[OSGeo-Discuss] Our huge thanks to Jeff McKenna

tanzeel rehman tanzeelrehman130 at hotmail.com
Mon Feb 1 10:55:56 PST 2016

Dear All

I want to pay a great regards towards the Jeff. I have met with him only one time and his dealing his style his motivation for me towards projects was great.

I do not know the reason of leaving this Presidency but I want to pay a high gratitude to him and I want to meet everytime in next future.



> To: discuss at lists.osgeo.org
> From: raghavan at media.osaka-cu.ac.jp
> Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 03:09:57 +0900
> Subject: [OSGeo-Discuss] Our huge thanks to Jeff McKenna
> Dear All,
> Jeff McKenna has tendered his resignation from the position of President
> and Board of Directors on personal grounds.
> Jeff is a pillar of OSGeo, being a lively presence at Open Source
> Geospatial events since the early days of MapServer User Meetings [1].
> He was also a key person at FOSS GRASS User Conference [2] where the
> idea of having a joint conference combining GRASS GIS, MapServer and
> other FOSS4G [3] communities was mooted which fruited in the form 
> FOSS4G-2006
> held in Laussane [4]. Jeff has been a constant companion and a source of
> inspiration during our decade long OSGeo journey.
> During his tenure on the OSGeo Board, Jeff has traversed across the globe
> spreading the message of OSGeo and sharing his passion for FOSS4G. He has
> gone to remote corners of our planet to get local chapters started and
> patiently interacted with diverse audience ranging from under-graduate
> students to top leaders from academia, industry and government. Jeff has put
> community before self and worked relentlessly to bring worldwide reach to
> our Foundation. Combined with his rare passion, Jeff possesses a unique 
> knack
> of understanding and assimilating different cultures which has greatly 
> helped
> in nurturing diversity in our communities.
> Apart form his groundbreaking work in representing OSGeo globally, he has
> also made time to produce excellent documentation and packaging for some of
> our leading software products. Jeff's dedication and passion will continue
> to motivate all members of our foundation.
> The board received Jeff's request on 12 December 2015 and asked him to
> reconsider his decision. At the 30 January, 2016 Face to Face meeting, after
> careful consideration of his reply, the OSGeo Board has motioned and
> unanimously accepted his resignation. The board also passed a motion to
> formally express our sincere gratitude for Jeff's immense contributions to
> the OSGeo Foundation in his capacity as President and Board Member.
> Jeff McKenna continues his engagements with the OSGeo Foundation as a 
> Charter
> Member and as PSC members in several of the Foundation Projects. We look 
> forward
> to seek his advice and active participation in our future endeavors.
> Thank you from all of us, Jeff and we look forward to your contributions 
> to OSGeo
> in the years ahead.
> BoD, OSGeo Foundation
> [1] https://trac.osgeo.org/mapserver/wiki/Conferences
> [2] http://gisws.media.osaka-cu.ac.jp/grass04/
> [3] https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/FOSS4G
> [4] http://2006.foss4g.org/
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