Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
January 10, 2008
- Richard Connolly
- Bernie Hart
- Jim MacLennan
- John McKay
- Kent Murray
- Mary Rigby
- Alan Turner
- Andrew D. Wright
- Ed Dyer
- Marilyn MacDonald
- Bill Matheson
- Matthew Newton
Minutes of Previous Meeting
Meeting was called to order at 6:40 pm.
Minutes for the December meeting were not
available. Members present expressed a
sincere thank you to Bernie Hart for hosting the
social gathering after the December Board meeting.
New Year's Levee for Internet anniversary
John McKay and Andrew Wright attended the
levee celebrating the 25th anniversary of the TCP/IP internet
communication protocol. Both had good discussions
with other attendees and some follow-up should be done.
Alan Turner gave the financial report. He noted the revenue
for December was $7575 and for the year was $103638.
A $5000 GIC was cashed in late November.
The revenue for December 2006 was lower, $6699, but for
the year as a whole it was larger, $122198. This latter total
included a $10000 infusion of cash from two $5000 GICs..
Expenses for December were $11111 while those
entire year were $116895. 2006 expenses were greater for the
month as well as the year, December expenses were
$13107 while for the year they were $128732.
There has been a saving of $300 per month since the number
of lines were dropped in the fall.
A short discussion focused on the need to generate a higher
stream of income. This would be particularly useful to pay extra
costs which may be incurred as the wifi project goes forward.
Andrew Wright noted that spam, which has been constantly
increasing, seems to have reached a plateau recently.
Regarding the wifi project Johnathan has cleared up the
software problem associated with the node reception. Kent
Murray is working on a couple of aspects and will arrange
for some collaborative time with Johnathan within the next
week to ten days.
Member Retention and Attraction
Discussion focused on contacting present and former members
and trying to reach out to new or potential members.
A brochure and/or poster is needed. Kent Murray suggested
that these items might be done as a student or even a class
project in a graphic arts programme. He will explore this further.
Andrew noted the fact the free CCN Wireless service will provide access
to the websites of all three levels of government should be advertized.
The fact that Chebucto could be a user's permanent address
even though they roam into other spheres should be stressed.
The fact that CCN is a secure system, and mail is private
could be useful selling points.
Telephone calls to former and present members could retain
members and cause some to return to the service - Bernie,
John and Mary are interested in working on this route. Bernie
noted that community information and connections should be
stressed in CCN promotional materials. In view of the time it
was decided that it would be beneficial to hold a brainstorming
session focused on this topic. The evening of 17 January was
chosen as a feasible date for such a session.
Next Board Meeting
Thursday February 14, 6:30 pm Chase Building.
Meeting adjourned 7:50 pm.