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Waynet Board Meeting
November 14, 2000

Present: 

  • Bill O'Hara Felker, President  
  • Rodger Smith, Vice-President (Richmond Community Schools) 
  • Dr. Steve Reynolds, Treasurer (Indiana University East) 
  • Thomas G. Kirk, Jr., Secretary (Earlham College) 
  • Randy Baker (Richmond Power & Light) 
  • Chris Hardie (Summersault) 
  • John Weber (Richmond-Wayne County Chamber of Commerce) 
  • Carol Smyth (Ex Officio (Morrisson-Reeves Library, Fiscal Agent) 
  • Larry Turner (FirstBank Richmond)  
  • Jane Holman (Executive Director, Ex Officio, Waynet, Inc.)

The minutes of earlier meetings (September 12, 2000 & September 26, 2000) were not ready for approval.

The minutes of October 10, 2000 upon a motion of Larry Turner and a second of John Weber, were approved.

Old Business:

Jane Holman reported on progress in moving the WayNet site to a SkyeNet server in Kansas City is moving forward. She believes the service wil be more reliable and we will be able to consolidate our UNIX and non-UNIX portion of the site onto one server. This change is being undertaken as a result of changes which SkyeNet, now the owner of infocom, Inc., are making.

Also under Old Business, the Board continued its discussion of providing local news. The uncertainty of the Palladium-Item's membership in WayNet and the uncertainty of other sources of local news have brought into question how best to provide access to local news. After general discussion it was proposed that the "Local News" link on the WayNet homepage be changed to "News" and that instead of going directly to the KICKS96 web site we list several possible sources including the new P-I site, KICKS96, and regional newspapers such as the Cincinnati Inquirer, Dayton Daily News and Indianapolis Star. Perhaps others might be included but they should be local or regional and not national.

New Business:

Jane Holman proposed several initiatives that would provide new services to users of WayNet and help market WayNet. One of these ideas is offering a greeting card service that allows users to send a picture, from a pre-selected group, and possibly a personal message. After some discussion it was decided that allowing personal messages may open WayNet to criticism because of misuse. The service will be restricted to sending pictures.

Another idea is the development of a holiday gifts page featuring products made in Wayne County. A question arose as to how we might track the use of the page and various suggestions were offered. The group concluded that perhaps the best was to use the tracking software to count page visits and list links from the WayNet page(s) to those of the businesses that are sell Wayne County products.

Executive Director’s Report

In her report Jane Holman highlighted the growth in the use of WayNet, her past month’s activities including marketing efforts, and the enhancements to the WayNet site.

Prepared by

Thomas G. Kirk, Jr. Secretary

November 14, 2000.


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