GIAC Annual Membership Meeting - June 9, 1998 Conference Room, Greenbelt Police Station M E E T I N G M I N U T E S
PRELIMINARIES The meeting was held in the Conference Room of the Greenbelt Police Station. Nancy Revis, President, presided over the meeting. The meeting began at 7 p.m. Members in good standing present: Nancy Allen, Anne Andersen, Carol Bailey, Jim Bates, Peggy Bates, Ralph Bram, Mark Miller, Steven Harper, Glenn Harris, Jim Heagy, Clement Lau (2 votes; second vote represents swim team), Doug Love, Neil McLeod, Patty Merryman, Chris Morris, Claude Revis, Nancy Revis, Brian Schieber, Dorian Winterfeld, giving a total of 20 voting members. Others present: Friazeal Anderson, Kitt Kling, Frieda Schieber. Members in good standing were asked to sign in and receive voting ballots. Presence of a quorum (5% of the membership = 0.05*75 = 3.75 members), was established by the secretary. STATE OF GIAC Nancy Revis, outgoing president, gave a short state of GIAC address. She stated that GIAC was in good condition and that she was proud of GIAC's accomplishments during the year. She also thanked volunteers for their hard work. VICE PRESIDENT'S REPORT Vice President Tom Crompton sent his regrets from Florida. TREASURER'S REPORT Treasurer Chris Morris reported that GIAC is a financially solvent organization, with approximately $7000 in cash holdings. Year to date income is $600.85 and the share value at the time of the meeting is $61.54/share, based on 75 members. The share value has been increasing steadily by approximately $1/month since the beginning of the calendar year. MEMBERSHIP REPORT Neil McLeod gave the membership report. He reported that at this time last year GIAC had 50 members, compared to a total of 76 members at the time of the meeting. Member services include 70 mailboxes and 56 websites. GIAC had 12 resignations since the previous annual meeting. Most of the resignations occurred during (or as a result of) our affiliation with DSI, our previous ISP. Neil also explained our special relationship with the Greenbelt Library, where GIAC classes are held. GIAC provides the Library with a free internet connection in return for the use of the classroom. GIAC classes are advertised in the Greenbelt Review one week prior to the class as well as on the website in the Community Calendar. ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION The Legal Committee reported that the GIAC Articles of Incorporation are in need of modification, pursuant to our application for tax exempt status. A motion was made to enable the Legal Committee to initiate the required modifications. The motion was voted on and passed. PROPOSED BYLAW CHANGES Five bylaw changes appearing on the ballot were discussed and debated. Statements of the five proposals can be found at Results of the vote went as follows: Proposal 1. Annual meeting change. Not Accepted Proposal 2. Voting requirement. Accepted Proposal 3. Expectation of board member involvement. Accepted Proposal 4. Secretary and treasurer exemption from board. Accepted Proposal 5. Treasurer bond premium. Accepted BOARD ELECTIONS Voting for the five vacant Board seats was conducted. Board nominees appearing on the ballot at the time of the meeting were named. They were: Anne Andersen, Carol Bailey, Ralph Bram, Doug Love, Neil McLeod and Jeff Silvis. Since Jeff Silvis was not present, his name was removed from the ballot. Brian Schieber's name was added to the ballot. There were no additional nominations. Each nominee made a brief statement. Brian Schieber expressed his desire to help GIAC, but stated that he was not big on meetings. Anne Andersen expressed her interest in remaining on the Board, now that she was nearer to getting her computer on-line. Carol Bailey expressed her desire to get more people involved in GIAC. Ralph Bram said that he would concentrate on GIAC outreach to the Greenbelt community and its organizations. Doug Love said that GIAC was a vibrant organization and that he was glad to serve on the Board. Neil McLeod stated that he would continue to coordinate technical issues with the ISP. Members were asked to vote for five of the six nominees. Results of the voting went as follows: Anne Andersen: 8 votes Carol Bailey: 19 votes Ralph Bram: 18 votes Doug Love: 19 votes Neil McLeod: 18 votes Brian Schieber: 18 votes A tie breaking vote was conducted between Ralph Bram, Neil McLeod, and Brian Schieber, the purpose of which was to decide who would occupy the single 1 year Board seat. Neil McLeod won this vote. A summary of the Board elections is as follows Carol Bailey: 2 year term Ralph Bram: 2 year term Doug Love: 2 year term Neil McLeod: 1 year term Brian Schieber: 2 year term MEMBER CONCERNS With an aim toward the Volunteer Incentive Proposal that the Board discussed in the June Monthly Meeting, some members gave statements of the GIAC activities they would be supporting in the coming year. Patty Merryman stated her interest in continuing to help with classes. Nancy said she would lend a hand (and her husband's truck :-) in the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival. Doug Love was still searching for a time and place for a GIAC anniversary party. Jim Heagy volunteered to act as liaison between GIAC and SigmaNet to help resolve technical problems. The meeting was adjourned at 9:10 p.m., followed immediately by the 1998 Annual Board Meeting. Jim Heagy, Secretary June 1998 [CLOSE WINDOW TO GO BACK]