GIAC Monthly Board Meeting - October 2, 1997
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 Greenbelt Police Department conference room. Nancy
Revis, President, presided over the meeting. The meeting began at 7 p.m.
Board Members present: Anne Anderson (late arrival) , Jim Heagy, Doug Love (late
arrival), Chris Morris (late arrival), Nancy Revis
Others present: Ranie Crompton, Tom Crompton, Evelyn Hillier, Jay Williams
The first item of business was the issue of web space on DSI's web server. We
are near the upper bound of our 10 MB allocation and need to secure an
additional 10 MB. This will require an extra $10/month. The possibility was
raised of members who do not use their 0.5 MB allotment donating their space to
other (needy) members. The pros and cons of this idea were discussed and it was
generally agreed that administering this idea would be problematic.
GIAC classes (held at the library) will remain on a rotating Mon., Tues., Wed.
schedule, i.e., every month the day shifts. Classes are held on the third
(complete) week on the month. The next class is "Net Job Hunting", taught by Jim
Heagy, to be held in the basement of the Greenbelt Library, Nov. 18 at 7 PM. At
the time of the meeting there was no class scheduled for December. A few other
class issues were raised. The importance of running the "PC Basics" class on a
regular basis was stressed. The possibility of videotaping this class was also
raised. Finally, Nancy mentioned the possibility of buying an inexpensive
computer for use in the classes. It is not clear whether we have the funds to do
so at present.
Some of the recent connection problems are not entirely DSI's fault. Bell
Atlantic (DSI's provider) has had a rash of switch malfunctions. At the time of
the meeting DSI had still not implemented a beeper system for informing them of
connection problems. They had agreed to implement this system by August 30,
Doug Love has agreed to be the point of contact to register outages. There is
also a Hotmail account, GIAC_LOG for reporting outages.
VICE PRESIDENTIAL CHANGE
Before the meeting Greg Meyer sent an email letter to all GIAC Board Members
informing them of his resignation as Vice President of GIAC. It was decided to
fill Greg's position as soon as possible. Article V, section 4 of the GIAC
Bylaws states, "A vacancy in any office because of death, resignation, removal,
disqualification or otherwise, may be filled by the Directors for the unexpired
portion of the term." Based on this it was decided to fill the Vice Presidential
seat at the meeting, as a willing candidate, Tom Crompton, was present. By
unanimous vote Tom Crompton was installed as a Board Member and the newest Vice
President of GIAC (contingent on becoming a member, which he agreed to do).
Chris Morris has looked into the issues surrounding a potential change to
nonprofit status. There are two basic courses of action. The first (and perhaps
easiest) is to dissolve the GIAC corporation and reincorporate under new bylaws.
The second is to rewrite the bylaws to reflect the nonprofit nature. Chris is
still looking into the specifics.
- Doug Love volunteered to query the membership by email to see if there was
interest in a GIAC presence at the Greenbelt New Year's Festival.
- Chris Morris reported that we are at ~$57/share equity (still in the black!)
- We still have 3 GIAC T-shirts (2 large and 1 medium) selling for $24 each.
- Joanne Hinsley, the Labor Day Information Coordinator, wrote a letter to
GIAC informing us that we may use the same table location for next year's
- Jay Williams, a guest at the meeting and a professional in the Web-Based Art
and Promotions business, generously offered to promote Greenbelt.com by
designing and placing a banner on the website www.dailyorbit.com (since the
meeting the Jay has made the banner and it can be found at
The meeting was adjourned at 9:05.
Jim Heagy, Secretary
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