GIAC Monthly Board Meeting - December 3, 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: Tom Crompton, Jim Heagy, Doug Love, Neil McLeod, Chris
Morris, Nancy Revis
Board Members absent: Brian Schieber
Others present: Bill Dupree, Ed James, Patty Merryman, Shawn O'Neil
Jim Heagy read the November Monthly Meeting Minutes.
The December class is "Internet Basics", taught by Tom Crompton. The class will
be held on Wednesday December 16 in the meeting room of the Greenbelt Library,
and starts at 7 p.m.
Bill Dupree expressed interest in giving another Windows 95 class in the near
future. Patty Merryman also expressed her interest in giving a class on
"Exploration of Online Directories."
Tom said that while GIAC volunteer assistance for class setup is generally
available, there continues to be a problem in getting volunteers to instruct
classes. He added that people need to support their interest with involvement
rather than words.
The possibility of buying a class was raised. Neil has contacted a company in
Hyattsville that offers a wide variety of computer classes. The point of contact
is willing to give the class in the Library, but no terms were discussed. There
was general support for this idea, but it was agreed that we should attend one
of the classes before an invitation is extended to teach a GIAC class. Also
discussed was the amount GIAC would be willing to pay for such a class; $75 was
generally agreed to be the upper limit.
Class preparation by instructors was also raised. It was emphasized that
instructors should be prepared for classes and that they should submit an
outline of the material to be covered to Tom before their class. Provision of
handouts for class attendees was also strongly encouraged.
The need for repairs to the projector (kindly provided by the Atholton Seventh
Day Adventist Church) was discussed. The projector is missing a foot and is in
need of routine service. Doug Love offered to look into a place to get the
projector repaired. Bill Dupree also volunteered to look into prices of
computer-driven overlays for use with a standard overhead projector.
Chris Morris gave the treasurer's report. Highlights are as follows. The year to
date income is $1564.74. Share value is $74.72 based on 74 members. Income for
the month due to the VIP was $135, which corresponds to 45 members, or ~ 61% of
WEBMASTER REPORT / SIGMANET ISSUES
Neil McLeod gave the webmaster report. GIAC gained 4 new members in November and
1 in December. Two members have been suspended.
SigmaNet continues to have problems with their servers (one server ran out of IP
numbers) and tech support is still not acceptable. SigmaNet claims to have
several people in training, yet no new beeper numbers have been given out to
GIAC. Ashok Saxena, SigmaNet president, has provided GIAC with a new personal
cell phone number. GCI scripting is still not possible, even though public
domain CGI libraries are believed to be readily available. [NOTE ADDED: News
service (usenet) has been down for over a two week period in December and tech
support response to the problem has been slow at best. News service was restored
late in December].
Nancy expressed her desire to be out of the tech support loop. Tom Crompton
suggested that a subcommittee be formed to deal exclusively with tech support
issues; the committee would report their activities at the monthly meetings.
Nancy reported that there is a problem with the online registration page and
that a rather unpleasant message results when attempting to use the page.
The question of how VIP tasks were decided was raised. Neil explained that tasks
are generally "pre-decided". Examples are community website support and photo
gallery maintenance. Neil said that credit was given to time spent rather than
Before the meeting Ralph Bram sent an email stating his resignation from the
Board of directors. The Board expresses their appreciation for his service and
will miss his command of parliamentary procedure.
Ralph's resignation left two Board positions open. Nominations for Board were
heard. Bill Dupree was nominated and seconded and Patty Merryman was nominated
and seconded. Both were approved to the Board by a unanimous vote of
acclamation. Bill stated his interest in helping with classes, while Patty
stated her interest in assisting with volunteer efforts.
The issue of VIP credit for attendance at meetings was discussed. It was decided
that a formal vote on this issue should be held. While the vote passed, it was
not unanimous; Patty Merryman voted against the motion.
The issue of whether to have a GIAC presence at the Greenbelt New Years was
raised. There was not much interest, as many Board members had other plans for
Discussion was held on informing certain members of the VIP procedures and
billing policy by paper mailing. Chris Morris will provide a list of Members to
be informed. A vote was held in favor of conducting the mailing; the vote
The next monthly meeting is January 7, 1999, at 7 p.m.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:05 p.m.
Jim Heagy, Secretary
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