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January 15, 2008

DCN Board Minutes January 2008

Davis Community Network (DCN)

A duly called regular meeting of the
Board of the Davis Community Network was held
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
at the City of Davis Training Room, 600 A Street.

Present: Tsui Chang, Jim Frame,  Rick Guidara, Anne Hance, Steve McMahon, Jan Meizel,  Kimball Sargeant,

Absent: Brian Gegan (on leave), Robert Nickerson Tom Stanionis,  Vicki Suter,  Richard Yamagata
Visitors: Sheila Evan, Bret McCarty, Bev Sykes, Russ Hobby, Kari Peterson

1.      The meeting was called to order by Chair Kimball Sargeant at 5:19 pm

2.      The agenda was approved by consensus with the correction of the names of the individuals reporting in items 6 and 7.

3.      Public comment
    Bret McCarty introduced himself as an intern from UCD working with Kari Peterson on DCN's fund development issues particularly those related to online fundraising

4.      The minutes of the 12/18/07 board meeting were approved by consensus.

5.      Introductions:
    Anne Hance introduced Bev Sykes who attended the meeting as a prospective Board member. [Later in the meeting Kimball Sargeant introduced Russ Hobby who attended for the same reason.]

6.      Officer Nomination Committee
    Committee chair Jim Frame presented the slate of officers nominated for election to one-year terms starting in February 2008 as follows:
    President        Kimball Sargeant
    Vice President        Steve McMahon
    Secretary        Anne Hance
    Treasurer        Jim Frame
The slate was approved by consensus

7.      Board Nomination Committee
       Committee chair Anne Hance presented the proposed slate of board members for nomination in February for election to two-year terms starting in February 2008 as follows:
  For a further two year term
       Brian Gegan        Considering
       Rick Guidara        Yes
       Jan Meizel        Yes
       Robert Nickerson    Yes
       Tom Stanionis    Yes
       Vicki Suter        No response yet
  New members for their first two-year term
      Russ Hobby        Considering
      Bev Sykes        Considering

8.      Fund Dev. Comm. (Kari and Brett)
    Kari Peterson reported that the committee is working on a 2007 - 2008 budget with Anne Hance assessing the expenses and Sheila Evans the income. The Executive Committee is to follow up on the status of the several MOUs.
    Bret McCarty reported on his research into online fundraising. His goal is to find strategies that might be appropriate and effective for DCN.

9.      Outreach/Promo Comm. (OLPC) update - logo and tagline (Kari)
    Kari reported on the progress of the development of a new logo and tagline for DCN.  After discussion it was suggested that although the OLPC will ultimately bring a recommendation to the board on February 19 the process of coming to that stage will include asking the opinion of DCN subscribers via DCNews, and possibly the involvement of an online survey such as SurveyMonkey.

10.     Power Outage - debrief
    The problems experienced by DCN, Omsoft, Davis Media Access and KDRT (also AT&T) during the recent violent storm, that saw power outages lasting as long as three or four days, have required the purchase by Omsoft of a new generator for the DCN NOC (Network Operations Center). However, it emerged during discussion that a wise strategy would be for the affected nonprofit parties (DCN, DMA, and KDRT) to negotiate with the City of Davis for assistance with the purchase of a much larger generator that could be relied upon to serve effectively during any future severe, prolonged situation.

11.     VISTA Report (Rian)
    Rian Graves reported that she is keeping busy with her work on the Nonprofit Volunteer Program project and that a survey of area nonprofits is being considered.

12.     Committee reports
    RAC:  Anne Hance reported that during 2007 the RAC interacted with 27 nonprofit applicants for DCN resources.
    Web Team: Steve McMahon reported good meetings with DJUSD (Davis school district) management staff.

13.     Announcements   None

14.     Meeting adjourned at 6:43 pm.
NEXT BOARD MEETING:   February 19, 2008

Submitted by Anne Hance, Secretary

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