RTPnet Meetings

  • October 16, 1989: Meeting of Community BBS Working Group, had an "Overview of Proposed System"

  • November 8, 1989: Meeting of Community BBS Working Group, changed name to Public Information Network Working Group (PINWOG), Larry London reported on Chapel Hill status, Greg Woodbury reported on proposal for hardware, operating system, and user interface

  • December 20, 1989: PINWOG: Orange County is working on a 24-hour PC-based service, touch screen, two locations (Post Office and Mall), PIN Facilities Proposal (The Public Information Network (PIN) is a proposed computer information system available to citizens and local government)


  • May 8, 1990: Meeting with representatives of Orange County, Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA), Town of Carrboro, Town of Hillsborough, and Town of Chapel Hill to discuss PINWOG proposal

  • May 9, 1990: PINWOG: Looking at software (Galacticon). Bylaws being reviewed.

  • May 23, 1990: PINWOG: UNC is running Info using VTX on a DEC VAX.

  • August 20, 1990: Directors: Officers: President, William R. Hutchins; Vice President, Lawrence London, Jr.; Secretary, Judith Hallman; Treasurer, Thomas Faulkner. Assigned tasks: Information Development, Judy Hallman; Engineering, Bill Hutchins; Software, Bill Evans; Operations, Larry London. Identify sources of data; select best software, select hardware, sell system to government

  • August 28, 1990: Directors: Will meet with PINWOG September 5. Each will write how we envision PIN. Need stationary and calling cards.

  • September 5, 1990: PINWOG: Bill Hutchins, Terry Grunwald, Terry Parker, Margaret Campbell, Robert Bean, Patrick Murray, Will Daland, Roger Cardon, Judy Hallman: Questionnaire, prototyping, state networking

  • September 11, 1990: Directors: Goals and tasks.

  • September 25, 1990: Directors: Get startup loan from Board members, open bank account, get Employer ID number

  • October 4, 1990: Directors: Discussed university information systems, hardware, software

  • October 10, 1990: PINWOG: Form for collecting information about data sources, started a list of data sources with contact person

  • October 15, 1990: Directors: Procuring grants -- whom do we benefit, what makes us different, who do we know?

  • October 24, 1990: PINWOG: User interface (final draft), data sources

  • November 19, 1990: Directors: Committee reports, publicity, data sources list

  • December 3, 1990: Directors: Working with Orange County on data; need a business plan; data sources; grant sources

  • December 17, 1990: Directors: William Evans elected as 5th board member; bylaw changes (fiscal year changed to January 1 to December 31), committee reports


  • January 21, 1991: PINWOG: IRS 1023 submission reviewed and approved; Hutchins will mail with $300 application fee. Financial statement includes: Expenses to date $354.12, deposited in Viallage Bank $177.25. Board members have made loans to cover expenses. Continuing activities: data, fund raising, publicity.

  • February 4, 1991: PINWOG: Continuing activities: data and fund raising. Information posted on Larry London's bulletin board.

  • February 18, 1991: PINWOG: Looked at statistics on modems in homes. Hutchins will present a petition for funding to the Chapel Hill Town Council on February 25. Hallman will upload screens and menus and London will set up a simulation.

  • March 4, 1991: PINWOG: The group looked at the Cleveland system and UNC's INFO service.

  • March 18, 1991: PINWOG: The IRS sent a list of 23 questions. We reviewed the questions and Huchins proposed responses.

  • April 1, 1991: Directors: Annual Elections: C. William Evans, Thomas Faulkner, Judith Hallman, William Hutchins, Lawrence London re-elected; Thomas Magnuson and Edward Mrozek elected as new members.
    PINWOG: Bank balance $147.00. Requested $25,000 from A.J. Fletcher Foundation, other funding requests coming up. Simulation: Proposed menus are on London's board as a file — HTML, MS Word

  • April 15, 1991: PINWOG: Discussed determining type of terminal being used so that information can be displayed properly and similarities and differences between data, bulletin board messages, and personal messages.

  • April 29, 1991: PINWOG: Need a planning document, product goals, identification of user market. Voice and Touchtone phone as an alternative or supplement to a computer bulletin board. Systems being built by agencies in NC — CONCERT for Universities, State Information Processing Services (SIPS), Highway Patrol, Department of Commerce.

