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Annual Meeting of the Corporation minutes

Annual Meeting of the Corporation minutes
The Robot Group, Inc.

date : 2016-12-04

location : Brookdale – Gaines Ranch
4409 Gaines Ranch Loop
Austin, TX 78735

Official business began at approximately 1815 hrs. Members attending who were eligible to vote are listed below :

Abbott, Rick
Bridges, Derek
Childers, R.D.
Cicolani, Jeff
Colbath, Don
Comer, Bob
Currie, Glenn
Davidson, Tom
Deka, Pranjal “Chip”
Dilworth, Wolf
Konradi Vadim
Lundquist, Eric
Ploskonka, Yama
Rutherford, Jerry
Santana, Sonia
Scioli, Denise
Scioli, Mike
Selph, Brad

The first order of business was the election of officers. The following nominations were made and seconded.

Rick Abbott, Secretary
Wolf Dilworth, Treasurer
Mike Scioli, Vice-president
Jeff Cicolani, President

Derek Bridges, Director
Glenn Currie, Director
Yama Ploskonka, Director

A voice vote was called and the voting was unanimous.

Following the voting, discussion about priorities for 2017 commenced. A brief synopsis follows.

Jeff Cicolani spoke of major opportunities to exhibit and to raise our public profile in 2017 including SxSW Interactive and Maker Faire – Austin.

R.D. Childers suggested that the corporation reach out to the University of Texas Robotics Club.

Mike Scioli suggested discussion about how to use our web site and our Facebook account to position the corporation as a repository for resources for schools, groups, parents interested in enhancing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education.

Wolf Dilworth suggested that we resume investigation of the feasibility of a Summer Robotics Camp (four weekends on Saturdays and / or Sundays).

Derek Bridges suggested that we follow-up on contact he made at a previous meeting with a Bay-area STEM educator who was seeking our support.

Jeff Cicolani and Jerry Rutherford suggested that we follow-up with the contacts that we made with the parents behind the STEM efforts at Kathy Caraway Elementary School. Further discussion ensued about our ability to help with low-cost robotics projects that could engage teams of two to four students (as opposed to the BEST and FIRST projects that require the cooperation of much larger teams).

Wolf Dilworth suggested changes to the web site in the form of some online, searchable database of the skill-sets of the members.

Mike Scioli suggested that members strive to place documentation (photographs, blueprints, bills-of-materials, step-by-step descriptions) of projects completed by members current and historical. Some of this information is currently offline but archives should be available soon.

Rick Abbott suggested the possibility of involvement with the Trail of Lights winter holiday displays at Zilker Park. He further suggested a fun-to-watch candy dispenser project.

Yama Ploskonka expressed concerns about copyright for articles and projects published on the web site. Mike Scioli suggested that discussion be tabled until the first meeting of the officers and board members (in January).

Jeff Cicolani suggested a two-fold increase in the annual membership dues. Denise Scioli expressed concerns about affordability to retirees. Jerry Rutherford provided information about his experience with the Robomo (Missouri Area Robotics Society). Jeff emphasized that any such membership dues increase could be done in a manner to accommodate retirees and families.

The business meeting was properly adjourned shortly after 1900 hrs. The Board convened at 1911 hrs and the elections were ratified without dissent.

Respectfully submitted by M.E.T. ‘Mike’ Scioli

Annual business meeting and banquet

2016 is rapidly nearing an end. 2017 will be on us like white on rice in about 46 days.

Of course, this means that The Robot Group, Inc. will be holding in annual business meeting and banquet.

It is at this annual business meeting that new officers and Board of Directors members are elected.

Of course, we also get together over a good meal, discuss what we did right and what we did wrong this year, and lay out the plan for next year (e.g., SxSW, MakerFaire).

All members are strongly-encouraged to attend. If you cannot attend, you should be keeping an eye on your e-mail for word from the Secretary about voting by proxy.

The event will be held at Brookdale – Gaines Ranch in South Austin on Sunday, December 4th. Social hour will run from 1530 hrs – 1630 hrs. Dining will run from 1645 hrs – 1745 hrs. Business will commence there after and the fun can continue until they boot us out at 1930 hrs.

The meal plates are $15 each and may choose beef, chicken, or vegetarian. Payment (cash or check … payable to The Robot Group, Inc.) can be made at the event.

We need to let the dining room personnel know how many of meal they will be preparing by 25 November.

Please, RSVP to Derek Bridges directly. Let him know how many will attending and your meal choice(s).

Submitted by Mike Scioli on behalf of the Board of Directors (Kevin Frack, Yama Ploskonka, and Mike Scioli), and officers (Derek Bridges, president; Jeff Cicolani, vice-president, Wolf Dilworth, treasurer, and Gray Mack, secretary).

Child safety training 09/27 1900 hrs – 2100 hrs

Mollyanne Vasquez, of the Center for Child Protection,
will be presenting their nationally-recognized
Stewards of Children training.

Date  : 2016-09-27
Time  : 1900 hrs – 2100 hrs
Place : ATX Hackerspace

The training is for all members who participate in
presentations / exhibitions / demonstrations at events
where children may be present.

Officers and Board Members are strongly encouraged to
attend and to invite / encourage other members of The
Robot Group, Inc. to attend.

Please use this link if you plan to attend :

The brochure on the training can be downloaded here :

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