The meeting was held in the Conference Room of the Greenbelt Police Station. Gilbert Lee, Acting President, presided over the meeting.
Attendees: MEMBERS: Patty Merryman, Shawn O'Neil, Gilbert Lee, Peggy Bates, Neil McLeod, Doug Love, Dorian Winterfeld VISITORS: Mary Camp (who was delivered a membership kit immediately after the meeting)
The meeting was called to order at 7:05 with a quorum.
Since the previous meeting (August 2nd, 1999) the board voted by electronic ballot to discontinue the Volunteer Incentive Program, and increase the monthly fee to $15.00; with Norma Van Allen, Neil McLeod, Ed James, Doug Love, Dan Andrews, Patty Merryman & Shawn O'Neil voting to approve, and Gilbert Lee voting to disapprove the discontinuation and increase. This vote was finalized on August 28th 1999.
As most of the membership had already paid for September under the understanding that the VIP is in place, and realizing that this will cost GIAC along the lines of $60.00 from the operating reserves, it has been decided that the will end with the month of September being the final month credits can be earned and used. (G. Lee, Vice-President: absent; W. Dupree, Secretary: yes; P. Bates, Treasurer: yes) Doug Love summarized the state of the contract with CENTER ENTERPRISES for outsourcing the accounts management. The contract is still in draft form, and Doug is waiting for a call from InterNIC to discuss legal issues regarding the "ownership" of the GREENBELT.COM name. Neil McLeod wanted to clear up a misunderstanding about CENTER ENTERPRISES wanting the ownership of the GREENBELT.COM name, saying that that was not the intention, only that they want sufficient administrative technical control to be able to respond to ISP issues in a timely manner, and to preclude InterNIC freezing the use of the GREENBELT.COM name in the future if there are disagreements between CENTER ENTERPRISES and GIAC. A discussion was held on means to provide a monthly discount for the most active volunteers in the CO-OP. Neil McLeod listed the major principals: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Web Master, System Administrator, Social Director and Committee Chairmen (the Accounts manager function has been outsourced to Center). Of those positions the most demanding are the Officers and the System Administrator. A discussion was held on whether the class teachers should be included, and it was decided that the teachers would not fall in this category because teaching a class is not an activity that the same person does monthly, and this is an ongoing discount for the principals. It was moved and unanimously passed that each of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and System Administrator receive a monthly discount of $3.00 for performing the duties of their office.
There was some discussion about providing an Internet shopping class before Christmas. The City has received their new projector, and it will probably be available at around $15.00 per evening. Discussion resumed on reimbursement of teachers because of the amount of time it takes to prepare and teach one class. It was moved and passed unanimously to establish $30.00 compensation (cash or credit to the instructor's service account) for preparing, teaching and providing the computer for a GIAC sponsored class.
Discussed, with Neil McLeod bringing us up to date with respect to the table, Doug Love assured us that the line from the Arts Center would be available. There is no entry from GIAC in the parade this year, due to the unavailability of a suitable vehicle.
With the resignation of Alexander Barnes, the Greenbelt New Year website will not happen, unless some other member (or members) picks it up.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:05 pm. Thanks to all those members who helped fill in while I was attending my family matters. Bill Dupree
The next monthly meeting is October 7, 1999, at 7 p.m.Greenbelt Police Station. Respectfully submitted William Dupree Secretary GIAC