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2006 CCS BOD Minutes

 

200601

CHICAGO COMPUTER SOCIETY

Highlights of Minutes of Board Meeting of 1/21/06

Taken by Mick Hedrick Secretary

Meeting held,  No Quorum

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200602

CHICAGO COMPUTER SOCIETY

Highlights of Minutes of Board Meeting of 2/18/06

Taken by Mick Hedrick, Secretary

 Board Meeting was called to order 02/18/06 10:15 AM by the President Al Cheeks.

 Board members in attendance:       

Board attendees present:

Al Cheeks - President

Terry Moye – Region 1 Director at 10:20

 

Tim Kekeis – Vice President

Peter Lawrence – Region 2 Director

 

Burt Goode - Secretary

Jerry Sass - Region 3 Director

Beata Kernan - Treasurer Tom Tepper – Region 4 Director

 

 

Vacant - Region 5 Director

Guests: Frank Bartusek , Tom Soltis, and  Ron Friedman.

 A quorum of the Board was present. 

 The minutes of the December 17, 2005 Board Meeting was approved.

Discussions held:
         Credit Card Payment:

The option for members to pay dues via credit cards was eliminated due to cost of the service. It costs CCS $25.00 per month to keep the account plus an additional charge for each transaction.  CCS only process 30 – 40 cards per year.

Regions:

     The President requested Regional Directors to submit an e-mail report describing recent Region activities no later than the Thursday prior to Board meetings.   It was also requested that each Region supply eHard-Copy with “Someone You Should Know” articles.  Tom Tepper and Frank Bartusek will confer to finalize the realignment of Region 4 and Region 5.  

     Region 1 Directorship vacated:

A motion to remove the Region 1 Director from office was made by Tim Kekeis. and  second by Tom Tepper   The reason specified was the Director failed to execute his duties in accordance with the Society Bylaws and policies.   The Board then voted by more than the required two third majority to remove the Region 1 Director from office for just cause.

     Website:

The dues credit card payment option will be removed, and the Tri-Folds will be updated.   Jerry will instruct Tim Kekeis in the procedure to upload eHard-Copy to the site before May 2006.

     Westside Internet Access:
Jerry Sass will set up a meeting with City of Naperville officials to investigate Internet access using the City’s network during Westside chapter meetings.  A member currently provides Internet access during meetings using his Verizon phone.  Unfortunately he is unable to attend all meetings.

     Projectors:

The South Suburban projector was repaired at a cost of $847.06.  The need to replace all four Society projectors was discussed.  It was emphasized that CCS needs to find a way to fund the costs associated with the replacement of all four Society projectors.

     Regional Directors Election:

Tim Kekeis will review the procedures  providing for the election of the Regional Directors at the Chapter/SIG levels.  Nominations will be accepted in August with voting held in each Chapter/SIG meeting in September.

     Society Bylaws:

Tim Kekeis will review the Society’s by-laws.  The lack of a quorum (currently six), frequently prevents the Board from conducting official CCS business.  It was noted that lowering the Board quorum number would enhance the Board’s ability to conduct official meetings.

     Chapter Renaming:

The President proposed changing the chapter names to Computer Clubs from Chapter.  It was  reported in the APCUG meetings, that several computer Groups have made this change, resulting in increased membership.  The Club name implies a friendlier, less high-tech environment, minimizing the reluctance of novice users to join.

The meeting was adjourned at 12:25 PM.

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200603

CHICAGO COMPUTER SOCIETY

Highlights of Minutes of Board Meeting of 3/18/06

Taken by Mick Hedrick, Secretary

 Board Meeting was called to order 03/18/06 10:15 AM by the President Al Cheeks.

 Board members in attendance:       

Board attendees present:

Al Cheeks - President

Region 1 Director - Vacant

 

Tim Kekeis – Vice President

Region 2 Director - Peter Lawrence  

 

Burt Goode - Secretary

Region 3 Director- Jerry Sass

Beata Kernan - Treasurer Region 4 Director - Tom Tepper

 

 

Region 5 Director - Vacant -

Guests: Frank Bartusek and Tom Soltis.

 

 A quorum of the Board was present. 

 

The minutes of the February 18, 2006 , Board Meeting was approved.

 

The Treasurer’s Report was presented by the Treasurer indicating a bank balance of $26,426.72.  The current membership report indicated 568 members.

