[svlug] Hippocracy of the "Governance Committee" and a Call to Action

Mark Weisler mark at weisler-saratoga-ca.us
Thu Jan 24 07:45:25 PST 2008

On Thursday 24 January 2008 00:39:02 Rachel Heller wrote:
> I am posting to the main list about this matter becasue I feel it is a
> matter of importance. I was excluded from the last "governance meeting".
You weren't excluded. There was just no mail sent about the meeting because we 
had agreed to keep meeting on Thursday nights until we reached some sort of 
conclusion. I welcome your participation in the meetings.

I'll try to send a reminder to participants today about today's meeting.

> As background I participated in both the first and second meeting. Having
> had to leave the second meeting for transportation reasons before the
> meeting ended (apprx. 11:30pm), but not before the allotted time scheduled
> for the meeting had past (9pm). I left at approximately 10pm.
> I fully expected that there would have been an e-mail from the committee
> reminding the group of when the next meeting would occur, as there had been
> in the past. The emails addresses for everyone in the committee were well
> known as emails had been sent in the past. I did confirm the existence of
> this meeting with another participant of the committee at the last kernel
> walk-through.
> If this is how the members of the governance committee act toward a fellow
> participant, one can only imagine how they feel about the greater
> constituency of SVLUG.
> I may not be a Linux professional; I may not be an expert on the subject,
> but dammit I use Linux, and I love Linux, and I am a great advocate of
> Linux and of the SVLUG. I am an enthusiast, and when a committee I put my
> valuable time in, chooses to ignore me, I feel that the entire group should
> know. I believe, and correct me if I'm wrong, the a LUG is not just a place
> for die-hard technical Linux users, but also those who are average users
> and those that are curious about Linux. When the latter groups are ignored
> it make me feel that SVLUG is not a hospitable place for these categories
> of people. These people are the bread and butter of a group like this and
> they are being alienated by all subterfuge  surrounding the "governance
> committee".
> >From my participation in the "governance committee", I feel it is onn a
> bullet train to nowhere. We can't even decide how to make decisions. I
> hereby declare that the "governance committee" has no standing, no
> authority, and no credence to govern or advise SVLUG of its future.
> I call, I implore those of you who have been lurking in the list, sitting
> in the shadows, to please step up. PLEASE. This group is dying a slow and
> painful death. You, we, cannot be content in coming to monthly meetings
> being fed, entertained and educated by speakers. The word is that slowly
> the number of people willing to talk to this group is dwindling; they
> surely are losing respect for this group. If there are no speakers, there
> will be no meetings and no place for you to hang out and be fed.
> Is an SVLUG event something you can live without? Is SVLUG something you
> will miss? If your answers are No & Yes, please speak up and do not let the
> few over-spoken members of this group scare you into silence. Please speak
> up and make yourself heard; gather people with like minds to take this
> group back from the mud pit where it is languishing and bring it back to
> its former glory. Move beyond these childish games we are playing and
> become what a any self-respecting LUG should be.
> Thank you & good night,
> Rachel

Mark Weisler 
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