The DACS Board of Directors met on August 11, 2003 at the Resource Center at 7:00pm. Present were Messrs. Bovaird, Buoy, Gallichotte, Ostergren, Powers, Scheef and Setaro. President Jim Scheef presided and Secretary Larry Buoy kept the record. The minutes of the last meeting of the Board held on July 7, 2003 were approved with corrections.
Treasurer Charlie Bovaird reported current cash assets of $17,536.27, consisting of bank and postal accounts in the amount of $17,378.56 plus postage on hand of $157.71. Subtracting liabilities of prepaid dues in the amount of $6,772.00, left a net of $10,764.27. Also, he reported current membership of 424.
During a brief discussion of the status of upcoming presentations scheduled for General Meetings, President Scheef remarked that the subject for the hoped-for November presentation by Microsoft would undoubtedly be Office 2003, though there was no definite commitment from Microsoft at this time. Also briefly discussed was possible future placement of posters advertising General Meetings.
President Scheef also announced that work on the Bulletin Board project would resume after the summer "hiatus."
Treasurer Bovaird informed the Board that he had incorporated the suggestions discussed at the July meeting in his draft of a member survey, to be incorporated in a future issue of the newsletter.
A discussion then ensued, regarding
making offers of software and/or hardware available to the membership
via the Web site, email, the contemplated Bulletin Board or otherwise.
The discussion digressed into the advisability of sponsoring
a swap meet with negative response.
Jim Scheef announced that Gene Minasi had confirmed that the Danbury Hospital auditorium had been scheduled for the first Tuesday of each calendar month of 2004, subject, of course, to preemption by the hospital.
Also announced was organization
of a new SIG on Web Site Design, to be led by Anna Collens, currently
scheduled to be held on the third Tuesday in each month, beginning
in September, 2003. Jim Scheef announced that he would head a
temporary SIG on Microsoft's Server 2003 for a period of six
to eight weeks, starting in September. This SIG would be instead
of the Server SIG during that period, and would then revert to
the Server SIG. Possible instigation of a PDA SIG by Frank Powers
was explored, with the caveat of determining common fields of
President Scheef informed the meeting that all Microsoft-related SIGS should be registered with the Mindshare program and that, currently, the VB, Server and Networking, dotNET and Server 2003 SIGs, plus DACS itself as a user group, were so registered.
Discussion turned to the User Group National Ad Program, which will no longer be coordinated through the Houston PC Club. Allan Ostergren stated that he would confirm DACS interest in continuing the program independently through its former coordinator.
After a short discussion, it was agreed that, due to time restrictions, Charlie Bovaird should canvas the DACS membership via email, regarding the request by the Danbury Housing Authority for volunteers to assist with a picnic, to be held on August 26, for seniors housed within Housing Authority's facilities.