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WayNet Annual Meeting
September 13, 2007


• Gary Arndts President (Marketing & Creative Services)
• Jane Holman Executive Director, Ex Officio (WayNet.org)
• Jim Buckler (Richmond Work One)
• Valerie Biggs (Richmond Community Schools)
• Randy Baker (Richmond Power & Light)
• Jim Dinkle (Economic Development Corporation)
• Tom Kirk (Earlham College)

Also Present:
• Jenie Lahmann (Morrisson Reeves Library)
• David Burton (Burton & Simkin)

Call to Order:

President Gary Arndts called the meeting to order at 12:00 p.m. in the Richmond Power and Light Auditorium.

President's Report:
President Gary Arndts provided an overview of the past year’s activities and presented a PowerPoint slideshow, “WayNet: It’s Everywhere You Want to Be”, that has been developed as a marketing tool for WayNet. The presentation illustrated the following:

  • Statistics show that most people turn to the Internet when seeking out information, goods, and services.
  • Google often returns WayNet links in the first page of results for searches about banks, doctors, jazz history, fundraising, and museums.
  • How to articles written by WayNet members will appear prominently in Google searches.
  • How to articles can help people in two ways:
    • provides a link to the member’s website to bolster search engine ranking
    • articles may appear in search results leading visitors to member sites

Financial Report:

The September 13, 2007, balance is $15,626.19. Treasurer Jim Buckler shared a 3 year financial balance comparison from August 2005, 2006, and 2007. The August, 2006 balance was down compared to the previous two years due to equipment expenses and legal fees.

New Business:

Acceptance of New Board Members:
Gary Arndts asked the following nominees be accepted as new board members; David Burton, Jenie Lahmann, and Pam Merchanthouse.
Tom Kirk so moved; Jim Buckler seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously passed.

Election of Officers:
Proposed slate of officers for 2007-2008 includes:

  • President - Gary Arndts
  • Vice President/Treasurer - Jodi Johnson
  • Secretary – Valerie Biggs

Gary Arndts asked for a motion to accept the proposed slate of officers. Jim Buckler so moved. Jim Dinkle seconded. The motion was unanimously approved.

Gary Arndts reviewed the standing committees and suggested that each committee identify 1-2 goals to try to accomplish this year. Jane suggested the mission/vision committee be changed to a program committee that would examine WayNet programs and evaluate their relevance. The following committee assignments were made.

  • Jenie Lahmann – Program Committee
  • David Burton – Marketing
  • Jim Dinkle – Marketing

Executive Director’s Report:
Jane Holman introduced new board members David Burton, and Jenie Lahmann and thanked outgoing members, Tom Kirk and Jim Buckler for their service to the board.  She also:

  • Reviewed WayNet’s accomplishments over the past year.
  • Noted that WayNet has been active for 10 years and that many changes have occurred during those 10 years.
  • The challenge for the coming year is to make sure WayNet remains relevant.
  • Challenged the board to:
  • Encourage friends and neighbors to join WayNet.
    • Add current events to the WayNet calendar.
    • Add volunteers to the WayNet page.
    • Visit WayNet at least once per week to learn something new about the community.

The complete Executive Director’s report is available on WayNet.


Gary Arndt asked for a motion to adjourn. Tom Kirk so moved. Jim Buckler seconded the motion. The meeting adjourned at 12:46 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Valerie Biggs

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