[Board] Emeritus

b.j.kobben at utwente.nl b.j.kobben at utwente.nl
Tue Jan 22 13:05:29 PST 2013

Many organisations I know that have presidents then have Past-Presidents. Why not use that term....?
Barend Köbben 
From: board-bounces at lists.osgeo.org [board-bounces at lists.osgeo.org] on behalf of Peter Batty [peter at ebatty.com]
Sent: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 21:42
To: Cameron Shorter
Cc: OSGeo Board
Subject: Re: [Board] Emeritus

The OpenStreetMap Foundation recently gave Steve Coast the title of Emeritus Chairman, so they presumably felt it was a well known enough term (I've come across it in various contexts):


On Tue, Jan 22, 2013 at 1:05 PM, Cameron Shorter <cameron.shorter at gmail.com<mailto:cameron.shorter at gmail.com>> wrote:
I love the concept you are suggesting, but question the name "Emeritus", primarily because it is a term I suspect many are not familiar with. (I needed to look it up). However looking around I can't seem to find the right replacement word.

 "Honourable OSGeo Guardian" doesn't sound quite right.

On 22/01/13 05:47, Seven (aka Arnulf) wrote:
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this is a short concise summary of what an emeritus board member is:

I would like to be recognized as an emeritus board member and continue
to promote OSGeo as best I can. So far I have used "I was the last
president", "Ex-president", "was on the board of directors" but they
all somehow have this "Ex" sound to it and compel to continue thinking
"and then left because ... ?, she wasn't happy / no good / for good,
because they suck, because they thought she sucks) and so on.
Therefore I want to propose to have a regular emeritus status.

To avoid the cons listed in the link above we can either leave it to
the outgoing member to ask for it (which I herewith do) or let the
current board (or maybe a charter member) make a motion to this
effect. Or something else that I have not thought of, obviously.

And btw: Thanks for keeping the wheel turning. I am very happy to see
that things are continuing to work well!


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