Having objectives and milestones will help focus discussions and move the entire process forward. What are these milestones? What is a reasonable timeframe?
Here are a couple of suggestions.
1.) Gather commitments from other societies (e.g. AGU, EGU, GSA, Geoscience World) to join with the ESIP Preprint Cluster as an initial advisory board (deadline: October)
2.) Generate by-laws and initial set of tasks for advisory...