[OSGeo-Conf] Resignation from Committee

Bart van den Eijnden bartvde at osgis.nl
Mon Feb 6 10:20:40 EST 2012


I am shocked by this to be honest. I cannot imagine a conference committee without you, but I am sure you have your reasons for this move.

I would like to thank you for all your hard work, honestly all those FOSS4G conferences could not have happened without your hard voluntary work!

Thank you so much, and good luck. Keep in touch!

Best regards,

Bart van den Eijnden
OSGIS - http://osgis.nl

On Feb 6, 2012, at 4:06 PM, Jeff McKenna wrote:

> Hello everyone,
> I haven't been able to give my usual effort to this conference committee, since Denver.  I feel it is best that I resign and let everyone continue their great FOSS4G work.
> The good news is that I have always archived everything: just take a glimpse at how far back files for raw conference logos, documents, RFPs, etc., go: https://svn.osgeo.org/osgeo/foss4g/  I always made sure to store raw OpenOffice files as well for RFP documents.
> I could not be more proud than to have worked with the other conference committee members to spread the Open Source geospatial passion in various regions of the world.  I really wanted to do that, it was a specific goal of mine, and it is one of the things I can say I achieved in my life.  We went to places that most OSGeo people told me privately would fail, and we made it work - and now those communities are vibrant in Open Source geospatial.
> I am very positive about the future of FOSS4G and OSGeo.  I can see that more FOSS4G events are popping up around the world, and this is excellent.  I have no doubt that the Beijing event will be a great event, as I have so many times witnessed the FOSS4G passion in that part of the world.
> I should also mention the Sol Katz award, which I hope will continue to be part of every annual FOSS4G event.  Sophia and I would like this to continue, as a way each year to thank someone for their hard work in the community, as well as honor one of our pioneers, Sol.
> Before I sign off here, I'd like to mention every conference committee member that helped us through the years, because they deserve so much thanks, yet I never had time to thank them, for their input, their passion, and their time.  Thank you, and, in the words of Lorenzo, a big hug from me to:
> Rafael Sperb
> Dave Patton
> Luc Maurer
> Daniel Rappo
> Alan Grignon
> Olivier Ertz
> Allan Doyle
> Lorenzo Becchi
> Frank Warmerdam
> Cameron Shorter
> Paul Ramsey
> Venka Raghavan
> Claude Philipona
> Markus Neteler
> Helena Mitasova
> Dave McIlhagga
> Steve Lime
> Gavin Fleming
> Arnulf Christl
> Thierry Badard
> And to all of the past FOSS4G event committee members, all those local organizers from 2003 until today, where would we be without you? - I thank you from my heart for working so hard and delivering a wonderful event, each and every year.
> I've enjoyed working with each and every one of you.  Thank you.
> -jeff
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