Meeting to be held at Té Café in Squirrel Hill at the corner of Murray and Beacon, Pittsburgh, PA 15217. 6:00pm, Tuesday, January 4, 2011.
The regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Western Pennsylvania Linux Users Group was held on Tuesday, January 4, 2011, at 6:22 PM, at Te Cafe in Squirrel Hill, the regular presiding officer being in the chair and the Secretary being present. The minutes of the December 7, 2010 meeting were approved as read.
The Chair reported that she considered @wplug.org addresses to be necessary for members of the Board when communicating with others and that these should be role-based (e.g., firstname.lastname@example.org for the Chair). These would be updated to forward to the correct person after each election. Beth Lynn Eicher moved that role-based aliases be created for the Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and Director-at-Large. After debate, the motion was adopted. The Chair also noted that aliases have already been established for several committees and they should be made aware of this.
The Vice-Chair reported that he has received minimal response so far in his effort to identify those willing to serve on WPLUG committees. He stated that he would provide a more detailed status update to the Board via e-mail.
The Secretary reported that there are currently 24 members. Two ballots for the bylaws amendment vote have been received so far. There has been no word yet from the Internal Revenue Service on obtaining an EIN.
The Treasurer reported that balance in the checking account is $692.42 and the refreshment fund has $79.12 in cash. He also reported that the post office box will be due for renewal soon, but he has not yet received a renewal notice. Beth Lynn Eicher moved to authorize the Treasurer to spend up to $100 to renew the P.O. box for one year. The motion was adopted.
The Director-at-Large reported that he had forwarded information on the Dropbox service to the Internet Committee. He also reported that he was assembling a list of contacts in local educational institutions to see who is using Linux.
The Internet Committee reported that it was discussing the merits of possible backup solutions including Dropbox. It was noted that the topic on the IRC channel is very out of date. It is unclear who has operator status on the channel to be able to change the topic. It was also noted that having a trusted person as operator would be useful to permit moderation of any negative behavior on the channel.
The Program Committee reported that it would ask Judi Galardi to join as a committee member. Current members Mathieu Dube and Nicholas Schembri have not responded to inquiries of whether they are still interested in serving. It also reported that it is working on setting up a tour of the Red Hat computer laboratories at Carnegie Mellon University sometime in February or March. The attendee list will need to be assembled in advance. Jim Harris volunteered to handle RSVPs for the event.
The Public Relations Committee reported that Brian Seklecki will be remaining as a committee member and David Ostroske leaving. It will invite Michael Loomis to join. It also reported trying to organize a survey to see how and to what extent Linux is used in area businesses.
The Wilkins School Networking Committee reported that Beth Lynn Eicher has resigned as a committee member. Remaining members are David Kraus and Nicholas Schembri.
Vance Kochenderfer moved that General User Meetings be scheduled at the Wilkins School Community Center for April 9 and October 8, 2011. The motion was adopted.
Vance Kochenderfer volunteered to contact libraries to serve as venues for the March and June installfests.
Beth Lynn Eicher moved to schedule board meetings for 2011 on February 1, March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7, June 28, August 2, August 30, October 4, November 1, and December 6 at 6:00 PM at the Smallman Street Deli in Squirrel Hill. The motion was adopted.
The meeting adjourned at 8:21 PM.
Secretary, Western Pennsylvania Linux Users Group
(Approved on February 1, 2011 - VK)