august 08, 1995

Date: Wed, 27 Sep 1995 00:01:39 -0300
From: Kevin Alexander James Nugent
To: board-minutes

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Metro Community Access Network Society
Board of Directors Meeting
August 8, 1995

Attending: Kevin Nugent, Bernie Hart, David Trueman, Joan
Macintosh, Gary Floyd, Renee Davis, Carlos Freitas, Joan

David Trueman stated that we will have to decide on a new
domain name eventually and a few suggestions were tossed

a decision is not urgent but we are asked to think  about

PICNIC:  Joan Macintosh described the event. Not too many
showed up.  A report will be put in board notes.

BORED BOARD: Renee gave a brief description of the stages
a board/committee/team goes through and the pitfalls that
await in each stage.  It was agreed that we need to get
away from mere progress reports of the various
committees.  The idea was raised that a full day
strategic session may help put some life into the board. 
This should be done in concert with smaller group
sessions involving board members who work to plan actions
on the issues raised in the board's strategic sessions. 
Time and date will be settled later. (mid Sept?)

Joan M. pointed out that we are not giving as much online
feedback as we used to.

PAT's:  We have at least one text PAT  at every library
branch in the city.  Gary pointed out that it is unclear
who owns the HCRL cable PAT and who is the contact person
for it.  A draft PAT policy will be sent to Gary.  GF
also mentioned  that we need a place to store as well as
repair idle and broken terminals.  Bernie will raise this
with the Technology recycling program.

Someone suggested  a "Chebucto Box" be placed in retail 
spots so there is a familiar spot to bring donated stuff.
There should be a shortcut command on the system for info
on PAT sites.  Gary is asked to put a list of questions
and issues concerning PAT's together. 

NEGOTIATIONS: RD announced that the RFP is out to 8 or so
providers.  No replies have been received yet.

MEMBERSHIP:  67 of around 300 potential renewals have
been paid.  We need to deposit cheques in a timely manner
(weekly?) so people can clear their cheques.  Snailmail
reminders will be sent to non renewers.  Automatic
withdrawal and visa capabilities are things we must
investigate for payment methods.

A  list of supporting members  is OK as long as each
member has the option to be anonymous.

FUNDRAISING:  How do we take communications off of Joan
M's plate?  JBH wondered if we couldn't subdivide the
tasks in communications even further.  Carole Compton-
Smith has been asked to work on this.

Next meeting will be August 29 @ Joan B-H's home at
7:00pm.  the next membership forum can be planned at this

Bernie Hart volunteered to write the feature of the month
for this months newsletter.

Kevin Alexander James Nugent,
"All truth progresses through three stages:
- First it is ridiculed...
- then it is violently opposed...
- finally, it is accepted as self evident."
                                     -- Arthur Schopenhauer

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