 

Discussions Held:

 

Website:

The Tri-Folds have been updated.    The President requested that the Webmaster provide a monthly eHard-Copy article describing various aspects of the website content.

 

Westside Internet Access:

The President presented Jerry Sass with a PCMCIA card (Verizon account), to provide internet access during Westside meetings.   

 

Society Bylaws:

Tim Kekeis presented a document to the Board, which described modifications of the Bylaws that were considered most important.   Board discussion resulted in suggested modifications to the Bylaws that are summarized as follows:

 

1.     The election of the directors (Article 3.3) shall take place at local monthly Computer Club meetings during the month following the close of nominations.    Currently elections take place by secret MAIL ballot during the month following the close of nominations.

 

2.       The removal of a member of the board of Directors (Article 3.8) will require a 2/3 vote of the SEATED members of the board of Directors.   Current removal requires a 2/3 vote of the board of Directors without consideration of vacancies that exist.

 

3.       The number of Board members necessary to have a Quorum (Article 3.10) so official CCS business may be conducted, will be no less than 51% of the SEATED members.  Currently the number of Board members required to have a Quorum is no less than six (6) members.  The value six (6) assumed that all Board positions would be filled and left no allowance for vacancies on the Board.

 

4.       Rename the Society Chapters to Computer Clubs, the individual SIG’s are not affected.  The designation of Club is accepted by most people to infer average people and socializing, not a group of geeks or professional experts.

 

5.       Delete Article 5.1 that describes the required procedure to hold legally constituted meetings of the Society.    The Board members considered this Article served no useful purpose.   Such a meeting has not been held for many years and none is anticipated in the future.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 12:00 PM.

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200604

CHICAGO COMPUTER SOCIETY

Highlights of Minutes of Board Meeting of 4/22/06

Taken by Mick Hedrick, Secretary

 Board Meeting was called to order 04/22/06 10:15 AM by the President Al Cheeks.

 Board members in attendance:       

Board attendees present:

Al Cheeks - President

Region 1 Director - Vacant

 

Tim Kekeis – Vice President

Region 2 Director - Peter Lawrence  

 

Burt Goode - Secretary

Region 3 Director- Jerry Sass

Beata Kernan - Treasurer (Absent)

Region 4 Director - Tom Tepper

 

 

Region 5 Director - Vacant -

Guests:  Tom Soltis.

 

 A quorum of the Board was present. 

 

The minutes of the March 18, 2006 , Board Meeting were approved as corrected.

The Treasurer’s report was distributed, indicating a bank balance of $25,088.44 and current membership of 570 members.

Discussions Held:

Regions:

                The Regional Director’s reports now issued via e-mail, were discussed briefly.

eHard-Copy:

   Corel Draw is being evaluated to determine if this software will ease preparation of eHard-Copy.  The hidden prize, contained within the next four eHard-Copy issues, will be a one-year subscription to the Smart Computing Magazine.

Westside Internet Access:

   The Verizon card provided adequate Internet access during the April 6 West Suburban Club meeting.   

Society Bylaws:

    Prior to the meeting, the CCS leadership voted via e-mail to either support or reject the proposed amendments to the Society’s Bylaws.  The leadership member’s vote showed overwhelming support of the amendments presented.    A motion to accept the vote for the proposed amendments to the Bylaws was made by Tim Kekeis and second by Mick Hedrick.  Society members may vote to rescind the amendments at the next General Election, currently scheduled for Fall 2007.

The Bylaw’s Articles as they were before modification and the corresponding amended sections follow:

       Article 3.3 Election

   Prior to Modification  - The election of the directors shall take place by secret mail ballot during the month following the close of nominations.  Ballots for regional director will be mailed to members in good standing whose mailing address falls within the region.   Nominations will be made by members during the month of August to the election officers appointed to administer proceedings.

 

  As Amended - The election of the Directors shall take place at local monthly Computer Club meetings during the month following the close of nominations.  Computer Club Coordinators will conduct elections at the local level in the region.  They will report election information and forward member sign-in sheets to the Executive Assistant of the Board.  Nominations will be made by members during the month of August to the Executive Assistant of the Board.

Article 3.8 Termination of Directors:

    Prior to Modification  - A Board member may be removed from office for just cause, such as the failure to attend 3 board meetings in any consecutive twelve-month period, or failure to execute his/her duties in accordance with the Society Bylaws and Polices.  Removal action requires a 2/3 vote of the Board of Directors.

