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Venue Info[edit]

Meeting to be held at Crazy Mocha at 2100 Murray Avenue in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, PA 15217. 6:00pm, Tuesday, December 6, 2011.


  • Approve minutes of November 1 board meeting
  • Set meeting schedule for 2012
  • Set Board meeting schedule for 2012
  • Appoint members of Committees
  • List your item here


The initial business that was addressed before the call to order was the determination of officer positions for the 2012 WPLUG board. The decided positions were as follows:

Chair - Terence Golightly
Vice-Chair - Michael Loomis
Secretary - Joseph Prostko
Treasurer - Patrick Barron
Director-at-Large - Judi Galardi

The regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Western Pennsylvania Linux Users Group was held on Tuesday, December 6, 2011, at 6:32 PM, at Crazy Mocha in Squirrel Hill. The regular presiding officer was in the Chair and the Secretary was present. The minutes of the November 1, 2011 meeting were approved as read.

The Chair reported on the fact that he's responsible for the Event Committee, and he proceeded to go through the list of other committees to acquaint the new board with all of the various committees. The Chair also shared his vision for WPLUG, about bringing in new members, and raising awareness.

The Vice-Chair reported on his goals for WPLUG as well, mentioning that looking to other LUGs for inspiration would be a good idea.

The Secretary reported there are currently 19 dues-paying members, and mentioned he'd like to see different marketing strategies employed to further the membership of WPLUG.

The Treasurer reported that WPLUG needs to have tangible benefits for members.

The Director-at-Large shared her vision for WPLUG as well, and mentioned she would look into different meeting places for the board to meet.

The Internet Committee had nothing to report.

The Program Committee had nothing to report.

The Investigating Committee had nothing to report.

The Newsletter Committee reported that the newsletter is in a stale state currently, and some help would be appreciated.

The Public Relations committee had nothing to report.

The board meeting schedule for 2012 was determined. Terence Golightly motioned to set the meetings for the first Tuesday of every month at 6 PM. The motion was seconded and passed. A designated location will be investigated by Judi Galardi before the January 3, 2012 meeting.

Terence Golightly motioned to set the General User Meeting (GUM) meeting schedule for 2012. Meetings will still take place on Saturdays in the afternoon, with business meetings every 8 weeks. Installfests will be every three months, with the next one occurring in February. The picnic will be in August, Nominations will be in October, and Elections will be in November. The motion by Terence was seconded and passed.

The appointment of committee members then commenced.

Terence mentioned he would like a special committee for Software Freedom Day. That committee shall be determined at the next board meeting.

The Internet Committee will be chaired by Vance Kochenderfer, and also Patrick Barron and Dave Ostroske will serve.

The Program Committee will be chaired by Terence Golightly, along with Judi Galardi. It will be checked if Brian Seklecki is still interested in serving his role.

The Investigating Committee cannot have any board members serve on it, so Joseph Prostko can no longer serve. The Chair will send and email out to see if the current people serving on the committee will resume their roles.

The Newsletter Committee has Vance Kochenderfer as the only member. Vance will still edit the newsletter, but is not interested in drumming up interest for submissions. Vance will need assistance if this committee will continue to exist.

The Public Relations Committee will be headed by Michael Loomis by default.

The Chair accepts the committee appointments as they are currently, but knows they still need to get finalized. The Chair motions for the acceptance in the current state, and it is seconded and passed.

The meeting adjourned at 7:34 PM.

Joseph Prostko
Secretary, Western Pennsylvania Linux Users Group

(Approved on January 3, 2012 - JP)