GIAC Monthly Board Meeting - February 5, 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, Bill Dupree, Jim Heagy, Neil McLeod, Chris Morris, Nancy Revis Others present: Jim Bates POST-TRANSITION Tom Crompton, head of the transition team, reported that members having difficulty with settings/configurations will be referred to their originally designated transition team member for help. CLASSES The February class is Email, Wednesday February 18, taught by Nancy Revis. The class is held in the large meeting room of the Greenbelt Library and begins at 7 PM. Other discussion centered about the structure and content of future classes. It was recognized that most class attendees are beginners, some of whom do not even have computers. For this reason it was suggested to keep class content simple and topical. One suggestion was to rotate a set of 5 "core" classes: - PC Basics I - PC Basics II - The Internet (including coverage of The GREENBELT.COM website ) - Email - HTML The tentative schedule for future classes is: - March: PC Basics - April: The Internet BUDGET OUTLOOK Treasurer Chris Morris presented the monthly budget as well as a FY 97 income summary. GIAC's net income as of December 31, 1997 is $668.33. Chris also presented earnings projections based on assumed membership increases of 1 member per month, 2 members per month and, -1 member per month ("worst case analysis"). Even in the worst case GIAC has positive earnings for the year of over $300. NONPROFIT STATUS Chris reported that he has completed the bulk of the nonprofit application and that he will have it ready for review at the next meeting. The March 5 meeting will be devoted to the nonprofit issue and connected issues, such as the membership fee. NEW SERVICES WITH SIGMANET SigmaNet offers several services that are new to GIAC. Two that were discussed and whose prices were set are Shell Accounts and National Access Numbers. A shell account is a login account from which to perform standard UNIX network activities (ftp, telnet, etc.). It was decided to charge GIAC members (the universal GIAC amount of) $2/month for each shell account. National numbers are special dial-in numbers for callers connecting to GREENBELT.COM from outside of the local calling area. There are two types of National Numbers, Metropolitan and Non-Metropolitan. Metropolitan numbers are available near major US cities: New York, Chicago, Los Angeles. etc. Only Metropolitan National Number charges were decided upon. The charge to GIAC members for a regular GIAC account with a Metropolitan National Number is $15/month or $12.50/month prepaid for 1 year = $150. Other services that are available to GIAC members, but whose prices were not decided upon are Roaming Accounts and Vacation Accounts. These services will be described in the minutes when their prices are set. MEMBER INVOLVEMENT Discussion centered around the continued lack of involvement of GIAC members in the operations of GIAC and possible ways to correct this problem. These problems were highlighted recently after encounters between some GIAC members and members of the transition team during the ISP transition. Several members do not seem to understand that: (a) we are a cooperative, (b) we are not an ISP, even though we sell internet service, and (c) board members and officers are volunteers, not employees of GIAC nor servants of GIAC members. With an anticipated increase in membership the small core group of active GIAC members will be faced with an ever growing list of responsibilities. Suggestions to correct this problem were varied. One suggestion was to make service contingent upon members completing a monthly "chore". It was agreed that drawing up such a list of chores would be beneficial regardless of whether the chore plan is implemented. Another suggestion was to give a "credit", perhaps in the form of free service for a month, upon completion of a set numbers of chores. Jim Heagy agreed to draft a letter to the membership addressing the issue of membership involvement. NEXT MEETING The next meeting is March 5, 1998, at 7 p.m. in the Greenbelt Police Station Conference Room. The meeting was adjourned at 10 p.m. Jim Heagy, Secretary February 1998 [CLOSE WINDOW TO GO BACK]