GIAC Monthly Board Meeting - August 6, 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: Carol Bailey (late arrival), Ralph Bram, Tom Crompton,
Jim Heagy, Neil McLeod, Chris Morris (late arrival), Nancy Revis, Brian Schieber
Board Members absent: Doug Love
Others present: Patty Merryman, Claude Revis, Quim ?.
Jim Heagy read the July Monthly Meeting Minutes.
1997 FINANCIAL AUDIT REPORT
Tom Crompton reported that the financial audit committee had completed its
review of FY '97 financial activity (all activity through Dec. 31, 1997).
Documents that were reviewed include: general ledger, tax returns, bank
statements, and bank journal. All financial documents were found to be
internally consistent. The committee is satisfied with the state of GIAC's FY
'97 financial records and has accepted these records as an accurate
representation of FY '97 financial activity.
An official financial committee was formed; members are: Vice President (chair),
Treasurer, Ralph Bram, Claude Revis, and two additional members. The exact role
of the committee was not defined.
The July class, "Windows 95 Basics" taught by Bill Dupree, was well attended
(total attendance of 35) and well received. This is the largest turnout yet for
a GIAC sponsored class.
The August class, scheduled for Wednesday, August 19, is "Internet Basics",
taught by Doug Love. Vonda Henry has agreed to serve as Doug's assistant for the
An instructor and topic are still needed for the September class.
Tom Crompton, class coordinator, reminded all that classes can be taught by
anyone - not just GIAC members.
A special GIAC class exclusively for Girl Scouts to achieve their computer badge
is under consideration as a future class; attendance would be restricted to
eligible Girl Scouts.
The point was raised that teaching a class is an excellent VIP task.
Note that reliable class dates and times can be found in the Community Calendar
on the website.
Chris Morris gave the treasurer's report. Highlights are as follows. The year to
date income is $878.82 and the share value is $64.85/share, based on 77 members.
LABOR DAY FESTIVAL
GIAC is still in need of volunteers to help with the Greenbelt Labor Day
Festival Information Day, Saturday, Sept. 5, 1998. Setup runs from 9:30-10:30
a.m. and the GIAC booth will be manned from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Help is needed for
the following activities:
- make flyers
- set up tables and chairs
- make membership kits
- booth operations
- tear down and cleanup
Help is also needed for the Labor Day Parade, Monday, September 7, 1998. The
Parade begins at 9 a.m. Members interested in participating in the parade should
meet at Nancy Revis' home at ~ 7:30 a.m., whereupon they will be recruited to
help adorn the official GIAC Labor Day Parade vehicle (aka Claude's truck :)
It was decided to hold the GIAC September monthly meeting at Nancy Revis' home,
in order to prepare for the Labor Day weekend.
The ISP committee reported on their recent meeting with SigmaNet. Highlights are
Due to a hardware failure (soon to be rectified) the 301-479-0046 dial-in number
is limited to 33 K access. Members with 56 K (flex) modems can use alternate
dial-in number 301-474-2315.
In response to the ISP committee's request for better technical service,
SigmaNet is planning to hold a special training session for their technical
representatives specifically on greenbelt.com accounts.
SigmaNet reported a recent security breach on one of their servers. SigmaNet has
assured the ISP committee that the security hole has been plugged, however
standard security protocol calls for password changes to all greenbelt.com
accounts. Several suggestions were offered on a plan to implement password
changes that would be as quick and as painless as possible for GIAC members. The
discussion was tabled, in favor of an off-line discussion.
SigmaNet said that they would look into reported problems with NASA urls and
email addresses. While no systematic study has been carried out, it is
SigmaNet's position that the problems are likely due to NASA server
configurations and not SigmaNet's.
Neil McLeod moved that the VIP rules be relaxed so that new GIAC members are
given 2 months to satisfy their initial VIP task (as opposed to 1). After
discussion the motion was amended to include the understanding that the rule
change is a pilot program, to be reviewed by the GIAC Board in 6 months. The
motion was voted upon and carried unanimously.
Nancy reported that she has been in contact with Capital Monogramming and
Embroidering for more greenbelt.com shirts. After much discussion on what to
charge for the shirts it was moved to charge $24 for all sizes. The motion was
voted upon and carried. It was agreed that all shirts will be ordered on a
prepaid basis. Patty Merryman volunteered to poll the membership for shirt
The email limitations of Internet Explorer 3.0 beta for Windows 3.1 was raised.
Serious errors occur when the IE email client attempts to open an email with
several (~>30) addresses in the "to" field. It was decided to find out how many
users are affected before attempting a resolution.
The next monthly meeting is September 3, 1998, at 7 p.m. at president Nancy
Revis' home. The purpose of the meeting is to prepare for the Greenbelt Labor
The meeting was adjourned at 9:10 p.m.
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