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2008 CCS BOD Minutes

 

200801

CHICAGO COMPUTER SOCIETY

Highlights of Minutes of the Board Meeting of 1/19/08

Taken by Mick Hedrick, Secretary

 Board Meeting was called to order 1/19/08 10:15 AM by the President Al Cheeks

Board members in attendance:

President - Al Cheeks

Region 1 Director -- Joe Vangsness

 

Vice President - Tim Kekeis

Region 2 Director –  Nei Ketzer

 

Secretary - Mick Hedrick

Region 3 Director –  Jerry Sass

Treasurer - Beata Kernan Region 4 Director –  Frank Bartusek

 

 

Region 5 Director -- Vacant

Guests:   Tom Saltis and  Charlie Sickels

A quorum of the Board was present. 

The Treasurer’s report, presented by the Treasurer, indicated a current bank balance of $29,344.29 and current membership of 468.  This past month CCS gained 4 new members and 6 returning members. .    

Discussions held:

                Regions:                               

  The Region 1 Computer Club did not hold a meeting during this past period.  The next meeting will feature a presentation of Adobe Captivate by Don Grady, a member of the National Lewis University staff.

  The Region 2 Computer Clubs meetings featured, (1.) The Nintendo WII; (2.) How to find help to fix issues in your PC; and (3.)  Introduction to Genealogy.   All meetings were well attended and equally well received by the membership in attendance.

  The Region 3’s Digital Sig featured an outdoor Christmas shoot at Crosley Zoo in Wheaton, which was well attended by the members.    Sanford Kolinek, his daughter, and niece provided the Club meeting presentation.   This presentation of the the Nintendo WII was a last minute replacement for the scheduled speaker who canceled at the last minute.  The presentation was very enjoyable, informative, and well received by the members.

  The Region 4’s projector is in need of repair.  Jerry Sass has in his possession an identical projector and will swap it for the defective Region 4 projector.

   Alan Lee coordinator of the Region 5 ACT Sig has scheduled meetings for February and June of 2008.  Alan will supply other meeting dates when they are determined.

   The President reported that at the annual Convention of APCUG many societies reported that Genealogy was of great interest, and growing rapidly in many organizations.   The establishment of a CCS Genealogy Sig is under consideration.  The President also suggested that the organization needs to change it’s focus from only computer technology.   Instead we need to broaden the scope to include all types of technology.   For example Cell Phones, High Definition TVs, DVDs, Blu-ray devices, etc. 

   It was noted that much of the Club and Sig information in the Website was out of date and/or incomplete.  The President requested that the Directors encourage the coordinators to keep the information current and accurate.

  The President requested that all club coordinators register with Peachpit Press (www.peachpitpress.com).  Peachpit has made articles, Podcasts, Interviews, and Blogs available to user group members.    Also it is requested that club coordinators register at http://www.microsoft.com/mindshare/default.aspx to receive Presentations in a box.

CCS Website:

     Website traffic statistics are now available after Network Solutions corrected the problem with the statistic-gathering program (AWStats).   The statistics are able to identify such items as the number of persons who download a copy of eHard-Copy as well as download the sample eHard-Copy.   Also identified is the number of inquiries to the various Chapter and Sig meeting information.

   Ed Keating sent Jerry Sass one of his Power Point presentations.  This presentation was included in a special problem Solutions area recently added to the Website.  Ed has many Power Point presentations that will be added to the Solutions area, and undoubtedly there are many more available throughout the organization, which can be used to form a collection.   It is hoped that the addition of an area devoted to problem solving information would provide an added inducement for persons to join CCS.

                eHard-Copy:

  The eHard-Copy editor, Charlie Sickels, informed the board that the January issue had been completed.  This issue contains two articles by CCS members in addition to the new Hard-Copy column  “It’s Legal”.   CCS member, Michael Grossman who writes the “It’s Legal” column addresses the subject of software licenses in his current column.

   Charlie also reiterated the establishment of a “Letters to the Editor” column (possibly as soon as Charlie receives a letter), and also requested that members send letters to the legal column’s author.

                                The establishment of a new column “Best of Yahoo Groups” was suggested.

Midwest Computer Conference:

   The President has been contacted by the leadership of APCUG Region 6, who requested that CCS host a Midwest Computer Conference.  The Midwest Conference would be held in lieu of Mini-Expo MX-VII, and would be similar to the CCS Mini-Expos with the exception that it would be a three-day affair.   The Conference would consist of a Friday evening meeting/presentation, presentations all day Saturday, and a Sunday morning Brunch and presentation.   The details of the Conference have yet to be addressed.  Many vendors have already contacted the President to be included in the 2008 Expo and would be willing to attend a Midwest Computer  Conference instead.

The board was queried and all members were in favor of hosting the Midwest Computer Conference this year.  The tentative date for the Midwest Conference is September 19, 20 and 21

 

The meeting was adjourned at 11.23 A.M.

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200802

CHICAGO COMPUTER SOCIETY

Highlights of Minutes of the Board Meeting of 2/16/08

Taken by Mick Hedrick, Secretary

 Board Meeting was called to order 2/16/08 10:15 AM by the President Al Cheeks

Board members in attendance:

President - Al Cheeks

Region 1 Director -- Joe Vangsness

 

Vice President - Tim Kekeis

Region 2 Director –  Nei Ketzer

 

Secretary - Mick Hedrick

Region 3 Director –  Jerry Sass

Treasurer - Beata Kernan Region 4 Director –  Frank Bartusek

 

 

Region 5 Director -- Vacant

Guests:   Charlie Sickels

A quorum of the Board was present. 