      As Amended - A Board member may be removed from office for just cause, such as the failure to attend 3 board meetings in any consecutive twelve-month (12) period, or failure to execute his/her duties in accordance with the Society Bylaws and Polices.  Removal action requires a 2/3 vote of seated members of the Board of Directors.

 Article 3.10 Quorum:

     Prior to Modification -No less than six (6) members of the board of directors shall be present to conduct business.

     As Amended - No less than 51% of the seated members of the Board of Directors shall be present to conduct business.                                       

            Article 5.1 Designated Chapter - This Article was removed from the Bylaws:

    Prior to Removal - For the purposes of holding legally constituted meetings of the Society, the Board of Directors shall designate at which regular chapter meeting such a legally constituted Society meeting shall take place.  The Board shall notify the membership of the date, time and location of this meeting at least 60 days in advance.

 Article V - All instances of  'Chapter' are changed to 'Computer Club’.            

     Jerry Sass will contact the Club leaders within Regions one and five to determine the Official Club names they have selected.               

 The meeting was adjourned at 12:00 PM.

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200605

CHICAGO COMPUTER SOCIETY

Highlights of Minutes of Board Meeting of 5/13/06

Taken by Mick Hedrick, Secretary

 Board Meeting was called to order 05/13/06 10:15 AM by the President Al Cheeks.

 Board members in attendance:       

Board attendees present:

Al Cheeks - President

Region 1 Director - Vacant

 

Tim Kekeis – Vice President

Region 2 Director - Peter Lawrence  

 

Burt Goode - Secretary

Region 3 Director- Jerry Sass

Beata Kernan - Treasurer (Absent)

Region 4 Director - Tom Tepper

 

 

Region 5 Director - Vacant -

Guests: Frank Bartusic and Tom Soltis.

 A quorum of the Board was present. 

 The minutes of the April 22, 2006 Board Meeting were approved as corrected.

 The Treasurer’s report was presented by the Treasurer, indicating a bank balance of $24,026.50 and current membership of 569 members.

 Discussions Held:

        Regions:

   The Regional Director’s reports now issued via email were discussed briefly.  The President emphasized  the eHard-Copy staff needs several articles to continue the “Someone You Should Know” series and requested that the Regional Directors assist  this effort.   .   It was also requested that Directors disseminate the information that any existing CCS member who brings in a new CCS member would have their current membership extended by one month.

        Web Site:

   The chapters name change to Computer Club has been completed.  The names for Regions one and five have as yet to be selected by conferring with the chapter coordinators.  The Tri-Folds have been revised and are available for download by the chapter coordinators.

       Directors Election:

    The document by Tim Kekeis, which outlined the procedure to be followed to conduct the Election of CCS Directors, was discussed.  Several suggestions were made concerning a contested election.  Tim will incorporate the suggestions into the document and present it for review at the next Board meeting.  The Directors election is scheduled for September 2006.

 MX-V

            Several vendors have been contacted to solicit their support and presence at MX-V.  The companies include Epson, Corel, Tech Smith, Hitachi, and Microsoft.    The program will be similar to that of MX-IV, which consisted of 13 one hour programs.   The event is scheduled for Saturday September 16, 2006.

 The meeting was adjourned at 12:17 PM.

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200608

CHICAGO COMPUTER SOCIETY

Highlights of Minutes of Board Meeting of 8/19/06

Taken by Mick Hedrick, Secretary

 Board Meeting was called to order 08/19/06 10:15 AM by the President Al Cheeks.

 Board members in attendance:       

Board attendees present:

Al Cheeks - President

Region 1 Director - Vacant

 

Tim Kekeis – Vice President

Region 2 Director - Peter Lawrence (Absent)  

 

Burt Goode - Secretary

Region 3 Director- Jerry Sass

Beata Kernan - Treasurer (Absent)

Region 4 Director - Tom Tepper

 

 

Region 5 Director - Vacant -

Guests: Frank Bartusic, Alan Lee and Tom Soltis.

 A quorum of the Board was present. 

 The Treasurer’s report was presented by the Treasurer, indicating a bank balance of $19,083.51 and current membership of 556 members.

