GREENBELT INTERNET ACCESS COOPERATIVE
Monthly Board Meeting
August 10, 2000
Attending: Gil Lee, Mary Camp, Peggy Bates, Doug Love, Neil McLeod,
Ed James, Joyce Wineland, Bruce Kuhl, Joseph Notes, Jeff Travis and
guest Leonie Penney.
1) Meeting was called to order a 7:05 pm.
2) Peggy Bates volunteered to be the recording secretary for this
3) Neil McLeod and Mary Camp added several items to the agenda, and
the agenda was agreed to.
4) Secretary's Report
- Neil McLeod reported on the posting of the minutes from the
Annual Membership meeting, Annual Board meet, and the June and
July Monthly meetings. Only the Annual Membership Meeting
minutes need to be completed at this point. Neil will complete
and post. The directors will review the minutes before the
next board meeting and approve at the next meeting.
5) Vice President's report
- Mary Camp reported on the success of the Class Planning open
house and the upcoming class schedule. (See the August 10,
2000 Vice President's report Item IA and IB).
- Mary Camp and Doug Love have been in contact with Joe McNeil of
the Community Center about the cancellation of our reservation
of the room for the June class. Joe McNeil apologized for the
mix-up. He has also sent written confirmation of the upcoming
- Neil McLeod has changed the wording of the posted class
announcement as suggested in the July Monthly Meeting.
6) Treasurer's Report
- Peggy Bates summarized the financial activity last month
reporting a net income of $158.12. This includes our usual
monthly income and expenses along with: Receipt of Federal and
State income tax refunds; Accrual of the obligation to pay the
ISP an additional $0.95 per account per month back to February;
and the obligation to pay for the Quickbooks software. We have
a negative net income for the year to date of $152.84, but
expect to end the year with a positive net income, unless we
spend. The full financial report for July can be found (link
- Peggy reported on the investigation into purchasing equipment.
After putting out an "Attention GIAC Shoppers" RFV (request for
volunteers) she received several responses of people willing to
do some on-line research for a fireproof container to store the
CO-OP records in. Two candidate containers have been
identified. Both are 2 drawer file cabinets rated to 1700
degrees for one hour. It was moved and seconded that Peggy be
authorized to spend up to $500 for a container of this type.
Discussion included a suggestion that the records could be
scanned in and kept on a CD in a safety deposit box. After
discussion the motion was passed unanimously.
- Neil McLeod reported that all the financial information has
been posted on-line.
7) System Administrator Report
- Neil McLeod reported on the current membership (link here)
- Neil reported that the Subscriber domain name attachment/e-mail
routing through the ISP has been tested using CENTER Enterprises
and has been shown to be successful. Domain Name attachment
setup is $50 and e-mail routing setup is $25.
- Joyce Brown believes Chesapeake has satisfied all the
requirements of the April ISP Memo and is requesting back
payment of the rate increase to February. Neil still believes
there are outstanding issues, but was unable to communicate
those to Joyce before the payment (without the increase) was
sent this month. Neil has taken an action item to discuss this
with Joyce ASAP.
- Neil discussed several open issues with the ISP (not all are
requirements for the back payment). Progress is being made with
the CGI issues. There are still problems with the mail. There
is a new issue with ftp - Chesapeake changed the access security
last week without notification and many users unable to use
their ftp access the way it had been set-up before the change.
Without notification, the user is left to believe the ftp is
8) ISP Committee Report
- Doug Love reported that the ISP committee met a Doug's house on
August 3rd. They tested Ed James' hello.pl and it didn't work.
They then modified it to avoid CGI system calls and that didn't
work either. Dorian wants to talk with Joyce to have her
9) Legal Committee Report
- There was no July meeting. The next meeting is set for Tuesday
August 15th at 8 pm.
10) Audit Committee Meeting
- There was no audit committee meeting this month, Carol Gordon is
in Kansas. The next meeting will be when Carol returns.
- There was a discussion about Carol's audit activities. They
include back-checking the bookkeeper and drafting audit
procedures for the next audit committee to use.
11) Board and Committee Vacancies
- Gil has been in contact with several people. He wants to
exhaust those avenues before putting another announcement in the
News Review and Gazette. Jeff Travis has shown some interest in
helping either in the roll of Secretary, or as a director
investigating Electronic Fund Transfer for the CO-OP. Jeff will
review the posted secretary's duties and let us know if he is
willing to serve. Neil McLeod contacted the business members
about volunteering, with no success.
12) An officer's meeting was held on August 3rd where the officers
continued to review procedures and documentation. The next
meeting is on Tuesday September 5th.
13) Activity Planning
- The cyber-cafe has been put on hold for the time being because
of all the other activities going on.
- Labor Day Festival (See the August 10, 2000 Vice President's
report Item IIA).
- Discussions were held regarding the activities that need to
take place before the LDF. Actions:
- Gil Lee to purchase an awning (up to $50) before Mary has to
attend the LDF information day meeting with Dave Pitts.
- Doug Love to check on a vehicle for the parade
- Doug Love to find out how many propellers he has for the
parade of propeller heads.
- Meeting to be held at Peggy's house on Monday August 28th to
finalize LDF plans.
- Website Harvest Party (See the August 10, 2000 Vice President's
report Item IIB)
14) Community Website Appearance
Neil McLeod requests that if anyone sees anything that looks
"funny" while browsing the Greenbelt.com websites to please bring
it to his attention. He has found that different browsers can do
things that upset the look of some of the tables.
15) Overview of WIN 31 Connection Issues
Neil McLeod (please summarize here)
16) New Initiatives
- Mary Camp proposes to create a GIAC Linux Special Interest
Group. She was encouraged by all there to proceed.
- Mary Camp has investigated establishing the GIAC logo at Land's
End for future application to articles (e.g. hats, shirts) to be
sold at a later time. A discussion was held about the identity
of GIAC in the community and how it is different from the
product "greenbelt.com". Mary has offered to donate her credits
for teaching GIAC classes to pay for the setup charges. No
action was taken by the board at this time, although there is
17) The next monthly meeting is Thursday September 14th.
18) Meeting was adjourned at 9:30 p.m.
August 10, 2000