CCN Board Minutes
August 13, 2008 Board Minutes
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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
August 13, 2008
- Bernie Hart
- Marilyn MacDonald
- Jim MacLennan
- Kent Murray
- Max Russell
- Johnathan Thibodeau
- Alan Turner
- Andrew D. Wright
- Richard Connolly
- Bill Matheson
- Mary Rigby
- Joe Thomas
Minutes of last meeting
Meeting was called to order at 6:40 pm.
Minutes of previous meeting had been circulated by email
and corrections noted by Andrew had been inserted.
Motion to approve made by Alan, seconded by Kent. Passed.
Statement was distributed. Alan pointed out that
July revenue was made respectable by the receipt of the
HST rebate of $2939. He then pointed out that our
revenue year to date from external sources was $10000
less than last year at this time. Our expenses were
(adjusted for the $10000 earmarked for Andrew's salary)
$5000 less than last year, i.e. we were a further $5000
"in the hole". Furthermore we are now paying Andrew
the full amount due to him, so projections to year end
become: Revenue $84000, Expenses $98000, a deficit
of $14000. As at the end of July our total liquid assets
were $24628. After the amount earmarked for Andrew's
salary this becomes 14100, just enough to cover the
projected year end deficit. We have 4 and a half months
to "do or die". Bernie thanked Alan for the wake up call.
There was some discussion as to what we should do to
avoid "dying", and Andrew showed a screen from our
website portraying 160 volunteers interested in hosting
a node for our wireless network. There were two areas,
near South Street and north of North Street, where the
concentration was sufficient to make it work. Andrew also
showed a customer on the fringe of our existing coverage
now using wireless for access to the internet as her phone
service could not be restored. Alan proposed acceptance
of his report, seconded by Kent. Passed.
Johnathan reported also on our our solitary wireless user,
whose reception is spotty due to the distance, but this will
improve as intervening nodes will help carry the signal to her.
At Spencer House we are going to move the node downstairs
and run a connectionto the antenna (re-wiring is not practical).
We are getting a quote on buying 10 antennas so that we will
have 10 to 12 nodes ready to go for expansion.
There will be a power outage later this week from 11 pm
to 7 am. We will not rent a generator but will use the opportunity
to install battery back-ups (which require the system to be down
at the time).
The office has been partially cleared: Johnathan is checking
the old computers for usable parts and will dispose of the shells
(the offer of storage from Physics did not work out). We are
still working on improving the mail system.
Nothing to report. Only one member responded to a widely distributed
password-fishing scam. We cancelled his old password and set him up with
a new one.
Funding and Sponsorship: Joe Thomas was not present
Liaison with Organizations: We would like to ask Joy
Woolfrey to chair this committee.
The small flyer created by Joanne Eddy, the same person who
did the poster earlier this year was circulated. Everyone agreed
it will be very good to use door to door. Kent was thanked for
initiating the matter, and Mary for carrying it to conclusion.
Thanks to Joy Woolfrey we have permission to set up a
table (free) at Farmers' Market. We plan to have one board
member and one non board member there starting September.
Joy also suggested CCN have a display at "The Other Home
Show" in mid November. Mary has contacted the organizers
and will report back at the Board's September meeting.
Andrew has made an approach to them. No reply yet.
Alan suggested that we write to
local businesses explaining our function and asking for
donations. Small businesses might give a $100 donation,
and 50 X $100 = $5000, a big sum to us. Everyone
thought this a good idea. The executive committee will
discuss and probably draft the letter.
Meeting with Councillor Sloane: Marilyn said that she, Alan
and Andrew had attended but the councillor did not show.
She has not replied to our follow-up letter. We cannot
wait for the councillors for our news release on our wireless
launch. It was recommended we make the release the week
after Labour Day. We will aim for that. Andrew said we
should not wait for the release but get out and beat the
streets now, since wireless is working and available. Bernie
will work on the logistics and canvassing kit with Andrew
Meeting with Dan McKeen. Bernie said he and Alan made
a presentation (left in point form with Dan) on CCN history
and where it stands now. We asked for a donation to cover
our internet costs (estimated at 15000). Dan said the situation
is now different (Eastlink donated to help us start up). We
were now a competitor. He was nevertheless sympathetic and
promised to pass it by the executive committee this week.
The next scheduled Board Meeting will be 6:30 pm
Thursday September 11.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:40 pm.
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