The Treasurer’s report, presented by the Treasurer, indicated a current bank balance of $26,143.37 and current membership of 463, which includes two new members.  This past month CCS expenses were much larger than normal due to the annual payment of insurance.

Discussions held:

                Regions:                               

  The Region 1 Computer Club meeting featured a presentation of Adobe Captivate by Don Grady, a member of the National Lewis University staff.

  The Region 2 Computer Club meetings featured, (1.) A Walk-Thru of the Consumer Electronics Show by Al Cheeks; (2.) Navigating Windows VISTA presented by Al Cheeks; and (3.) Word Hints and Tips presented by Roger Hale.   All meetings were well attended and equally well received by the membership.

  The Region 3’s West Suburban Club’s presentation was “A Walk-Thru of the Consumer Electronics Show” by Al Cheeks.   The Digital Sig featured a presentation of Adobe Premier Elements by Russ Agnew.  Russ demonstrated how to place a picture within another picture.  Both presentations were very enjoyable, informative, and well received by the members.

  The Region 4’s Oakton College Computer Club will hold it’s first meeting of 2008 on February 28.

   It was noted that the member benefits information in the Website and contained within CCS prospective member brochures is out of date and/or incomplete.  The President listed three main benefits (1.)   Hard-Copy publication; (2.)  Member benefits area of the web site; and  (3.) Yahoo Groups, a 7 by 24 Question and Answer facility. 

  The President requested that all club coordinators register with Peachpit Press (www.peachpitpress.com).  Peachpit has made articles, Podcasts, Interviews, and Blogs available to user group members.    Also it is requested that club coordinators register at http://www.microsoft.com/mindshare/default.aspx to receive Presentations in a box.

  Methods to notify members that a meeting is cancelled were discussed.  Many Clubs and Sigs have no set procedure to effect member notification, and even if they do it is doubtful that the members know the procedure.  The South Side Club members are informed of a meeting cancellation by the receipt of  (1.) a Yahoo Groups Broadcast message, and  (2.) by calling the   Prairie State College operator who will inform them if a meeting is cancelled.   Jerry Sass proposed the display of a banner describing the cancellation on the front page of the web site.    This method is a workable solution for all Clubs and Sigs, recognizing that the problem with this method is that the meeting coordinator must contact Jerry to have the message displayed.  The President requested that all regions develop adequate cancellation methods and convey them to their membership.

CCS Website:

     Website traffic statistics are now available after Network Solutions corrected the problem with the statistic-gathering program (AWStats).   The statistics are able to identify such items as the number of persons who download a copy of eHard-Copy, download the sample eHard-Copy, as well as the number of inquiries to the various Chapter and Sig meeting information.   Other information consists of the duration and number of page hits. The monthly information consisted of over 60 pages of information and the most vital information to assist CCS in attracting new members is yet to be determined.

                eHard-Copy:

The eHard-Copy editor, Charlie Sickels, informed the board that the February issue was not published and all content will be published within a combined February/March issue. 

                Techsoup.org:

The techsoup web site contains hardware and software from many prominent PC vendors, and is available to non-profit organizations at a deep discounted price.  The products are available for CCS organizational use only and have very stringent purchase requirements as to both quantity and frequency of purchase.  Beata Kernan is the CCS coordinator and all purchase requests must be placed through her office.

Midwest Computer Conference:

    Planning meetings have been scheduled for the Midwest Computer Conference which would be held in 2008 in lieu of Mini-Expo MX-VII.   The Conference would be similar to the CCS Mini-Expos with the exception that it would be a three-day affair, consisting of a Friday evening meeting/presentation, presentations all day Saturday, and a Sunday morning Brunch and presentation.  

The tentative date for the Midwest Computer Conference is September 19, 20 and 21

The meeting was adjourned at 12:17 P.M.

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200803

CHICAGO COMPUTER SOCIETY

Highlights of Minutes of the Board Meeting of 3/15/08

Taken by Mick Hedrick, Secretary

 Board Meeting was called to order 3/15/08 10:15 AM by the President Al Cheeks

Board members in attendance:

President - Al Cheeks

Region 1 Director -- Joe Vangsness (Absent)

 

Vice President - Tim Kekeis

Region 2 Director –  Nei Ketzer

 

Secretary - Mick Hedrick

Region 3 Director –  Jerry Sass

Treasurer - Beata Kernan Region 4 Director –  Frank Bartusek

 

 

Region 5 Director -- Vacant

Guests:   Jeremie Hutson and Tom Soltis

A quorum of the Board was present. 

The Treasurer’s report, presented by the Treasurer, indicated a current bank balance of $25,489.83 and current membership of 460.  This past month CCS gained 2 new members and 5 members did not renew their membership.    

Discussions held:

                Regions:                               

                                   The Region 1 Computer Club did not hold a meeting during this past period. 

   The Region 2 Computer Clubs meetings featured, (1.) Vista Tips/Utilities; (2.) Skype vs Magic Jack and (3.)  Microsoft Word Hints and Tips.   All meetings were well received by the membership in attendance.   The President observed that each meeting attracted approximately 30 members, which was fewer than  the number  observed just a few months ago.   The meeting agendas were not published this past month and it was thought that the decrease of attendance was probably due to the lack of advance notification.

  The Region 3 Computer Club’s meeting featured a presentation by Jerry Sass titled”How to clean up your PC”.   The presentation was very enjoyable, informative, and well received by the members.  Jerry will also provide the presentation at the next Computer Club meeting covering “Useful Free PC Utilities”.

