Call to Order and Introductions:
Present: Denise Colley; Ron Brooks; Tom Mitchell; Doug Powell; Judy Wilkinson
Editor: Sharon Lovering (arrived late)
Ex-Officio: Katie Frederick (PR)
Absent: Bob Hachey (Internet Oversight Committee); Carla Ruschival (Social Media); Kim Charlson (President)
Contractors: Annette Carter (Website Administrator); Larry Turnbull (ACB Radio).
Guests: Pat Sheehan, Berl Colley. John Ross.
Adoption of Agenda:
Tom arrived a little late so Denise first outlined agenda. Also she, Ron, and Doug outlined some possible goals for the future.
Adoption of Minutes:
Corrections for June minutes made and changes regarding Executive session proposed and accepted.
No guest comments were made.
Katie Frederick: Public Relations
Katie reported that she had been working on the press release for the award to Apple, and that a story appeared in the Still. Paul Press, and that a couple of mainstream podcasts and a mainstream magazine picked up the story. Also, a photographer will be taking videos and photos of conference events.
Sharon Lovering: Editor
On Sharon's report, Ron wondered why are distribution reports are down. Sharon noted that 368 people have passed away, and that also many are now using e-mail, podcasts or phone. Also, membership is down. One question that the committee felt needed answering is how many people actually get the forum in what formats, especially with regard to electronic formats? And can we find a way to encourage their use?
Doug brought up the subject of large print publication formatting, suggesting that we have two or three independent layout artists take the text of the form and apply the full Best Practices of the CCLVI low-vision format to that text and see how much difference it makes in the amount of information that can be included in the Forum. Tom mentioned that that had already been done. Ron felt that what we should do is to develop an ACB style guide for the organization.
Denise asked for comments on the draft RFP. All references to cassettes and any associated dates were altered. No final date for submission has as yet been established.
Discussion and Announcements
Ron felt that we need to do something to help members understand what the BOP is and what it does. This would help encourage people to run for positions on this board.
Denise expressed thanks to Judy and Tom for their work on the committee. Thanks was also expressed to Denise for her hard work and leadership.
Meeting adjourned at 11:47 a.m.