The March (St. Patrick's Day) meeting of the TI-Chips was called to order. The February minutes were read and accepted. Lin Shaw gave the Treasurer's report. Lin stated that there has been little activity in the club's treasury other than of receipts collected from the monthly 50:50 raffle.
At this time, I asked what the membership was getting in return for the annual $10 dues. John Parken said he was also wondering the same thing in that we no longer paid for publishing and mailing hard copy of the group's newsletter. There was a lively discussion about whether dues were necessary for the group's financial survival.
It was the consensus that the TI-Chips should be a dues free user group with a membership initiation fee of $10 for all new members. Harry Hoffman moved that the consensus opinion be passed. Lin Shaw seconded the motion, and the motion was unanimously passed by those in attendance. Therefore, as of the March 17, 2001, the TI-Chips is a dues-free user group.
(Secretary's note: Although the "dues-free" motion was passed with the provision that a $10 initiation fee will be levied on new members, it is the opinion of the writer, in retrospect, that the level of the "new member fee" should be open for further discussion by the membership at future meetings.)
Voting for the 2001 Jim Peterson Achievement Awards was continued this month.
Although Ron and Ada Markus couldn't attend this month's meeting, Ada took the time to bake a pistachio cake with green frosting for the group to enjoy during the St. Patrick's Day meeting. Thank you Ada for your thoughtfulness. The cake was delicious and well appreciated. Any cake remaining after the meeting was given to the library staff to enjoy.
Deanna Sheridan brought in some more surplus hard drives for Les Kee's telescope project.
(Webmaster's note: Once again, Glenn brought his Polaroid PDC640 digital camera to the meeting. He got a great photo of Deanna. Check it out )
Harry Hoffman gave us an update on Nina's recovery from her extensive back surgery last year. Harry said Nina is responding to therapy, and has been transferred to Metro Health Center for more aggressive physical and occupational therapy. Besides the ability for Nina to receive additional forms of needed therapy, Nina is much closer to home at Metro. Our prayers and wishes will always be with our president, Nina Mae Hoffman, for a complete and rapid recovery.
I brought up a topic of discussion, which has recently appeared on the TI-99/4A OLUG, concerning modifications of the AVPC card. Harry explained that the modifications and resulting discussion were aimed at what appeared to be incompatibilities of the AVPC card with the Horizon Ramdisk. It will be interesting to see where this thread will lead users of the AVPC card and the Horizon Ramdisk.
Harry won the monthly 50:50 raffle. Congratulations, Harry.
The meeting was adjourned, and it was announced that the next meeting of the TI-Chips will be held in the Story Time Room at the North Royalton branch library on Saturday, April 21 from 10:00 to noon.