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February 19, 2008

DCN Board Minutes February 2008

Davis Community Network (DCN)

A duly called regular meeting of the
Board of the Davis Community Network was held
Tuesday, Feb 19, 2008
at the City of Davis Training Room
600 A Street.

Present: Tsui Chang, Rick Guidara, Anne Hance, Steve McMahon, Kimball Sargeant, Vicki Suter,
Also: Kari Peterson, Rian Graves, Brian Gegan, Russ Hobby
Absent: Jim Frame, Jan Meizel, Robert Nickerson, Tom Stanionis, Richard Yamagata

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 Jan 15, 2008 Board Meeting approved by consensus

5.  Board member election
    The election of the following slate of nominees was moved by Anne Hance, chair of the Board Nominations Committee and seconded by Steve McMahon. The motion passed unanimously.
      Slate of nominees:
      Current board members who had agreed to serve another two-year term:
       Brian Gegan
       Rick Guidara
       Jan Meizel
       Robert Nickerson
       Tom Stanionis
       Vicki Suter
      Others who agreed to serve a two-year term:
    Russ Hobby
    Bev Sykes
Bev Sykes was unable to attend due to Illness. Anne read her statement of willingness to serve and Kari introduced some of her relevant interests.
Russ Hobby shared information about his current interests in Internet2. Russ was a part of the DCN founding group.

6.      2008-2009 CTC-VISTA application
7.      Local non-profit support - larger issues
    These two agenda items blended as the conversation progressed.
Vicki Suter outlined the contents of the application that she and Kari will work on and submit. These included a nonprofit technology fair, a human practice project supporting nonprofit sustainability through the use of DCN tools and aggregation of community produced 'media content.'
    Kari reported that the SURDNA grant (supports our collaboration and sharing of best practices in the area of NPO internet support with CCTV of Burlington, VT and GRCMC of Grand Rapids, MI.)  in which DCN is to play a small part, has been approved.  DCN will receive $5,000 to help accomplish parts of the projects Vicki outlined for a Vista volunteer.
    One aspect of DCN's work with nonprofit sustainability is the traditional series of training classes/workshops. Kari suggested the formation of a nonprofit outreach working group whose work would include responsibility for classes/workshops. 
    The following agreed to be part of this nonprofit working group: Kari Peterson, Vicki Suter, Steve McMahon (as a lurker), and Kimball Sargeant (ex officio).
    Anne suggested that DCN's administrative assistant, Sheila Evans, would be able to manage a series of classes with direction and detailed input from the group.
8.      Outreach/Promo Comm. update- logo and tagline
    Kari reported that the logo has been finalized as a 'stand-alone' without the tagline which, when decided upon, will be used separately from (but in conjunction with) the logo.

9.      VISTA Report (Rian & Vicki)
    Vicki reported some concern about the name 'digital literacy toolkit' and a new name was agreed upon: "Nonprofit Internet Toolkit"
    Rian reported considerable progress with her work of putting information into DCN's Plone site about available, useful nonprofit resources. These are accessible (with approved "user" access from Steve) at:  A logged-in user will see "Projects" in red in the left margin. This will lead you to Rian's work.

(Items 10 and 11 did not exist)

12.     Committee reports
    Anne Hance reported that the RAC has changed its meeting schedule and will, from now on, meet on third Mondays - same time, same place.  Thank you's to Tsui Chang who has entered the new dates on the DCN calendar.
    Anne also reported approved resources so far in 2008 made to
*CERT  (Davis Community Emergency Response Team) 1 Mailman
*Slidehill Neighborhood Association, 1 Calendar 
*Birch Lane Elementary School PTA  1 Mailman List, 1 Calendar
    (1 Simple Site request to be reviewed March 17)
*California Bicycle Museum, 1 SimpleSite, 1 Mailman List, 1 Calendar
    and Web Team Assistance.

The board agreed that organizations receiving DCN resources during the previous month should be reported at each board meeting and included in the minutes.

        Web Team
    Steve McMahon reported that election information and data from the Yolo County Elections Office was hosted as usual on a DCN server and all went well.
    Steve asked for a Spring Training Calendar of classes and workshops to be developed. He is willing to teach Mailman, SimpleSite and Calendar classes.
    Steve reported on a Plone Sprint held recently at UCD dealing with bibliography & scientific tools and attended by local 'Plonisters'
    Steve also reported his attendance at an international strategic planning conference at Googleplex a week ago that included progress on continuing Plone integration with SalesForce.

13.     Announcements
    Kimball Sargeant reported hearing from Rob Nickerson that the generator situation in the DCN NOC is improved.  Rick Guidara agreed but cautioned that there is improvement still to be made when possible.

14.     The meeting adjourned at 6:45pm
NEXT BOARD MEETING: March 18, 2008
Submitted by Anne Hance, Secretary

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