  The Region 4 Oakton College Computer Club’s presentation was provided by a CISCO representative.  The topic was “Tomorrow the Future” and covered such topics as VOIP, Video Conferencing, etc.  This presentation had a very large turnout and was very well received by all in attendance.  Jeremie Hutson indicated the Oakton College Club will try to schedule another CISCO presentation with the topic covering Hi-Def Video Conferencing.

   During this past month the President traveled to Springfield Missouri to attend a planning meeting for the Midwest Computer Conference.   In conjunction with the planning meeting the local Springfield Club held its annual Exposition.    The library has a great relationship with the Springfield Club and allows use of its facility at no cost to the club.   The Springfield Local Exposition, consisting of 10 booths,  was set up inside the Library, was free to all attendees and vendors alike..  The vendor participations included Verizon, local colleges, local PC stores, and a representative from GOOGLE.    The President noted that Region 3 and Region 4 had the facilities and local support to host a similar Local Expo, and encouraged such events to be held in the near future.   This would be a good way to attract new CCS Members.

CCS Website:

     Website traffic statistics are now available after Network Solutions corrected the problem with the statistic-gathering program (AWStats).   The package produces a very large amount of information, over 60 pages per month   This amount of information is overwhelming and the President requested that someone examine the data to determine what is useful and thus reduce the data down to just the information useful to CCS.   Hopefully the data can be used to attract new CCS memberse

Hard-Copy:

The Hard-Copy Editor reported that the eHard-Copy column “It’s Legal”, written by CCS member, Michael Grossman may not continue.   It was noted that the Sample copy of eHard-Copy needs to be updated.  eH-C will produce an updated version for the web site. 

The President noted that CCS needs a means of reviving Member interest in the Society.   In an attempt to increase interest, Al in conjunction with the eHard-Copy editor, Charlie Sickels, determined that a special Pictorial issue of eHard-Copy would increase Membership interest.   To support the Pictorial issue Al Cheeks requested that all Directors and Coordinators take pictures of these coming months meetings and develop a story which corresponds to the photos taken.   The pictures and stories are to be forwarded to Charlie Sickels and Tom Soltis who will develop the special Pictorial CCS eHard-Copy issue

 Midwest Computer Conference:

    The President attended a planning meeting in Springfield Missouri for the upcoming APCUG Region 6, Midwest Computer Conference.  The Midwest Conference will be held in lieu of CCS Mini-Expo MX-VII, and will be similar to the CCS Mini-Expos with the exception that it will be expanded to a three-day affair.   The Conference will consist of a Friday evening meeting/presentation, presentations all day Saturday, and a Sunday morning Brunch, presentation and major prize drawings.   The details of the Conference are currently being addressed.    The date for the Midwest Conference is September 19, 20 and 21

The meeting was adjourned at 12.20 P.M.

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200804

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200805

CHICAGO COMPUTER SOCIETY

Highlights of Minutes of the Board Meeting of 5/17/08

Taken by Mick Hedrick, Secretary

 Board Meeting was called to order 5/17/08 10:15 AM  by the President Al Cheeks

Board members in attendance:

President - Al Cheeks

Region 1 Director -- Joe Vangsness (Absent)

 

Vice President - Tim Kekeis

Region 2 Director –  Nei Ketzer

 

Secretary - Mick Hedrick (Absent)

Region 3 Director –  Jerry Sass (Absent)

Treasurer - Beata Kernan Region 4 Director –  Frank Bartusek

 

 

Region 5 Director -- Vacant

Guests:   Charlie Sickels and Tom Soltis.

A quorum of the Board was present. 

 The Treasurer’s report, presented by the Treasurer, indicated a current bank balance of $22,829.50 and current membership of 461.      

Discussions held:

        Regions:                               

The Region 1 Computer Club did not hold a meeting during this past period and no meetings has been held for the past 3 months. 

  The Region 2 Computer Clubs meetings featured:

                (1)           Program Planning,

(2)           Favorite Internet Sites

(3)           Irfanview Updates,

(4)           Email Filtering,

(5)           Backup and Restore,

(6)           Email Stationery, (Steering Committee Meeting,

 (7)          Microsoft Word Hints & Tips, and 

(8)           Picasa/Hello Overview.   

Al Cheeks stated that Picasa was the best Photo Gallery he has ever tested.  This product will search all disk drives contained within the PC and locate all photos contained therein. All meetings were enjoyable and well received by the membership in attendance

  The past three meetings Jerry Sass has filled in for the Region 3 Computer Club’s coordinator, Stan Hungness.   Jerry’s presentations, during these Computer Club meetings, covered Useful Free PC Utilities.   The presentations were very enjoyable, informative, and well received by the members

   Al Cheeks, Tim Kekeis, Ray Hostettler, and Dave Leeseberg attended the Region 4’s North Shore Computer Club Meeting.   Eight other persons and the coordinator, John Wendt, also attended this meeting.  John’s presentations are a discussion/explanation of the feature article from the current issue of Smart Computing Magazine.   The 8 guests seemed to have a special thirst for technical information.   One person is not sufficient to supply the apparent technical need for this group.   It was suggested an attempt be made to find persons who have technical expertise to attend the meetings and assist the coordinator. 

