[OSGeo-Discuss] Re: [Board] Resignation from Board

Ravi Kumar ravivundavalli48 at yahoo.com
Wed Feb 8 02:37:26 PST 2012

Hi Board,
pl do discuss this in the OSGeo Discuss list. I feel sorry to loose Jeff (from the board) who has showcased OSGeo in non-english speaking China, Vietnam and many more.
Is there any connection with FOSS4G 2012. 
Remember his talk at Cape Town, and the thunderous applause received. 

 From: Tim Sutton <tim at linfiniti.com>
To: maria.brovelli at diiar-topo.polimi.it 
Cc: osgeo-board List <board at lists.osgeo.org> 
Sent: Wednesday, February 8, 2012 1:51 PM
Subject: Re: [Board] Resignation from Board
Dear all

I have also been watching this thread from the sidelines and feeling
like things are being mishandled.

If Jeff was leaving because of e.g. family obligations or something
far removed from the activities of the board there would be no issue
here. However it seems quite clear that he is leaving due to finding
the internal machinations of the board untenable. My perception is
that the board happily accepted his resignation rather than trying to
understand why one of it's leading lights is leaving - and what can be
done to remedy the situation so that he will stay on. I am sure others
share this feeling.

While it may be the case that the board is acting within its
guidelines, it is important that from a public relations point of view
that you try to address this issue in a better way. Take the time to
do some PR to explain what is going on rather than simply quoting
bylaws. At the very least some publicity (mailing lists, web site
etc.) thanking Jeff for his time with the board and showing your
appreciation for all the work he has put into OSGEO would be a nice
send off for Jeff.

Best regards


On Wed, Feb 8, 2012 at 8:56 AM,  <maria.brovelli at diiar-topo.polimi.it> wrote:
> Dar All
> I agree with Venka and Jeroen and I'm also very sad because Jeff has done a
> lot for our community.
> Bset.
> Maria
> Def. Quota Venkatesh Raghavan <raghavan at media.osaka-cu.ac.jp>:
>> On 2012/02/07 20:21, Michael P. Gerlek wrote:
>>> Jeff's decision to resign from the board and the conference committee was
>>> his own decision, and I think his two emails covered what needed to be said.
>>>  This is sad, of course, but Jeff has his reasons and beyond that we should
>>> respect his privacy.
>> Jeff has made most of his recent views public
>> http://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/board/2012-January/009364.html
>> http://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/board/2012-February/009394.html
>> http://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/conference_dev/2012-February/001633.html
>> I think the Board owes an explanation to the community (on osgeo-discuss)
>> about
>> the reasons/circumstances that led to acceptance of Jeff's resignation.
>> This will
>> be no disrespect to his privacy.
>> This should be done before Board Members start expressing thier private
>> views
>> about how the vacant Board member seat can be filled.
>> ....
>>> On 2012/02/07 18:23, Jeroen Ticheler wrote:
>>>> My questions to you are now if will you come up with a statement related
>>>> to this and if you will make an announcement on OSGeo Discuss before more
>>>> discussion and gossip starts to take place.
>> I fully agree with Jeroen on the that.
>> Venka
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