[OSGeo-Board] German OSGeo Chapter formation, bank account

Gary Lang gary.lang at autodesk.com
Sun Aug 20 05:56:41 PDT 2006


I have no idea what the ramifications of doing this are on the corporate body that is OSGeo, but I suspect it can create headaches for us. I'll find out.

Gary


-----Original Message-----
From:	Arnulf Christl [mailto:arnulf.christl at ccgis.de]
Sent:	Sun 8/20/2006 1:54 AM
To:	board at board.osgeo.org; fundraising at fundraising.osgeo.org
Cc:	discuss-de at visibilitycommittee.osgeo.org; brassat at geo-consortium.de
Subject:	[OSGeo-Board] German OSGeo Chapter formation, bank account

Hello,
the German FOSSGIS group has organized a few conferences starting with 20
and growing to 80, 180 and 300 participants in the past years. An informal
group started to organize funding and sponsoring. It consolidated into an
organizing committee:
http://www.fossgis.de/wiki/index.php/Organisationsteam_06
You will also find most of these people in the German OSGeo Local Chapter
member list:
http://wiki.osgeo.org/index.php/Deutsch#Mitgliederliste

We ended up with a small plus in 2006 - just a few thousand Euros (some of
the Where 2.0 OSGeo t-shirts were funded with that money).
The FOSSGIS team voted to join efforts with the OSGeo Foundation and
planned to donate the money to OSGeo. But international transaction fees
are a nuisance. Therefore the German Local Chapter requests for a
dedicated (Germany based) banking account.

Currently the money is on the bank account of the Geo-Consortium but we
want to move it to a dedicated spearate account at the latest by the end
of our fiscal year, the sooner the better as we plan to spend some money
on the Open Source Park at the Intergeo 2006:
http://wiki.osgeo.org/index.php/Intergeo_2006

All transactions will then be public and we can be as transparent as we
would like to be. What kind of fomral entity do we need to set up and get
approved by OSGeo to do that?

Torsten Brassat consented to continue doing the paperwork involved for the
time being.

I motion to appoint Torsten Brassat as treasurer of the German Local
Chapter  banking account (formally he would be a sub-treasurer of Gary?).

What else do we need to do?

Best regards,
Arnulf.



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