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NCF Board of Directors
Minutes of Meeting
May 27, 2003


Minutes of a meeting of the Board of Directors

Held on May 27, 2003 at 7:00 pm
Client Services Boardroom
Ottawa City Hall
111 Lisgar Street, Ottawa

The meeting was called to order at 7.10 p.m. (after "Once around the table . . .") with Gary Eikenberry as Chair and Sandy Campbell as Secretary.


    Board members present:
    Christopher Cope (bz787), President/chair
    Gary Eikenberry (aa353), 1st Vice-President
    Andrea Holland (es170), 2nd Vice-President
    Vanessa Kanu (ev216), Treasurer
    Sandy Campbell (dt820), Secretary
    Mary Anne Dugmore (er983)
    Mark Mielke (al278)
    Don Francis (ba990)
    Michael Mei (be195)
    Graeme Beckett (aw958)

    Michael Williamson (cm324)
    John Hennessey (ev776)

    NCF Management/Staff present:
    John Selwyn (es347), Executive Director

    Jim Elder (aa456)

    Once around the table . . .
    Informal pre-meeting conversation, with Directors taking turn offering personal views and commentary on interesting things that might not make it to the Agenda.

    (see minutes of prior month)

    MOTION: That minutes be approved as published.
    Moved by: Sandy Campbell
    Seconded by: Mary Anne Dugmore
    VOTE: All in favor

    (see draft agenda)

    MOTION: That the agenda be adopted with an amendment to include a motion to defer election of officers under Ongoing Business
    Moved by: Don Francis
    Seconded by: Michael Mei
    VOTE: All in favor


    1. Election of officers

      MOTION: That the election of officers be deferred to the next meeting of the Board.
      Moved by: Sandy Campbell
      Seconded by: Mary Anne Dugmore
      VOTE: All in favor

    2. Next meeting

      MOTION: That next meeting of the Board be held on July 15
      Moved by: Sandy Campbell
      Seconded by: Chris Cope
      VOTE: All in favor

    1. Executive Director's Report (John Selwyn)
      (see accompanying report)

      As well as the standard report on the previous month, Executive Director Selwyn presented a PowerPoint presentation that highlighted the steady progress and the accompanying trials and tribulations of keeping FreeNet relevant and competitive in the year 2003. So far, most of the hard-earned gains are "below the radar" for most NCF members, but they are the unheralded building-blocks that are essential to FreeNet maintaining its role as a practical and realistic alternative in the increasingly chaotic world of Internet Service Providers-- not on the cutting edge . . . but, for most members' purposes, not too far behind.

      Director Sandy Campbell complained of slow responses to modem outages and failures, especially on weekends, but said that overall progress had been encouraging. He said that although the pace had been slower than hoped for, he thought that NCF was laying the groundwork for a major advance in the fall of 2003. All directors joined in praising and supporting the Executive Director's efforts.

      MOTION: That the ED report be accepted
      Moved by: Sandy Campell
      Seconded by: Graeme Beckett
      VOTE: All in favor

    2. Executive Committee Report (Chris Cope)

      The Committee did not meet this month.

    3. Treasurer's Report (Vanessa Kanu)
      (see financial statements for prior month)

      Treasurer Kanu reviewed her report and the financial statements and said, essentially, that all things financial were as expected and there was nothing requiring the Board's attention.

      MOTION: That the reports be accepted
      MOVED BY: Sandy Campbell
      SECONDED BY: Graeme Beckett
      MOTION: All in favor

  6. Announcements
    1. Director Andrea Holland proudly reported (on behalf of herself and, of course, husband Byron) the birth of Aaron, their second son.

    JULY 15,2003 at 7 p.m.
    Client Services Boardroom
    Ottawa City Hall
    111 Lisgar street, Ottawa


    The meeting adjourned at 8.36 p.m.