[OSGeo-Conf] FOSS4G Discount for Charter Members proposal

Venkatesh Raghavan venka.osgeo at gmail.com
Wed Aug 13 15:29:50 PDT 2014

+1 for Gerald's suggestion for discount plan for
Charter Members (CMs) who are contributing their time
and effort to promote FOSS4G. I concur with the views
that Jeff has put in a lucid way.

Maybe we could have group plan for CMs so that we can see
more and more of them participating in the Annual FOSS4G
Conference and having an easier opportunity to participate
in the Foundation's AGM held during the conference.



P.S. Whether my employee pays or I pay through my pocket, it
is difficult to justify (for me) to attend a conference
where my international air-ticket would be cheaper or
cost the same as the registration fee.

On 2014/08/14 0:42, Jeff McKenna wrote:
> Hi David, Gérald, all,
> I am in support of this (if you view 'history' on the page you can see
> my edits).  When Gérald approached me with this, I was impressed with
> his vision, and that he is willing to champion such a change.
> Times have changed, since the foundation has formed in 2006 until now;
> we now have a huge strong base of Charter members located across the
> globe, and we really aren't leveraging them, or giving them any benefit
> to being a Charter Member.
> To me, this is more about the first paragraph in Gérald's proposal, that
> FOSS4G is more about the 'meeting of the tribes', and the 'tribe' is in
> fact Charter Members, so let us make sure that we help the tribe to
> attend the main FOSS4G event.
> Of course this really depends on what the OSGeo Conference Committee
> thinks, if they agree to this or not, or agree to some form of this, or
> not.  And then it must be brought to the new Board likely, in September.
> But I agree with Gérald, helping Charter Members attend our FOSS4G event
> should be a priority (and it is worth it, in my mind, in terms of any
> issues with any 'bottom line').
> -jeff
> On 2014-08-13 10:50 AM, David William Bitner wrote:
>> Gerald,
>>  From the beginning of the foundation, one of the main tenants of
>> membership was that the only additional benefit to Charter Membership
>> was the ability to vote for Board Members and new Charter Members. Other
>> than that Charter Members should (as things exist currently) not receive
>> any other perks not available to the general membership.
>> I am not opposed to trying to find ways to make it easier for active
>> OSGeo members to receive discounts to FOSS4G, but unless we really
>> change the nature of what a Charter Member is supposed to be, I don't
>> think this is the right avenue. One place to start that is common in
>> almost every conference is discounts for presenters.
>> David
>> On Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 8:38 AM, Fenoy Gerald <gerald.fenoy at geolabs.fr
>> <mailto:gerald.fenoy at geolabs.fr>> wrote:
>>     Dear Conference Committee,
>>     I would like to ask you to review and comment the following
>>     proposal: [1].
>>     Waiting for your answers,
>>     Best regards,
>>     [1] http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/FOSS4GDiscount
>>     Gérald Fenoy
>>     http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/User:Djay
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