[Linux-aus] With elections coming up soon I thought I'd post a few ideas

Brenda Aynsley bpa at iss.net.au
Sat Dec 3 13:04:02 UTC 2005

James Purser wrote:

> First off I would like to revisit the idea of extending the terms of the
> office holders(President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary) on
> the committee. One year is really not enough for someone to get elected,
> get used to the position and the responsibilities and then get stuck
> into long term projects. In my opinion two year terms would be best .
> This allows for a period of adjustment to the role, catching up with
> issues and so on and then it gives ample time to get stuck into building
> the organisation and exploring new avenues and projects. Also having one
> year terms for the ordinary members gives those who would like to
> contribute more to the organisation a chance to see what working on the
> committee will be like without having to commit to the full two years.

have you considered an 'orderly approach' to the office bearers positions?

By this I mean having a qualification period, via 'apprenticeship' 
working your way through the hierarchy.

The Law Society in NSW I believe sets an example in this regard, where 
you have president and a senior and junior vp.  the senior vp steps up 
to be president, but if s/he isnt available then the junior steps up. 
So in effect when you elect the senior office bearers, you are doing so 
for up to 3 years in advance.  In doing that, the pres would be well 
versed in the issues of the organisation and could then hit the ground 
running, bringing his/her special talents to the position for the period 
of the incumbency.

It also ensures that there is some certainty about what is to come and 
extends that certainty to organisations with which linux aus would be 
dealing.  there's less chance of 'loose cannons' coming to bear on the 
ongoing viability of the organisation.

Of course as pia says, one year terms renewable does the job quite 
nicely.  :-)


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