  • May 13, 1991: PINWOG: Discussed Heartland Freenet, money-making services, simulation (is coming real soon now), Evans outlined proposed hardware.

  • June 24, 1991: PINWOG: Magnuson is putting together a 15-minute presentation that any board member can give. Faulkner presented draft proposal of software specifications.

  • July 1, 1991: PINWOG: Magnuson has prepared 13 slides for a talk and will upload them to Faulkner's board. Should menus be structured by subject or function or a combination? How will we deal with offensive remarks?

  • July 15, 1991: PINWOG: Data is available from Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation. Meeting July 16 in Winston-Salem with Mary Reynolds Babcock and Z. Smith Reynolds foundations. Discussed presentation Magnuson prepared.

  • September 24, 1991: PINWOG: Reviewed To-Do lists, including pursuing terminals in MacDonalds.

  • October 7, 1991: PINWOG: Grant proposals: Z. Smith Reynolds, turned down; Mary Babcock Reynolds, no word; A, J. Fletcher, proposal submitted. Presentation test run planned at UNC October 10. Looking at how to exchange email between Internet and Usenet/Fidonet.

  • October 24, 1991: PINWOG: Status of requests for funding, EDUCOM conference and Free-Net packet available from Tom Grundner, need a standard blurb on what PIN is, establishing contacts — HTML, MS Word

  • November 4, 1991: PINWOG: Watched Tom Grunder's video (15 minutes — download Flash 8) on the Peoria Free-Net, reviewed Grunder's packet, discussion concerning using Free-Net software or writing our own, reviewed latest presentation transparencies — HTML, MS Word


  • February 10, 1992: Directors: Lawrence London and Edward Mrozek resigned. Status: State library, relations to Free-Net (TriState Online software, Cincinatti), proposals, presentation

  • February 18, 1992: Directors: Special meeting to rehearse and combine presentations

  • March 25, 1992: Directors: Annual Elections: Re-elected C. William Evans, Thomas Faulkner, Judith Hallman, William Hutchins, Thomas Magnuson
    PINWOG: Presentations to N.C. Telecommunications Users Network for Education K-12, Carolina Meadows Computer Club, and Orange Development Commission, working on the specs, negotiating a gift of a workstation, setting up a meeting with SAS Institute, Inc, developing a prototype, completing agreement with National Public Telecomputing Network (NPTN) — HTML, MS Word

  • August 25, 1992: Public: Organizing Meeting: Triangle Free-Net at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill — "About 50 people attended this first meeting. After viewing a 15-minute video (download Flash 8) from the National Public Telecomputing Network (NPTN) about the Freenet, a round of self-introductions revealed that many of the attendees were computing-related professionals, but librarians, educators, writers, and others with a general interest in information exchange were represented as well. ..." Five working committees were set up, funding, public relations, technical, data, and operations.

  • September 15, 1992: Directors: Proposal for by-law changes to define membership, recommendation to let the Free-Net funding committee come up with a strategy to propose to PIN, Free-Net committees should report back to PIN — HTML, MS Word

  • December 30, 1992: Directors: Membership changes: Elected Jefferson R. Surles and Dan C. Eddleman. Surles appointed Treasurer — HTML, MS Word


  • January 27, 1993: Directors: Allow development of a prototype for the Triangle Free-Net — HTML, MS Word

  • April 1, 1993: Directors: Annual Elections: Exisiting Board re-elected (Eddleman, Evans, Faulkner, Hallman, Hutchins, Surles), replies to software specification included CIX, FreePort, and Teamate — HTML, MS Word

  • April 6, 1993: Public: A tour of current Free-Nets

  • October 8, 1993: Directors: Current balance $1,956.82; Voted to pursue making Public Information Network a statewide umbrella for Free-Nets; Thomas Faulkner resigned


  • February 16, 1994: Public: General Meeting Triangle Free-Net: National Humanities Center; outline grant proposals and funding opportunties; discussion of data sources

  • March 3, 1994: Directors: Finding more influential Board members, negotiations with Interpath to house the Free-Net computer— HTML, MS Word

  • March 12, 1994: Directors: Finding more influential Board members, negotiations with Interpath to house the Free-Net computer — HTML, MS Word