CCS Website:

     Website traffic statistics are now available using the statistic-gathering program (AWStats) but no one has analyzed and evaluated the large volume of data that is generated by the website traffic.    The amount of information generated is overwhelming, i.e. 60 pages per month.  The President requested that someone examine the data to determine what is useful and thus reduce the information down to a level that is useful to CCS.   Hopefully the data can be used to help CCS identify and attract new members.

                eHard-Copy:

 Charlie Sickels reported that Ron Friedman offered to assist with the editorial evaluation of proposed articles to be included in eHard-Copy. Charlie also suggested that Ron might be interested in the analysis of the AWStats data.  Bert Rosenthal also offered to edit the Hard-Copy member comments feature.   

In an attempt to increase interest in CCS, the President,  in conjunction with the eHard-Copy editor Charlie Sickels, determined  that a special Pictorial issue of  eHard-Copy would increase Membership interest.   To support the Pictorial issue Al Cheeks requested that all Directors and Coordinators take pictures of the coming months’ meetings and develop a pictorial story corresponding to the photos taken.   The pictures and stories were to be forwarded to Charlie Sickels and Tom Soltis who will develop the special Pictorial CCS eHard-Copy issue.  The due date for the submission of the pictures and corresponding story by the directors was the May Board Meeting.  To date the Region 2 director is the only one who has completed this task and submitted their region’s pictorial story. The due date for completion of this task for the other directors and coordinators has been extended to the July Board meeting.  If the pictures and the corresponding stories have not been submitted by that date, it was suggested that the  Hard-Copy issue devoted to the pictorial documentation of CCS activities be cancelled.   The pictorial stories that have been submitted will then be included in future Hard-Copy issues. 

                 Midwest Computer Conference:

   The APCUG Midwest User Group Conference will be held in lieu of the CCS Mini-Expo MX-VII.  The Conference will be similar to the CCS Mini-Expos in that it will be held at Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, IL with the exception that it will be expanded to a three-day affair.   The Conference will consist of a Friday evening meeting/presentation, presentations all day Saturday, and a Sunday morning Brunch, presentation and major prize drawings.   The details of the Conference currently continue being addressed. One may log onto http://mwug.apcug.org, the official site of the conference, for program information as it develops. The dates for the Midwest Conference are September 19, 20 and 21.

 Apparently vendor interest remains high in this event.  Al Cheeks sent out e-mail invitations to approximately 50 potential vendor participants and within an hour he had the first purchase of one of the most expensive vendor participation slots.

Membership Building:

The South Suburban club held a Steering Committee meeting during which membership building was the main topic.   The President noted that with the current level of CCS membership and expenses CCS can not sustain the current level of activities.   SSCC will send letters to members who didn’t renew their membership in an attempt to entice them to rejoin CCS.   Letters will also be sent to all current members thanking them for their membership and requesting their assistance in obtaining new members.   The members who attended this meeting suggested several interesting proposals:

1.       Conduct a membership drive where anyone who obtains a new member will get a prize (suggestion thumb drive) and a grand prize (suggestion 500 GB hard drive) awarded to the person who procures the most new members.

2.       Generate 3” by 5” cards printed with the club’s pertinent information and meeting schedule/topics.   Distribute these cards to local electronics stores to be handed out to potential members. CCS will award the business a free month advertisement in eHard-Copy for any person who joins CCS and produces one of the 3 by 5 cards and the store’s business card.

3.       Attend another local computer club’s meeting, contact the leadership and propose a speaker 

Exchange and/or a combined meeting.   Al Cheeks recently attended a South Suburban Mac Users Group meeting and has a combined meeting scheduled for mid August.

The meeting was adjourned at 12:20 P.M.

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200806 No Meeting
200807

CHICAGO COMPUTER SOCIETY

Highlights of Minutes of the Board Meeting of 7/26/08

Taken by Mick Hedrick, Secretary

 Board Meeting was called to order 7/26/08 10:15 AM  by the President Al Cheeks

Board members in attendance:

President - Al Cheeks

Region 1 Director -- Joe Vangsness (Absent)

 

Vice President - Tim Kekeis

Region 2 Director –  Nei Ketzer

 

Secretary - Mick Hedrick (Absent)

Region 3 Director –  Jerry Sass

Treasurer - Beata Kernan Region 4 Director –  Frank Bartusek

 

 

Region 5 Director -- Vacant

Guests:   Charlie Sickels and Tom Soltis.

A quorum of the Board was present. 

The Treasurer’s report, presented by the Treasurer, indicated a current bank balance of $23,328.08 and current membership of 454.     The Treasurer recently mailed 330 September member renewal invoices.

Discussions held

        Regions:                               

The Region 1 Computer Club did not hold a meeting during this past period and no meetings have been held since the February.   The Administrator(Beata Kernan) will contact the Region 1 Director to determine the viability of Region 1 continuation. 

  The Region 2 Computer Clubs meetings featured:

                (1)           Virtual PC,

(2)           Bit Torrent

(3)            Adobe Reader

(4)            Windows Media Player

(5)           Ribbons vs Menus

(6)            Firefox/ I E.  Add-ins

 (7)           System Utilities

(8)                   Google Earth

(9)                   Macs for PC Users

(10)               Social Networks   

 The Club meeting on Aug 12 will be a joint meeting of SouthSuburban members and the local MAC computer club.  The MAC Club will provide the presentation featuring iPods and iTunes.

 The Region 3 meetings featured:

     The Westside Computer Club:

1.       Professional Digital Printing for the Next Millennium, presented by Sanford Kolinek

describing the features and operation of his companies new HP commercial printer.  The                meeting was conducted at RBK Industries in Lisle.

2.       Add-ins for Firefox and I.E.

      The Digital Imagery Sig.

