[oclug] Campaigning -- Vote for Francis Pinteric
linuxdoctor at yahoo.com
Wed Apr 18 09:50:02 EDT 2001
On the oclug-board list there has been some talk about having each
candidate, at the next meeting, take a few minutes to talk a bit
about why you should vote for them. It was suggested, and supported
by several other posters, that the candidates should post a little
blurb about themselves and why you should vote for them, so as not to
take too much time away from the meeting itself. I agree, and
therefore without further ado, I'll do just that.
Most of you know my public persona, the Linux Doctor, but very few of
you know the real person behind the character, who I am and what I
have done and will continue do for OCLUG if elected.
I have had an interesting and varied life, and have been twenty-nine
years old for some time. I am widely read and travelled and have
worked with computers since about 1974, back in the so-called "good
old days" of Unix. After earning my Ph.D.in Applied Mathematics in
1984, I went to work first in product support for an Intel rep.
company and then for AECL, now MDS Nordion. There I designed a
computer monitoring system ensuring the quality of the sterilization
processes of medical products. This system, and it's sucessor, has
been installed in over a dozen countries world wide. In this capacity
I was a member of a working group for the international standard ISO
11137 which deals with the sterilization of medical products, and
meets four times a year in Switzerland.
Professionally, I am currently a writer, lecturer and consultant. I
deal exclusively with linux and unix, especially in industrial
Privately, I support community projects and have been a volunteer of
several, including the Jack Percell Recreational Association, where I
was a member of the board. In this regard I am an activist and firmly
believe that it is an obligation of citizenship to get involved in
the community. Currently, I am involved with one of the employment
community access organizations where I have just been given
permission to convert their Windows computers into Linux. I am
constrained from mentioning their name, at this time, for political
reasons. Sorry, but stay tuned.
I have been involved with OCLUG from almost the very start. In the
early days, I created the Linux Doctor character and delivered talks
regularily for the first year and a half, when it was virtually
impossible to get volunteers to deliver presentations at the
meetings, for whatever reason. As well, I have been involved in
almost all of the initiatives that OCLUG was involved with since it's
inception. I have been one of the people within OCLUG who has made it
visible and put it on the map of Linux LUGs.
So, why should you vote for me? Because I have worked hard for OCLUG
in the past. I make the commitment to continue to grow OCLUG, make it
and Linux visible and active in the community. I commit to putting my
time into the LUG, a valuable commodity in short supply for all of
us. My involvment with OCLUG has always been as if it were a job. My
Linux Doctor presentations were always presented as if I were being
paid for it, and done in a completly professional matter. I commit
the same as a member of the board of directors of OCLUG.
On this note, permit me a little aside. A few weeks ago, I noticed in
a message that a member of this group considered that he thought that
being a member of the board of OCLUG was going to be for him a chore
and an inconvenience But, he was going to stand for election anyway.
This missive was a quotation as part of another messages with the
name of the originator removed, so I don't know who he is.
As far as I am concerned, any member of the board of any
organization, must be committed to making the time required. If he
finds that he cannot make the time, he cannot do the job. He should
not run for the position. As a member of the board, I will be called
upon to be a professional, and as such will allocate my resources in
such a way so as to make it possible for me to do the job required.
It would be grossly unfair to the membership, as well as to myself,
to do otherwise. Therefore, I commit myself to be completely
professional in this regard. I call on this other person, whoever he
is (and you can probably search the archives to find out his name) to
examine his conscience, give the membership the respect and
dedication they deserve, and do the same or remove himself from
consideration. I give that commitment.
So, that is why you should vote for me. Two words to think about:
Leadership, Commitment. I offer both. You, the electorate, must
decide for yourself. But ask yourself, who has been there for OCLUG
in the past? Who has been fron and center? Who has helped make it an
interesting place? Who can continue to do so?
Vote for Francis Pinteric!
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