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July 17, 2007

DCN Board Minutes July 2007


A duly called regular meeting of the
Board of the Davis Community Network was held Tuesday, July 17, 2007
at the City of Davis Training Room,
600 A Street, Davis.

Present: Tsui Chang, Rick Guidara, Anne Hance, Steve McMahon, Robert Nickerson, Kimball
Sargeant, Vicki Suter, also Sheila Evans and Rian Graves.

Absent: Jim Frame, John Jones, Jan Meizel, Tom Stanionis, Richard Yamagata, Brian Gegan (on leave),

1. Called to order at 5:20:00 pm by President Kimball Sargeant
2. Agenda approved as distributed
3. No public comment
4. Minutes of May 15 Board Meeting approved by consensus
5. Volunteer Management Plan (Rian and Vicki)
Rian demonstrated and explained the material already put online that she and Vicki have been working on.
Vicki explained that she and Rian have been working together at a distance using SKYPE. This has allowed real-time conferencing as the web pages are being written.

6. VISTA training report (Kimball and Rian)
Kimball described the experience as very worthwhile and reported that he learned that the Vista assignments can sometimes be three-year ones. Sometimes even with the same individual.
Rian reported on attending some valuable sessions on: "CMS", "Email Best practices", "Google Applications", "What to do with all that data", and "Technical Volunteers." The Keynote Speaker was Allison Fine and the presentation was well received by Kimball.

7. Quick report - Yolo County Nonprofit Leadership Roundtable Rian reported that she and Kari had attended and had a productive exchange of information and ideas in which Round Table attendees (all reps of npos) talked about their needs that DCN might be able to help with. Anne mentioned her contact (as RAC Chair) with Jose Martinez of the Yolo County Food Bank which was a direct follow-up result of this presentation. Jose was interested in meeting to talk over the ways that DCN might assist the Food Bank. Anne explained to the Board that she was not able to extend her duties as RAC Chair to meeting with potential project leaders outside the normal RAC committee meeting process. It was pointed out that this was something that Richard Lowenberg typically did quite a lot of.

8. Committee & working group reports
Tech-Ops: Rob reported on the recent TechOps meeting and noted that: the T1 link is now upgraded to fibre; the Cisco router needs upgrading since it is old and cannot manage the increased pressure - replacing a card seems to be a solution; Omsoft has paid for a new Barracuda upgrade

9. Announcements - Rick reported serious discussions about dismantling the City Training Rm

10. Adjournment 6:26

Plone overview and training (Steve) 6:30 - 7:30

NEXT BOARD MEETING: August 21, 2007
Submitted by Anne Hance, Secretary

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