Board Meeting, January 6th, 2004

Attending:

  • Branden Robinson
  • Bruce Perens
  • David Graham
  • Drew Streib
  • Ean Schuessler
  • John Goerzen
  • Martin 'Joey' Schulze
  • Wichert Akkerman

Invitees present:

  • Bdale Garbee
  • Greg Pomerantz
  • Jimmy Kaplowitz
  • Jonathan McDowell
  • Michael Banck
  • Peter Palfrader
  • Stuart Walsh

Agenda:

  1. Opening
  2. Roll call
  3. By-laws revision process
  4. Treasurer update
  5. Trademark update
  6. Date for next meeting

Recorder: Wichert Akkerman (Secretary)

SPI board meeting, January 6, 2004, meeting opened: 19:04 UTC, meeting closed: 19:47 UTC.

By-laws revision process

Last year the by-laws committee proposed a set of changes to the SPI by-laws. Wichert split the changes into resolutions that can be voted upon by the contributing members.

In addition Ean proposed a resolution to change the wording of the software licensing policy to be less vague. John noted that this change would require both a membership vote as well as amending the articles of incorporation. In light of that information Ean dropped the proposal.

David noted that the charter for the by-laws committee would expire in 8 days and suggested that it be extended to allow the committee to work on further proposals. Since by-laws changes will be an ongoing effort for a while Ean suggested making the by-laws committee a standing committee. David drafted resolution 2004-01-05.dbg.1 to that effect and a vote is called for:

David in favour
Drew in favour
Ean in favour
John in favour
Wichert in favour

Resolution 2004-01-05.dbg.1 is accepted with five votes in favour and none against.

Wichert proposed resolution 2004-01-06.wta.4 to regulate a membership vote on the suggested by-laws changes and a vote is called for:

Branden in favour
Bruce in favour
Drew in favour
Ean in favour
Joey in favour
John in favour
Wichert in favour

Resolution 2004-01-06.wta.4 is accepted with seven votes in favour and none against.

Treasurer update

Branden announced he would like to resign as treasurer and is seeking for a volunteer to replace him. Ean volunteered, but it was quickly noted that since he is already president he can not take the position. Jimmy Kaplowitz said he might be interested.

John asked if there were any end-of-year reports that needed to be filed Branden explained that the IRS tax deadline is May 15th for non-profit organisations, but SPI does not have enough income to be required to file a report. Jimmy asked if SPI needs to file a report with NY state as well, Branden replied that the state requirements as far as he was aware are the same as the federal requirements so no report is required.

Trademark update

Greg Pomerantz was present and asked if the board could comment on the draft resolution he submitted regarding the Debian trademark in Norway. Ean asked if immediate action was required. Greg explained none was needed but he would like a confirmation from the board before getting the Norwegian law firm to work on the draft license agreement. A vote is called for resolution 2004-01-06.gmp.1:

Branden in favour
Bruce in favour
David in favour
Ean in favour
John in favour
Wichert in favour

Resolution is accepted with five votes in favour and none against

Date for next meeting

The date for the next meeting is set at February 3, 19:00 UTC.