GIAC Monthly Board Meeting - January 8, 1998 Senior Room, Greenbelt Community Center M E E T I N G M I N U T E S
PRELIMINARIES The meeting was held in the Senior Room of the Greenbelt Community Center. Nancy Revis, President, presided over the meeting. The meeting began at 7 p.m. Board Members present: Tom Crompton, Jim Heagy, Clement Lau (late arrival), Doug Love, Neil McLeod, Chris Morris, Nancy Revis Others present: Bill Dupree, Matt Elliott, Patty Merryman, Claude Revis, Dorian Winterfeld BOARD SEAT Bill Dupree was voted unanimously to fill the remainder of Matt Elliott's vacated board position. We welcome Bill's enthusiasm (and the rest of him!) to the GIAC fold. ISP COMMITTEE REPORT The ISP Committee recommended SigmaNet to be GIAC's new internet service provider. SigmaNet is a local ISP, whose office is in the NYMA building just behind the Greenway Center. Sanjay Mishra, a system administrator at SigmaNet, is the point of contact. The recommendation to switch GIAC's ISP to SigmaNet was approved unanimously, contingent on acceptable responses from references provided to GIAC by SigmaNet. NEW PRICING Pricing guidelines for member accounts with SigmaNet were discussed and debated. It was agreed to keep the monthly fee for a Basic Service Account at $12/month. Each Basic Service Account comes with 1 mailbox, 1 website account with 5mb of diskspace, and technical support from SigmaNet. Pricing for other services was discussed and debated. It was decided to impose a $10 reactivation fee to members to have a suspended account reactivated. A follow-up meeting to finalize the pricing structure was held on January 17, 1998 at Nancy's Breakfast Bar. The figures below summarize the agreed upon pricing structure for GIAC accounts with SigmaNet. See also the Service Rate Schedule link on the GIAC website. FIGURE 1: Service Rate Schedule (page 1) FIGURE 2: Service Rate Schedule (page 2) TRANSITION TEAM A transition team was formed to help members change their service to the SigmaNet Servers. Members of the transition team are: Tom Crompton, Bill Dupree, Jim Heagy, Doug Love, Neil McLeod, Nancy Revis, and Dorian Winterfeld. It is anticipated that each team member will help a small group of members whose hardware/software settings are most familiar to them, e.g., Mac, Win31, Win95, etc. TREASURER'S REPORT Chris Morris reported that our combined Federal and MD tax obligation for FY 1997 is $477. Part of the burden is the tax on advanced membership fees. If/when the change to nonprofit status occurs we may be able to file an amended 1997 return to recoup some of this tax. The meeting was adjourned at ~10:00 p.m. Jim Heagy, Secretary January 1998 [CLOSE WINDOW TO GO BACK]