RockNet Meeting Minutes - January 8, 1998
ROCKNET MEETING MINUTES
January 8, 1998
The meeting was called to order by Bob Skinner at 7:42 p.m. In
attendance were Karla Breitbach, Bob Ekman, Randy Gentry, Glennon
Harrison, John Herman, Jane Jacobs, Stan Klein, Gail Wisan Muren, Roald
Schrack, Barbara Skinner, Bob Skinner, and Thomas E. Thomas.
The minutes of the December 11, 1997, meeting were approved as
published on the Internet.
A. John Herman indicated he would make an informal presentation
next month re RockNet's tax exempt status and that a submission had
been made to Paul Glasgow.
Discussion followed re fund raising/sources of funding:
gifts, grants, funding, sponsorship, membership fees. Bob Skinner
suggested that issues for a subsequent meeting should include a
definition of membership, methods of raising money, stimulating
awareness and attracting visibility, and a discussion of possible
B. Bob Ekman reported on web page/content meeting of January 6,
1998, reporting following suggestions: (1) clean up front page and make
it more inviting, interactive; (2) "featured site" - approved site of
the week; (3) feature art work, maybe from the Recreation Department of
children's art; (4) sponsor a photo contest and ask the public to
select a winner; and (5) "Welcome Wagon," which would list businesses
who would provide some type of premium to newcomers to Rockville.
C. Karla Breitbach indicated that when City's server is upgraded
next month, she will look at threaded discussion software and that Dave
Mays and Tom DeGeorge will make ultimate choice; Bob Skinner indicated
that RockNet also needs a voice in the decision process. John Herman
indicated an interest in checking features and functions. Karla will
publish a list of sites where threaded discussion software is running
so it can be checked out. Glennon Harrison will put out information
about groups he likes.
D. Karla Breitbach presented monthly statistics; group discussed
what statistics they would particularly like to see, such as trending.
Agreed that Karla, Bob Ekman and Bob Skinner would meet to discuss
further the issue of particular stats.
E. Jane Jacobs indicated she will do sample Community Innovation
training on Jan. 30 for City staff and Mayor and Council. Discussion
followed re web page for Wheel Knowledge; Jane to discuss with Bob
Ekman. Bob Skinner recommended hyperactive link; Karla will check on
possibility of archiving threaded discussion groups.
F. Glennon Harrison brought up matter of grants and the
possibility of RockNet applying for a grant in 1999, using 1998 to try
to put some sort of application together. John Herman and Stan Klein
indicated they would participate in a subgroup on "grantmanship;" need
to call for volunteers for such a subgroup to go on web page; need to
get Randy's records.
G. Roald Schrack reported on progress at Senior Center re
computer set up, training schedule, etc. Asked for help with three
machines showing virus problem.
H. Glennon Harrison brought up subject of '98 election; Gail
Wisan Muren agreed to work on web page project similar to that for City
I. Bob Skinner closed meeting with suggestion of devoting
February meeting to membership and March meeting to possible projects
for RockNet to undertake and a grants team.
Meeting adjourned at 9:15.