August 15, 2012

by JKL

CALL TO ORDER AND NOTE OF ATTENDANCE
The conference call meeting was called to order at approximately 5pm Pacific by President Eric Byler. Other directors present included Vice President Egberto Willies and Secretary Jeanene Louden (15 minutes late due to traffic), Frank Kirkwood, Cameron Kruger, Chris Ritter. Directors absent included Treasurer Eric Whinery, Craig Dunigan, and Jose Gutierrez. Lynda Park, Board Development Work Group Chair attended as an invited guest. We all took 30 seconds each to check in!

MINUTES
Here they are!

FUNDRAISING
As of 5pm,  August 15, 2012 we have raised one third of our monthly goal. The first email blast with Jessica letter and video to go out tomorrow.  The plan is to also include a link to this interview.

FILLING BOARD VACANCIES AND ADDING AD HOC MEMBERS
Lynda Park presented the  Board Election and Restructure Document. This included strategies for electing board members for terms that expire at the end of December, and adding to the talent pool on this working board.

A List of candidates is being prepared and discussed. Issues of diversity, skill mix,  and numbers, plus the need for one existing member to go on hiatus set the tone of our conversation.

MEETING FREQUENCY
A motion was proposed in the agenda but will be discussed by email between meetings: Shall the Board of Directors begin meeting every other week, and, entrust the Officers to make decisions, and consult other directors via email according to their judgement?

NATIONBUILDER DEMONSTRATION
The conference call adjourned at about 6pm Pacific to reconvene in Big Marker for a demonstration of Nation Builder, a potential replacement technology for Blue State Digital and Amazon web hosting. The presentation was fraught with difficulties, and gave some a glimpse of what is possible, and shut others out of the conversation. There was a strong sentiment that we need to have the Big Marker technology managed better before we use it for a board meeting again.

SCHEDULE NEXT MEETING AND ADJOURN
The meeting was closed by agreement not long after 7PM Pacific (Eric had fallen off during the Big Marker segment). The next meeting will be held by conference call Wednesday, August 22, 2012, at 5PM Pacific (8PM Eastern). We all took 30 seconds to check out, then opened all mics to say Aloha to one another.

RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED:
Jeanene Louden
Secretary of the Board of Directors

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