious manner; I have a dream that FC's will call Cibola SAR not for the color of our shirts, but for the strength our SAR skills; I have a dream that SAR teams will look to Cibola for the large number of searchers in the field, our professionalism, and SAR knowledge. I have been to the mountain tops and see a sea of orange shirts in the wilderness looking for lost and/or injured persons. Share my dream and be more active with Cibola Search and Rescue this coming year.
See you out there.
|Boots and Blisters||by Tony Gaier, Training Officer|
I would like to solicit your help this year with the team's training schedule. I will have a sign-up sheet in the back of the room at the January business meeting. If you can help out by signing up for one of the many trainings this year I would be truly grateful. Obviously you might be unable to commit yourself to a training event this early in the year or need to check your schedule at home and work. That is OK, if later in the year you find time just let me know and I will sign you up for something.
One thing I would like to point out to everyone is that the training entered into the calendar for the year is the minimum training that we will have this year. If you would like to throw an additional training together like a Four Wheel Vehicle or Man Tracking Training that would be great! If you would like to do something special just let me know.
If you have looked at the calendar for the year you will have notice a lot of "TBDs". My goal is to fill in the blanks A.S.A.P. At the minimum, I will have all the details filled in for the scheduled training between monthly business meetings, i.e. the day of the January meeting you will be able to see details for all the training from that day to the February meeting.
Speaking of training, you will notice in the calendar we have a search techniques training this Saturday at the Bear Canyon open space area. Guess what??? everyone on the team is training deficient as of today, so please come out this weekend and get your first training event for the year! There are a couple of special events coming up in the near future. February 28th & 29th will be our Winter Bivy, I'm still taking suggestions for a possible location. Joyce has put together a Snowshoe and Rescue Sled training that will be conducted near Chama on March 6th & 7th.
I look forward to this year as the team's new training officer and all the challenges that I face. Finally I would like to leave you with a quote from our President (Larry, The SAR God): "See you out there".
|Business as Usual:Meeting Minutes||by Joyce Rumschlag, Secretary|
Aaron called the meeting to order at 1925 following the Annual Holiday Pot Luck. He began with statistics: Cibola attended 32 missions, spending approximately 1500 man hours in the field, searching or evacuating 34 subjects and one space shuttle (twice).
Awards went to:
Elections were conducted. New Officers for 2004 are as follows:
President - Larry Mervine
Vice President/Training - Tony Gaier
Secretary - Aidan Thompson
Treasurer - Lili Ziesmann
Membership - Bob Baker
Larry Mervine spoke briefly to the membership about revising "old traditions". He suggested, as an example, that members that have never done a member profile for the newsletter work on one over the holidays. They will be published in the Member Spotlights column during the coming year. He reminded us that the training scheduled for 12-13 has been changed to an eval. Location is Juan Thomas picnic area. A training will be held on 12-27-03.
Tony Gaier informed members that the schedule for trainings/evals would be as follows: Trainings will be the weekend after the meeting, and Evals will be the following weekend. Exceptions will be weekends containing holidays.
Mike Dugger will be showing medical videos at David Dixon's house on 12-19-03 at 1830.
Meeting adjourned at 20:15.
|Gearing Up||by Tony Gaier, Equipment Committee chair|
Winter is here, please do a good check of your equipment before heading out on your next mission. I recommend moving batteries and water stored near the outside of your pack to areas deep within or close to your body (like the portion of your pack that is close to your back). This will prevent them from freezing. You will get longer use from warm batteries vs. cold ones. Obviously if your water supply is frozen, it's harder to stay hydrated.
Mark Espelien has volunteered to takeover care of the team's equipment. Thank you Mark for volunteering! He will most likely take charge of the equipment sometime in January.
|Editorial||by David Dixon|
We all know that officers and committee chairs can post information in their own columns, but there are many other entries available to members.
