Board Meeting Minutes 2015-12-04

The meeting was rescheduled by email to 12/4 from its original date which conflicted with holiday activities. This is a combined November and December meeting, as November’s meeting was cancelled for safety concerns (dangerous roads). The original minutes have been reconstructed by the secretary and then augmented by Will from his notes.

Present

Sue Ann, Will, Arrhiannon, Water Wizard, Gyelle, Vergil, Mark, Candescent

President’s Report:

Hoping to get the schedule for next year’s rituals tentatively set at the start of January. Location is an issue. Sue Ann offered her house as a location until a more permanent one is found. While she is opening up her house, she stipulated that others need to help with rituals. East Rose UU is a possible location. For Lyceum South, the Salem UU is open and available.

Additionally, the driving back and forth for all the rituals has become cumbersome. Going forward, esbats will be held locally, and sabbats will alternate north and south.

Also, Sue Ann is preferring to step down. Arrhiannon is willing to take the position of president.

Secretary’s Report

None

Treasurer’s Report

Specific numbers given.

per Will’s notes:

Current checking account balance: $1,558.98
Payables:
Eastrose rental for YaD: $240.00
Salem UUC rental for YaD: $120.00

Communication Director’s Report

Will is wanting to step down, but stay on possibly as a Member at Large. He is willing to work with the new Communications Director in an advisory role.

per Will’s notes

Will will be stepping down as this position needs someone with a different skill set who will be better able to coordinate with other pagan & church groups, and encourage more usage of the web site by Lyceum persons. The wiki structure has not worked well for Lyceum: there has been essentially no content contributed by Lyceum members yet wikis are designed to be developed as a collaboration between participants. Will suggests that perhaps WordPress or another blog package might encourage more use.

The website has been steadily receiving several thousand visits per month from around the world. But it needs to go in a different direction to serve Lyceum.

Will can continue to provide technical support on the web site including the donation of $15/yr domain registration, unlimited space on his web host account, but no video or music support (these could be loaded on YouTube and linked to).

Will will explore with Eastrose Fellowship about the possibility and cost of renting space for esbats, and report his findings in the January meeting.

Clerical Director

The classes are finishing. Planning has begun for the next YaaD classes which begin in April.

Calendar

per Will’s notes

Change in Board Meetings to the second Thu each month, 7:15 pm, New Seasons in Tualatin. This is to more easily accommodate members’ participation in various non-Lyceum activities.

Author: Will

I was born at a very young age but I am older than that now. As a young man I drove half a million miles in Boston taxis. Then I moved to Oregon and developed two careers as an RN over 28 years: the first as a clinical nurse mostly in ICU, then later in Nursing Service Administration as an Informatics RN (but before that term was coined). In between RN work, I picked up an ADSc Business Computer Programming and provided PC network installation, maintenance and repair for 10 years. I eased into retirement beginning in 2003 and was fully retired in 2010. But I have continued to develop and manage websites and my skills are current with HTTP/CSS, PHP, Apache, SQL, etc. I have a strong preference for Ubuntu Linux boxes and Dokuwiki websites. I have a strong dislike of WordPress, which, although it is technically very well done, has created one of the worst cesspool ecosystems I have ever encountered. Still it is sometimes the best tool for the job, more is the pity. I have followed pagan paths for 50 years and I have about 3 yards of bookshelves devoted to pagan thought and practice. I am a perfectly eclectic technopagan heavily influenced by Victor Anderson's Feri practice but comfortable with Gardner derivatives, Zennist ways, and totemic/shamanist practices. I have recently been made the Steward of the Lyceum Of Trees. So I am Will Steward, Steward. Make of that whatever you will.