[OSGeo-Discuss] Our huge thanks to Jeff McKenna

Dirk Frigne dirk.frigne at geosparc.com
Wed Feb 3 09:29:48 PST 2016


Thank you for all the work you did in OSGeo, as the president and board
member of the organisation.
You was one of the early adopters, ans you became the leading face of
the organisation. You inspired a lot of us, including myself.

I hope you can enjoy your new role in the community.
A community like OSGeo needs people with passion, with a heart of gold,
to help others, like you have.

All the best,

On 02-02-16 07:45, nicolas bozon wrote:
> 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,
> Nick
> 2016-02-01 19:09 GMT+01:00 Venkatesh Raghavan
> <raghavan at media.osaka-cu.ac.jp <mailto: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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Yours sincerely,

ir. Dirk Frigne
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