[svlug] Electing the next set of officers
tim.bird at am.sony.com
Thu Jan 24 15:57:04 PST 2008
Paul Reiber wrote:
> Likewise, my last act in office, appointing a successor, isn't in
> question, it's actual.
Whether it has any meaning is different question. OK Paul,
you appointed someone as your successor. I have no idea what
that even means for a position that is normally elected.
The idea that an elected person can appoint their successor
without group approval is very weird indeed.
>> are we going to start that again ??? or wait till wed for the
>> votes ( in person, by email, .. ) to happen ??
> SVLUG has officers, volunteers, and members. No officer has called
> for any vote on anything. I'm unsure whether any volunteers called
> for a vote or not... and I'm unsure whether volunteer status gives one
> the right to even call for a vote on something. I'm damned sure that
> being an SVLUG member does NOT give one the right to call for a vote
> on something.
Here's my two cents. I assume the organization has no bylaws,
but at least some rudimentary past processes (e.g. past
voting procedures, terms of officers, etc.)
Absent a set of bylaws, I would recommend something very simple.
Of course I have no "right" to call for a vote, but I would
recommend something akin to one, in order to elect Edward
or someone else of the group's choosing.
Given the state of the organization, I would be happy to support
Edward as interim or acting President until an election is held.
But I would recommend to Edward to make the election his only
substantive action and first priority, until the matter of
governance is resolved.
I would recommend the following process:
1) a short (due to circumstances) period of time for candidates
to announce themselves
2) a simple majority vote, in person or by e-mail for who will
be Pres and VP.
It should be announced in advance that a vote is happening
at a particular meeting, and what the deadline for e-mail
3) a simple majority vote on whether that person serves
a) a full term
b) the remainder of Paul's term
c) some temporary term until the organization can
draft proper bylaws and a more formal election can
4) an independent counter of the vote decides the outcome
I believe Edward said he would try to find someone for
5) after the election, the work of the bylaws committee
(or whatever it was called) should be made a priority. Some
very simple rules (1 or 2 pages) would avoid a lot of
misunderstandings, IMHO. I can't make it to meetings, but
I will (with some degree of hesitation) volunteer to assist
by e-mail in drafting bylaws if it would be helpful. I have
done this for commercial standards organizations.
Everyone's still a bit hot under the collar today, and I think
a cooling off period would be good. I think a good approach
would be to accept volunteers or nominations until the next
meeting, and accept votes cast by e-mail until then, and
then hold a short in-person vote at the meeting itself.
By the end of the meeting, we could have some officers with
a semblance of legitimate authority.
That's just my own ideas and suggestions. I'm just an e-mail
list subscriber with an interest in the group. I have no
authority to implement any of the above, but an interest
is seeing a positive outcome for the organization.
Architecture Group Chair, CE Linux Forum
Senior Staff Engineer, Sony Corporation of America
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