 Discussions Held:

        Regions:

   The Regional Director’s reports are now to be issued via email.  The report from the Region 3 Director was the only report submitted this month.  The South Suburban Club has planned their programs through the end of 2006 and the Digital SIG has planned their meetings through April 2007.  In an attempt to attract members the Region 4 director plans to have the Club and SIG’s agendas published within the local papers.   A goal of 1 new member per Region/month was issued at the start of 2006.  To date only Regions 2 and 3 have met this goal.

       eHard-Copy:

   The July’s prizewinner did not claim their prize.  Although there have been no complaints concerning accessing the publication, it was speculated that the lack of winners may indicate that many members may not be reading eHard-Copy.  It was requested that each Region supply the eHard-Copy staff with several articles for the “Someone You Should Know” feature series, thus assuring the staff with a constant supply.

      Directors Election:

   The Directors election is scheduled for September 2006.  Nominations may only be submitted by the Club coordinators and  must in the hands of the Administrator no later than August 31.

       CCS Photo Contest:

   Tom Tepper will develop the rules for the Photo Contest and have them available to be published in the October eHard-Copy issue.

 

       MX-V:

       An update of the status of Mini Expo MX-V was given to the board by the President, Al Cheeks. 

 

      Yahoo Groups:

         Tim Kekeis will gather the owners and moderators of the various CCS Yahoo Groups, and they will collectively define the   “Rules of Order” to govern the operation of all CCS Yahoo Groups.

       Downtown Computer Club:

         The Downtown Computer Club is currently suspended from operation until a meeting place is obtained that has minimal or no monthly costs.   The current location’s rent has been increased significantly, this coupled the very low number of CCS members attending the meetings, the cost was deemed unjustified and the Club placed on suspension until a new location is obtained.

       ACT SIG:

         Alan Lee petitioned the board for reinstatement of the ACT SIG, which was a viable SIG from 1990 to 2002.  In 2002 Alan sold his business and the SIG discontinued meeting.    He plans for the ACT SIG to conduct meetings four times a year at the Schaumburg Public Library, also the location of the North West Computer Club meetings.   To reinstate the SIG, Alan must complete an application form, which requires obtaining sponsoring signatures from 10 current CCS members.  Upon completion the application must then be presented to the Board for approval.

The meeting was adjourned at 12:08 PM.

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200609

CHICAGO COMPUTER SOCIETY

Highlights of Minutes of Board Meeting of 9/9/06

Taken by Mick Hedrick, Secretary

 Board Meeting was called to order 09/9/06 10:15 AM by the President Al Cheeks.

 Board members in attendance:       

Board attendees present:

Al Cheeks - President

Region 1 Director - Vacant

 

Tim Kekeis – Vice President

Region 2 Director - Peter Lawrence (Absent)  

 

Burt Goode - Secretary

Region 3 Director- Jerry Sass

Beata Kernan - Treasurer (Absent)

Region 4 Director - Tom Tepper

 

 

Region 5 Director - Vacant -

Guests: Frank Bartusek, Charkie Sickels, and Tom Soltis.

 A quorum of the Board was present. 

The minutes of the August 18, 2006 Board Meeting were approved as corrected.

 The Treasurer’s report was presented by the Treasurer, indicating a bank balance of $28,076.82 and current membership of 557.

Discussions Held:

Regions:

  The Regional Director’s reports are now to be issued via email.  The report from the Region 3 Director was the only report submitted this month.  The Digital Imaging SIG will have a special meeting the night of October 18 during which Dave Whittle will present  "Whittle's Picks for the Digital Home!"   Dave Whittle will also speak at the South Suburban Club meeting October 17 the previous night.  To increase local resident awareness, the West Suburban Club’s meeting agenda was published in the Naperville Sun this month

eHard-Copy:

   The September issue is available on the web site.   Members still comment on not being able to find the hidden member number within the publication.

Directors Election:

    The Directors election is currently in progress during the month of September 2006.   For all elections, the coordinators must have a sign-in sheet for the meeting.   The completed sign-in sheet must be forwarded to the Administrator for the election to be certified as valid.

CCS Photo Contest:

   Tom Tepper will develop the rules for the Photo Contest and have them available to be published in the October eHard-Copy issue.

 MX-V:

      President Al Cheeks provided a status of the activities conducted in preparation for Mini-Expo MX-V.   A budget of $6,000, to cover the cost of MX-V was approved.   

NOTE:  Mini Expo MX-VI is currently scheduled for Saturday September 15, 2007.

Yahoo Groups:

         Tim Kekeis plans to gather many of the owners and moderators of the various CCS Yahoo Groups when they attend MX-V.    They will collectively define the   “Rules of Order” to govern the operation of all CCS Yahoo Groups.

