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January 19, 2010

DCN Board Minutes January 2010

Approved Feb 16 2010

Davis Community Network Board of Directors Meeting
January 19, 2010 at 5:15 p.m.
City Computer Lab, A Street, Davis, CA


Members Present (8): Tsui Chang, Jim Frame, Teri Greenfield, Anne Hance, Russ Hobby, Steve McMahon, Jan Meizel, Bev Sykes

Members Absent (7): Brian Gegan, Rick Guidara, Robert Nickerson, Kimball Sargeant, Tom Stanionis, Vicki Suter, Richard Yamagata


1. Call to Order 5:27 p.m. by Vice President Steve McMahon

2. The agenda was approved by consensus

3. Public comment: None

4. The minutes of the 12/15/09 regular board meeting were approved by consensus


5. Report of the officer nominating committee, and election

    Jim Frame presented the report of the committee.

Jim moved the election of the slate. The motion was seconded by Bev Sykes.

    The motion: to elect to one-year terms:

        President: Kimball Sargeant

        Vice President: Steve McMahon

        Secretary: Anne Hance

        Treasurer: Jim Frame

    was approved by consensus


6.  Report of DCN board member nominating committee, and election

    Russ Hobby presented the report on behalf of committee chair Brian Gegan.

Russ moved the election of the slate. The motion was seconded by Jim Frame.

    The motion: to elect to new two-year terms:

         Brian Gegan

        Russ Hobby

        Jan Meizel

        Robert Nickerson

    was approved by consensus.


    In his report Brian had noted the pressure at his workplace and requested election to a new 6-month term. It was agreed that since the bylaws prescribe two-year terms it was necessary to re-elect Brian to a two-year term with the understanding that he might need to withdraw after 6 months.

The following people had declined to be re-elected:

        Rick Guidara

        Vicki Suter

        Bev Sykes

And Tom Stanionis had not responded to the committee's inquiries.


Motion: moved by Steve McMahon, and seconded by Anne Hance:

    That the non-renewing board members (Guidara, Suter & Sykes) join Tony Bernhard on the DCN Advisory Board that has no requirements and does not meet but does receive board meeting agendas to alert its members to issues on which they might wish to comment or advise.

    was approved by consensus.

7.    Report on Da Vinci internship Project

    Tsui reported no progress and commented that the timeline for the project would need to be re-visited.


8.    Board member donations to DCN

    Vice President Steve McMahon reminded the board that donations are voluntary and that no specific amount is prescribed. Checks should be made out to Davis Community Network and mailed to Sheila Evans at DCN, 1623 5th St, Davis, CA 95616


9.    Committee Reports

    Web Team: Steve McMahon reported that the interactive website at "" will go live at the beginning of February. The site, which is hosted by DCN, is designed to help members of the public understand the District's budget process and issues. It has been built by Steve at the direction of a group of community members and District officials and staff. The work is being paid for by a grant received by the School District from which funds are paid to DCN in partial payment for Steve's services.

    RAC:  Jan Meizel reported that the committee approved one project during the past month and had made a recommendation regarding withholding Explorit's web and email monthly bills for a year or until the financially strapped organization can resume payment. Jan's recommendation was approved by the Executive Committee at its Friday, January 15 2010 meeting.

    OPC: Teri Greenfield reported that progress is being made on the PR slide show. Currently the material is being checked for proper use of the newly approved DCN Brand issues. Teri is compiling a list of ideas for outreach blurbs for use - for example - in the DCNews and on the DCN Facebook. Teri and Bev Sykes will communicate about posts to the Fan Facebook.


10.   Announcements

It was remarked that the German and French governments have warned their subjects against the use of Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser. Steve commented that if anyone is concerned they might use Firefox, Opera or Chrome as alternatives - but all browsers have vulnerabilities.


11.   Adjournment 5:54


NEXT BOARD MEETING:  Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Humbly submitted,

Anne Hance, Secretary <>

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