[OSGeo-Conf] Resignation from Committee

Menen, Thijs van (DID) thijs.van.menen at rws.nl
Tue Feb 7 06:44:37 EST 2012

Hi Jeff e.a.

Jeff's resignation: -1!

It's freezing big time in the Netherlands. -12 (yes, thats big for us),
but really the temp dropped a few degrees when this news arrived.

There are so many words that crossed my mind to grace Jeff......

Jeff I salute you!!!!

#tik hem aan ouwe!

ps1 I am now in a desperate need for a white russian.
ps2 I hope this ends with the Terminator's famous last words: "I'll be


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Van: conference_dev-bounces at lists.osgeo.org
[mailto:conference_dev-bounces at lists.osgeo.org] Namens Jeff McKenna
Verzonden: maandag 6 februari 2012 16:07
Aan: conference
Onderwerp: [OSGeo-Conf] Resignation from Committee

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.


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