Minutes – 09/25/07

Fund raising:
-Serious consideration – Email Michael Dell.
-What we need to do? – Advertise the fact that we are sticking Dell’s name on everything we’re sending out.
-Suggestion: Write an official letter.  Send letters to world wide and US corporate headquarters.  Write it on official Cornell stationary.
-Next step: We need to get possession of some Cornell letterhead paper.

Nonprofit status:
-How do we become a club and be non-profit at the same time?
-What will this do? – donations will be tax deductible etc.  It will also make us look “official”
-Next step: Ben is looking into it?

Problems in Africa:
-Just when you thought things were bad….flooding is happening, destroying food, homes and ruining the harvest.  This is the worst flooding in modern history.

Lan Partay!
-Serious short term fund raising
-Hypothetical lan party. What would we do? – Book computer labs, advertise, charge 10 dollars for admission. choose a game (wolfenstein etc?)
-Advertising: use labs to advertise, chalk, fliers, Denise Cassaro.
-Catch? – Sell food? Sell drinks?  offer a gift card to EB to highest scorers?
-Possible labs: Stimpson, Dickson, Upson, (thats 50+ computers)
-Possible times? – Saturday night…October 20.
-Test run: ?
-Games – (Counterstrike, Starcraft, Wolfenstein Enemy territory, Halo 1)

Ho Plaza fundraising?
-Just sit there with a jar and collect?

Next big shipment:
Tijuana  – wants 40 computers…yikes!

Minutes – 09/18/07

Topics of discussion:

Updating the newsletter:
The newsletter hasn’t been updated since May, and a lot of the facts are wrong.  We need EVERYTHING on there for when we send it to the president, and the head of CIT.

Liberia Situation:
1990’s – Taylor takes over Liberia, sets up oppressive police state, gets illegal diamond money, massacres Sera Leone (sp?), starts a civil war.  Clinton does nothing.  Jesse Jackson is a jerk.  Clinton continues to ignore Liberia.  Money for 9/11 comes from Liberia (Al Qaida etc.).  Bush stops diamond from Liberia & angers Al Qaida.  Britain + Nigerians invade Sera Leone, and stops slaughter there.  Bush ends Liberian civil war.  None of this is in the media.  Liberia is a wreck, no democracy, 85% unemployment,.
LONG STORY SHORT: We should donate computers to them (orphanage and universities).
HOW MUCH TO RAISE:  ~~$2400.  Apply for a local Ithaca grant?  Due date = 10/12

Nonprofit Status:
Its official!  We’re a nonprofit organization.  Hooray!
Next steps: Ability to give tax breaks? Advertising?

Talking to the peace corps/Denton Fund (Navy):
Navy: Get equipment to the East coast, and could be used for shipping.  We need to contact/hash out details
Peace Corps: Same deal, they have planes. we need them,

Fundraising:
-Popsicles?
-Rock candy for Liberia?
-Provide a service? (anti spyware/repair station)
-Lan?
-Ask Bill Gates!!!!!!!
-Contact Dell
-Donation auction

Call around:
We need to contact people around the greather Ithaca area, and see if they need stuff.

Other askers:
-Nicaragua pt. 2
-Ithaca High School
-The Village at Ithaca scholarship program.
-Ghana (ask campus store for typing software)

JOIN THE FORUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Minutes – 09/11/07

Funding:
CCFC will not fund us because we are a volunteer group.  Ideas?

Forum:
Everybody join the forum so we can discuss issues and donations online.

http://z11.invisionfree.com/ccra

SIGN UP!@@32$!@

Publicity Chair:
Congratulations to Liz Lee…..she is our new publicity chair

GIAC:
GIAC needs help because the lab that they set up for themselves is falling apart.  Al will give us potential times.

Packing day for Brooklyn:
Thursday @ 4:30.  Computers need to be shipped out Friday.

Long term – GHANA:
Ghana wants 25 computers.  We need to address this at the next meeting.

The bottom line:

WE

NEED

FUNDING

(badly!)

Minutes – 09/04/07

Hey everybody, here are the topics from todays meeting:

New member introductions:
Welcome all! (Thanks andri…).

Meeting times:
When do we want meetings this year? Impossible days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday.
Projected time: 4:30pm on Tuesdays.

Nicaragua:
We packed 17 computers/mice/power cords/keyboards. We need 20 monitors packed and 3 more computers by Friday, 9/7 for a total of 20 units in the shipment. We need more boxes from Al.
PACKING DAY: Thursday at 4:30pm.

Fundraising:
We need $520 to send a shipment to Liberia!
Fundraising ideas: Ho plaza action? LAN party? Popsicles (again)? Bash a monitor?
THINK OF MORE IDEAS

REMEMBER
Thursday 9/6 4:30 packing
Tuesday 9/11 4:30 meeting