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June 4, 2017

Board Meeting Agenda

Call to Order

  • Time convened: 1:06 PM

  • Approval of Minutes:

  • Committee Reports:

  • Old Business:

  • New Business:

  • Time adjourned: 3:04

Board Members Present:

  • X Russell Glasser (Pres)

  • X Philip Session (VP)

  • X Lynnea Glasser (Secr)

  • - James Boone

  • X Steve Bratteng

  • X Kevin Carney

  • X John Iacoletti

  • X Don Rhoades

  • X Clare Wuellner

  • - Tracie Harris (leaving board member)


Old Business

  • Clare requested FB group moderation discussion at the beginning so she can participating before needing to leave by 2.

  • Desired feature list for website

  • Adjust donations for investment profits.

    • Tabled.

  • Phil: Proposed name tags for dinner after the show.

    • Tabled.

New Business

  • Designate 3 members to approve board meeting minutes prior to next meeting.

  • Don - bring a paper for all the board members to sign that they will agree to the rules.

  • Additional board meeting June 17th, 1PM, Saturday. Phil will post to Meetup. Russell will create Facebook.


ACA Committee Reports


  • Activism

    • Voter -


  • Activities

    • Campus Outreach

      • Russell - Spoke further with Matthew Folts, president of SSA. He is interested in getting involved, and may join us in the future.

    • Community Service - Phil Session

      • Russell and Phil joined FBB’s Humanist Disaster Recovery team in Baton Rouge, did some outreach.

      • Keep Austin Beautiful

      • Texas Ramp Project

      • Treefolks

    • Lectures and Presentations - Steve Bratteng

      • Jun -

      • Jul -Russell will ask Noelle give a replacement speech on Fake News

      • Aug - Mark will ask David Oliverio if he wants to speak on August.

      • Recommendation: Noelle George, executive director of FBB, lives in Houston

    • Social Activities

    • Special Events

      • Marathon Show Charity Event for Show’s Anniversary - Mark and Tracie

        • Is it still moving forward?

        • Splitting the proceeds evenly between charities: Foundation Beyond Belief, ACLU, Planned Parenthood, Southern Poverty Law Center, Camp Quest, Humanist Disaster Recovery (Rebecca Vitsmun), AHH/Local group

          • Some of these may be part of the same group.

      • Bat cruise, Sept 23rd

        • Steve will reserve Trinity church.

        • Muhammad Syed will be our guest.

      • Austin Pride


  • Communication

    • Advertising & Marketing

      • Discuss Julia Rigler recommendations

      • Prize winners - Russell sent Mark 10 emails, did the prizes get sent?

      • Optimizing Google Search (Russell and Kevin)

      • Kevin - logo proposals



    • Atheist Experience TV Show

      • Mark - Approval of streaming AXP on Facebook: a) FB live is now monetized at the same rate (55% of ad revenue goes to creator) as Youtube, as long as a single video you stream gets at least 300 concurrent views. b) if approved, which page?

      • As per discussion last month, consider changing rotation to have Tracie at host level?

      • LibSyn

      • Green “call the show” button update

    • Social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc)

      • Group moderation

        • Lynnea presented her document.

        • John suggested that there should be in general a set of rules for people who interact with the public - cast, crew, moderators, etc.

        • Moderator Eligibility - Phil Session motions for solution 3B, Russell seconds. Tabled.

        • Russell moves that all administrators must be members of the ACA. Don seconded. Unam. except Lynnea abstains.

        • Russell moves that all admins and mods must agree to ACA Moderator guidelines. Steve seconds. Unam approval.

        • Discussion about what level of membership we expect from Moderators.

        • Table discussion about what expectations of membership and sponsored membership we have for cast, crew, and moderators.

        • Lynnea Glasser motions that moderators do not need to be members, and this topic will be revisited. Russell seconds, Phil, Russell, Kevin, Steve, CLare, Lynnea, Don, for. John opposed.

        • Kevin suggests creating a list of banned words. Lynnea proposes they are added to the current blog post.

        • Russell moves that we inform the moderators of the new rules within 48 hours. Tabled.

        • Clare leaves.

        • Discussion on the rules.

        • Russell moves that we have an additional board meeting on 17th 1pm in the library. Kevin. Unam approval except Phil abstains. (he can’t come.)

        • Steve leaves.

        • Russell Glasser moves that with the proposed edits we accept the proposed document. Kevin seconds. Unam approval.

      • Mark social media proposals

    • Internet Communications - John Iacoletti

      • Website payment issues

      • Kevin - Thumbs up / thumbs down button (Tabled last month)

    • Media Relations

      • Phil - Are KUT PSAs running?

      • Mark - AtheistTV

    • Non Prophets Internet Audio Show - Russell Glasser

    • Print Publications

    • Products - Mark Vandebrake

      • Partnership with EvolveFish

    • New shows?

      • Tabled from last month: New show with mostly women / Godless Bitches replacement?


  • Business and Finance

    • ACA Protocols

      • Approval of bylaws - Don

    • Archivist - John Iacoletti (report by exception only)

    • Building - Don Rhoades

      • Lynnea - Home inspector ($400 approved last time)

      • Promoting studio rental contract on website, etc.

    • Membership - John Iacoletti

      • Russell was supposed to ask David Oliverio to become a member and be involved with group stuff if interested. Not done yet.

      • John - Sending harassment policy to members

    • Treasurer's Report - John Iacoletti

      • Proposed budget for 2016 - 2017

      • Russell votes for a budget continuance until June 17th, Don seconds, unam. Approval (Clare gone).


      • Phil Ferguson money management

      • Paypal account password


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