  • August 2, 1994: Directors: Bank balance $2,905.49, MBA Practicum Proposal submitted to Kenan-Flagler Business School to develop a business plan, negotiating with Interpath to house the machine, draft agreement with Interpath

  • August 16, 1994: Directors: Position of Executive Director created, Hallman appointed Executive Director and Vice President, Hallman resigned as Secretary, Eddleman appointed Secretary, Current Officers: Hallman, Executive Director; Hutchins, President; Hallman, Vice President; Surles, Treasurer; Eddleman, Secretary

  • September 2, 1994: Directors: Magnuson resigned. Working on financial data tracking system. Reviewed mission statement and established priorities for work items.

  • September 12, 1994: Directors: Robert Watson elected to the Board. Reviewed projects.

  • November 1, 1994: Directors: Roles of Executive Director and President, community involvement, Interpath

  • November 22, 1994: Public: Open Forum: Community input on needs, goals, expectations


  • February 7, 1995: Directors: Current balance: $2,900.00. Rules for Board members involved in negotiations, home for the Triangle Free-Net Web server

  • February 13, 1995: Directors: Roles of Executive Director and President, rules for Board members involved in negotiations

  • March 6, 1995: Directors: Annual elections: Re-elected expired terms. Board: Eddleman, Evans, Hallman, Hutchins, Surles, Watson. Elected: Michael v.E. Rulison and Tom Hocking. [received $1,500 from Orange County] Current account balance: $4,341.00. Proposal to ammend ByLaws Section 12.01a regarding negotiations with 3rd parties

  • April 3, 1995: Directors: Domain tfnet.org not available, use rtpnet.org instead, negotiating with local companies to provide a home for our service, draft home page giving credit to those whose support makes Triangle Free-Net possible, authorized the installation of one phone line (for system operator)

  • June 16, 1995: Directors: Balance $4,926.00. Financial records now in Quicken. Insurance, status of registration software, moving the machine, development of policies and procedures

  • July 25, 1995: Public: Design/content and request for volunteers

  • August 16, 1995: Directors: Surles resigned as Treasurer. Hutchins resigned as President. Both remain on the Board. Eddleman elected Treasurer, Rulison Secretary. Free-Net computer will be moved to the Internet Center, but their new facility is not operational yet. Leadership, projects, and problems.

  • October 11, 1995: Directors: Tom Hocking elected President. RTPNet moved to TheInternet Center, policies complete and adopted by the Board with a couple of revisions, liability insurance, Orange County project

  • November 8, 1995: Directors: Reviwed current data providers, change terminology from "Database Development" to "Content Development,"

  • November 29, 1995: Public: Policies and procedures


  • January 3, 1996: Directors: Several meetings coming up, agreed to join NC Center for Nonprofits, "Going Public," projects list, policies for local forums/news groups, list of user home pages on RTPnet.intercenter.net (about 37)

  • January 30, 1996: Public: Public terminals

  • February 20, 1996: Public: Training

  • February 28, 1996: Directors: Domain name (rtpnet.org) became active mid-February, system crashes, Internet Center to add one additional phone line for RTPnet, offer email lists for members, service award certificates and $75 honorarium approved for Lou Sortman, Matt Pardo and Bill Evans, approved purchase of two 28.8 modems, approved by-law changes creating a class of members (13.07)

  • March 19, 1996: Directors: Annual elections: Re-elected Board members with expired terms. Board: Eddleman, Evans, Hallman, Hocking, Hutchins, Rulison, Surles, Watson. Elected Bob Gotwals. Approved use of Orange County funds to purchase a computer to use as a public access terminal, HP9000/360 system reliability is still a problem, system "crashes"

  • March 26, 1996: Public: Public terminals and training

  • April 17, 1996: Directors: Setting up a 386 computer with Linux to be a public terminal in Orange County Public Library, server still crashes, root access, backups, some interest in Multi User Dungeons (MUDs), email list will be renamed from rtpfreenet to RTPnet, using news groups for forums may have problems with ISPs (AOL) that don't provide access to them, recruit Board members

