Board Meeting, March 1st, 2005

Board members present

  • John Goerzen (CosmicRay) (President)
  • Benj. Mako Hill (mako) (Vice-President)
  • David Graham (cdlu) (Secretary)
  • Jimmy Kaplowitz (Hydroxide) (Treasurer)
  • Branden Robinson (BrandenRobinson)
  • Ian Jackson (IanJackson)
  • Bruce Perens (BrucePerens)
  • Bdale Garbee (bdale)

Board members absent with regrets

  • Martin Schulze (Joey)

Registered guests present

  • Michael Banck (azeem)
  • Antti-Juhani Kaijanaho (ibid)
  • Michael Schultheiss (schultmc)
  • Bill Allombert (yp17)
  • MJ Ray (slef)

Agenda

  1. Opening
  2. Roll call
  3. President's update (John Goerzen)
  4. Treasurer's report (Jimmy Kaplowitz)
  5. Outstanding minutes (David Graham)
    • January 4th, 2005
    • February 1st, 2005
  6. Items up for discussion:
    • Tax filing (John Goerzen)
    • Implementing the BBB Wise Giving Alliance Standards for Charity Accountability http://www.give.org/standards/ (MJ Ray)
  7. Next meeting: April 5th, 2005 (John Goerzen)

Recorder:David Graham (Secretary)

These are the draft minutes for the March 1st, 2005 Board meeting, held at 19:00 UTC in #spi on irc.spi-inc.org.

President's update (John Goerzen)

The president's update reads as follows:

Based on feedback received recently, notices for meetings will be handled slightly differently. Notices will now be posted as news items on the website and mailed to spi-announce, spi-general, and possibly debian-devel-announce. I encourage representatives from all SPI's member projects to forward these announcements to your project as appropriate. Additionally, I have added a new Meetings page to the website which provides basic information on when and where SPI meetings are normally held.

Treasurer's report (Jimmy Kaplowitz)

The treasurer's report was not available at meeting time.

Outstanding minutes (David Graham)

  • January 4th, 2005
  • February 1st, 2005

On approving both sets of minutes:

Ian JacksonYes
John GoerzenYes
David GrahamYes
Branden RobinsonYes
Bdale GarbeeAbstain
Benj. Mako HillYes
Jimmy KaplowitzDid not vote
Bruce PerensDid not vote

The minutes for 2005-01-04 and 2005-02-01 were approved by a vote of:

Yes: 5, No: 0, Abstain: 1, Did not vote: 2

Items up for discussion

Tax filing (John Goerzen)

The deadline to file our taxes is May 15. Branden will pursue accountant Judy Dunlap and others for quotes for assistance with the questions:

  1. Can they handle our taxes for 2004?
  2. Can they handle our taxes for previous years?
  3. Can they serve as our paid bookkeeper henceforth?

Implementing the BBB Wise Giving Alliance Standards for Charity Accountability http://www.give.org/standards/ (MJ Ray)

MJ Ray proposed that SPI examine the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance Standards for Charity Accountability

Discussion:

John Goerzen suggested that there are two questions:

  1. Do we aim to follow the BBBWGASCA guidelines?
  2. Do we join the Better Business Bureau?

Bruce Perens suggested that the Better Business Bureau primarily exists as a lightening rod for complaints and is not beneficial to us.

Ian Jackson volunteered to review the guidelines for which are applicable to SPI.

Next meeting: April 5th, 2005 (John Goerzen)

Jimmy Kaplowitz moves, seconded by Branden Robinson "that we make our meetings the third Tuesday of every month at 1900 UTC"

Jimmy KaplowitzYes
Branden RobinsonYes
John GoerzenYes
David GrahamYes
Bruce PerensYes
Bdale GarbeeYes
Benj. Mako HillDid not vote
Ian JacksonDid not vote

The monthly meeting time of the third Tuesday of every month at 19:00 UTC was adopted with a vote of:

Yes: 6, No: 0, Abstain: 0, did not vote: 2

The meeting was adjourned at 19:31 UTC until March 15th at 19:00 UTC.

Appendix A: Current Board Membership

Date electedNameRole
[2003-03-11]John GoerzenPresident
[2003-03-11]Benjamin Mako HillVice President
[2003-11-29]David GrahamSecretary
[2004-02-20]Jimmy KaplowitzTreasurer
[2004-07-29]Bdale Garbee
[2004-07-29]Branden Robinson
[2003-11-29]Ian Jackson
[2003-03-11]Bruce Perens
[2003-11-29]Martin "Joey" Schulze

Appendix B: Approved Resolutions

Appendix C: Treasurers' Report

Appendix D: Meeting log