The December Christmas party/meeting of the TI-Chips was opened, and the reading of the November minutes were waived. Lin Shaw gave the closing treasury report for 2001. John Parken reported our membership is remaining solidly at 20 members. Les Kee reported no activity in the club's library.
Harry Hoffman said that Craig seems to still have some difficulty in setting up our new Web site with CoreComm. I observed that the Members' Gallery pictures were not completely uploaded, and Harry said he noticed the same thing.
The most pleasant surprise occurred when our President, Nina Mae Hoffman, came to the meeting. It was so good to see her again. Everyone was happy that Nina was feeling well enough to attend, and we all hoped Nina will be able to attend more meetings in the future.
I made mention that the editing phase of the Jim Peterson Achievement Award nominations was going well, and that a final ballot will be ready for voting on New Year's day, 2002.
It was time to elect officers for 2002. I suggested that all present officers and committee chairs be elected "in perpetuity" to their respective positions. This way we won't have to go through the annual "game" of re-electing the same people to the same offices. Norb Sitter made the motion to have the officers and chairs elected to their positions "in perpetuity". That is, everyone will remain in their office until the TI-Chips has either disbanded or they can no longer serve in their elected capacity (which ever comes first). John Parken seconded the motion, and the motion was approved unanimously. (The comment was made that this should have been done a long time ago.)
Therefore, the Officers of the TI-Chips permanently are:
|President:||Nina Mae Hoffman|
|Disk Library:||Les Kee|
We set up the club's TI-99/4A for the occasion. There was some difficulty with the hook up to the library's large screen TV. It seemed that, once again, the club's TI modulator was no longer compatible with the TV. We could get video, but couldn't get audio. John Parken came to the rescue with a composite signal pigtail connector. Thanks John. John then ran two classic TI-99/4A programs for our entertainment and nostalgia. He ran Christmas Carols and Woodstock's Christmas. I took the opportunity to get some shots with my digital camera. They were shots of TI-99/4A screen messages for loading Woodstock's Christmas and the title screen as well as one of Woodstock's surprise Christmas present. I made the comment that, not only were the sound, color and sprite control classic TI, but Snoopy's dog house was an excellent example of the TI-99/4A superior graphic capabilities.
I also took some shots of the party goers and a terrific group shot. All of the pictures taken were to be e-mailed to the TI-Chips under separate cover for their early enjoyment. (I only wish that more of the Chippers could have attended.) The memories, conversation, company and goodies were great! The Chips made up our traditional Christmas goodie tray for the North Royalton library staff.
Harry and Nina won the 50:50 raffle. (I say Harry and Nina because Nina held the winning ticket and Harry said he purchased it. Talk about teamwork in marriage.) Congratulations to the Hoffmans.
The next meeting of the TI-Chips will be January 19, 2002. The meeting will be held in the Story Time Room of the North Royalton branch library from 10:00 'til noon.