Board meeting, September 7th, 2004


  • Bdale Garbee
  • Bruce Perens
  • David Graham (Secretary)
  • Ian Jackson
  • Jimmy Kaplowitz (Treasurer)
  • John Goerzen (President)
  • Martin Schulze


  • Benjamin Mako Hill (Vice President)

Absent with regrets:

  • Branden Robinson

Invitees present:

  • Drew Scott Daniels
  • Jonathan McDowell
  • MJ Ray
  • Matt Kraai
  • Michael Banck
  • Michael Schultheiss
  • Phil Brooke


  1. Opening
  2. Roll call
  3. President's report
  4. Treasurer's report
  5. Outstanding minutes
  6. Selecting New Legal Counsel
  7. OFTC's Election
  8. Next meeting

Recorder: David Graham (Secretary)

The following minutes were adopted by the Board of Directors on October 5th, 2004.

Meeting opened at 19:00 UTC on September 7th, 2004 and took place in #spi on

President's Report

President John Goerzen informs the Board of Directors that the 2004 SPI Annual Report has been published.

John Goerzen also advises that the Indiana Attorney General's office has received a complaint about SPI. He advised that he and Branden Robinson have sent an official response to the Indiana AG's office, but have not yet received a response. He considers the matter closed.

Treasurer's Report

Treasurer Jimmy Kaplowitz reports that all donations received as of one week before the meeting have been deposited in our bank accounts, and that 2 receipts will be sent following the meeting, as requested by donors.

He reports that former Treasurer Branden Robinson will be retained as the Deputy Treasurer to help split the work-load. Hired help will be forthcoming should they fall behind in the paperwork.

So far, a total of $36 has been used of his monthly $100/month treasury budget. These reimbursements will be taken following the switchover to an as-yet undetermined new bank.

The new bank will be one of:

  • First Internet Bank of Indiana
  • Fleet Bank (about to merge with Bank of America)

Ideally, the bank will allow ATM deposits for both Jimmy and Branden, and the home branch will be changeable.

Another idea for us is the use of PakMail or another mail forwarding service to give us one permanent forwarding address, regardless of who or where a Treasurer is. The cost is estimated at $20-$30 per month.

Outstanding Minutes

Outstanding Minutes

The minutes, some as much as 3 years old, were voted on all together. Should the vote have failed, it would have gone to individual votes.

On approving all 4 sets of minutes:

David Graham Yes
Bruce Perens Yes
Ian Jackson Yes
Martin Schulze Abstain
John Goerzen Yes
Jimmy Kaplowitz Abstain
Bdale Garbee Abstain

Yes: 4, No: 0, Abstain: 3

All outstanding minutes are approved.

Selecting New Legal Counsel

John Goerzen reports that long-time SPI legal counsel Chris Rourk has resigned. John expresses his gratitude to Chris' years of service.

John Goerzen reports that Gregory Pomerantz of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton has volunteered to be our primary pro-bono counsel. SPI has already worked with him in the past.

Resolution 2004-09-07.dbg.2 (see Appendix B) accepts Gregory Pomerantz' offer.

There is no further discussion, vote results:

Martin Schulze Yes
Ian Jackson Yes
Jimmy Kaplowitz Yes
Bruce Perens Yes
David Graham Yes
Bdale Garbee Yes
John Goerzen Yes

Yes: 7, No: 0, Abstain: 0

Gregory Pomerantz is now our legal counsel.

OFTC's Election

David Graham advises that member project OFTC requires the use of SPI's servers and an SPI member who is not on OFTC's staff to oversee OFTC's upcoming staff elections.

There are no objections to using SPI's server for the service. It is suggested that this service be offered to all member projects.

Next meeting

The next meeting is set for Tuesday, October 5th, 2004 at 19:00 UTC in channel #spi on

Appendix A: Current Board Membership

Date electedName Role
[2003-03-11]John Goerzen President
[2003-03-11]Benjamin Mako HillVice President
[2003-11-29]David Graham Secretary
[2004-02-20]Jimmy Kaplowitz Treasurer
[2004-07-29]Bdale Garbee  
[2004-07-29]Branden Robinson  
[2003-11-29]Ian Jackson  
[2003-03-11]Bruce Perens  
[2003-11-29]Martin "Joey" Schulze

Appendix B: Approved Resolutions

Resolution 2004-09-07.dbg.2: New Legal Counsel

Appendix C: Meeting Log

For the meeting log, please see the original minutes in the mailing list archive.