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
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 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.
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
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
http://www.greenbelt.com/giac/am98-03.htm. 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
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
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
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
The meeting was adjourned at 9:10 p.m., followed immediately by the 1998 Annual
Jim Heagy, Secretary
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