JANUARY 14 2009 BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING OF COMMUNITY FREE SOFTWARE GROUP, INC.
The meeting of the Board of Directors was held at 805 Third Avenue, 10th Floor, New York, New York 10022 on 14 January 2009 at 6:00 PM. Dave Williams, acting President of the Board of Directors, called the meeting to order.
The following were present:
being a quorum of the Directors of the Corporation.
The Secretary presented the minutes of the previous Board meeting. The minutes were read, and on a motion duly made, seconded and carried the Directors approved the minutes.
The Treasurer reported on the organization's current finances. The documents he provided indicated a prolonged lack of activity.
The President discussed the state of the organization as of the previous annual meeting, and subsequent actions taken to restore the Community Free Software Group's resources. All that remained was formally changing the contact information for the Post Office Box. Joe Maffia pointed out that he is still in the process of recreating the Board's email distribution list.
Dave Williams recommended implementing at least one program before the upcoming annual meeting. He presented several ideas for developing the organization, including the creation of an advisory board, grantseeking and grant preparation activities, and developing programs hosted by Housing Authority community centers.
Darline Lalanne inquired about providing technical resources for a not-for-profit organization that might require assistance preparing a new office. The Board considered it an excellent opportunity, as the Group's mission applies to serving both community-based organizations and their communities.
Darline Lalanne stated that based upon her experience with non-profits the Group's website does not present information in a format other organizations find accessible. A redesign would go a long way toward assisting other groups considering their technology requirements, especially if informative documents and explanatory materials can be provided. Dave Williams requested the creation of a functional site analysis and design, to review and begin the process.
Other suggestions included participating in speaking engagements at regional non-profit events, compiling a list of potential advisory board members, recruiting student interns interested in grant research and writing, and compiling a survey of previous CFSG programs to determine the income generated per each individual participant's time. Dave Williams requested that directors continue evaluating potential opportunities, including both technology instruction programs and organizational infrastructure and training projects.
Dave Williams proposed offering Forest Mars a seat on the Board of Directors. Forest has a long history in New York as a technologist, advocate, and member of public service organizations. After discussing the nomination a motion to elect Forest Mars to the Board of Directors was made, seconded and carried, and upon unanimous vote it was
RESOLVED that Forest Mars is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Community Free Software Group.
There being no further business before the meeting, the President moved to adjourn. The motion was seconded, carried, and the meeting was adjourned.