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

Mark Lucas mlucas at radiantblue.com
Mon Aug 21 11:29:58 PDT 2006

This sounds very reasonable to me. They are always able to donate to  
the main organization if they get their fill of donuts.


On Aug 21, 2006, at 2:06 PM, Frank Warmerdam wrote:

> Arnulf Christl wrote:
>> We need local money to pay for local expenses. Else a lot simply  
>> ends up in superfluous transactions fees.
> Folks,
> I'm not sure that I have adequately followed this thread, but it seems
> completely reasonable to me that local chapters which wish to "have
> finances" would have their own local bank account managed by  
> themselves.
> To this extent, the bank account should be seen as belonging to the  
> local
> chapter, not to the Open Source Geospatial Foundation.  But  
> likewise, it
> would be the local chapters responsibility to take care of, and not  
> the
> foundations.  From a legal point of view, I am presuming that local
> chapters are not exactly part of the foundation.  They are  
> distinct, but
> related organizations.
> We *might* want to put in place some rules on financial  
> transparency for
> OSGeo local chapters at some point, but I think that might be  
> premature.
> Heck, if the Ottawa chapters raises some money by some activity, I  
> hope
> they will keep it local to pay for future meeting donuts and so forth.
> So, it seems to me the German OSGeo chapter, once formed, should  
> open it's
> own bank account with the appropriate treasurer designated to  
> manage it.
> Best regards,
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