Huron Valley Community Network
Board of Directors Meeting
Minutes
May 10, 1995

Board Members Present:
Arnold Barr (Chair), Ed Hayes (Treasurer), Rebecca Head, Jennie Meyer Howard, Jeff Ogden, Keith Stanger (Secretary), Mary Udoji, Linda Vengroff
Community Members Present:
Lemuel Amen

The meeting was held in Eastern Michigan University's McKenny Union and was called to order at 7:15 a.m.

Mr. Barr reported that a meeting was held on May 6, 1995 at the Washtenaw County Library to start work on revising the HVCN Business Plan. In attendance were Steve Weiss, Chair of the HVCN Technical Committee, as well as Mr. Hayes, Ms. Udoji, and Mr. Barr. Mr. Barr distributed an outline of the points covered at the working session.

Mr. Barr reported that Joan Durrance, of UM's School of Information and Library Studies, offered to discuss with HVCN the possibility of having some of her students help with gathering and preparing information for HVCN's online service. Mr. Barr also reported that it was suggested at a recent Internet Council meeting that some of the local commercial Internet service providers might provide some assistance to "charities" such as HVCN.

Ms. Howard suggested staging an HVCN community event that provided information about the project, entertainment and food. Sign-up sheets for volunteers to work on HVCN committees would be available, along with individuals to explain the role of each committee to those who were interested. At the end of the event, people who signed up for committees would be called together to set a time for their first working meeting.

Mr. Ogden observed that to organize people who volunteer to serve on HVCN committees, it is important to identify individual catalysts/coordinators to get things started. For example, Steve Weiss is the catalyst/coordinator of the HVCN Technical Committee. Mr. Ogden suggested that we determine what committees we need to get started now and identify individuals who could help define the role of each committee for the volunteers. These leaders would meet to discuss goals and what needed to be done. A Technical Committee already exists. Other committees needing leaders include a Sponsorship Committee (to identify large financial "sponsors" and to develop a fundraising presentation to address their concerns) and a Content Committee. Mr. Ogden suggested setting a date a few weeks from now and calling a meeting of the HVCN Board, the HVCN Advisory Committee (Joan Durrance and Lana Straight), and selected other individuals to discuss the organization and missions of the working committees.

Ms. Howard reported that she was scheduled to talk to the Washtenaw County Labor Council about community networks on Tuesday, May 16, 1995.

Ms Head attended the community networking Ties That Bind conference in Cupertino, California. She reported that areas of concern were: 1) who will control access to the Internet? 2) who will control the content/information available? and, 3) how can community networks sustain their operations? It was pointed out that community networks provide access to computer-based information for people who cannot afford commercial services and that community networks provide certain kinds of information that commercial services cannot/do not deliver.

The next Board meeting was scheduled for Wednesday, May 24, 1995 at 7:00 a.m. at Eastern Michigan University's McKenny Union.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:35 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Keith Stanger, Secretary