Weekly Meeting Minutes – April 20, 2021

Present: Andy, Jeanine, Brandon, Matt, Lois, Peter, Ben, Greg, Nick
Guest: Robert Rizzo

Business Meeting:
We need to replace to of our officers. Our VPM, Sonali, has resigned because she is moving, and Peter has resigned as VPE due to health issues.

Thank you Sonali and Peter for all that you have done to support the club. Peter will be remaining with the club as a member, and we will miss Sonali.

Lois nominated Jeanine for VPE and she accepted. Jeanine was unanimously approved.
Jeanine nominated Lois for VPM and she accepted. Lois was unanimously approved.
We are looking for officers for the coming term. Please contact Aimee or Brandon if you are interested.

Business meeting concluded at 12:08

Andy spoke on “Single Focused team”
Matt spoke on “Why I Bike”

Jeanine led Table Topics.
Tell us about a discovery you made – Nick
Tell us about your favorite Edgar Allen Poe or detective story – Robert
Where would you go if you had a mobile home? – Brandon
What scientific discovery has inspired you the most? – Peter

Robert evaluated Andy and Lois evaluated Matt

Best Table Topic speaker is Peter

Don’t forget to register for the District 47 Annual Conference happening next week.

Weekly Meeting – April 13, 2021

Present: Andy, Jeanine, Ben, Peter, Greg, Matt, Brandon, Lois, Nick
Guests: Beth Ramsay, Robert Rizzo

Jeanine spoke on “Handicapable – Focus on the Positive”
Robert gave an Ice Breaker
Loise spoke on “Get a New Glass”

Brandon led Table Topics
Ben – Is there really a problem with the number 13?
Greg – Tell us about a time when you a team accomplished an impossible task.
Peter – Tell me about something in your life that you spent way too much time doing.

Beth evaluated Jeanine
Greg evaluated Robert
Matt evaluated Lois

Best Speaker: Lois
Best Table Topics Speaker: Peter
Best Evaluator: Beth

District Conference is April 28 – May 1 – register today!

Special Business Meeting and Regular Weekly Meeting April 6, 2021

Present: Andy Bern, Brandon Kinsey, Jeanine Kinsey, Dick Linehan, Greg Fuchs, Peter Palmer, Aimee Roger, Matt Kinsey, Derek Rolle, Benjamin Yen,

Guests: Katie van der Huevel (Aimee’s guest), Induria Paul, Latoya Rankine, Ernesto Williams, (Derek invited 3 guests)

Business Meeting

Sonali has resigned from VPM and is leaving the club due to a move. If you are interested in being VPM for the remainder of the term, please reach out to Brandon or Aimee so that we can hold a special election 2 weeks from today (April 20).
If you are interested in serving in a role next year, please reach out to Aimee as we are starting to put together that slate as well.

2 Weeks ago, the club had a discussion about going hybrid with a vote to be held today.

The Executive Board met and came up with several proposals to present to the club today.

We have approximately $1700 in the bank.
There is a proposal to purchase a Zoom room for the club at $150 for the year.
If we approve going hybrid, we need to discuss purchasing equipment to run hybrid meetings.
Thank you to Dick for donating some equipment that we will go through.

There is a proposal to purchase microphone, camera and laptop to go hybrid. We would start by borrowing equipment until we know exactly what we need with the purchases being made in the next couple of months.
Ballpark prices for equipment are:
Laptops starting at $600
Camera designed for conference at $200
Wireless Microphones start at $150 and we may need more than 1.
Total estimate for equipment could be about $1000.
We will also need someone to set up the equipment each week, and it needs to be easy to set up.

There is also a motion to waive club dues for anyone that joins the club between now and Sept. 30. This does not include renewals.

Discussion:
Greg asked if we go hybrid, is it permanent? The club consensus was that we would make the commitment and if it does not work, it would be a new vote later.
If we are going back in person, we discussed the last week in April or the first week in May. Wings Plus is ready for us and has no minimum requirements.
Peter said that he feels that Hybrid is not going away, and it will be a learning experience for the club, but he feels it is a wise investment.
Aimee agreed that this is a good place to learn skills we need to use elsewhere.
Andy mentioned that in the April TM Magazine, there is an article about running Hybrid Meetings.
Derek is all in for hybrid so that he can stay active with our club.
Andy is also remote now in Tampa and hopes to stay active via hybrid.

Votes:
Are we committed to going hybrid? Unanimously passed
Our first hybrid meeting will be May 4th.
Matt made a motion to approve up to $1100 to purchase software and equipment for hybrid meetings to be purchased at the discretion of the President, VPE and Treasurer. Greg seconded. Unanimously passed.
Do we want to waive club dues for new members for the remainder of this dues cycle? The motion unanimously passed.

The business meeting closed at 12:28.

Derek gave a speech honoring Ernesto Williams

Andy was our Table Topics Master:
Peter – What has life taught you recently?
Ben – What is the one thing you would most like to change about the world?
Matt – Where do you find inspiration?

Greg evaluated Derek’s speech
Best Table Topic Speaker was Peter