Board minutes for April 2012

BOARD MEETING MINUTES For Board meeting on April 26, 2012 

President Kit Harras called the Board meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. The roll was taken, and those present and absent are as shown. Board members are asked to read and coordinate corrections or changes with the Club Secretary before the Board meeting. 




Kit Harras


Vice President

Ralph Woodard



Jean Marsh



Jim Johnson


Prize Chair

Judi Franklin



Mark Griffith



Jeff Jensen



Mike Marus



Doug McNutt



Jacqueline Monroe



Skip Mundy



Mark Pedri



Joe Staten





APPROVAL OF LAST MEETING MINUTES:  Minutes from last month’s Board meeting were approved as posted on the Website.


Membership:  66 paid members
Club Bank Balance: $4,220.28
Pay Pal amount:  $414.50 

A. Old Business

1. Meeting agendas

May Presentation: Jeff Jensen will contact Mark Pimentel. At this time Mark is to present Photos to DVD Slide Show.  

June Presentation: A walk through the steps of setting up iCloud. Mobil Me will end at the end of June. This presentation may be delayed until after the change over happens.

July Presentation: Tentatively, finance and various financial software applications and sites.

August Presentation: Annual pizza party plus a robotic demonstration. Kit Harras and Doug McNutt have MSHS Robotics club with their 150 lb. computer controlled robot for entertainment and education. They will enlighten us all about FIRST program and mentoring to encourage more interaction with STEM programs.  

2. Attracting Paid Members: Participants at our SMMUG meetings evidently need a viable reason to want to be paid members. Some ideas include select parts of the website to be restricted, move the badge table outside the door with a greeter to talk up the benefits of being a member of the club, possible a nominal fee charged, have non members identifiable by a bold badge, and/or have them stand and introduce themselves. 

3. B.U.G. (Basic User Group) Will continue to have a table, and we’ll advertise it more.

4. S.I.G.: The recent meetings have been spent fielding a lot of questions about iCloud. The Cloud appears to work well with various Apple products but not as well with other programs.

5. Web Site: It is very close to being ready. There have been some complex surprises to be worked through. All the tests need to be removed and replaced with current material. Pay Pall will be switched over. A few items need to be finished. Jeff will give a brief introduction of the new website. 

6. iDisk:  Mark Griffith has been working on it but the processor reader is slow.

7. Griffith Center School: Mark got in touch with principle who referred him to the registrar and told them what the club would like to do. Their I.T. fellow has not returned the call yet.       

B. New Business

1. Apple Inc. is giving away Snow Leopard so all computers will be up to date for the transition to iCloud. The updated program will also to make it possible to address Malware problems. There is a link on the website to check and see if your computer has a Malware problem. Jim Johnson will cover the recent concerns and give us a step by step run down on how to check for problems and what to do if one is found.

2. Suggestions concerning where the club might move their meeting to next year. One that has broadband with high speed internet connection, cleared roads in the winter, a central location and preferably one that does not charge rent. A new location may encourage those resistant to coming to a “senior” center.

3. Consider taking a poll as to the day and time of the S.I.G. meeting and if another would be preferable. This could also include when members would like to see the B.U.G meeting scheduled.

C. Around the Table

1.  Our door prize coordinator Judy Franklin has a conflict and can’t attend the board meetings. Kit will step in to assist. Her research has shown that quite a lot of books and magazines have been given but not as many gift cards as thought.

2. Mention needs to be made at the meeting for everyone to “like” us on Face Book. The clout it creates is useful for the future.

3. Mark Griffith is working on migration on iDisk but the processor reader is slow.

4. A possible program for September, How to Find Good New Apps. A couple of suggestions included a free app “Over 40” which makes deciphering the small screen easier and “Mail Drop”. With it you to photo a piece of junk mail and it eliminates it. 

5. “Like the new logo.”  “The new site is looking good.”

NEXT MEETING:    WHEN: May 31, 2012 at 5:30pm.  WHERE:  Will be included in agenda for next meeting

ADJOURN @ 7:00


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