2000 Motions & Votes
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  • Issue: Motion to Acquire Service Mark
  • Date:7 October 2000
  • Motion #00-32

    That motion and reasoning behind it is stated below:

    After due consideration, we recommend that the AB apply for the Service Mark "The USGenWeb Project" , as soon as possible.

    Along those lines, after reading reams of stuff about TM's, SM's etc, we need to have Linda Lewis write a letter stating she has no objection to us doing this. After studying the information available on line in regard to the legalities involved, the only way there would be a clash would be if Linda filed an objection to the Project acquiring the SM's.

  • Motion by By: Ken Short
  • Second By: Maggie Stewart

  • Votes:
    • Barbara Dore -
    • Joy Fisher -
    • Shari Handley -
    • Ginger Hayes -
    • Richard Harrison -
    • Richard Howland - No
    • Betsy Mills -
    • Ellen Pack -
    • Teri Pettit -
    • Pam Reid -
    • Ken Short -
    • Maggie Stewart-Zimmerman -
    • Holly Timm - No
    • Tina S. Vickery -
    • Joe Zsdedeny - No

  • Yes - 0, No - 3, Not voting - 12
    Motion fails. 22 October 2000

  • Issue: Motion to Amend Motion 99-25
  • Date:7 October 2000
  • Motion #00-31

    I move that Previously Adopted Motion 99-25 be amended to read:

    That the Board Secretary not be currently serving as a Board member.

    The appointee must either be knowledgeable in parliamentary procedure or be willing to learn proper procedure using Roberts Rules and be well versed in the Project Bylaws. Duties of the appointee shall be those assigned by the Chair (NC). The NC shall insure that the secretary be subscribed to all appropriate mailing lists. As a minimum these lists would be the USGENWEB-ALL-L, STATE-COORD-L, ARCHIVES-L, the Board-Exec-L and the Board-L.

  • Motion by By: Ken Short
  • Second By: Maggie Stewart

  • Votes:
    • Barbara Dore -
    • Joy Fisher - No
    • Shari Handley - No
    • Ginger Hayes - No
    • Richard Harrison -
    • Richard Howland - No
    • Betsy Mills - No
    • Ellen Pack - No
    • Teri Pettit - No
    • Pam Reid -
    • Ken Short - Yes
    • Maggie Stewart-Zimmerman - Yes
    • Holly Timm - No
    • Tina S. Vickery - No
    • Joe Zsdedeny - No

  • Yes - 2, No - 10, Not voting - 3
    Motion fails. 15 October 2000

  • Issue: Formation of Grievance Committee
  • Date: October 2000
  • Motion #00-30

    "The committee shall be composed of at least one CC from each region and one SC selected by the Representative at Large. But in any event an odd number of committee members shall be appointed so as to prevent tie votes. Richard Harrison will serve as the committee chairman. The Chairman will select a co-chairman from among the committee members. The NC will sit on the committee as provided for in the Bylaws.

    The committee once seated will number each grievance, research the background of each and make a recommendation to the Board for a fair resolution of each complaint within 10 days with ten day extensions granted at the request of the committee chair. Any committee member(s), except the NC, named in a complaint will be excused from hearing and voting on that complaint and an alternate(s) will be selected by the chairman or his co-chairman to insure an odd number of votes. The committee must be mindful of the limited authority granted the Board in the Bylaws to resolve grievances."

  • Motion by By: Joe Zsdedeny
  • Second By: Ginger Hayes

  • Votes:
    • Barbara Dore -
    • Joy Fisher -
    • Shari Handley - Yes
    • Ginger Hayes -
    • Richard Harrison - Yes
    • Richard Howland -
    • Betsy Mills - Yes
    • Ellen Pack -
    • Teri Pettit - Yes
    • Pam Reid - Yes
    • Ken Short - Yes
    • Maggie Stewart-Zimmerman - No
    • Holly Timm -
    • Tina S. Vickery - No
    • Joe Zsdedeny - Yes

  • Yes - 7; No - 2; Abstain - 0; Not Voting - 6
    Motion Fails. 16 November 2000

  • Issue: Motion to Request Withdrawal of Archives Trademark Application
  • Date: 6 October 2000
  • Motion #00-29

    "Whereas, the mark "USGenWeb" has been in public use since June 1996 as a Collective Membership mark[*] for the USGenWeb Project, a non-profit volunteer group providing free online genealogical services, and the derivative mark 'USGenWeb Archives' has been in public use since August 1996 as a service mark for the USGenWeb Project's archival services, and the derivative mark 'USGenWeb Archives Project' has been in use since that date as a Collective Membership mark for that subset of the Project's volunteers who manage and maintain that archival service, it is the finding of the USGenWeb Advisory Board that the USGenWeb Project as a group is the rightful holder of 'USGenWeb', 'USGenWeb Archives', and all derivative marks.