1.        A slide show presentation narrated by Jack Jackson, featuring his photographs of the               

surrounding area in Utah where he resides.  Jack communicated to the audience using Skype from his home. 

2.        A group outing to Brookfield Zoo.

CCS Website:

     The administrator has been heavily involved in building the new website that will support the APCUG Midwest User Group Conference, and has been able to perform minimal website maintenance.

                eHard-Copy:

  Charlie Sickels reported that Ron Friedman is starting to assist with the editorial evaluation of      proposed articles to be included in eHard-Copy.

In an attempt to increase interest in CCS, the President, in conjunction with the eHard-Copy editor Charlie Sickels, determined that a special Pictorial issue of eHard-Copy would increase Membership interest.   To support the Pictorial issue the President requested that all Directors and Coordinators take pictures of the coming months’ meetings and develop a pictorial story corresponding to the photos taken.   The pictures and stories were to be forwarded to Charlie Sickels and Tom Soltis who would then develop the special Pictorial CCS eHard-Copy issue.  To date only Regions 2 and 3 have complied with the request and submitted the pictures and corresponding story of their meetings.   Due to the lack of action by other Regions the special issue of eHard-Copy will be cancelled and the material that has been submitted will be included within future issues

                Midwest Computer Conference:

    The APCUG Midwest User Group Conference will be held in lieu of the CCS Mini-Expo MX-VII.  The Conference will be similar to the CCS Mini-Expos in that it will be held at Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, IL with the exception that it will be expanded to a three-day affair, September 19, 20 and 21.  The details of the Conference currently continue being addressed.   One may log onto http://mwug.apcug.org, the official site of the conference, for program information as it develops.   One may also register for the Conference using this site.   Payments by major credit card or check are the payment options.

     An agreement was made with APCUG officials that CCS will sell raffle tickets at the Conference and retain the proceeds generated.  CCS may purchase the major raffle prize.   CCS will also have a booth at which it will sell souvenir t-shirts and caps.    The Board passed a resolution authorizing the purchase of 100 t-shirts to be sold at its Conference booth.

     Volunteers are needed to support Conference activities.   Anyone who wishes to volunteer his or her services should contact Dave Leeseberg.

Membership Building:

    A proposal to supply members with a decal to be placed in their back automobile window was agreed upon.

 Regional Directors Election:

 The Election of Regional Directors is scheduled for this fall, and planning for this event is underway.

 The meeting was adjourned at 12:23 P.M.

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200808

CHICAGO COMPUTER SOCIETY

Highlights of Minutes of the Board Meeting of 8/16/08

Taken by Mick Hedrick, Secretary

 Board Meeting was called to order 8/16/08 10:15 AM   by the President Al Cheeks

Board members in attendance:

President - Al Cheeks

Region 1 Director -- Joe Vangsness (Absent)

 

Vice President - Tim Kekeis

Region 2 Director –  Nei Ketzer

 

Secretary - Mick Hedrick

Region 3 Director –  Jerry Sass

Treasurer - Beata Kernan Region 4 Director –  Frank Bartusek

 

 

Region 5 Director -- Vacant

Guests:   Charlie Sickels and Tom Soltis.

A quorum of the Board was present. 

The Treasurer’s report, presented by the Treasurer, indicated a current bank balance of $22,668.15 and current membership of 456.     The Treasurer has mailed 330 September member renewal invoices.

 Discussions held:

        Regions:                               

The Region 1 Computer Club did not hold a meeting during this past period.   Paul Bernstein has accepted the position of Club Coordinator and will conduct a meeting in September.  Joe Vangsness will continue as Region 1 Director.

  The Region 2 Computer Clubs meetings featured:

                (1)           Steering Committee

(2)           Windows Tips (XP and Vista)

(3)            iPods

    The Club meeting on Aug 12 was a joint meeting of SouthSuburban members and the local MAC computer club.  The MAC Club provided the presentation iPods.  This meeting numbered 61attendees, 17 from the local Mac Club and 44 CCS members.   This meeting was a great success and so it was proposed that a combined Mac and Windows Club meeting be held quarterly.

The Region 3 meetings featured:

                                   The Westside Computer Club:

                 Roger Hale gave a presentation Windows tips and tricks using the taskbar.

    The Digital Imagery Sig.

                The Digital Imagery Sig held a group outing at Brookfield Zoo, which was well attended.

CCS Website:

     The administrator has been heavily involved in building the new website that will support the APCUG Midwest User Group Conference, and has been only able to perform minimal CCS website maintenance.

                eHard-Copy:

  Charlie Sickels reported that Ron Friedman is helping with the editorial evaluation of potential articles to be included in eHard-Copy.

 Midwest Computer Conference:

     The APCUG Midwest User Group Conference will be held at Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, IL September 19, 20 and 21.  The President presented the details of the Conference, which are nearly completed.   One may log onto http://mwug.apcug.org, the official site of the conference, for up to date program information.   One may also register for the Conference using this site.   Payments may be made by major credit card or check.

     An agreement was made with APCUG officials that CCS will sell door prize tickets at the Conference and retain the proceeds generated.  CCS may purchase the major door prize.   CCS will also have a booth at which it will sell souvenir t-shirts and caps.   

     Volunteers are needed to support Conference activities.   Anyone who wishes to volunteer his or her services should contact Dave Leeseberg.

Regional Directors Election:

The Election of Regional Directors is scheduled for September.

 The meeting was adjourned at 12:10 P.M.

