CCN Board Minutes
February 12, 2009 Board Minutes
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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
February 12, 2009
- Richard Connolly
- Bernie Hart
- Marilyn MacDonald
- Bill Matheson
- Kent Murray
- Mary Rigby
- Johnathan Thibodeau
- Alan Turner
- Andrew D. Wright
Minutes of last meeting
Meeting was called to order at 6:30 pm.
The minutes of the 14 November meeting were approved as
circulated. Acceptance moved by Richard, seconded by
Marilyn. The December meeting lacked a quorum. In January
the regular meeting time was used for a planning session.
Alan Turner, Treasurer, presented the monthly financial
statements for both December 2008 and January 2009.
The revenue for December was $6890, well above the
$5260 recorded in the previous month of November,
but below revenue recorded in December 2007 which
was $7575. The year to date revenue was $97722,
which included the redemption of a $5000 GIC.
Expenses for December were $5361 which was well below
the expenses for either the previous month of November
or for December of 2007 which were $9025 and $11111
respectively. This December figure did not include a
payment to Eastlink, but it did include a rental fee for a
generator. The year to date expenses were $96660.
The revenue for January 2009 was $11420 and the
expenses were $7532. January is usually the strongest
month for membership renewals so expected income
would normally be significantly higher than routine
expenses. Alan moved the acceptance of his report,
seconded by Kent.
Andrew presented a pie chart noting the breakdown of
expenses for 2008, and remarked on differences the
Board would see in the budget being prepared for 2009.
Andrew requested the Board consider raising Johnathan's
hourly rate to $15.00. He also requested that commencing
in March his position be considered half time until such
time as both he and the Board agree there is a need for a
full-time administrator. These suggestions will be addressed
at the March meeting.
A review statement for the year 2008, and a budget for
2009 will be presented at the March meeting.
Johnathan noted the hard drive for the mail storage was
replaced. Two hard drives required for the mail server
have arrived and will be installed shortly. Both these
these situations involved routine maintenance.
The lull in spam which occurred last fall was welcomed, however
spam is back and the amount is constantly increasing.
Review of Planning Session
Bernie reviewed highlights of the planning session held
the evening of 15 January and lead a discussion
on the follow-up actions taken thus far:
- Meetings with municipal and provincial representatives:
Bernie, Alan, and Andrew met with the MLA for the area.
Bernie is pursuing meeting times with the municipal
councillors in Southend Halifax, and in the Bloomfield
and St Marks areas.
- Sponsorship opportunities:
- Jim spoke to the NS Society of Professional Engineers,
they have a fund which might be accessed for sponsorships.
- Bernie contacted ReBoot and discuss the feasibility of approaching
United Way concerning sponsorship for people receiving computers
through ReBoot. This will be pursued with the United Way. In the
meantime ReBoot will mention CCN to individuals who purchase
computers from them as well as those who are supplied computers
though an assistance programme.
- Joe Howe Manor - Johnathan noted that in order to service
this building a second antenna would be needed on Fenwick
Tower. The installation, including the purchase of needed
components, would be approximately $500. There may be a
need for some cabling on the Manor itself, but the cost
will not be significant. Service to this building was mentioned
during the meeting with the MLA. Sponsorship will be needed
for people in the this and other Manors. Bill offered to contact the
officer responsible for the Housing Authority and ask about
the best way to promote CCN services in these highrise
residences. A motion delegating this responsibility to Bill
was made by Marilyn and seconded by Alan
- Convenience store promotion:
Richard handed out the Draft Merchant Agreement and the
CCN Merchant Referral Programme Application that he and
Andrew had drawn up. A poster will be needed for participating
- Website redesign
Andrew is working on revamping the home page. The intention is
to make it easier for users, particularly first time users, to
navigate the website.
The Halifax CAP office has moved to the HUB on Barrington Street,
but there is a still a CAP site at Veith House. The plan to have clinics
at Veith House, other specific CAP sites, and Northwood will be
Andrew reminded the Board that this year is Chebucto's 15th
Anniversary. June 24th is the official date. He suggested
the celebration should be separate from the AGM.
Annual General Meeting
The AGM will be held on the last Wednesday or Thursday of
April. Actual location, time, and specific focus will be discuss
at next Executive meeting.
Bill and Alan offered to take on the responsibility of the Nomination
Meeting was adjourned at 8:00pm.
The next Board Meeting will be held 12 March, 6:30pm.
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