[oclug] Nomination: Dave O'Neill
chris123 at magma.ca
Thu Mar 29 22:35:26 EST 2001
On Thursday 29 March 2001 22:06, you wrote:
> If I had not moved to BC in Feb. I would stand for nomination to the board
> but it would be imposable to get to any meetings.
This bring up an interesting point/issue. There is nothing in the current
charter or bylaws ( that I am aware of...I have not read it this month) that
requires a persons physical presence in Ottawa or in the "board room" to be a
member and make a "valued contribution" to this group. If that premise is
correct (will have to read charter again) and if someone wants to make a
positive contribution to OCLUG in the form of getting involved at the member
or the board level, should not such a request be reviewed and accepted on
equal standing as a local member. Certainly we have the technology to not
only accommodate such contributions but more importantly to make full use of
such contributions an an unilateral basis. (Say Linus wanted to join "and
contribute"...would he be refused because he lives in California ?)
So, in summary, I think it is currently within the scope of our control
(a) should a member wish to stand for nomination, and seconded by another
local OCLUG member, the members postal address and physical residence should
be given equal weight and significance as a member residing in Ottawa.
(b)membership to non residence of Ottawa should be limited to proportional
representation in comparison to local residences ( hay this is a local group
and needs to have a local focus)
(b) we deploy and make available at no cost the required communications
technology to ensure that remote member's contributions can assessed on an
equal footing as contributions by local members
If this is not in the charter it should be and I would argue it as follows.
If we wish to attract the most dedicated people to OCLUG's membership and
board, and similarly if we wish to attract people who are willing to make
valueable contributions to OCLUG their physical location once that commitment
is expressed should have no bering on the assessment of their contributions.
I would further suggest that this is consistent with open source
methodologies which this group defends as being viable, realistic and
Just a thought, an argument and a proposal. Comments most welcome. Sorry Im
tired so this is not presented as cleanly as it should but I think most of
the issues have been addressed in the presentation.
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