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200809

CHICAGO COMPUTER SOCIETY

Highlights of Minutes of the Board Meeting of 8/16/08

Taken by Mick Hedrick, Secretary

 Board Meeting was called to order 9/13/08 10:15 AM   by the President Al Cheeks

Board members in attendance:

President - Al Cheeks

Region 1 Director -- Joe Vangsness

 

Vice President - Tim Kekeis

Region 2 Director –  Nei Ketzer

 

Secretary - Mick Hedrick

Region 3 Director –  Jerry Sass

Treasurer - Beata Kernan Region 4 Director –  Frank Bartusek

 

 

Region 5 Director -- Vacant

Guests:   Charlie Sickels and Tom Soltis.

A quorum of the Board was present. 

The Treasurer’s report, presented by the Treasurer, indicated a current bank balance of $24,103.84 and current membership of 444.  The Treasurer has mailed 330 September member renewal invoices.

Discussions held:

        Regions:                               

The Region 1 Computer Club did not hold a meeting during this past period, but will hold a meeting in September.   Paul Bernstein has accepted the position of Club Coordinator and will conduct the September meeting.   The topic of the meeting will be” How to Create Your Own Website at little or no Cost”.

 The Region 2 Computer Clubs meetings featured:

                (1)           Windows Silver Light - Presenter Al Cheeks.

(2)           Wireless Networking  - Presenter Al Cheeks   16 laptops were networked together during this meeting

(3)                  Windows Sound Recorder - Presenter Al Cheeks.

(4)                  Using Hard Drives – Presenter Roger Hale

The Club meeting planned for the October 21 will feature Wayne Mitchell from the Chicagoland Prius Group who will present the advantages of hybrid technology.   A Toyota Prius will be on display at the college during this meeting. 

The Region 4 Computer Club held four meetings at the Park Ridge Senior Center during this period.  The meetings covered subjects including Search Engines and Adobe Elements.

                              The Westside Computer Club:

Al Cheeks presentation featured Virtual PC.   Al installed Virtual PC on a laptop and then installed XP as one of the virtual options.

The Digital Imagery Sig.

The Digital Imagery Sig meeting consisted of a review of the pictures taken during the group outing at Brookfield Zoo last month.   Dave Whittle  a presenter at the APCUG Regional Conference, will give the program “Web Working Serves” at the September 19th meeting.

                                The president requested that all directors produce current tri-fold handouts for their region

               CCS Website:

     The administrator has been heavily involved in building  the website that will support the APCUG Midwest User Group Conference, and has been only able to perform minimal CCS website maintenance. 

                 eHard-Copy:

  Tom Soltis has included many meeting pictures in the September issue.   Charlie Sickels reported that Ron Friedman is helping with the editorial evaluation of potential articles to be included in eHard-Copy.  Charlie requested and it was agreed that Ron be listed as Assistant Editor of eHard-Copy.  For the [past few months Michael Grossman has been unable to devote significant time to eHard-Copy activities, due to pressures from his increasing law practice and family (new baby).   He has recently submitted a few articles that are under review by Charlie and Ron.

Midwest Computer Conference:

    The APCUG Midwest User Group Conference will be held at Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, IL September 19, 20 and 21.  The President presented the details of the Conference, which have been completed.   The official site of the Conference is http://mwug.apcug.org, and contains detail program information

     An agreement was made with APCUG officials that CCS will sell door prize tickets at the Conference and retain the proceeds generated.  CCS purchased an Acer laptop for the major door prize.   CCS will also have a booth at which it will sell souvenir t-shirts and caps.   

     In conjunction with the Conference activities an electronic drop-off will be available Saturday between the hours of 8 A.M. and 10 A.M. 

The meeting was adjourned at 12:10 P.M.

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Highlights of Minutes of the Board Meeting of 10/18/08 A

Taken by Mick Hedrick, Secretary

 Board Meeting was called to order 10/18/08 10:15   by the President Al Cheeks

Board members in attendance:

President - Al Cheeks

Region 1 Director -- Joe Vangsness

 

Vice President - Tim Kekeis

Region 2 Director –  Nei Ketzer (Absent)

 

Secretary - Mick Hedrick

Region 3 Director –  Jerry Sass

Treasurer - Beata Kernan Region 4 Director –  Frank Bartusek

 

 

Region 5 Director -- Vacant

The Minutes of the September 13, 2008 Board Meeting were approved.

The Treasurer’s report, presented by the Treasurer, indicated a current bank balance of $26,766.69 and current membership of 447.  Beata also reported that for the yearly time period 10/01/2007 – 9/30/2008 income exceeded expenses by $709.12.  There are still 69 members who have not as yet renewed their membership.   .

                Election Results:

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

With acceptance by the Executive Board for the period October 1, 2008 to September 30, 2010 are:

                                  Region 1 Director     Joe Vangsness

                                  Region 2 Director     John Meyer

  Region 3 Director     Jerry Sass

  Region 4 Director     Frank Bartusek

  Region 5 Director     No Candidate

                                 The Directors accepted their new positions.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:39 P.M.

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200810B

CHICAGO COMPUTER SOCIETY

Highlights of Minutes of the Board Meeting of 10/18/08-B

Taken by Mick Hedrick, Secretary

 Board Meeting was called to order 10/18/08 10:45 AM    by the President Al Cheeks

Board members in attendance:

President - Al Cheeks

Region 1 Director -- Joe Vangsness

 

Vice President - Tim Kekeis

Region 2 Director –  John Meyer(Absent)

 

Secretary - Mick Hedrick

Region 3 Director –  Jerry Sass

Treasurer - Beata Kernan Region 4 Director –  Frank Bartusek

 

 

Region 5 Director -- Vacant

Guests:  Charlie Sickels and Tom Soltis             

A quorum of the Board was present. 