Indiana Computer Club:

         The Indiana Computer Club has not communicated with the CCS office for well over a year and the President questioned if it was still functioning.  Tim Kekeis informed the board that the Indiana Club meets in the Hobart High School each 1st and 3rd Thursday during the school term.   Unfortunately access to the High School is only allowed during the 9-month school term, and the Club has been unable to find a location to hold meetings during the summer.

West Suburban Club Wi-Fi access: 

          The West Suburban Club now has free Wi-Fi available within it’s meeting rooms.  Currently Internet access is provided by Verizon wireless internet access purchased by CCS.   This service will be sold or cancelled, as it no longer is needed to support meetings

The meeting was adjourned at 11:50 A.M.

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200610a

CHICAGO COMPUTER SOCIETY

Highlights of Minutes of Board Meeting of 10/21/06

Taken by Mick Hedrick, Secretary

Board Meeting was called to order 10/21/06 10:15 AM by the President Al Cheeks. 

Board members in attendance:       

Board attendees present:

Al Cheeks - President

Region 1 Director - Vacant

 

Tim Kekeis – Vice President

Region 2 Director - Peter Lawrence

 

Burt Goode - Secretary

Region 3 Director- Jerry Sass

Beata Kernan - Treasurer

Region 4 Director - Vacant

 

 

Region 5 Director - Vacant -

 Guests: Frank Bartusek, Charkie Sickels, Tom Soltis and Nei  Ketzer.

 A quorum of the Board was present. 

 The minutes of the September 09, 2006 Board Meeting were approved.

 The Treasurer’s report was presented by the Treasurer, indicating a bank balance of $31,397.40 and current membership of 553.

 Final accounting for MX-V is not yet available.

 The Election Committee Chair – Beata Kernan, read the Directors election results:

        With acceptance of the Executive Board for the period October 1. 2006 to September 30, 2008 are:

                Region 1 Director    No Candidate

                Region 2 Director    Nei Ketzer

                Region 3 Director    Jerry Sass

                Region 4 Director    No Candidate

                Region 5 Director    Frank Bartusek

         The Directors accepted their new positions.

 The meeting was adjourned at 10: 25 A.M.

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200610b

CHICAGO COMPUTER SOCIETY

Highlights of Minutes of Board Meeting of 10/21/06

Taken by Mick Hedrick, Secretary

Board Meeting was called to order 10/21/06 10:30 AM by the President Al Cheeks. 

Board members in attendance:       

Board attendees present:

Al Cheeks - President

Region 1 Director - Vacant

 

Tim Kekeis – Vice President

Region 2 Director - Nei Ketzer

 

Burt Goode - Secretary

Region 3 Director- Jerry Sass

Beata Kernan - Treasurer

Region 4 Director - Vacant

 

 

Region 5 Director - Frank Bartusek

Guests: Peter Lawrence, Charlie Sickels, and Tom Soltis.

A quorum of the Board was present. 

The minutes of the October 21, 2006 10:15 A.M. Board Meeting was approved.

The Treasurer’s report was presented by the Treasurer, indicating a bank balance of $31,397.40 and current membership of 553.

Discussions Held:

CCS Accounting:

  The Treasurer’s Report has indicated under Other Assets (Equipment) a value of  $21,779.67 for months. Beata will investigate the proper/necessary depreciation of all CCS equipment. An Accountant will be selected to perform an audit of the CCS books in accordance with the CCS By-Laws.

Web Site:

The Webmaster (Jerry Sass) has developed a special area in the web site, which provides a recap of the activities of Mini-Expo MX-V.  Jerry will clean up the vendor section to make all information current.   A continuing series of  eHard-Copy articles featuring Web Site content will be initiated.  The Webmaster will maintain a record of the number of hits the site gets each month.

eHard-Copy:

   The October issue has been completed and is available on the web site  to members.   A special issue of eHard-Copy describing the activities of Mini-Expo MX-V will be prepared and released to the membership.  

CCS Photo Contest:

     Irene Ganus has been selected as the manager of the CCS Photo Contest.   In this capacity, she will establish the contest rules and have them distributed to the members.

MX-V:

    Final accounting for MX-V is not available, but preliminary estimates are that CCS will at least break even  on the event . 

MX-VI:

  The Board approved Saturday September 15, 2007 as the date for Mini Expo MX-VI.    The President expressed the desire to have a web site devoted exclusively for MX-VI information and activities.   This site is also to be a separate entity from the current CCS web site.

