CASCADE CLUB MEETING MINUTES SEPTEMBER 15, 2020
We are BAAACK! As forest fires were raging all over the West Coast, our Fall Season began on 9/15 by ZOOM with a timely presentation by a team from a start- up company, Heli-Hydrants, which is marketing a patented system for providing water to fire-fighting helicopters. Time is of the essence in controlling a new fire. The shorter the turn-around time for helicopters to replenish water and return to the fire, the more effective they are in controlling the fire.
The company constructs water reservoir tanks from which copters suck up water using snorkels, which enables them to quickly return to fight fires. The tanks obtain water from water systems of the community. The shorter the round-trip time to dump the water on the fire, the better the chances of minimizing the damage.
The projected base price of their system is $65,000. Their prototype system is now in operation in Yorba Linda, California, an upscale area in Southern California where the mean price of homes is around one million dollars. By saving only one such home, the system gives a fine return on the investment. For details, refer to their web site at https://supertank.com/downloads/HeIi Hydrants Fire Protection_tanks.pdf
SPEAKERS– WE NEED SPEAKERS – WE NEED YOUR HELP.
The life blood which sustains our club is having great speakers for our weekly meetings. For years, Dave Sheean called upon almost everyone he went to school with to speak and several then joined us as members. In recent years, our former president, Bill Jackson, also did a great job in finding and scheduling speakers, but Bill has now asked that someone relieve him of the primary duty of arranging for speakers.
Dick Muri, who knows everybody, has offered to chair the committee, but he needs help in recruiting speakers. To assure the vitality of our club, we are asking the entire membership to help identify speakers. Please call Dick Muri at 253-439-9797 or email him at Dick@DickMuri.com to assist him. For the foreseeable future, our meetings will be by ZOOM, so our speakers need not be personally present which gives us the flexibility of hosting speakers from almost anywhere.
Until the Covid Crisis restrictions allow us to reconvene at TC&GC, we are unable to schedule social events and our meetings will be only by ZOOM. Once our live meetings resume, we may also use ZOOM for those who wish to continue to participate remotely, such as our snowbirds.
The annual dues billings will be distributed soon. Please remit your dues early—The scribe needs a new company car.
UPCOMING MEETINGS: REMEMBER, THEY WILL BE ON ZOOM ONLY.
To Join the ZOOM meetings, go to:
(Don’t forget this number, there will be a test next week). It works if you just hit the blue numbers. For problems connecting, call or e-mail Dick@DickMuri.com.
MEETING OF SEPTEMBER 22, 2020: As of this date we do not have a scheduled speaker, but rest assured, we will have one.
MEETING OF SEPTEMBER 29, 2020: our speaker will be Jason Mercier of The Washington Policy Center on issues regarding the Washington State Budget.
Finally, we lost Bill Abbott and John Winter this month. They will be missed.
Remember our web site, maintained by our webmaster, John McGowen. It is: TacomaCascade.org. We are also on Facebook@ https://www.facebook.com/groups/CascadeClubofTacoma/.
Respectfully submitted, Phil Sloan, scribe who hopes you are, at least for the moment, also relishing the return of cool and smoke-free rain.