  • April 23, 1996: Public: Grant proposals

  • May 14, 1996: Directors: Hocking resigned. Hallman Acting President. Purchased a PC, Pentium 100 MHz, 8 meg RAM, 1 gig Harddrive to be used as a public access terminal in Orange County Public Library ($1,746.88), increased a table size in HP which appears to have fixed the "crashes" problem, working on backups, authorized purchase of a Pentium for joint/backup use with HP, established a Board of Advisors, discussion of RTPnet and content review, liability and censorship

  • May 30, 1996: Public: Training and public terminals

  • July 15, 1996: Directors: In May, purchased a pentium computer to be used as a backup for the RTPnet server ($1,700.00), in addition to the computer for the Library. Expenses so far in 1996: $4,406.12. Current Balance: $2,684.63. PC now in Orange County Public Library with Win95 in kiosk mode, phone line will be installed, restricted to local calls, RTPnet to pay charges, Ken Dietel has almost completed a training outline, agreed that RTPnet can develop listserv capability, agreed to disallow personal Web pages

  • July 22, 1996: Public: Public terminal in Orange County Public Library

  • October 7, 1996: Directors: Surles and Evans resigned. rtpnet02 is running RedHat Linux, had the rtpnet backup installed on August 23, however, it is not operable. Our systems people have limited time to work on it. Report on status of Birchwood Heights. Approved pass through contributions designated for Birchwood Heights and a donation of $50. A local Service provider has the Orange County Library computer on the Internet, classes are being taught. We are in the final 200 for Z. Smith Reynolds. Discussion of CitySearch and the future of PIN.

  • October 28, 1996: Public: Birchwood Heights

  • December 5, 1996: Directors: Status of grant proposals, projects (Orange County, Birchwood Heights, Joe Morris will work on transfering the system to rtpnet02), plans to ask members to make a good-will contribution after the new server is in place


  • February 19, 1997: Public: Brainstorming a TIIAP proposal

  • March 13, 1997: Directors: Tom Davis and Tom Fowler invited. Tour of the Internet Center, introductions, priorities, 1996 annual report, passwords have not been successfully transferred to RTPnet02, potential Board members and Advisors, change mailing address from Post Office box to Bill Hutchins' home

  • June 17, 1997: Directors: Annual elections held by email. Added Tom Davis, Amnon Nissan, Jane Sparks; re-elected Hallman, Hutchins, Rulison, moving rtpnet.org to the new machine has been completed, Joe Morris providing system support, approved an annual assessment for accounts, accounts categorized as established and linked, looks good but not linked, in development, not started, commercial and need to move, personal and need to move, don't ask for money, systems, no record

  • June 18, 1997: Public: Software development

  • September 15, 1997: Directors: Page counters and gform, email list software is almost done, working on forums, publicity efforts


  • March 31, 1998: Directors: Annual elections: Gotwals and Eddleman re-elected. Errol Casey elected. Other members are Hallman, Hutchins, Nissan, Rulison, and Sparks. Email list software (Majordomo) installed, report on special classes for teens at Birchwood Learning Center

  • April 1998: Public: Public Computer Training

  • May - June 1998: Public: Public Computer Training and Grant Proposal,

  • June 23, 1998: Directors: Tom Davis resigned. Michael Rulison resigned as convenor, Amnon Nissan elected President, RTPnet computer will be moved from the Internet Center to Delta Force Technologies

  • Ocotber 14, 1998: Directors: Need to register to do business in the name of RTPnet, getting cost estimates for machines for Hargraves Center in Chapel Hill, Web-based forums, MhonArc


  • March 22, 1999: Directors: RTPnet sponsorship of some members, status Hargraves Center and Birchwood Learning Center, home page redesign (a few people have offered to help)

  • April 29, 1999: Public: RTPnet Home Page Design

  • May 17, 1999: Directors: Elections, discussion on the continuation of the Birchwood Project, concerns about the future of RTPnet, need to engage in more promotion of services, discussed a proposed new main page — HTML, MS Word


  • February 3, 2000: Public: Software and Services

  • February 28, 2000: Public: Forums

  • April 15, 2000: Public: Conference, Bridging the Triangle's Digital/Human Divide ,