Discussions held:

                Regions:                               

 The Region 1 Computer Club conducted a meeting in September and a meeting is scheduled for October.  No meetings are scheduled for November and December; Downtown Club meetings will resume in early 2009. 

 The Region 2 Computer Club cancelled 2 meetings in deference to the activity to support the Midwest Computer Conference.  The Club meeting planned for October 21 will feature Wayne Mitchell from the Chicagoland Prius Group who will present the advantages of hybrid technology.   A Toyota Prius will be on display at the college during this meeting.

The Region 3 Computer Club’s presentation featured Pete Tinaglia covering e-mail tricks. The October ACCESS Sig meeting was cancelled.   The September Digital Imagery Sig meeting had a very large turnout to hear Dave Whittle’s presentation which covered, How to solve your computer problems, Protect your Identity, Find Your Family Tree, and How to Make Superior Slideshows on a DVD.  The October Digital Imagery Sig meeting featured a presentation by Ralph Greg describing “How to Make a Video using Pinnacle and also how to upload a video onto YouTube”.

The Region 4 Computer Club’s meeting four was cancelled on short notice; unfortunately many members were not notified of the cancellation.  The meeting was conducted informally providing both an Open Forum session and also a discussion covering how to improve the Club’s meetings with many useful suggestions provided. 

CCS Website 

     The 2009 calendar entries are being developed

                eHard-Copy:

        Due to the heavy workload by the staff to support the Midwest Computer Conference, an eHard-Copy issue was not produced for September.   The September information is being merged with the October issue.   Tom Soltis has included many Region 3 meeting pictures in the October issue.

Midwest Computer Conference:

    The APCUG Midwest User Group Conference was held at Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, IL September 19, 20 and 21.  The President presented a review of the Conference and all board members agreed that the Conference was a success and was run flawlessly. 

     An agreement was made with APCUG officials that CCS will sell door prize tickets at the Conference and retain the proceeds generated.  CCS purchased an Acer laptop for the major door prize.  Sidney Finkel of the South Suburban Computer Club was the winner of the Grand prize, an ACER laptop computer.    The treasurer stated that CCS realized a profit of $533.65 from the Society’s activities at the Conference

    Don Grady an official of National Lewis University has expressed interest in National Lewis University hosting a Conference similar to the Midwest Computer Conference.  .

                Harold Driscoll Award:

     The President requested that all nominations of CCS individuals for the Harold Driscoll Award be forwarded to the Administrator by November 29th.

 The meeting was adjourned at 12:02 P.M.

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200811

CHICAGO COMPUTER SOCIETY

Highlights of Minutes of the Board Meeting of 11/29/08-B

Taken by Mick Hedrick, Secretary

 Board Meeting was called to order 11/29/08 10:15 AM    by the President Al Cheeks

Board members in attendance:

President - Al Cheeks

Region 1 Director -- Joe Vangsness

 

Vice President - Tim Kekeis
(not present)

Region 2 Director –  John Meyer

 

Secretary - Mick Hedrick

Region 3 Director –  Jerry Sass

Treasurer - Beata Kernan Region 4 Director –  Frank Bartusek

 

 

Region 5 Director -- Vacant

Guests:  Charlie Sickels and Tom Soltis             

A quorum of the Board was present. 

Discussions held:

The minutes of the two Board Meetings conducted 10/18/08 (Election and Regular meetings) were approved.

The Treasurer’s report, presented by the Treasurer, indicated a current treasury balance of $27,340.63 and current CCS membership of 400.   This month fifty members were dropped from the active membership role due to nonpayment of yearly dues.

Discussions held:

                Regions:                         

    The Region 1 Downtown Computer Club’s October meeting featured a presentation by Region 1 Director Joe Vangsness.   The topic of the meeting was “How an Internet Marketing Strategy Can Improve Website Results”.   The presentation was well received but unfortunately there was a small turnout for this meeting.  No Downtown Club meetings are scheduled for November and December; meetings will resume in early 2009.  The Region 1 Director has had meetings with Don Grady, an official of National Lewis University, who expressed interest in promoting the Downtown Club meetings to University students.   Mr. Grady also expressed interest in using the University’s facilities to produce webcasts of the Club meetings.

    The Region 2 Computer Club conducted 4 meetings during the month of October.   One meeting of note, the networking meeting, was a continuation of an earlier meeting in which the members networked 15 laptops together.  In the November meeting the members networked 8 laptops together.   The members were instructed how to perform, drive mapping.  This included how to map drives, how to map a folder as a drive, and also how to install a network printer.

   The Region 3 Computer Club’s November meeting featured a presentation by Jerry Sass who continued his exploration of free utilities for windows.   The West Suburban Computer Club for the past several years has held its monthly meetings at the Naperville City Hall, but for 2009 the City has preempted 4 of the meeting dates.   During these dates the Westside meetings will be held at RBK Enterprises Ltd. in Lisle.  The coordinator suggested that the split meeting venue might result in members being confused as to the proper meeting location and it might be best to hold all 2009 meetings at RBK.  A vote was taken on the proposal that all West Suburban Club meetings be held at RBK in 2009.   The majority of the members in attendance voted to proceed with the monthly meeting location split between the Naperville City Hall and RBK Enterprises for 2009.    The West Suburban Club will not hold a meeting in January 2009 as the standard meeting date falls on January 1.   The Access Sig featured a presentation of Access 2007.  The presentation produced a spirited discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of this version of Access.  The Digital Imagery Sig featured a presentation by Tom Soltis “Elements Tips and Tricks” which was enjoyed by all attendees.

