On Tuesday May 23rd, the East Shore Internet Society held its Annual General Meeting. A special thank you to the 30 plus members who attended! For those who couldn’t make it, here’s a summary of what you missed:
A Year in Review
Garth Norris walked us through the last year, highlighting upgrades to the Blue Point access with a new fiber building, a tower rescue course ESIS’ support team participated in, the generous grant of a truck by Simon Hann from Pilot Bay, a review of promises the Board made and followed through with from last year’s AGM, as well as a look at the package upgrades made throughout the year. Overall, a very good operational year with many successes thanks to many people’s involvement and commitment. Garth also took the opportunity to explain why the Board needed to raise the away rate back to $20/month, how the away rate caps at $100, clarified issues surrounding membership in the society and confirmed the Board is actively taking steps towards complying with the New Societies Act.
ESIS Treasurer Brian Philp shared 2016 financial statements, demonstrating how ESIS is currently managing the Connecting Canadians Project funds and how it is maintaining its financial health. With an overall net increase in its subscriber base, income was up from previous years. To the question “How are we doing?” he responded: “ESIS has money in the bank and doing well.” Good news!
Connecting Canadians Project
Board President Fraser Robb reviewed the high-level 3-year project plan and emphasised the success that most subscribers have now been upgraded to new equipment. In the coming year, phase 3 of the project will see new towers as well as upgrades to some existing towers, bringing completion to the project, potentially ahead of schedule, by December 2017. Exciting news was shared that thanks for its expansion, ESIS has established a new client-base in Woodbury and looking to do the same in Procter. The increase in subscribers will help sustain ESIS with additional revenue. Fraser confirmed that the project is a success as a result of the work of many, with special thanks to ESIS staff’s initiative and dedication as well as the many hours invested by the Board and members of the local community.
The members thanked outgoing Board Members Mel Gale, Brian Philp and Dan Séguin for their work over the past year and a half. Elections welcomed two new Board Members Dave Blair and Ivy Jeffery who will each serve a two-year term. Directors rolling over from the last Board will serve a one-year term. The staggered terms are a result of a newly accepted resolution now in place to ensure institutional memory and a higher degree of Board continuity. As a result of this year’s elections, the ESIS Board is now: Richard Bertram, Dave Blair, Ivy Jeffery, Garth Norris, Fraser Robb, and Rose Strom
The AGM was an evening to come together to celebrate this year’s accomplishments and look to ESIS’ bright future. It’s also a time of year when we are reminded that ESIS is our society – it is only as healthy as the community that chooses to directly support it. It only continues thanks to the tireless efforts of those who choose to roll up their sleeves and help out. So, for those who like fast and reliable internet, please reach out to the new Board and ask “how can I help?” There are opportunities for folks of all ages and skill-sets. Get involved!
For more information, you can review the documents below or get in touch with the Board at firstname.lastname@example.org
Your East Shore Internet Society Board & Staff