Yahoo Groups:

         Tim Kekeis will caucus the owners and moderators of the CCS Yahoo Groups.  They will collectively define the  “Rules of Order” to govern the operation of all CCS Yahoo Groups.

Harold Driscoll Award

         Nominees for the Harold Driscoll Award must be forwarded to Beata Kernan by November 15th.   It is requested that for this award, nominees be a rank and file member that has performed outstanding work for CCS ,rather than an officer of the organization.

West Suburban Club Wi-Fi access: 

          The Verizon wireless Internet access card purchased by CCS, to provide Internet access for the West Suburban Club meetings, has been returned.   This service was terminated by paying a fee that was a small fraction of the cost to keep the card the remainder of its 24-month contract.

Domain Name Sale:

         An organization has offered to purchase the CCS.org domain name for $5,000.   The board rejected this offer, but would consider a more lucrative offer.

The meeting was adjourned at 12:25 P..M.

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200611

CHICAGO COMPUTER SOCIETY

Highlights of Minutes of Board Meeting of 10/21/06

Taken by Mick Hedrick, Secretary

Board Meeting was called to order 11/25/06 10:30 AM by the President Al Cheeks. 

Board members in attendance:       

Board attendees present:

Al Cheeks - President

Region 1 Director - Vacant

 

Tim Kekeis – Vice President

Region 2 Director - Nei Ketzer

 

Burt Goode - Secretary

Region 3 Director- Jerry Sass

Beata Kernan - Treasurer

Region 4 Director - Vacant

 

 

Region 5 Director - Frank Bartusek

Guests: Dick Seward, Charlie Sickels, and Tom Soltis.

A quorum of the Board was present. 

The minutes of the October 21, 2006 10:30 A.M. Board Meeting was approved.

The Treasurer’s report was presented by the Treasurer, indicating a bank balance of $31,972.61 and current membership of 472.

Discussions Held:

Regions:

The Downtown Computer Club (DCC) has found a new meeting location at National Lewis University and is currently holding regular Club meetings. This Club is on 6 months probation and is requested to accomplish two tasks to maintain its status within CCS.

1. Increase CCS membership numbers attending meetings.

2. Provide one person to act as liaison to the BOD meetings so that the Downtown attendees can be kept abreast of CCS actions , and to bring the DCC to be a functioning unit of the Society. This is until a Regional Director is in place.

The status of the Downtown Club’s compliance with these requests will be monitored at monthly Board meetings

The presentations by Smart Computing in Region 2 and Region 5 were very well attended and received.

CCS Accounting:

The Treasurer’s Report has indicated under Other Assets (Equipment) a value of $21,779.67 for months. The Treasurer completed depreciation of the equipment, which resulted in the value being adjusted to $2,350.

Web Site:

The CCS Calendar has been updated to reflect organizational activities from January through August 2007, November  eHard-Copy was uploaded to the members section and the members database updated. A special area for the Photo Contest rules and sundry information has been established and all information received to date has been loaded in this area. The number of website hits for the last month was 6263. It was determined that the site design needs to be refreshed to make it more attractive to outside visitors. Additional assistance will be obtained to assist the Webmaster in this endeavor.

eHard-Copy:

The redesign of the publication is under consideration. The purpose of the redesign is to make the document slightly smaller with the incorporation of more color and graphics. .

CCS Photo Contest:

Irene Ganus has been selected as the manager of the CCS Photo Contest. The contest is divided into 3 categories:

1. Animals.

2. Landscape/Structures.

3. People.

The proposed prizes are:

1. Grand Prize – 250 – 300 GB External Hard Drive

2. 1st prize in each category - $25 gift certificates.

3. 2nd prize in each category - 1year subscription to Smart Computing Magazine.

4. 3rd prize in each category – 1GB Thumb Drive.

Currently the initial Contest entries may be viewed in the mybestphoto area of yahoo groups. This was deemed an unacceptable location and the Webmaster was requested to develop an area of the CCS website to house the Photo Contest viewing area.

Yahoo Groups:

Tim Kekeis has the task to caucus the owners and moderators of the CCS Yahoo Groups to define the “Rules of Order” to govern their operation. To date there is no progress on this item due to difficulty in contacting the various Group owners.

Harold Driscoll Award:

This year five CCS members have been nominated for this award. A committee has been selected to determine the 2006 winner, which will be announced at the December Board Meeting.

