RollaNet Annual Meeting
October 4, 1998, 2:00p.m.
First CyberFair, Lion’s Club Park, Rolla
Welcome RollaNet members and guests. We are pleased you are here today to celebrate our accomplishments, pay tribute to our late co-founder Arlene Pagano, and recognize our volunteers and staff. We hope you have fun with both new and old friends. We appreciate your support!
We hope you are enjoying the first ever, CyberFair! Our deepest gratitude to those who worked to make this possible. Thanks also to the vendors and exhibitors for their displays.
$55,556 Beginning Balance January 1, 1998
$109,666 Total Expenses
$39,525 Contract Employees
$22,557 Modem lines
$13,909 Administrative Expenses
$37,595 Ending Balance September 30, 1998
Presented by Rolla Mayor Joe Morgan, posthumously to Arlene Pagano. Received by husband Syl Pagano, and daughters Patti Carlson, Mary Schaefer, Laura Pagano, and Nikki Pagano.
RollaNet History Highlights
1994-Sept. Randy Carnahan, Ben Strehlman, Richard Altheide, Dan Uetrecht, David Fannin, Steve Laub, Mike and Janet McKean, Catherine Riordan, Philip Thompson, and many others, forming the core team, set in motion the activities needed to make this dream a reality. RollaNet is incorporated as a non-profit corporation in the State of Missouri.
1994-Nov. A fully operational test system is established, demonstrating to the greater community the ability of this team to succeed in their mission. Demonstrations to key organizations in the area and fundraising plans for the $50,000 needed to establish a production system are made.
1995-Jan. Fundraising begins in full force. 30 charter members, mostly working volunteers, use the test system for email communication. The beginnings of our valuable online information resources take shape. In April, PCRMC commits to $20,000 to purchase a high-end server and several modems, making it possible for RollaNet to open its "online doors" to a growing number of charter members.
1995-June RollaNet services are available to the general public.
1995-Oct. With 351 charter members, 16 modems, and the HP server, RollaNet closes charter membership and begins the current sustaining structure of residential and organizational and public memberships.
1996-June Online for one year, 850 members enjoy access to the Internet through email, web pages, usenet news, and other services through 48 modems.
1996-Aug. RollaNet loses co-founder Arlene Pagano. The momentum Arlene established for us does not falter, however, and we continue to build, expand, and improve.
1997-Jan. 1049 members strong, with 96 modems online, RollaNet is well established. Fiscally stable enough to sustain all non-staffing expenses, the addition of contracted employees is made to improve the consistency of support services.
1997-June Doubled the server capacity with a second HP.
1997-Dec. Obtained our own Internet T-1 link, serving nearly 2000 members on 144 modems.
1998-June 3 years online, we have grown our modem bank from 3 to 192 modems.
1998-Oct. Membership now reflects 2600 members. Of these 2600 member accounts, 24 are for volunteers/staff, 351 are charter members, 164 represent organizations, 1328 are residential/household accounts, and 743 are free public accounts.
The Arlene Pagano Award
Established October 4, 1998
RollaNet, in honor of their leading founder, Arlene Pagano, has established The Arlene Pagano Award. A plaque naming all recipients of this award will be hung in the RollaNet center on Pine Street in Rolla. On the plaque are these words:
"With rapid advances in the development of online computing across the nation, Arlene Pagano had the vision to make this new world of the Internet available to all who lived in Rolla and the surrounding area. Along with a dedicated group of volunteers, she served as the catalyst that ensured public access to the Internet for this area with the founding of RollaNet in 1994, establishing Rolla’s leadership role for community networks in the state.
In recognition of the inspiration she provided through her untiring service to the advancement of their goals, the Arlene Pagano Award is presented to that individual or organization who has made a significant contribution to RollaNet’s mission."
The RollaNet Mission
RollaNet is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) tax exempt, corporation whose mission is three-fold:
P.O. Box 2021
Rolla, MO 65402