  • May 2, 2000: Directors: Annual Elections: Sparks resigned. Gotwals, Eddleman, Casey re-elected. Jerry Winegarden and Sarah Kogut elected. Kogut elected Secretary. Other members are Hallman, Hutchins, Nissan, Rulison. New computer is almost complete, need to register the name RTPnet, Winegarden and Hallman proposed project Triangle Area Learning Centers (TALC), more formal proposal being written



  • March 28, 2002: Directors: Elections, review of 2001, plans (VISTAs, Help Desk, donor categories) — HTML, MS Word

  • May 21, 2002: Conference, Bridging North Carolina's Digital/Human Divide

  • July 9, 2002: Directors: Membership development plan, policies and procedures manual, RIAA Proposal followup, unbundling services— HTML

  • October 29, 2002: Directors: Activated Board of Advisors, Help Desk, TACT conference, redefined "membership"— HTML, MS Word


  • March 20, 2003: Directors: Elections, logo, membership, guidestar, CTC Clearinghouse, conference, SSL, Bylaw Revisions, Insurance, CyberSkills Vermont, Hutchins presented with Certificate of Appreciation (12 years service) — HTML, MS Word

  • May 30, 2003: Conference, Bridging North Carolina's Digital/Human Divide

  • October 16, 2003: Directors: cPanel, logo, awards, TechCoop, policy revisions, pricing revisions, CTCLinkup vs. RTPnetLinkup, port CTCLinkup to php/MySQL, reminder service for domain name renewal — HTML, MS Word




  • January 31, 2006: Directors: Special meeting on upgrading the RTPnet server and software, Amnon and Ron Bickers will do the upgrade and run the new system, ideas for advertising/marketing, hosting service offering a "managed space" for "communities of practice," survey existing RTPnet customers, 2006 NC Community Technology Conference is cancelled

  • March 7, 2006: Directors: Annual elections: Tom Wason and Mark Isherman were elected as new board members, Nissan re-elected. Others on Board: Marjorie Fowler, Judy Hallman, Michael Rulison, Bob Sams, Jerry Winegarden. Election of officers: President, Rulison; Vice-President, Winegarden; Secretary, Fowler; Treasurer, Sams. Nominating committee report, goals for 2006, report on server/computer upgrade

  • April 27, 2006: Directors: Lucy Haagen resigned, report on server upgrade, tools for online communication

  • June 1, 2006: Directors: A representative of NetCorps attended to discuss ways that RTPnet and NetCorps might collaborate. The Bylaws were changed to allow more Board members. Instead of restricting the size of the Board to nine members, the new Bylaws allow the size of the Board to vary from three to 13. Survey emailed to current members. Discussed Drupal/CiviCRM.

  • September 28, 2006: Overview of Drupal/CivicSpace/CiviCRM, Advisors meeting

  • October 3, 2006: Directors: Discussion of projects, communication tools, survey, marketing.

  • November 2, 2006: RTPnet Open Source Content Management System Workshop

  • December 5, 2006: Directors: Discussed Drupal/CiviCRM, member survey, new billing software and pricing.


  • February 27, 2007: Virtual board meeting, trying out ReadyTalk.

  • March 15, 2007: Directors: Annual elections: Judy Hallman retired from the Board. Warren Fuson was elected as a new board member, and Mike Rulison and Jerry Winegarden were re-elected. Election of officers: President, Mike Rulison; Vice President, Jerry Winegarden; Secretary, Marjorie Fowler; Chief Financial Officer, Bob Sams.

  • March 20, 2007: Virtual board meeting using ReadyTalk, led by Mike Rulison. Judy Hallman showed some of the features of the Drupal/CiviCRM site.

  • May 29, 2007: Directors with advisors, to review and discuss NCCommunities, a proposed membership-based service learning center where nonprofit technology assistance providers can learn to use new tools.

  • October 18, 2007: Canceled due to lack of quorum.

  • September 20, 2007: Strategic planning meeting.

  • November 15, 2007: Strategic planning meeting.


  • January 17, 2008: Directors (.pdf file)

  • March 20, 2008: Directors, Annual elections: Michael Rulison retired from the Board. Alice Denson, Marjorie Fowler, Bob Sams were re-elected. Election of officers: President, Marjorie Fowler; Vice President, Bob Sams; Secretary, Mark Ishman; Chief Financial Officer, Warren Fuson.

