Greenbelt Internet Access Cooperative

Monthly Board Meeting February 5, 1998

Senior Room, Greenbelt Community Center




DIRECTORS:   Tom Crompton, Bill Dupree, Jim Heagy, Neil McLeod, Chris Morris, Nancy Revis (Absent: Anne Andersen, Clement Lau, Doug Love)

MEMBERS:     Jim Bates





1.      The meeting was called to order at 7:00pm, with Nancy Revis presiding.




2.      Secretary (Jim Heagy)

-         Minutes of the Monthly Board Meeting January 8, 1998


3.      Treasurer (Chris Morris)

         Chris distributed financial statements to each Director present.

         Chris also presented a monthly budget, as well as a FY97 income summary. GIAC's net income as of December 31, 1997, is $668.33. Chris presented earnings projections based on assumed membership increases of 1 Member per month, 2 Members per month, and -1 Member per month ("worst case analysis"). Even in the worst case, GIAC has positive earnings for the year of over $300.


4.      Membership Committee (Neil McLeod)

         Neil distributed a service payment summary and a membership roster to each Director present.

         As of February 1, due to pressing needs of the ISP transition, Neil transferred all financial recordkeeping and reporting duties for Member service accounts to the Treasurer. Member account journals (in Lotus 1-2-3 format), with transactions and account balances current through January 1998, were conveyed to Chris. Neil will continue to handle the security aspect of Member service accounts (i.e., ISP service applications for new and changed accounts).


5.      ISP Committee No report




6.      Classes

         The February class is E-mail, on Wednesday, February 18, taught by Nancy Revis. The class will be held at the Greenbelt Library at 7:00pm.

         Other discussion centered on the structure and content of future classes. It was recognized that most class attendees are beginners, some of whom do not even have computers. For this reason it was suggested to keep class content simple and topical. One suggestion was to rotate a set of five "core" classes:

-         PC Basics I

-         PC Basics II

-         Internet Basics (including coverage of the GREENBELT.COM website)

-         E-mail

-         HTML

         The tentative schedule for future classes is:

-         March - PC Basics

-         April - Internet Basics


7.      Nonprofit Status

         Chris reported that he has completed the bulk of the nonprofit application and that he will have it ready for review at the next meeting. The March 5 meeting will be devoted to the nonprofit issue and related issues, such as the membership fee.




8.      Internet Service Provider

         SigmaNet offers several services that are new to GIAC. Two that were discussed and for which prices were set are shell accounts and national access numbers.

         A shell account is a login account from which to perform standard UNIX network activities (ftp, telnet, etc.). It was decided to charge GIAC Members (the universal GIAC amount of) $2/month for each shell account.

         National numbers are special dial-in numbers for callers connecting to GREENBELT.COM from outside the local calling area. There are two types of national numbers, metropolitan and non-metropolitan. Metropolitan numbers are available near major US cities: New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, etc. Only metropolitan national number charges were decided upon. The charge to GIAC Members for a regular GIAC account with a metropolitan national number is $15/month or $12.50/month prepaid for 1 year = $150.

         Other services that may be available to GIAC Members, but for which prices were not decided upon, are roaming accounts and vacation accounts. These services will be described in the minutes when their prices are set.


9.      Volunteers

         Discussion centered on the continued lack of involvement of GIAC Members in the operations of GIAC, and possible ways to correct this problem. These problems were highlighted recently after encounters between some GIAC Members and members of the transition team during the ISP transition. Several Members do not seem to understand that: (a) we are a cooperative, (b) we are not an ISP, even though we sell Internet service, and (c) Directors and Officers are volunteers, not employees of GIAC nor servants of GIAC Members. With an anticipated increase in membership, the small core group of active GIAC Members will be faced with an ever-growing list of responsibilities.

         Suggestions to correct this problem were varied. One suggestion was to make service contingent upon Members completing a monthly "chore". It was agreed that drawing up such a list of chores would be beneficial, regardless of whether the chore plan is implemented. Another suggestion was to give a "credit", perhaps in the form of free service for a month, upon completion of a set number of chores.

         Jim Heagy agreed to draft a letter to the membership addressing the issue of membership involvement.




10.  Scheduled Meetings

         The next meeting will be held at 7:00pm on Thursday, March 5, in the conference room at the Greenbelt Police Station.

-         Minutes of the Monthly Board Meeting March 5, 1998


11.  The meeting was adjourned at 10:00pm.



- 02/__/98 Posted by Jim Heagy
- 05/15/00 Edited by Neil McLeod

- 09/01/05 Reformatted by Neil McLeod