[oclug] Nomination: Dave O'Neill
burns at burnsmacdonald.com
Fri Mar 30 08:43:45 EST 2001
From: "Chris Herrnberger" <chris123 at magma.ca>
> > It would get a little expensive, but think of all the air miles you
> > rack up.
> Guess you missed the intend of the post.
Guess you missed the humour. I shoulda put a winkie after it.
But you do raise a point that was discussed at length by the charter
drafting committee... the subject of "absentee" or non-local leadership of
OCLUG. The consensus was that first and foremost OCLUG is the OTTAWA (i.e.
local) Linux user Group. In as much as board members are there to represent
us, the members, they should indeed be local so they can reflect local
issues and the intent and desires of the members.
Whether or not OCLUG should evolve to a national or international
organization was a completely separate issue and one which we felt went well
beyond the scope and mandate of the present charter.
At one time in the drafting process we did allow for honorary members and/or
honorary directors. Somehow I think it got dropped out, although it could be
put back in as an amendment once the basic charter is in place. If ( to use
your example) Linus was ever to express an interest in OCLUG, I'm sure that
we would be only too happy to make him an honorary director who can sit in
(electronically or otherwise) on board meetings, etc. I have been in other
groups where that is precisely thae approach taken with "distinguished
persons" with whom they have a relationship.
However, notwithstanding the above, the Board can appoint any person to an
appointment. This was originally done so the Board could appoint people to
head up committees, etc. There is nothing to say that they couldn't appoint
someone like Linus to be a "special advisor" (as long as it was unpaid).
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