Especially now that I've gotten my newsletter bugs out I would love to see more articles every month. I know the officers will do their part. Do yours and use the newsletter to its full potential. Just let one of the editors know of your intentions early enough and we'll make sure whatever you do gets into print. And looks good at that. Who knows, someone in North Dakota might remember your article on fire-starting and survive a night out.
|Public Relations||by David Dixon|
I have been P.R. chair for many of my Cibola years and told Larry that I would continue if no one else stepped forward. Now that I am doing the newsletter I would rather have someone take over so that I can concentrate on that new role. Please consider the position. You would certainly still have my help and support.
P.R. Committee meetings will continue to be the last Wednesday of (most) months, 6:30 p.m., Frontier Restaurant across from UNM. There will always be a few months when we don't meet. Check the calendar. There will be a January meeting on the 28th. Please come and support CSAR P.R. efforts.
|Web News||by Tom Russo|
I am still way behind on working on the medical database, and I apologize to our CE coordinator that I haven't been able to get with him all this time to work out the necessary details. I hope another year doesn't go by without my working on this vital database.
Another open issue is the complete re-writing of the newsletter editing functions. The current programs have served reasonably well for the last 7 years, but there are some annoying idiosyncracies that are going to take a complete rewrite to fix. Watch this space for updates.
The team website can be accessed at http://www.cibolasar.org/
|Dehydration: A serious concern in cold weather as well!||by Alex Fischer|
Hydration is an important factor in everyone's health and safety. By being dehydrated you are more susceptible to getting sick and physical injury. Dehydration can be seen in many forms from obvious symptoms like thirst and parched mouth, throat, and tongue, to more subtle symptoms. More subtle symptoms, and symptoms that are usually associated with something else include, nausea, faintness, extreme dizziness, and vomiting. The best way to avoid dehydration is to drink more hydrating fluids; these include water (best at hydrating), milk, and juices, as well as other drinks.
According to a survey by Yankelovich Partners for the Nutrition Information Center at The New York Hospital, Cornell Medical Center and the International Bottled Water Association, many Americans do drink nearly eight servings of hydrating beverages daily. But this practice is undermined by the nearly five servings of caffeine or alcohol containing servings Americans drink each day. "The net result is that most Americans are probably only getting about a third of the valuable hydration benefits they need," says Barbara Levine, R. D., Ph.D., Director of the Nutrition Information Center. Staying properly hydrated can fight off life threatening dangers such as frostbite, hypothermia and heat exhaustion.
How these varied factors are related to each other, you may ask yourself, but the similarities are amazingly pronounced. There is a strong connection between fluid levels, fluid loss, and heat loss.
Frostbite: Dehydration affects your body's ability to regulate body heat and increases the risk of frostbite. Fluids, especially water, are as important in cold weather as in the heat. Avoid consuming alcohol or beverages containing caffeine, because these items are dehydrating.
Hypothermia: As body moisture is lost through various evaporative processes the overall circulating volume is reduced which can lead to dehydration. This decrease in fluid level makes the body more susceptible to hypothermia and other cold injuries.
Heat Exhaustion: Heat exhaustion and dehydration can occur in even the coldest weather. Your many layers of heavy clothing readily absorb perspiration, so you may not always be aware of how much water your body is losing. Perspiration is also rapidly evaporated by the cold, dry air, and is rarely visible on the skin.
The signs of cold weather dehydration are much like the signs of heat exhaustion: The mouth, tongue, and throat become parched and dry; swallowing becomes difficult; nausea may be accompanied by faintness, extreme dizziness, and vomiting; a feeling of general tiredness and weakness sets in; muscle cramps, especially in the legs, may set in; eyes become hard to focus; and fainting or `blacking out' may occur.
Remember, dehydration will decrease an individual's effectiveness and lead to fatigue. Sometimes even worse symptoms may occur. Always drink plenty of water. It is recommended that people working in cold-weather consume about half a quart of water with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and before going to sleep at night, with an additional half quart drunk every hour during the workday (more if the work is strenuous enough to cause noticeable sweating), for a total of at least 5-6 quarts per day.
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