[Board] next board meeting & project sponsorship
tmitchell.osgeo at shaw.ca
Thu Jun 2 01:24:59 PDT 2011
One more thing I meant to mention. I see director and charter member elections is on the agenda. One item related that I think we should pursue is creating a director (and charter member?) orientation/training package - it could just be a few wiki pages. Some may already exist but I remember being asked for some last time I nominated a director and I didn't have much to give them. It will be a big help not only to prospective directors, but probably a good exercise in general to go through collectively as roles and responsibilities sometimes change.
We could potentially turn it into a one hour presentation, so any prospective folks could meet with me online in a webinar environment and I could go through it all with them and have Q&A etc.
My two bits,
----- Original Message -----
From: Tyler Mitchell <tmitchell.osgeo at shaw.ca>
Date: Thursday, June 2, 2011 2:13 am
Subject: Re: [Board] next board meeting & project sponsorship
To: board at lists.osgeo.org
> Hi guys, I just realised that I'm not able to meet tomorrow. I
> had a couple items on the agenda, but will have to follow up on
> them via email, below.
> Tomorrow I'm meeting with various folks from FOSS4G LOC in
> Denver, including GITA face-to-face for clarifying changes at
> their end and will be going over a bunch of stuff with Peter,
> touring the conference venue and more. I have several
> interviews lined up to video record for a promo video for FOSS4G
> while I'm here too.
> Sorry for the last minute notice, can someone else take the
> minutes and coordinate the skype calls please? June came a lot
> faster than I had anticipated, but I have lots to fill you in on
> after I get through this week!
> Here are the other items I would like to discuss.
> 1. Paid membership levels - if we could set a suggested level,
> I'll get the apps in place to make it possible. I'm thinking
> $50 minimum, and a second level at $100. I can work out some
> kind of thank you gift for both those levels, unless you have
> some ideas. It would just be good to get the boards thumbs-up
> on the levels before I go any further. Also, we need a name for
> these special people. OSGeo Patron or Backer? I'm sure we can
> come up with something cool sounding.
> 2. Media Sponsorship - similar to how FOSS4G does it. I've had
> one media outlet come asking for an opportunity to become a
> sponsor for in-kind support. I explained that I would look into
> a possibly, but that currently we do not take in-kind support -
> well, everyone gives in-kind :) but we don't make them sponsors
> without cash. This could be some really great opportunities
> though - we'd set a rate for a media sponsor, maybe a "Premium"
> media sponsor too, and they'd give us a certain amount of real
> advertising. This could really be useful and with limited perks
> to them, there isn't much risk/cost from our end (except
> dilution of sponsor pool, but I'm not sure that's a concern as
> long as we don't put them up against paying/cash sponsors). I
> think we could probably get a couple others to join up as well.
> Any thoughts on it?
> If you come to a consensus on the above two items, then I can
> get moving on them pretty quickly.
> And a few updates for you...
> On the sponsorship side, in the past two weeks we've had 3 more
> associate sponsors renew. And I'm also following up with
> several other leads for new sponsors invitations for OSGeo that
> I've sent out. More to come on that front!
> I've also met with an accountant specialising in US nonprofits.
> He's fitting us in to go over our books and help do up a federal
> tax filing in July. I am also in touch with an attorney from
> http://softwarefreedom.org/ to get some real help on the 501c3
> side of things and to just get dialogue going on other potential
> legal issues.
> Hope that's all useful information. If there's anything you
> need, holler and I'll try to look at it tomorrow night. I'm
> back in my office Friday night, but will be working on emails
> while traveling as usual.
> Best wishes and have a good meeting tomorrow.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo)" <tmitchell at osgeo.org>
> Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 6:49 pm
> Subject: Re: [Board] next board meeting & project sponsorship
> To: Tim Schaub <tschaub at opengeo.org>
> Cc: board at lists.osgeo.org
> > On 2011-05-24, at 5:32 PM, Tim Schaub wrote:
> > > Also, I notice that minutes for the previous meeting are not up.
> > > http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Board_Meeting_2011-05-05
> > Oops, they are there now Tim - thanks.
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