Board meeting Minutes/8 May 2018

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24 April 2018
Board meeting Minutes Next:
22 May 2018

Minutes approved: 5 June 2018

George Beech (President), Brian Globerman (Treasurer), Aleksey Tsalolikhin (Secretary), Steve VanDevender, Drew Adams, Scott Suehle
Andy Cowell (VP), Danielle White
Roger Luedecke, LOPSA Community Manager (for the first agenda item only)
21:03 Eastern Time
21:52 Eastern Time

LOPSA/LPI Partnership Proposal (Tsalolikhin, Roger Luedecke)

Roger presented on the LOPSA/LPI partnership MoU (not a contract - but the first step towards one) and fielded questions from the board.

Aleksey moved to adopt the MOU. Drew seconded. Unanimous.

Roger will ask for input from membership re Certifications page in the next LOPSAGram.

Consent Agenda

24 April minutes approved unanimously.

Standing Reports

Treasurer's report (Globerman, Beech, Suehle)

Bank balance on 5/6/2018: $31,489.78 -$369.03 over last reported balance on 4/22/2018


1. Cascadia IT 2019: Previous venue (Deca Hotel) not an option. Looking into alternatives (Mountaineers Conference Center, Seattle Community College).

2. Budget (requested by Aleksey): will create for period 7/1/18 - 6/30/19 by 6/30/18.

Membership report (VanDevender)

  • Total active members: 644 (previous report: 637, change: 7, pending renewal: 13)
  • Paying: 308 (8 new in last 30 days)
  • Non-paying: 336 (14 new in last 30 days)

Paying members include Individual, Charter, Founding, and Lifetime memberships. Non-paying members include Student and Complimentary memberships.

Wild Apricot has a rather cursory statement on GDPR compliance:

"Wild Apricot sites are compliant with the European Union’s Data Protection Directive. That’s because Wild Apricot sites are hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS), which is certified under the Privacy Shield Network, a framework designed by the US Department of Commerce and the European Commission to allow the US companies to host European sites while complying with the EU’s data protection requirements."

Committee reports

Conferences/Events (Adams)

No report.

Marketing/Communications (Tsalolikhin)

No report.

Technical Services (White)

No report.

Education, Training and Mentorship (Cowell)

No report.

Recognition (Beech)

No report.

Leadership (Tsalolikhin)


  • Per Scott Murphy, leadership committee head, we won't be conducting a vote as we have more open board seats than candidates.
  • George asked that we still conduct the LOPSA Lives to give LOPSA members a chance to get to know the board, ask questions, and to put their name in the hat for the board (election).


Locals/Chapters (Tsalolikhin)

Established chapters

  • LA - May meeting cancelled due to low registrations. Next meeting in June, Kirk Waingrow presenting on his tool KASM: "Operational Management Tools and IT KASM"
  • Columbus - met on April 30th. "Mining Ethereum Transactions". Good attendance, good food. Thanks to our sponsor TEKsystems. Next event tentatively May 29. Working out final details with speaker.
  • SASAG - met on April 12th for a SCALE recap by Brian Globerman.
  • ETENN - met on May 1st for a presentation "Azure Automation: What is it and Why Do I Care?" by Benjamin Mitchell of Discovery, Inc. (21 attendees.) Next meeting will be June 5th, Jesse Trucks presenting.
  • Ottawa - met on April 19th, for the first in a series of microservices builds. Next meetup on May 17th.
  • San Diego - has been missing for the last 6 months per report from Chris McEniry - he reached out to their mailing list to get things going again.

Forming chapters

  • NJ - thanks to Roger's efforts on Facebook we have potential new co-organizers for NJ. Aleksey asked Joe Youn to add Kristófer Jóhann Ólafsson and Shahab Sheikhzadeh as co-organizers.
  • Chicago - Aleksey is talking to Brian and Erich about them holding the initial meeting.
  • Nigeria - two new members have expressed interest in forming a local LOPSA chapter in Nigeria. sites for chapters

Aleksey moved to offer LOPSA chapters reimbursement for ($15/mo), with promotion of LOPSA membership at every chapter meeting. Drew and Brian seconded. Unanimous.

George asked we take a look at Meetup Pro, which we'll do separately.


 Steve Motioned for Adjournment
 Drew Seconded