Minutes approved: 25 Mar 2013
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Philip Kizer (chair), William Bilancio, Dan Rich, Ski Kacoroski, John Boris, Matt Disney, Martin Gehrke,
Evan Pettrey (most likely not going to make it as I have a down system I've been working on all day), Jesse Trucks
Philip made a motion to approve the minutes for the meetings on the dates of 8 Oct 2012, 22 Oct 2012, 5 Nov 2012, 19 Nov 2012, 14 Jan 2013, 28 Jan 2013 and 11 Feb 2013. Ski seconded the motion The MOTION PASSES with a quorum of votes in the affirmative
Board members are reminded to check RT and take care of their open tickets.
9 lapsed members this month, 51 this quarter
Fixed the member expiration date reminder bug.
We may get a bump as Cascadia is this week.
We will only get a bump from Full Day Cascadia Attendees.
Technical services report
No issues. They are getting ready for the Elections.
Conference/events activities report
Cascadia has 116 attendees, that includes trainers and sponsorship passes. If they get past 120 it will be a good conference.
LOPSA-East Early Bird ends April 1st . Some complaints about the higher cost but it is due to the high cost of food and not a money making move.
LISA has opened CFP. Now is a time for us to plan for LISA. Yerkes Award nominees, table workers.
The mentorship program has been very active. We've had people vieing for the same Protege which shows we are improving.
Development report (Meeting focus at first meeting of the month)
Communications (LOPSAgram, #lopsa-live, etc) (last meeting of the month only)
We are getting more followers and tweet backs. Ski is starting to schedule out the social media for meetings of the local chapters. The finalized Locals Contact Page will be a big help.
He is working on the LOPSA-U concept. He is speaking to SELF Southeast LINUX FEST and has reached out to the local chapter down there to see if they want to get involved. This would be a great opportunity for the NC Chapter to get more involved. SELF does not usually charge and they sent out a survey to their attendees to see if they will want to pay for the LOPSA classes. If we do get involved that will be the first week in June.
Project Management report
Liaison reports (LC, etc.)
Our LC has verbally resigned from the position. Phil has reached out to Mario Obejas to step in to get the election going. He has accepted and has been reaching out to people.
Dan motions to accept Mario as the Interim LC until the Face to Face meeting at which time the Board will select a permanent chair.
Motion passes unopposed
The Bord President will be the Liaison with the LC
LOPSA-SD Approval (martin)
LOPSA-SD has petitioned for provisional status.
From Brad Beyenhof:
1) Our LOPSA-SD member list is attached. We have 13 local members, 8 of whom are paid members of LOPSA. I didn't collect member ID numbers from them, but I can request that information from them if you need it. Though we're using Meetup and Mailman, I created this list based only on the physical sign-in sheets at the two meetings we've had to date.
2) We do not collect dues, and merely request that our members join LOPSA on their own if they can.
3) Our goals are, first and foremost, to provide a local social community for our members. We intend also to arrange for presentations (from our own members as well as from vendors), data center tours, and other such activities; our next meeting is the place where we intend to bring up specifics regarding such plans.
4) We meet on the fourth Thursday of every month, from 6PM to whenever. At this point, both of our meetings have been conducted at Callahan's Pub and Brewery, but we're looking to see if we can find other accommodations (that will hopefully be better suited for presentations).
Martin makes a motion to approve LOPSA-SD chapter as a provisional chapter
Seconded by Ski
Motion Passed unopposed
Land's End Store Review
We're just about ready to go live with the clothing store on Land's End and the rest of the board should review it. Once that is finalized we can launch it.
The items we offer on these pages will be the embroidered items.
Are there products missing we want to offer?
Are there additional logos we want to allow (like the oval "sticker" logo for hats might be nice)
Are we happy with the color selection? Should we limit the colors or add more?
There are two additional bags along with the iPad cover.
The colors are not the same for each item. As Red goes we should stay with the Burgundy and Rich Red.
The branding guide states we should avoid light colors.
The finished page link will be emailed out shortly
OS Bashing on the mailing lists
Over the last few weeks there was a big email blast on the LOPSA-NJ list. A list member asked for help with Exchange and they were boldly told "DON'T USE IT." Since we are trying to prove we are OS agnostic and don't bash people on the list. If you don't care for Microsoft then don't bash a person who uses it and asks a question on it.
On the New York list there was a question about how to better themselves as a Sysadmin and a person gave a very good reply and even prefaced it that it may sound like he was pushing his product but since he has given talks on just that subject he felt it was relevant and wanted to be up front with it. A person on the list bashed him for trying to sell his product.
The flamers on both lists were reprimanded by another list member. William stated that the Windows bashing has to stop and something from the Board President should come out to the members explaining what we are trying to do and that we are OS neutral and conduct ourselves accordingly. It was noted that almost half of the mentorship requests are for Windows Help so it looks like we are the place to come for help. In the discussion it was asked if we have a deeper issue that we should look at to resolve and not to just address the effect of this root cause.
Motion to adjourn made by Seconded by