Minutes of the Meetings of the Executive Committee of the Internet Society

19 July 2004
Executive Committee Meeting Minutes

Committee: Executive Committee of BoT
Document: excom-04-007
Revision:
Supersedes:
Status: Unconfirmed
Maintainer: Minutes taken by S. Bradner.
Access: Unrestricted

Present:
Fred Baker (Chair)
Steve Crocker
Rosa DelGado
Glenn Ricart
Pindar Wong
Lynn St. Amour (President)
Scott Bradner (Secretary).
Lynn DuVal (ISOC Director of Finance)

The ISOC ExCom met from 10:10 am to 12:01 pm(EDT) July 19, 2004 via conference call.

I IETF restructuring update
Lynn reported that Carl Malamud had produced the first draft of a report on IETF restructuring for “Rothko”* review and has received a first round of comments. A revised draft should be done based on the comments in the next few days. The revised document will be forwarded to the IESG and IAB for their discussion. The intent is to have a discussion during the upcoming IETF meeting in San Diego. The ExComm discussed the draft and the consensus was that the draft did not reasonably reflect the historic IETF/ISOC relationship and should.

* Rothko =group consisting of:
IETF Chair – H. Alvestrand
IAB Chair – L. Daigle
IESG Reps: – A. Mankin & B. Wijnen
IAB Reps: – B. Hinden & M. Handley
ISOC: F. Baker & L. St.Amour
IETF Consultant: C. Malamud

II PIR Update and Governance discussion
Lynn reported that PIR is very hopeful that the request for tax exempt status will be granted. She also reported that the PIR board was beginning to investigate options for dealing with both positive and negative results from the request but that any real planning will wait until the decision is known.

Lynn reported that David Maher is taking up to an 8-week leave of absence from the PIR board during which time Marc Rotenberg will take over as Acting Chair of the board. During this period Geoff Huston will be Assistant Secretary (replacing Marc) as well as Treasurer. Lynn reported that .org renewals are down but new registrations are up. The current forecast is for the budget to be met.

III Discussion on ISOC Strategy and Planning meeting – Fall 2004
Lynn stated that she feels that the ISOC board needs to start some concentrated strategic thinking. The ExComm discussed ways to do this and came to the consensus that one or more face-to-face meetings would be a better way to proceed than to organize conference calls. Lynn suggested that September would be a good time because of the IETF restructuring debate and the ISOC budget process. Terry will work with Board to determine possible dates.

IV Financial update – May 2004 financial statements
Lynn reported that the May 2004 financial statements were distributed in early July. She said that the new membership system would likely be in production by the end of September. She noted that the implementation of this system has been taking a large amount of staff time.

She noted that the ISOC cash balance continued to be strong even though the total revenues are running behind budget by about $200K. She reported that corporate membership renewals are quite strong due in part to increased staff efforts. She noted that the quarterly nature of the PIR contributions made the P&L appear worse than it actually is during the first two months of any quarter, but that the cash balance will remain high throughout the year and that she expects to meet the 2004 budget.

Lynn reminded the ExComm that the ISOC had recently sponsored, with partners, a number of meetings and reported that the meetings had gone well. In particular, SIDA had sponsored AfNOG and Afilias had sponsored AfriNIC’s AGM.