[OSGeo-Board] Spending Approvals, Money, etc

Michael P. Gerlek mpg at lizardtech.com
Wed Aug 23 13:48:39 PDT 2006

I think I am like Frank in that I feel sort of uncomfortable going to
"Autodesk" (Gary/Laura) for reimbursements.  I guess don't really mind
using my own credit card and getting reimbursed (that's how I do it when
travelling for LizardTech), but it still "feels" like I'm not spending
my own (OSGeo's) money but someone else's (Autodesk's).

I'd feel better overall if, say, VisCom had a fixed quarterly budget I
could track and draw from.  Case in point, I just went ahead and bought
a bunch of shirts to bring as gifts for our generous Chinese friends: if
I'd had a known budget I was responsible for, I might have not done that
-- or, alternately, I might have bought nicer shirts.  Another case:
with a budget, I would be in a better position to decide whether or not
to pay the rush fee and express delivery to try and make the MapAsia
delivery date.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Frank Warmerdam [mailto:warmerdam at pobox.com] 
> Sent: Wednesday, August 23, 2006 10:00 AM
> To: OSGeo-Board
> Subject: [OSGeo-Board] Spending Approvals, Money, etc
> Folks,
> I think it is still proving a bit challenging to approve expenditures
> in a sensible fashion, partly because I think Autodesk is 
> just paying many
> of them.
> I'd like to make this all a bit more arms-length if possible 
> by actually only
> spending money out of our own account for stuff like shirts 
> that are actually
> approved as OSGeo expenses.
> To prime the pump, I'd like to provide a personal loan to 
> OSGeo of $6K USD,
> payable in six month (without interest).  This gives us a bit 
> of pocket
> change we can spend before actual sponsorships and other 
> money starts to come
> in.   Of course, it isn't very much money, so we still need 
> to be careful how
> we spend it.
> If there are no objections I can mail a cheque to Gary late this week.
> Best regards,
> -- 
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