[OSGeo-Discuss] Our huge thanks to Jeff McKenna

nicolas bozon nicolas.bozon at gmail.com
Mon Feb 1 22:45:43 PST 2016

I also want to hugely thank Jeff McKenna for such a determined, long and
useful service at the Board.
Thank you Jeff for everything you did to make OSGeo and FOSS4G grow, and
thank you also for all the good times.
All the best, and long life to OSGeo.

Best regards,


2016-02-01 19:09 GMT+01:00 Venkatesh Raghavan <raghavan at media.osaka-cu.ac.jp

> 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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