    Whereas the USGenWeb Archive's Project's current Coordinator, Linda Lewis, filed[**] with the U.S. Patent and Trademarks Office (PTO) on 1 May, 2000, an application (Serial Number 78006402) in which "Linda Lewis" is listed as the name of the applicant, and "volunteer group" as the applicant entity type, that application containing the declaration that "no other person, firm, corporation or association has the right to use the mark", such an application, if granted, could deny to the USGenWeb Project the lawful right to use the marks by which it has identified the Project's member web sites for over four years.

    Therefore, the USGenWeb Project Advisory Board officially requests that Linda Lewis withdraw her application as soon as possible, and that she furnish the Advisory Board with a bona fide copy or proof of her withdrawal of said application.

    The Advisory Board further advises Linda Lewis that it is the Project's intention to retain the legal right to the USGenWeb Archives mark, and that if proof of withdrawal is not received by the Advisory Board within ten (10) business days of the passage of this motion, the Advisory Board will assume that withdrawal is not forthcoming and will proceed with other measures to protect the Project's right to the mark.

    Recognizing that Linda's goal in making her application was to protect the USGenWeb Archives mark from unauthorized use by those not representing the USGenWeb Project, the Advisory Board assures Linda Lewis that if her application is withdrawn, the Advisory Board will act as expeditiously as possible to register the USGenWeb Project's legal right to the mark.

    Recognizing that the authority for determining membership in the USGenWeb Archives Project lies with the Coordinator of the USGenWeb Archives Project, the Advisory Board further assures Linda Lewis that if her application is withdrawn, authority for granting or removing authorization to use the USGenWeb Archives mark to identify web sites as part of the USGenWeb Archives Project will be assigned by the USGenWeb Project to Linda Lewis as long as she is a member of the USGenWeb Project and holds the office of Coordinator of the USGenWeb Archives Project."

  • Motion by By: Teri Pettit
  • Second By: Ginger Hayes

  • Votes:
    • Barbara Dore - No
    • Joy Fisher - No Vote
    • Shari Handley - Yes
    • Ginger Hayes - Yes
    • Richard Harrison - No
    • Richard Howland - No Vote
    • Betsy Mills - Yes
    • Ellen Pack - Yes
    • Teri Pettit - Yes
    • Pam Reid - Abstain
    • Ken Short - No
    • Maggie Stewart-Zimmerman - No
    • Holly Timm - Yes
    • Tina S. Vickery - No Vote
    • Joe Zsdedeny - Yes

  • The voting period at an end by several hours - the vote totals are as follows on Motion 00-29A:

    Yes - 7; No - 4; Abstain - 1; Not Voting - 3

    Motion fails, 2/3 requirement not met. 9 October 2000.


  • Issue: Motion to Appoint Election Study Committee
  • Date: 4 September 2000
  • Motion #00-28

    "I move that the USGenWeb Advisory Board appoint a special committee, the Election Study Committee, to study and make recommendations about the election process within the USGenWeb Project.

    Said committee will consist of:

    5 Advisory Board members ~ Proposed members of the committee are Holly Timm - Representative-At-Large (chair); Ellen Pack - Southeast / Mid- Atlantic CC Rep., Betsy Mills, Southwest / South Central SC Rep.; Tina Vickery, Northeast / North Central CC Rep., and Shari Handley, Southeast/Mid-Atlantic SC Rep.

    5 State Coordinators;

    10 County Coordinators;

    National Coordinator ~ ex-officio.

    The remaining members of the committee, (SC's and CC's), will be chosen by the Board Representative members of said Election Study Committee from a broad spectrum of individuals and viewpoints represented within the project.

    Said committee is charged to discuss and make recommendations to the Board on:

    a. Eligibility for voting including, but not limited to, eligible positions, definition of good standing, cutoff dates;

    b. Standing Election Committee;

    c. Voting mechanism including location and method;

    d. Any and all other election issues brought up by the committee members or brought to their attention by others.

    Said Election Study Committee would report to the USGenWeb Advisory Board and the USGenWeb Project membership no later than 6 weeks from creation. The recommendation report will be posted to the BOARD-L mailing list, as well as the STATE-COORD-L mailing list, and to the four regional lists for dissemination to each state XXGenWeb Project mailing lists.

  • Motion by By: Tina S. Vickery
  • Second By: Joy Fisher

  • Votes:
    • Barbara Dore - No
    • Joy Fisher - Yes
    • Shari Handley - Yes
    • Ginger Hayes - Yes
    • Richard Harrison - Yes
    • Richard Howland - Yes
    • Betsy Mills - Yes
    • Ellen Pack - Yes
    • Teri Pettit - Yes
    • Pam Reid - No Vote
    • Ken Short - No
    • Maggie Stewart-Zimmerman - No
    • Holly Timm - Yes
    • Tina S. Vickery - Yes
    • Joe Zsdedeny - Yes

  • Yes - 11, No - 3, Abstain - 0, Not Voting - 1
    Motion passes. 12 September 2000

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