[OSGeo-Discuss] Elections 2017: roles and positions

Jeff McKenna jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com
Tue Oct 17 05:39:53 PDT 2017

Hi Gert-Jan,

I had tried to answer this question in my original manifesto, the 
original words are still there in that section you referenced, where I 
volunteer to help with the leadership of OSGeo and also stress the 
importance of the 'executive Board' (President, Vice Presidents) to help 
with the demands of leadership.

I also think there are already great volunteers in the current roles, we 
should always be respectful of their interests to remain in those roles, 
and speak with them directly to get a sense of next steps - I've 
personally found that a face-to-face Board meeting is best for handling 
this, as it is tricky to do over email or video.

For now I think it's only important that each candidate offers to help 
with the Board, in any capacity, which we all did - great!  I think this 
is awesome, having so many great leaders (all 9 candidates are great 
OSGeo leaders) interested in volunteering and helping our foundation 


On 2017-10-17 3:03 AM, Gert-Jan van der Weijden - Stichting OSGeo.nl wrote:
> Hi all,
> One of the questions asked to our nominees to write down in their 
> Manifesto is "which role you wish to fulfil in the Board".
> Apparently  a though question, since not answered by some candidates.
> Only Vicky hinted towards wanting to be an officer (Chair of the Board, 
> President, Secretary, Treasurer [1]); she stated in her response "I 
> don't want to handle money, which I interpret as not wanting to be 
> treasurer).
> However, when reading more about the Officers in our Bylaws [1] two 
> things struck me:
> 1.  "Chair of the Board" and "President" are two different positions.
> That makes sense: they require different skills. The Chair  must be able 
> to keep the Board on track, whereas the President has more of an 
> outreach role,  making sure the community members are feeling 
> comfortable, making sure "the guy in the back" is also reached.
> 2. An Officer does not have to be member Director (=Board Member) > OK, 
> I should have know this, with Jachym being secretary while not being 
> member of the Board of Directors.
> Although these elections are about membership, I'd like to ask the 
> candidates if they have a preference for a certain officer position?
> [1] http://www.osgeo.org/content/foundation/incorporation/bylaws.html  
> (Article V)
> Gert-Jan van der Weijden
> Stichting OSGeo.nl

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