Good Afternoon All,
Following is a summary of items discussed during the 6/03/09 ABFAS
meeting for your review...
1. Reminder - the nationwide Digital TV Transition is Friday,
June 12th. For more information and to apply for your converter box
coupons go to www.dtv.gov Each household can receive two coupons
worth $40 each towards a converter box for use with analog TV sets not
connected to cable, satellite, or telecom service providers such as
Cox, Comcast, Direct TV, or Verizon FIOS to receive over-the-air
broadcast stations. The coupons may be ordered until July 31st and
expire after 90 days. The coupons cannot be resold, but you can donate
them to others. Converter boxes can be purchased at local retailers
such as Best Buy, K-Mart, Target, Radio Shack, Sears, and Walmart. As
of May 26th, only 5.4% of African American households were not prepared
for the DTV transition according to an A.C. Neilsen survey and although
this is an impressive figure, it is still higher than the general
population's overall readiness (only 2.7% not ready).
2. The ABFAS Meet-n-Greet Happy Hour sessions will move
to the Hardtimes Cafe' at 4069 Chain Bridge Road in Fairfax during the
Fall semester. the organization will gather in the restaurant's dining
room area on the lower level. For more information on the restaurant
3. The July 1st and August 5th ABFAS meetings will be for
members of the Executive Staff and Committee chairs/members only.
These meetings will be used as plenary sessions to work on the
organization's activities and events for the Fall semester.
4. We continue to work on having a videoconference with the
other campuses as a means of communication/outreach to our colleagues
who are unable to attend the monthly meetings in Fairfax. We need to
establish points of contact at the Arlington, Prince William, and
Loudoun campuses who are interested in participating. If anyone knows
of someone on these campuses please let us know. Our goal is to have
at least one videoconference each semester with the campuses. Once
contacts are established with the campuses, President and V.P.s will
meet with them to discuss the organization and plans to implement the
5. The ABFAS membership brochure's print job will take place
prior to the start of the Fall semester. The Executive Staff and
Communications Committee will meet on July 1st to review the current
brochure and make revisions to its content as needed. The revised
brochure will be printed and distributed to H.R. in mid-August.
6. The communications committee is developing an invitation
postcard to be distributed electronically to the listserv prior to our
September 4th organizational meeting reminding members/subscribers of
Fall meeting dates and payment of annual ($20.00) or semester ($5.00)
dues. Invitations will be mailed in mid-August and if the
organization's budget can sustain it, food & drink may be provided
for the 9/04/09 "Welcome Back" meeting.
Meeting Adjourned - next meeting July 1st at 12:00 PM in the Robeson
(Executive Staff and Committees only).
Thanks to all for your continued support of ABFAS.
Have a great weekend,