[Board] New Board Nominees

Frank Warmerdam warmerdam at pobox.com
Mon Jul 9 09:30:19 PDT 2007

Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo) wrote:
> One quick question...
> Our bylaws are not clear on who can nominate new board members.  It is 
> clear that only charter members can vote on them and that nominees must 
> come from the current charter membership.
> It seems to be clear for nominating charter members, but nothing is 
> discussed regarding the board, according to the bylaws:
> "...to be eligible for membership, a person must be nominated by an 
> existing member of the corporation..."
> This was an oversight of mine during the last round of nominations 
> (though I'm not sure we really wanted that anyway).
> Is it your understanding that we should allow only charter members to 
> submit nominations or would you like to see it opened to the general 
> public?
>  From my reading of the bylaws and my personal opinion, I think it is 
> reasonable to keep it closed to the charter membership to submit 
> nominations  - since board nominees can be seen as a step of recognition 
> by their charter member peers.


Oddly, I would have been inclined to take the opposite interpretation and
allow anyone to nominate since we haven't been specific, but there is no
significant harm in restricting nominating to charter members and such
interpretation is well within your scope as CRO (IMHO).

Best regards,
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