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IM Freedom Board Elections

Sean Egan
Hi,

Instant Messaging Freedom Inc. is a non-profit organization established in 2006 to protect the legal liability of Pidgin developers and to handle the finances of it and its related projects (i.e. libpurple, finch, etc.)

Later, we agreed with Adium developers to do the same for that project.

Since incorporating ten years ago, I believe we've only had one board position turnover. We've kept mostly the same board, despite -- I believe -- most board members no longer being active on either project.

At our board meeting earlier today, a couple of us discussed giving up our positions on the board to people more active in the community.

This is a call to nominate people to serve on the board of Instant Messaging Freedom. Feel free to nominate yourself if you're interested, or someone else you think might do a good job. The only qualification is that directors must be 19 years old.

What does it entail?

We currently have seven directors (although we can vote to increase or decrease that number depending on interest). We have one annual meeting on a conference call, and vote for other assorted things (e.g. expenditures) over e-mail occasionally throughout the year.

We have four officer positions. They are currently all served by different people, but the same person may serve more than one position, with the exception that the same person may not simultaneously be President and Secretary. Here are the official responsibilities of each officer:

3. PRESIDENT

The President shall be the chief executive officer of the Corporation; she or he shall preside at all meetings of the Board; she or he shall have responsibility for the general management of the affairs of the Corporation and shall see that all orders and resolutions of the Board are carried into effect. She or he shall, when duly authorized by the Board of Directors, sign and execute all contracts in the name of the Corporation.

4. VICE-PRESIDENTS

During the absence or disability of the President, the Vice-President shall have all the powers and functions of the President. The Vice-President shall perform such other duties as the Board shall prescribe.

5. TREASURER

The Treasurer shall have the care and custody of all the funds and securities of the Corporation, and shall deposit said funds in the name of the Corporation in such bank or trust company as the Directors may elect; she or he shall at all reasonable times exhibit her or his books and accounts to any Director upon application at the office of the Corporation during ordinary business hours. At the end of each corporate year, she or he shall have an audit of the accounts of the Corporation made by a committee appointed by the President, and shall present such audit in writing at the annual meeting of the Directors, at which time she or he shall also present an annual report setting forth in full the financial condition of the Corporation.

6. SECRETARY

The Secretary shall keep the minutes of the Board of Directors. She or he shall have the custody of the seal of the Corporation and shall affix and attest the same to documents when duly authorized by the Board of Directors. He or she shall attend to the giving and serving of all notices of the Corporation, and shall have charge of such books and papers as the Board of Directors may direct; she or he shall keep a membership roll containing the names, alphabetically arranged, of all persons who are Directors of the Corporation, showing their places of residence and the time they became Directors.

At our meeting today, both the President (myself) and Vice President (Mark Doliner) expressed an interest or willingness to vacate that role, so please consider nominating people who would do well in those positions.


If you or someone you know would make a good board member or officer, please let me know. Either publicly on [hidden email], or e-mail me directly if you'd prefer to stay modest/semi-anonymous. I'll compile the list of nominations and present them to the board for consideration and eventual election in one week.

Current board members: please re-nominate yourselves if you wish to keep your current position. Or let me know if you wish to vacate it. If I don't hear from you, I'll assume you're open to giving up your seat.

Thanks!
-Sean.

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Sean Egan
Just a reminder that current board memebers should let me know what they want to do with their positions. You'll, of course, have the chance to formally nominate people later on; this is just a straw poll of sorts. But, if people want to give up their spot, it'll be useful to know up front how many positions we need to fill.

I already saw Evan and Mark's thoughts.

I also haven't heard anything from the Adium list. It would be great if at least one person currently active on Adium was willing to take a spot on the board.


Thanks,
Sean.

On Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 7:30 PM Sean Egan <[hidden email]> wrote:
Hi,

Instant Messaging Freedom Inc. is a non-profit organization established in 2006 to protect the legal liability of Pidgin developers and to handle the finances of it and its related projects (i.e. libpurple, finch, etc.)

Later, we agreed with Adium developers to do the same for that project.

Since incorporating ten years ago, I believe we've only had one board position turnover. We've kept mostly the same board, despite -- I believe -- most board members no longer being active on either project.

At our board meeting earlier today, a couple of us discussed giving up our positions on the board to people more active in the community.

This is a call to nominate people to serve on the board of Instant Messaging Freedom. Feel free to nominate yourself if you're interested, or someone else you think might do a good job. The only qualification is that directors must be 19 years old.

What does it entail?

We currently have seven directors (although we can vote to increase or decrease that number depending on interest). We have one annual meeting on a conference call, and vote for other assorted things (e.g. expenditures) over e-mail occasionally throughout the year.

We have four officer positions. They are currently all served by different people, but the same person may serve more than one position, with the exception that the same person may not simultaneously be President and Secretary. Here are the official responsibilities of each officer:

3. PRESIDENT

The President shall be the chief executive officer of the Corporation; she or he shall preside at all meetings of the Board; she or he shall have responsibility for the general management of the affairs of the Corporation and shall see that all orders and resolutions of the Board are carried into effect. She or he shall, when duly authorized by the Board of Directors, sign and execute all contracts in the name of the Corporation.

4. VICE-PRESIDENTS

During the absence or disability of the President, the Vice-President shall have all the powers and functions of the President. The Vice-President shall perform such other duties as the Board shall prescribe.

