GIAC Annual Board Meeting - June 10, 1997
Conference Room, Greenbelt Police Station
M E E T I N G M I N U T E S
A post-election board meeting was held immediately following the board election.
Matt Elliott presided over the meeting. The meeting began at approximately 8:00
Matt Elliott (board member, outgoing Vice President)
Jim Heagy (newly elected board member)
Doug Love (board member, outgoing acting Secretary)
Dan Macy (outgoing board member, outgoing President)
Neil McLeod (board member and outgoing Treasurer)
Greg Meyer (newly elected board member)
Chris Morris (newly elected board member)
Nancy Revis (newly elected board member)
Ann Anderson (board member)
Dorian Winterfeld (member)
The first order of business was the election of new officers. Two nominations
for president were made and seconded: Greg Meyer and Nancy Revis. Each made a
short statement and an open vote was taken, the result of which was a 4-4 tie. A
motion to have a second vote by secret ballot was made and seconded. The outcome
was 5 in favor of Nancy Revis and 3 in favor of Greg Meyer, making Nancy Revis
the new president of GIAC.
A motion was made to continue with the election of remaining officers. The
motion was seconded.
Outcomes went as follows:
Vice President: Greg Meyer (uncontested)
Secretary: Jim Heagy (uncontested)
Treasurer: Chris Morris (uncontested)
Jim Heagy brought up the possibility of newly elected board members and officers
to meet with outgoing and remaining board members and officers for the purpose
of discussing transition issues. Dan Macy suggested a cookout at his house. A
tentative date of Sunday June 29 was set.
Neil McLeod discussed his willingness to stay on long enough to effect a smooth
transition, but no longer. He recommended that the board make an effort to find
a replacement for his function as web site manager.
Dan Macy added that Chris Morris (the new treasurer) and Neil McLeod get
together ASAP to discuss the transition.
Jim Heagy inquired about the legal stewardship of GIAC and what issues were
involved in effecting this transition. Dan Macy advised that the board should
contact the Maryland Corporation Commission to change the registered agent of
GIAC from himself to Nancy Revis.
Greg Meyer inquired about the phone numbers of newly elected officers. They were
given out and are:
Nancy Revis: 301-441-2771
Greg Meyer 301-345-5285
Jim Heagy: 301-982-0279
Chris Morris: 301-595-0026
Greg Meyer inquired about the next Internet class. The class is to be held at
the Greenbelt Library, Wednesday June 18, 1997, at 7:00 p.m. Doug Love said that
he was going to bring a computer and projector.
Matt Elliott brought up the proposed Q&A session. It is intended to be less
formal than a class - sort of a open "bull session" on internet topics. The Q&A
session is tentatively scheduled to be held on Monday June 23, at 7:00 p.m. in
the GATE office in the Greenbelt Community Center.
The issue of changing ISPs was raised by Greg Meyer. Matt Elliott gave a brief
history of previous efforts to form a committee to study the issue. Nancy Revis
asked whether such a committee exists. Matt replied, "no", and added that "DSI
(the current provider) was essentially forced down GIAC's throat." Matt also
said that he was willing to be on this committee, provided he is not THE
committee. He added that USNET, who gave an earlier presentation to GIAC, has
yet to get back to GIAC. Greg Meyer stated that before any such changes were
made, a clear proposal should be spelled out and distributed to the membership.
Neil McLeod said that the issue of ISP change has come up repeatedly, but GIAC
has lacked the people resources to give the matter the attention it deserves.
Doug Love proposed that he would favor the creation of a second domain that is
cross-linked to the current one. He stated that this would insure that one or
the other domain would be up over the weekend.
After the discussion Nancy Revis (new President) addressed the board. She said
that many new issues were brought up, but expressed concern over the possibility
of taking on too much too soon. She (and others) emphasized the need to
prioritize efforts. Greg Meyer stated that Dorian Winterfeld be approached to
contribute to the ISP issue. Ann Anderson offered to help in the effort to seek
a second provider, as she has collected much information on the subject.
Matt Elliott suggested that the next board meeting be scheduled before
adjourning. He added that traditionally the meetings are held the first Thursday
of the month. Due to the 4th of July holiday, it was agreed to instead meet on
Thursday July 10, at 7 p.m. in the GATE office (Greenbelt Community Center) and
resume on the first Thursday of the month thereafter. Neil McLeod proposed that
the time of 7:00 p.m. be universally adopted for board meetings. There was
NOTE: It was found out later that the GATE office is no longer available for
meetings not connected with TV access. Konrad Herling of GATE has volunteered to
host the special June 23 meeting, but the July 10 and subsequent board meetings
will have to be held elsewhere.
The meeting was adjourned at approximately 8:50 p.m. Casual "offline"
discussions continued after the meeting.
Jim Heagy, Secretary
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