December Board Meeting/CCS Leadership Conference:

The December meeting will have a dual purpose, consisting of an initial short board meeting followed by a CCS Leadership Conference. Three members were requested to develop and conduct 10-minute discussions during the Conference. The members and their topics are as follows:

1. Tom Soltis – eHard-Copy issue development process.

2. Jerry Sass – Website, what is contained on the site, why the information is useful to CCS members, and what is it’s meaning for the leadership.

3. Tim Kekeis – CCS orginization structure.

The meeting was adjourned at 12:04 P..M.

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200612

CHICAGO COMPUTER SOCIETY

Highlights of Minutes of Board Meeting of 12/16/06

Taken by Mick Hedrick, Secretary

Board Meeting was called to order 12/16/06 10:15 AM by the President Al Cheeks. 

Board members in attendance:       

Board attendees present:

Al Cheeks - President

Region 1 Director - Vacant

 

Tim Kekeis – Vice President

Region 2 Director - Nei Ketzer

 

Burt Goode - Secretary

Region 3 Director- Jerry Sass

Beata Kernan - Treasurer

Region 4 Director - Vacant

 

 

Region 5 Director - Frank Bartusek

Guests: Bill Berkley, Dick Brandt,  Vince Ferrara, Craig Fillion, Burt Goode, Roger Hale, Vern Hendricks, Ray Hostetler, Stan Hungness, Don Janusz, Ruth Janusz.  Allen Kapusta,  John Kernan, Pete Lawrence, Dave Leeseberg, Philip Lincenberg, Terry Moye, Evelyn Nelson, Harry Nelson, John Owrey, Charles Schutz, Dick Seward, Charlie Sickels, Lois Sickels, Tom Soltis, Will Stigner, Tom Tepper, Larry Tetzloff, Joe Vangsness, and John Wendt

A quorum of the Board was present. 

The minutes of the November 25, 2006 10:30 A.M. Board Meeting was approved.

The Treasurer’s report was presented by the Treasurer, indicating a bank balance of $30,047.92 and current membership of 484. 

 Discussions held:

                 Regions:

 The President attended the meeting of Region 1’s Downtown Club which was held at the Chicago campus of  National-Lewis University.   The meeting was attended by approximately 12 persons, which included 7 CCS members.   The President’s daughter works at the University and will be able to assure the Club meetings the availability of the same room and all required equipment, as long as the meeting dates do not fluctuate.

 Region 3’s Westside Club’s December presentation was supplied by 3D-Album who presented their software package for producing slide shows which displays photographs in various interesting ways.  3D-Album will present their software package to Region 2 in February.

                 Website:

 The CCS Photo Contest has been moved to the member’s area of the site.  The contest entries are contained on 5 pages.  Page 1 contains the rules of the contest; Pages 2, 3 and 4 contain the individual photos that have been submitted for the 3 individual classes; and Page 5 contains a slide show, which will display all the entry photos automatically.   The total hits on the site exceeded 4000 for the past month.

                 eHard-Copy:

  Procedures to make portions of eHard-Copy available to nonmember visitors were discussed.  One method proposed was to develop a link to the first paragraph or two of the eHard-Copy articles.  Another method was to develop a mini version of eHard-Copy, which contained a very limited number of the complete articles.  The current version of e-Hard-Copy is available on the site.

Yahoo Groups:

Tim Kekeis has attempted to convene a quorum of Yahoo Group coordinators and             administrators to develop comprehensive rules for conduct for CCS Yahoo Groups.   It is hoped that this meeting will be accomplished and the rules developed during this next month.

   ACT Sig Reinstatement:

 Alan Lee has completed the necessary documentation and gathered required CCS member support to reinstate the ACT Sig and submitted such to the board.   The Board voted to reinstate the ACT Sig with a six-month probationary period.   The ACT Sig plans to meet quarterly at the Schaumberg Library.

                 Awards:

 The Board meeting was adjourned and all attendees stayed for the CCS Leadership Conference, which followed immediately.   During the Conference two CCS awards were presented.

  The 2006 Harold Driscoll award presented for outstanding CCS service was presented  To Edward Keating.

 The annual Presidential award for outstanding CCS service by management members was established last year.   The selection of this award is the sole responsibility of the President. 

 The 2006 Presidential award was presented to Beata Kernan.

 Both recipients were given a plaque depicting their award.

                The meeting was adjourned at 10:43 AM.

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