JULY 5 2004 BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING OF COMMUNITY FREE SOFTWARE GROUP, INC.
The meeting of the Board of Directors was held at 35 Claver Place #8, Brooklyn, New York 11238 on 5 July 2004, at 3:00 PM. Marco Scoffier, 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 of the Board of Directors, Dave Williams, presented the official corporate records of the Community Free Software Group, Inc. The Certificate of Incorporation was read and reviewed. Copies of the Bylaws filed by the incorporating agent were presented and briefly discussed. On a motion duly made, seconded and carried, the Directors are to review the Bylaws and compare them with the original draft, for the purpose of amending them at the next meeting of the Board.
Dave Williams outlined the next steps required of the organization: The application for IRS 501(c)(3) status needs to be completed and filed before the end of the calendar year, followed by the New York State application. The organization's trademark needs to be submitted to the New York Department of State.
Dave Williams suggested that issues of organizational development be considered, including the recruitment of additional members and the application for grants and available funds. Selso DaSilva nominated Kevin Mark as a potential member of the Board, and Dave Williams seconded the nomination. The motion was tabled pending further discussion. It was agreed that Kevin Mark will be contacted to determine his level of interest. Stephen Lynch and Dave Williams volunteered to participate in the preparation of grant applications. Dave Williams recommended that everyone review all documents and forms relevant to the group, and contribute to researching development opportunities. Joe Maffia will be contacted as soon as possible regarding bank accounts and budget preparation.
Dave Williams recommended that a member of the legal community be recruited, and Marco Scoffier nominated Dave Williams to prepare correspondence with Professors Eben Moglen and Yochai Benkler regarding their suggestions and recommendations. This motion was seconded and carried unanimously. Dave Williams asked if Brooke from Grand Street Settlement was interested in participating in the group in a formal capacity, and Stephen Lynch offered to approach her on the subject.
Stephen Lynch described the current status of the Grand Street Settlement/Americorps project. Although no exact weekdays have been determined for the individual sessions, the course will meet two times per week beginning the week of July 11 and ending the week of October 3, for a total of twenty-four two-hour sessions.
Marco Scoffier recommended that course modules be prepared. These modules should include hardware identification, basic Unix concepts, file system and file format information, and instruction in basic programming (shell scripting and HTML coding) and networking.
Metrics and deliverables for the project were discussed, with an emphasis on creating material that can be refined and reused in future programs. Extensive discussion followed, and it was agreed that the initial sessions of the course will involve introductions and assessments, equipment assignment, and instruction in hardware components. The group will participate in materials preparation using an iterative process of constant refinement and revision, and advanced material will be available in the event that students demonstrate a strong aptitude for subjects beyond the basic, general information provided. The primary purpose of the project is to provide a broad but informative and practical overview of information technology for students potentially interested in a professional career in the field, but of equal value for students with a general curiosity about the subject. Although detailed information and examples will be provided, the emphasis will be on overarching concepts of technology with an understanding of the value of information openness and freedom.
Selso DaSilva presented an idea for a course in hardware identification offered to preschool-age children. This raised many questions, and it was agreed that further information is required. Selso DaSilva then described an opportunity to offer GNU/Linux instruction in conjunction with the purchase of a small-form-factor Mini-ATX computer from Kiho Shin. This could potentially be developed as a five-hour Free Software course, and Selso DaSilva agreed to refine the idea further with Kiho Shin and create a detailed proposal.
There being no further business before the meeting, a motion was made, seconded and unanimously carried to adjourn.