Monthly Meeting - 2007-03-03

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Public meeting minutes for 2007-03-03 at 6:30pm
Location: 1820 Pandora Street
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Contents

Agenda

Old Business

  • PayPal
  • Summit on IT
  • Location - Victoria/Powell

New Business

  • Donation/Grant $
  • Locations
  • Membership definition
  • Charitable status

Events

  • March 19 - VANlug
  • 21 - Linux Clinic - Windowless Wednesday
  • 24 - Sista' Hood
  • 28 - Movie Night - Software "Pirates" and Files Shares
  • April 7 - General Meeting - Video In 1965 Main St


Paypal

  • Up and running - online
  • registered as non-profit - lower fees
  • Separate Vancity account for PayPal
  • Still looking at other options

Summit on IT

  • 24th - Supposed to be there but fee was $1200
  • too expensive, opted out
  • brochures were to be put into bags of entrants
  • about 150 distributed

Locations - Victoria/Powell

  • looked at by David and Directors
  • good location - $ 1500 month
  • option to expand to basement
  • elevator ~4x5 foot - wouldn't fit a std skid
  • door to upstairs facility too small
  • asked to resize door - said they would but rent would increase by sq foot
  • offered to donate door and labour - refused
  • off the radar
  • developed good relationship with Colliers (Scott)

Donations/Grants $

  • March 1st - won the Canadian Association of Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta grant - $300 - will help with future applications
  • included much of the text that went into the Freedonia grant
  • Other donations have come in
    • $200 cash
    • Received sound equipment that we can sell to raise money

Ifny's Trip to Portland

  • 4 hours at PDX
  • picked up FGV's new server by bike
  • server donated by PDX to replace old server
  • sat with Richard (one of FG-PDX founders)
    • talked about hardware grants

Locations

  • 7th & Manitoba
  • for sublease by CBRE
  • in negotiations - off the market
    • good location
  • 5th & Quebec
    • 2 sides leased by 2 different companies
    • 6000 sq/ft - 1500 warehouse - 700 reno'd office
    • 2 floors
    • ~$3750/mo
    • might be able to share with another org

Membership definition

  • by law membership must be defined
  • BC societies must have members - not the same as Portland
  • basic definition came out of last governance meeting:
    • "Having a volunteer number"
      • people would need to register
  • some contention around how a member is defined compared to how a member is dismissed
  • issue put back to governance for further discussion
  • please watch governance list

Software/Distro

  • first meeting
  • what distro will we use
  • moving towards ubuntu for workstation computers, debian for servers
  • our version will likely be tweaked to FGV's liking
  • ubuntu is flexible and has lots of support

Charitable status

  • meeting with Omar from Pedal Depot
  • talked about his experience with charitable status application
  • Omar suggested now is the right time - apply now while you don't have to prove anything. The idea of where you're going to go is more important.
  • our mission statement fits well with application requirements
  • Charitable status will help us get grants and receive donations by tax deductibles
  • application will go up on grant wiki for modification and discussion
  • question raised: how might it restrict our actions/choices?

Recent communication meeting

  • talked about publicity
  • brochures have been printed
  • business cards on the way - including generic cards for people to pass out
  • looking for a printer to do a geek calendar for Fall
    • talk to whoever did downtown eastside calendar
    • perhaps to include other FGs
  • more DVDs from PDX
  • buttons/stickers
  • accessibility must be prime for all meetings and venues

Events

  • Mar 6 - FG intergalactic irc meeting
    • - 1 hour
    • Mar 19 - Presentation at VANlug (Vancouver Linux Users group)
    • - 1/2 hour
    • - play video
    • - spiel
    • - questions
  • Mar 21 - Linux Clinic (Windowless Wednesday) - 7-10
    • - Roundhouse will not work
    • - likely to be at SPEC again
    • - OpenOffice.org presentation
    • - education meeting next week to discuss needs
    • - used at library - outreach/publicity at library
  • Mar 24 - Sista' Hood
    • - will have a table with material and running computers available
    • - $30 table
    • - on their website with a description
  • Mar 28 - Movie night - Software "Pirates" and File Sharers
    • - 1983 TV show - The Software Chronicles
    • - same issues and topics as today
    • - "Steal This Film"
    • - About the Pirate Bay
  • Mar 28 - "Massive Tech"
  • Apr 7 - Next general meeting
    • - Video In - 1965 Main St
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