   The Region 4 North Shore Computer Club cancelled its meetings for the months of December, January and February.   The meetings were cancelled due to the low member turnout during winter months.  The next meeting of the North Shore Club will be March 19th  the third Thursday, at 7 P.M.  The Oakton Computer Club meetings have a large number of students attending the meetings (50 or more), but very few students are members of CCS.  The Region 4 Director inquired as to the reason for the low CCS membership in the Oakton Club.   The primary reason given by the students was that the cost for a student membership ($30) was too expensive.  The Region 4 Director suggested that CCS consider lowering the student membership fee.

CCS Website: 

     The Webmaster has inserted a slide show of the Midwest Computer Conference on both the CCS and the APCUG websites.   The 2009 calendar has been populated with dates for all meetings during the year.   He will check the members discount area and verify that the information is current.

                eHard-Copy:

         The staff is currently working on a new issue and has nearly sufficient material to publish the new issue.   Pictures of the APCUG Midwest User Group Conference are still being received which are to be included in this issue.    Jack Jackson has also sent several photos of the surrounding area in Utah where he resides.   Currently the staff has an unwritten requirement that they must have 32 pages of material before publishing an issue of eHard-Copy.  The President suggested that the 32-page minimum should not be considered a hard fast requirement to publish an issue.   Instead the material on hand at the monthly deadline may be used to publish that issue even though it is less than 32 pages.

Membership:  

Each board member was given a list of the 50 members, that haven’t renewed their membership this year.  The President requested that the Directors devise a plan and get assistance to contact the members in their Region and determine their reason not to renew their membership.  A brief discussion of what methods are viable to increase membership and questions for the members attending the Leadership Conference was held.

The meeting was adjourned at 12:18 P.M.

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CHICAGO COMPUTER SOCIETY

Highlights of Minutes of the Board Meeting of 12/20/08

Taken by Mick Hedrick, Secretary

 Board Meeting was called to order 12/20/08 10:15 AM    by the President Al Cheeks

Board members in attendance:

President - Al Cheeks

Region 1 Director -- Joe Vangsness  (not present)

 

Vice President - Tim Kekeis

Region 2 Director –  John Meyer (not present)

 

Secretary - Mick Hedrick

Region 3 Director –  Jerry Sass

Treasurer - Beata Kernan Region 4 Director –  Frank Bartusek

 

 

Region 5 Director -- Vacant

Guests:   Bridget Archer, Dave Batterson, Bill Berkley, Charles Berkley, Dick Brandt, Traci Dennard, Tony Edwards, Ron Friedman, Stan Hungness,  Don Janusz, Ruth Janusz,  John Kernan, Sanford Kolinek, Dave Leeseberg, Terry Moye, Joe Nowak, Mike Sawadski, Susan Schmidt, Charlie Sickels, Lois Sickels, Jane Smith,  Will Stigner, and Pete Tinaglia.

  A quorum of the Board was present. 

 The Treasurer’s report, presented by the Treasurer, indicated a current bank balance of $21,604.58 and current membership of 402.  During the month of November expenses exceeded income by $275.43.  For the first two months of this fiscal year income has exceeded expenses by $298.57.    

 Discussions held:

                 Regions:                               

  The Region 1 Computer Club did not hold a meeting for the month of November and will not hold a meeting in December.  The club will resume meetings in early 2009.

  The Region 2 Director’s report was unavailable.

   The Region 3’s Digital Imagery Sigs meeting consisted of a review of the photos taken of the Christmas displays.  The West Suburban Computer Club featured a presentation by Joe Nowak “Tips and Tricks in Excel”.   The Access Sig featured a presentation by Kevin Anderson explaining the use of classes in Access.

   The Region 4 Director’s report was unavailable.

CCS Website:

    The Webmaster has completed the update of the CCS Calendar for 2009.  The President questioned the use of the CCS Help line.  One member stated that he received 10 to 15 questions per month.  The Webmaster will place a counter on the Help Line directory to determine member access to this information.   The suggestion was made that members use Yahoo Groups instead of the Help Line to reach a broad information resource base. 

                eHard-Copy: 

  The eHard-Copy editor, Charlie Sickels, informed the board that the next issue should be published within a week.   The President reminded everyone that CCS will mark it’s 25th year of existence in 2009, and requested that the Editor develop a front page of the January eHard-Copy issue to reflect this milestone

  Membership Retention:

   During the November Board meeting the President requested that the Directors, with assistance, contact all CCS Members that recently did not renew their membership for 2009.    The purpose was to determine the reasons they did not renew their membership as well as to see if they had forgotten to renew.   To date due to personal problems, incorrect e-mail addresses, etc. only a very few past members have been contacted.   The President requested that all Directors review and update the tri-fold for their respective regions.  This document is used as a combined recruitment and membership application form.     The Region 4 Director stated that CCS needed a separate advertising tri-fold and agreed to have a copy of his proposed document by the February Board meeting.

                Harold Driscoll and Presidential Awards:

 During the Leadership Conference, which followed the Board meeting, the President announced that Tom Soltis was the 2008 recipient of the Harold Driscoll award.   Jerry Sass was the 2008 recipient of the Presidential award.  The door prize, a 1 TB external hard drive, was won by John Kernan.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:58 A.M.

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