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June 14, 2007 Board Minutes

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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
June 14, 2007

Attending:

  • Ed Dyer
  • Bernie Hart
  • Bill Matheson
  • Kent Murray
  • Mary Rigby
  • Alan Turner
  • Andrew D. Wright

Regrets:

  • Marilyn MacDonald
  • James MacLennan
  • John McKay
  • Matthew Newton

Absent:

  • Bob Adams
  • Richard Connolly

 

Minutes of Previous Meeting

Amended to note Marilyn MacDonald was present and Bill Matheson had sent regrets, and replace the month of April with May in Financial report. Motion to approve as amended made by Alan Turner, seconded by Kent Murray. Carried.

 

Committee Reports

Financial Report

Report to end of May noting total expenditure and revenue for the year to date was tabled by Alan Turner. In May 2007 revenue totaled 6445 with 4980 of this figure derived from individual memberships. The total expenditure for the month was 11135. In May 2006 these figures were revenue 11992 and expenditure 14244. Motion to approve report made by Alan Turner, seconded by Bill Matheson. Carried.

Technical Committee

Ed Dyer noted that doubling the mailbox size had no negative technical effects and the change satisfied many users. During the wireless testing earlier today Andrew Wright and Johnathan Thibodeau got a clear connection in the parking lot off Clyde Street, about 530 meters from Fenwick Place. Johnathan made a breakthrough late this afternoon, he now has a functioning prototype for the node computer.

Discussion on Wifi program and publicity initially focused on additional testing and the timing for implementing Spencer House and two adjacent nodes, and then moved on to which city councillors and what media might be contacted. 1 August was set as a target date for installation of the initial node at Spencer House and perhaps the related two as well. More thought/work are required re both publicity and funding.

 

Other Business

Contact with others working on wireless

Bernie will get back to Steven Chan from the Vancouver Community Network in order to set up a teleconference with people in the other cities (Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal) soon after the "wireless cities" conference so that Steven will be able to share the conference outcome with everyone.

Resource Recovery Fund Board

Bill Matheson was put forward as our representative. He tried to contact Cathy McCarthy at RRFB but to date has had no response.

Follow-up meeting with AGM group leaders

Members felt it might useful to have a discussion and suggested that a time and date be set for a meeting of all Board members, people who acted as discussion leaders at the AGM and some other people who are known to be interested. Feasible meeting time to be discuss at next meeting.

Organizational members contact

About 16% of the members are organizations. Those present thought it would be useful to contact executives or webmasters of the organizations using Chebucto. Good relations with organizational members should reap more individual members for Chebucto. In order to test the idea that contacting organizations could give a Chebucto a stronger profile with them and their members Andrew will provide Mary with several names, she will followup and report back at the next meeting.

Office space

The CCN office does not have much space for node development work. Two of three members will look into options for needed space and report back at the next meeting.

Web cam

Undertaking extra work focusing on the web cam during the Tall Ships festival does not seem to make sense this year. The webcam cannot by accessed as easily as it could be before and public interest is not as apparent as in previous years.

Publicity

How can we access community organizations in order to make contacts for node development? This discussion brought out several names and areas in Halifax. Work needs to be done in this area.

Publicity for Wifi is vital. How can we build an awareness? How do we make connections? Public awareness is needed. Are there community associations, etc. we can work with?

Maybe CCN's 13th birthday can be noted at CBC's 37th Information Morning party at Pier 21 Friday June 29, 6-9 am? Bernie will contact John McKay to see if there is any opportunity for us there.

 

Next Board Meeting:

Next Board meeting Thursday July 12, 6:30 pm.
Next Executive meeting Thursday June 28, 5:30 pm.

Meeting adjourned at 7:45 pm

 

 

 

 


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