5. TREASURER

The Treasurer shall have the care and custody of all the funds and securities of the Corporation, and shall deposit said funds in the name of the Corporation in such bank or trust company as the Directors may elect; she or he shall at all reasonable times exhibit her or his books and accounts to any Director upon application at the office of the Corporation during ordinary business hours. At the end of each corporate year, she or he shall have an audit of the accounts of the Corporation made by a committee appointed by the President, and shall present such audit in writing at the annual meeting of the Directors, at which time she or he shall also present an annual report setting forth in full the financial condition of the Corporation.

6. SECRETARY

The Secretary shall keep the minutes of the Board of Directors. She or he shall have the custody of the seal of the Corporation and shall affix and attest the same to documents when duly authorized by the Board of Directors. He or she shall attend to the giving and serving of all notices of the Corporation, and shall have charge of such books and papers as the Board of Directors may direct; she or he shall keep a membership roll containing the names, alphabetically arranged, of all persons who are Directors of the Corporation, showing their places of residence and the time they became Directors.

At our meeting today, both the President (myself) and Vice President (Mark Doliner) expressed an interest or willingness to vacate that role, so please consider nominating people who would do well in those positions.


If you or someone you know would make a good board member or officer, please let me know. Either publicly on [hidden email], or e-mail me directly if you'd prefer to stay modest/semi-anonymous. I'll compile the list of nominations and present them to the board for consideration and eventual election in one week.

Current board members: please re-nominate yourselves if you wish to keep your current position. Or let me know if you wish to vacate it. If I don't hear from you, I'll assume you're open to giving up your seat.

Thanks!
-Sean.

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Sean Egan
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Hey all,

I just wanted to give an update of where we are with this. We currently have four nominations for new Directors: Gary Kramlich, Richard Laager, Eion Robb, Jorge Villaseñor.

We also have at least as many directors willing to give up their seats. Current directors who haven't let me know their intentions yet should do so; I'm currently assuming you're all willing to give up your seat.

Because it looks like we're likely to replace more than half the board, I'll propose that we elect directors first, and then let the new board elect officers themselves.

The only thing holding this up right now is that I haven't heard anything from any active Adium people. I don't think my e-mails are getting through to [hidden email] and #adium-devl on Freenode is pretty dead.

If someone on Adium can either can confirm that my messages are getting through and there's just no interest in board positions, or let me know the best way to get through to the team, that would be appreciated.

Thanks,
-Sean.

On Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 7:30 PM Sean Egan <[hidden email]> wrote:
Hi,

Instant Messaging Freedom Inc. is a non-profit organization established in 2006 to protect the legal liability of Pidgin developers and to handle the finances of it and its related projects (i.e. libpurple, finch, etc.)

Later, we agreed with Adium developers to do the same for that project.

Since incorporating ten years ago, I believe we've only had one board position turnover. We've kept mostly the same board, despite -- I believe -- most board members no longer being active on either project.

At our board meeting earlier today, a couple of us discussed giving up our positions on the board to people more active in the community.

This is a call to nominate people to serve on the board of Instant Messaging Freedom. Feel free to nominate yourself if you're interested, or someone else you think might do a good job. The only qualification is that directors must be 19 years old.

What does it entail?

We currently have seven directors (although we can vote to increase or decrease that number depending on interest). We have one annual meeting on a conference call, and vote for other assorted things (e.g. expenditures) over e-mail occasionally throughout the year.

We have four officer positions. They are currently all served by different people, but the same person may serve more than one position, with the exception that the same person may not simultaneously be President and Secretary. Here are the official responsibilities of each officer:

3. PRESIDENT

The President shall be the chief executive officer of the Corporation; she or he shall preside at all meetings of the Board; she or he shall have responsibility for the general management of the affairs of the Corporation and shall see that all orders and resolutions of the Board are carried into effect. She or he shall, when duly authorized by the Board of Directors, sign and execute all contracts in the name of the Corporation.

4. VICE-PRESIDENTS

During the absence or disability of the President, the Vice-President shall have all the powers and functions of the President. The Vice-President shall perform such other duties as the Board shall prescribe.

5. TREASURER

The Treasurer shall have the care and custody of all the funds and securities of the Corporation, and shall deposit said funds in the name of the Corporation in such bank or trust company as the Directors may elect; she or he shall at all reasonable times exhibit her or his books and accounts to any Director upon application at the office of the Corporation during ordinary business hours. At the end of each corporate year, she or he shall have an audit of the accounts of the Corporation made by a committee appointed by the President, and shall present such audit in writing at the annual meeting of the Directors, at which time she or he shall also present an annual report setting forth in full the financial condition of the Corporation.

6. SECRETARY

The Secretary shall keep the minutes of the Board of Directors. She or he shall have the custody of the seal of the Corporation and shall affix and attest the same to documents when duly authorized by the Board of Directors. He or she shall attend to the giving and serving of all notices of the Corporation, and shall have charge of such books and papers as the Board of Directors may direct; she or he shall keep a membership roll containing the names, alphabetically arranged, of all persons who are Directors of the Corporation, showing their places of residence and the time they became Directors.

At our meeting today, both the President (myself) and Vice President (Mark Doliner) expressed an interest or willingness to vacate that role, so please consider nominating people who would do well in those positions.


If you or someone you know would make a good board member or officer, please let me know. Either publicly on [hidden email], or e-mail me directly if you'd prefer to stay modest/semi-anonymous. I'll compile the list of nominations and present them to the board for consideration and eventual election in one week.

Current board members: please re-nominate yourselves if you wish to keep your current position. Or let me know if you wish to vacate it. If I don't hear from you, I'll assume you're open to giving up your seat.

Thanks!
-Sean.

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