Foundation/Local Chapters/United States/Minutes-2015-04-07

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Attendees

  • Alyssa
  • Ian
  • Martijn
  • Alex
  • Charlotte Wolter (guest)
  • Clifford Snow (Guest)

Mapathon

  • 7 cities signed up.
  • Blog post merged
  • Martijn to ask Mikel about stats / visuals
  • Remind organizers to take pictures and use hashtag (Alex / Martijn).

Finances / 501(c)(3)

  • We have a real Wells Fargo account now.
  • Everyone should add themselves as signers, involves going to a local WF branch. Ian will prepare.
  • Ian deposited sponsorship checks into this new account
  • Money from regions account will be transferred over,
  • No updates from Debbie. Ian will touch base.
  • Ball is not in our court for taxes, but is for 501(c)(3)
  • Everything for 2013 is in order.
  • Alex will fill out budget prediction forms and get those over to Mark, this is the last thing in our court.
  • Randy Hale still has full access to Regions accounts and has helped us out when we got locked out, nobody else lives close to a regions branch.

Communications

  • Clifford and Charlotte started a discussion around improving communication with the objective of growing the community, people who map, everywhere.
  • Move beyond the traditional map enthusiasts, GIS professionals.
  • Diversity - attract more people from underrepresented groups in OSM.
  • Charlotte has background as a journalist, thinking about reaching out to journalists but also teachers, small businesses.
  • Alyssa asks if there is already a set of goals, a plan.
  • Charlotte offers that writing and spreading press releases is cheap.
  • Mapathons in the local news. Charlotte could support with finding.
  • Bottom up approach would work to get the human interest angle, have local groups stand on their own with our support.
  • Build local lists of press outlets.
  • Can we use missing maps to grow the community?
  • First project: organize a missing maps mapathon in your local community. We supply a support package.
  • Clifford and Charlotte to organize and get back to board with a plan for July.