Meeting opened with the Set Aside Prayer, 10:05 pm ET.

In attendance: DaveofMA, Ewg, Aaragorn, Alexpal, Barbh, Curtis, Ken, Ket, Lynn, Mary, Nova, Rocky, TimG, Ariel, HighHat20, SteveD, Tombo, Lotus, and Cheri.

Agenda:

I. Reading of Minutes
II. Approval of Minutes
III. Treasurer's Report
IV. New Business
a. FWS Contributions and Setting of Prudent Reserve
b. Filling of Chairperson position and any other resulting openings
c. The practice of banning
d. Continuation of bans currently in place
V. Closing Prayer

Guidelines for this meeting were proposed by the Co-Chair, Eric (ewg).

In the interest of tackling all of the items on this agenda and allowing everyone the opportunity to speak on the extremely important topics, I am going to suggest the following format in this meeting:

Each topic under New Business will begin with a motion being made.
That motion will then either be seconded or set aside.
Upon the motion being seconded, discussion will begin.
During discussion, only friendly amendments will be accepted to the motion.
An amendment will be considered a friendly amendment if the original provider of the motion concurs with the amendment.
Everyone will be allowed one share on each motion presented.
Each share will be limited to 3 minutes in length.
The end of discussion will be the point at which a vote is taken.
So moved and seconded.
Motion passed.

Reading and approval of Minutes

Moved and seconded to accept the previous minutes http://slaaonline.org/minutes/011506.htm .
Motion passed.

Treasurer's Report

The Treasurer's report was presented: http://slaaonline.org/money.html. The treasurer was absent at this time.
Ket asked why last month the web site cost was $8.95 and this month it was listed as $165.00
Eric answered that he read the numbers to indicate balance in the treasury, not to be an itemization of that transaction.
Moved and seconded to accept the Treasurer's Report. Motion passed.

FWS Contributions and Setting of Prudent Reserve

It was moved [by proxy] that we retain $143.40 as prudent reserve (one year's expenses) and the rest be given to FWS. Seconded
Discussion on possible other uses of the excess funds.
Motion passed.

Filling of Chairperson position and any other resulting openings

Eric (ewg) was nominated to fill the vacant position of Chair (Vacated by Bethy), the motion was seconded.
Motion passed. (8 yes, 0 No, of 12 present )

Lynn was nominated for the position of Co-Chair vacated by Eric, the motion was seconded.
Curtis was nominated for the position of Co-Chair, the motion was seconded. The nomination was declined by Curtis.
CharlesC was nominated for the position of Co-Chair, the motion was seconded.

Moved and seconded to table the election of Co-Chair. (10yes, 0 No, of 11 members present)
Motion passed.

The practice of banning

alexpal moved that the disciplinary practice of "banning" in SLAA online be discontinued immediately. The motion was seconded.

Several amendments were made and all were found to be unfriendly by alexpal.

After all discussion was heard, a vote was taken. The vote was: 6 no's and 5 yes, of 11 members present.
Motion failed.

barbh moved that we set up a committee to review the banning policies and procedures and present the group with a report. The motion was seconded. Due to the lateness of the hour the motion was withdrawn by barbh.

Moved and seconded to Adjourn.
Motion passed.

Closed with the Serenity Prayer, 1am ET.