GIAC Monthly Board Meeting - June 4, 1998
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 Conference Room of the Greenbelt Police Station.
Nancy Revis, President, presided over the meeting. The meeting began at 7 p.m.
Board Members present: Anne Andersen (late arrival), Bill Dupree, Tom Crompton,
Jim Heagy, Neil McLeod, Doug Love (late arrival), Chris Morris, Nancy Revis.
Others present: Patty Merryman, Claude Revis.
Tom Crompton reported that we are on track with classes; classes are scheduled
for several months ahead. June's class (June 15) is a two part class, "Tour of
the Greenbelt Website" and "Electronic Greeting Cards", both taught by Patty
Merryman. July's class (July 21), taught by Bill Dupree, is "Basic Windows 95".
Classes are held in the large meeting room in the basement of the Greenbelt
Public Library and begin at 7 p.m. Matt Elliott is reportedly interested in
teaching a Linux class sometime. Geff King offered to teach a class on shell
Chris Morris gave the treasurer's report. Highlights are as follows. The year to
date income is approximately $600. The share value is $61.53/share, based on a
membership base of 75 members.
LABOR DAY FESTIVAL
GIAC will again have an information table at the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival.
The participation fee is $50, which was approved by Nancy. We will be able to
set up at the same spot we had last year (under the Sycamore tree east of the
doctor's offices). The information tables can be manned from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
this year (longer than last year) and we can begin setting up at 9:30 a.m.
(earlier than last year). As usual, volunteers are needed to help set up and man
the table. We will again have a phone line and electric power to set up a
Neil reported that the legal committe is in the process of rewriting the
Articles of Incorporation pursuant to the application for 501(c)(3) tax status.
VOLUNTEER INCENTIVE PROPOSAL
Neil and Tom reported on a proposal intended to increase the volunteer base.
Basically, the proposal would require each GIAC member (who purchases internet
service) to fulfill a monthly activity (requiring ~ 1-2 hours of time). Failure
to carry out an activity would result in a $3 activity fee for that month.
Failure to pay the $3 fee would result in suspension of service. The point was
raised that most coops in the area have similar arrangements; members are given
the choice of lower service fees, provided they fulfill certain duties.
Discussion centered around the work involved in administering such a proposal,
particularly for the treasurer. A motion was made to implement procedures for
such a proposal. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously (note that
passage of the motion did not enact the proposal).
Jim Heagy passed around a log of recent connection problems. Discussion over the
origin of and solution to these problems was heated. It was pointed out that the
frequency of problems has increased recently. SigmaNet experienced a major
hardware failure recently and it is possible that the connection problems were
precursors to this failure. After much discussion, it was agreed that detailed
logs summarizing connection problems are crucial to their eventual solution.
BOARD WITHDRAWALS / ANNUAL MEETING
Due to a change in work assignment, Claude Revis withdrew his name for
consideration for the board. Bill Dupree announced his retirement from the
board. Nancy Revis also stated she was stepping down as President, but has
agreed to remain on the board.
The second annual meeting of the GIAC membership is Tuesday June 9, in the
Conference Room of the Greenbelt Police Station. Election of board members will
take place and voting on proposals to change the GIAC bylaws will be held. A
meeting of the newly elected board will take place immediately following the
annual meeting, for the purpose of electing officers and filling committee
seats. Details of the annual meeting can be found on the website at
http://www.greenbelt.com/giac/am01.htm. Details of the board meeting can be
found at http://www.greenbelt.com/giac/bm01.htm.
The next monthly meeting is July 2, 1998, at 7 p.m. in the Greenbelt Police
Station Conference Room.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:50 p.m.
Jim Heagy, Secretary
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