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
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
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.
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)
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,
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
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