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March 21, 2006

DCN Board Minutes March 2006

Davis Community Network (DCN)

A duly called regular meeting of the
Board of the Davis Community Network was held
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
at the City of Davis Training Room
600 A Street.

Present: Tony Bernhard, Tsui Chang, Jim Frame, Rick Guidara, Anne Hance, Steve McMahon, Jan Meizel, Kimball Sargeant, Vicki Suter also Exec. Dir. Richard Lowenberg.

Absent: John Jones, Robert Nickerson, Tom Stanionis, and Richard Yamagata

Visitors: Brian Gegan, Kari Peterson, Mark Simon, and Pam Mari

1. Called to order at 5:18:00 p.m. by President Kimball Sargeant
2. Agenda approved as distributed
3. Minutes of February 21 Board Meeting approved by consensus
4. No public comment

5. Celebrate Davis:
This community event put on by the Davis Chamber of Commerce will be held May 18 in North Davis "Community" Park. After discussion about why DCN should participate and what DCN should do of it does participate

Steve moved and Jan seconded that DCN should
have a booth at the event. Motion passed unanimously.

It was agreed that there should be handouts and that if volunteer person power is available to organize and run it we might have Internet access at the booth and might even set up a blog for community members to add their comments about the event.

6. DaVinci H.S./DCN grant proposal.
Mark Simon, contracted by DJUSD as a grant writer, and Pam Mari, Principal of the DJUSD DaVinci High, presented information about a proposal for a digital media lab at DaVinci High. Mark and Pam are writing a grant for PG&E funding and hope that, with DCN's collaboration, the project will be able to develop into a "Community Media Lab" that would serve school classes during school hours and the community outside school hours. Kari Peterson spoke to her interest in the long term vision and her thoughts about its relevance to DCN's goals and visions for the future.
No specifics have been discussed about how DCN might be involved but the Board agreed to show its support of the vision.

Tony moved and Jan seconded a motion to
authorize Richard Lowenberg to write a very general,
unspecific but enthusiastic letter of support.
The motion passed by consensus

The Executive Committee will continue discussion of this issue at its Friday Lunch meetings.

7. DCN Strategic Planning Retreat:
It was agreed to hold a strategic planning session on Sunday, April 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the City Hall Chamber Conference Room. Brian Gegan offered to inquire if a member of his firm, trained as a facilitator, would facilitate the session. It was agreed that DCN would offer a $100 honorarium, and lunch at the preceding Friday Executive Committee meeting.

8. Reports on the recent, new web-application workshop and accessibility class were folded into the Director's Report that followed.

9. Committee reports:
Resource Allocation Committee: no report.

Web Team: Steve reported that he and Jack Crowell have moved every thing from the old Velocipede to the new Velocipede aka the "V-20z"

Director's Report:
Richard reported that the Web Applications and Accessibility workshops went well and he is developing a roster of related public classes to be offered this spring. He noted that he is working with DCTV in preparation for the June elections. He is preparing DCN handouts that explain DCN's local role. These will be used at a meeting of the candidates at which DCTV also will explain its role in communicating information and providing opportunities for candidate exposure.

10. Announcements: Kimball announced that the Executive Committee agreed to invite Brian Gegan and Kari Peterson to the DCN strategic planning session.

11. Adjourned at 6:48 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Anne Hance, Secretary

Next meeting: April 18, 2006

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