  • June 26, 2008: Directors, No quorum.

  • September 25, 2008: Directors


  • January 8, 2009: Directors

  • March 26, 2009: Directors, Annual elections: Board members and officers were re-elected in a subsequent phone call due to lack of quorum.

  • June 17, 2009: Directors, A study of homeowner associations and neighborhoods as a possible target market for RTPnet services was conducted by two Elon University MBA students. The study focused on this question: How can RTPnet differentiate itself from other low-cost providers? (Like provide assistance with site maintenance.)

  • September 24, 2009: Directors


  • March 25, 2010: Directors, with Advisory Council, Annual elections: Warren Fuson, Andy Huyck, Jeff Mountz renewed; Paula Jones was elected; Nancy Starr was elected secretary; Warren Fuson stepped down as CFO; Andy Huyck was elected CFO.


  • March 30, 2011: Directors, Annual elections: Alice Denson and Heather Hesketh stepped down from the board; Bob Sams and Marjorie Fowler were re-elected; Warren Fuson will continue as CFO; Andy Huyck was elected secretary. Rebecca Currie would like to step down from doing web hosting billing; the Board will consider hiring a customer service person.


  • March 29, 2012: Directors, Annual elections: Leandra Ganko stepped down from the board; Mark Ishman was not re-elected; Amnon Nissan and Jeff Mountz; were re-elected; Dale Chodorow joined the board; Warren Fuson stepped down from the CFO position and Amnon Nissan was elected CFO; Marjorie Fowler remained as President, Bob Sams as Vice-President, and Andy Fuson as Secretary. RTPnet membership remains constant; a marketing campaign was initiated to draw small home owners associations. Billing and bookkeeping software will be investigated. The organization has several websites: PINInc.org (Wordpress), RTPnet.org (Joomla), and NCCommunities.org (Drupal), Ibiblio.org/RTPnet (an archive on Ibiblio), NCTech4Good.org (Drupal), and Meetup.com/nctech4good (paid for by NetSquare, 400 members).


  • September 3, 2013: Directors, Annual elections: Nancy Starr was not re-elected to the board; Andy Fuson, Warren Fuson, and Paula Jones were re-elected; Judy Hallman rejoined the board; Amnon Nissan stepped down as CFO and Judy Hallman was elected CFO; Marjorie Fowler remains as President, Bob Sams as Vice-President, and Andy Fuson as Secretary. Amnon will continue to do RTPnet billing (using COIN software). NCTech4Good.org is now a WordPress site and no longer runs under nccommunities.org (Drupal). The NCTech4Good Conference makes a small profit each year; a day-long workshop was added; the board approved paying a big name speaker for the workshop and keynote. Amnon's backups for running the RTPNet hosting service are Ron and Jason.


  • September 11, 2014: Directors, Annual elections: Bob Sams passed away; Marjorie Fowler and Judy Hallman were re-elected to the board; Paula Jones was elected Vice President; Marjorie Fowler remains as President, Judy Hallman as CFO, and Andy Fuson as Secretary. RTPNet lost one of its biggest clients; a committee was formed to review the situation for RTPNet's hosting services; the committee recommended ending RTPnet hosting services and the board agreed; RTPnet hosting services will be terminated on Dec. 31, 2014. The 5th annual NCTech4Good conference, with Beth Kanter, was highly successful.


  • November 17, 2015: Directors, This was a phone meeting. Annual elections: Amnon Nissan and Dale Chodorow were re-elected; Jeff Mountz was not re-elected. All officers kept their positions. RTPNet was smoothly shut down. Membership committee is Paula, Amnon, and Judy.


  • March 2, 2016: Directors, Annual elections: Jeanne Allen was elected the board; Warren Fuson and Andy Fuson stepped down from the board; Marjorie Fowler stepped down as president; Paula Jones agree to be president; Dale Chodorow was elected secretary; Judy remains CFO. Public Information Network, Inc. mission statement was reviewed. Dates agreed to for meetings were March 2, June 29 and November 2, 2016. The 2015 NCTech4Good Conference (with Idealware presenting the workshop and keynote) had a small loss; changes will be made in 2016. Two CDs at Self Help Credit Union provide a financial cushion should that ever be needed.


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