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Minutes of Business Meeting on Sat. July 15, 2000
The following was the net result of motions passed during the meeting:

Incorporate first step sharing at a step meeting as a permanent addition and add an announcement to the web site to reflect such.
The web committee post a .txt version of scripts available for anyone to download at the web site but allow leaders to alter colors & style to fit.

Meeting was opened by George at 11:16 pm EDT with prayer

Attendance: 9

5 Ops: amy georgew Maxine Sassy TimF

4 Non-Ops: andreaF Arkie EllaSue JohnR

The first order of business was the minutes from the last meeting on June 15th. George mentioned that there was one change necessary. That where the vote was tallied, that it read "5 of 6" votes was needed. George stated that 4 of 6 was sufficient to pass a motion.

Amy moved to accept the minutes of 6/15/00 with one change as noted by George.
Sassy seconded.
Eight (+) Zero (-) Zero (x) 7 of 9 needed. Motion passed.

George introduced the first item of old business, 'first step share meetings'. George commented that the first step share meeting that we have all ready had was a resounding success and that he believes that we should keep this as a part of our agenda with a permanent announcement to that affect on our web site, as well as occasional announcements in #slaa for new persons. George opened the floor for discussion, but there was none, everyone was in agreement with George. TimF suggested having the announcement incorporated into the opening scripts. George agreed to draft an announcement to be played.

Maxine moved that we incorporate first step sharing at a step meeting as a permanent addition and add an announcement to the web site to reflect such.
Amy seconded.
Eight (+) Zero (-) Zero (x) 7 of 9 needed. Motion passed.

The next order of old business had to do with noon meetings. The lack of Ops for noon meetings is still an issue. George had suggested for the noon Ops to run the request for leaders script, but he did not know if that had been done or not. Amy commented that in her attendance at noon meetings, the request script was not played. Amy also said that the meetings were mostly attended by the same people everyday.

George opened the floor for any New Business. He had two items of new business. First that Maxine change op levels for new officers. Secondly that our secretary has resigned, and we need a new secretary. George asked for a volunteer. Amy volunteered for the position of Secretary to everyone's delight.

The floor was then open for any new ideas or suggestions. George brought up the topic of monthly Speaker's meetings, and asked if we would be interested in trying to do this again. Everyone was in agreement that they'd like to have these types of meetings again. George went on to say that we have lost the volunteer who was organizing the speakers to speak, "we need a volunteer to do the asking and some organizing." TimF volunteered for the job for now. The group was happy that TimF accepted the job. "We will have speakers from time to time as we are able to get them, hopefully about once a month with TimF leading the work of asking for speakers." George informed.

Sassy then gave the Web Committee meeting summary. The summary told of the attendance and the directives of the committee this coming year, one of the goals is to redesign the layout of the web site. George discussed the objectives for the Steering Committee, saying, "As to activities there, we are hopefully going to change the guidelines into separate documents to make it easier to deal with....I also hope we can arrive at a "BYLAWS" from all the decision and rules put together by Maxine's hard work under her tenure....But I would like to see them formalized." Continuing George said, "finally, the Steering Committee needs to draft a document for requirements for new co-webmaster position."

TimF brought up another item that he felt the Steering Committee might want to look at, "to review all of the opening and closing scripts we use on each day and make "official versions", then post these "official versions" on our web site so that all operators can download the same versions." "Some of us are using different copies." TimF noted. Maxine said that she had sent out updated scripts to everyone, but that they were neither 'official' or 'unofficial'. She also said that, "the wording [of scripts] is the same throughout, but color & style varies from leader to leader." Sassy commented, "...I like being able to be individual in my color arrangements...sometimes it's ok to not all be alike as long as we all say the same thing." The group agreed.

Maxine moved the web committee post a .txt version of scripts available for anyone to download at the web site but allow leaders to alter colors & style to fit.
TimF seconds.
Eight (+) Zero (-) Zero (x) 7 of 9 needed. Motion passed.

George brought up the next issue. He said, "[at the noon meetings] we have a leader who is not using their OP and refuses it, [saying] it as trivial. Do we allow this to continue?" Amy offered her comments, "My understanding of the email was not that this person was saying "I'm going to lead without being an op", but instead I would have volunteered to lead, but since I have to go through a formal process to become an op, I will choose not to lead. If that is the case, it seems like the choice has been made and we don't need to do anything, unless we want to change what needs to happen before someone can become an op." George did not agree with Amy, saying, "because my understanding is this person IS STILL leading." George questioned if this person is also OPing people. TimF interjected several points, that ops status serves several purposes. In larger meetings (evening meetings), it creates two levels of people, Ops can communicate strictly between themselves without non-ops hearing, to help control the meeting. This helps with regard to the door, as well as pointing out that an ! might have been missed. It also gives ops a chance to kick or ban people if they misbehave. Also it gives ops a chance to voice people. This control is probably necessary in very large meetings. TimF went on to say, at a very small meeting, the necessity of ops is much less important. Tim's observations were, "If a person has the scripts, let them lead without ops. If no one is an op (no scripts available in that case) - let the attendees run their own meeting informally." George felt that there should be consistent between evening and noon meetings and that Ops at noon meetings are even more important, especially to keep order with voicing or in the event of a kick or ban. This topic was tabled for now, but George said he would look into the matter farther.

Amy moved to close the meeting.
TimF seconds.

George adjourned the meeting.

Meeting was closed at 12:36am EDT with the Serenity Prayer.