[Linux-aus] Can Linux Australia survive?

James Purser purserj at k-sit.com
Fri Jul 1 13:41:02 UTC 2005

Something like this would be a good idea I think:

Executive committee members (President, Vice President, Secretary and
Treasurer) server for two years while the standard members serve annual
terms. This would allow the executive members to really get into their
positions while also allowing for more people to become involved within
the committee process.

Perfectly with you on the CEO question.

On Fri, 2005-07-01 at 14:50, Jonathan Oxer wrote:
> On Fri, 2005-07-01 at 14:41 +1000, James Purser wrote:
> > I
> > really do agree with his point about the length of Board position terms,
> > annual is nice but too short, current board members would really just be
> > getting into their stride when the next elections roll around. Two years
> > would probably be a good number,
> Yes. I'm of the opinion that staggered two year terms could be a good
> option, with an annual election to refill the positions up for renewal.
> Of course there are downsides to everything and this could make it
> proportionally harder to find enough suckers^Wcandidates willing to
> commit to a 2 year position unless there was a clear exit option for
> those who find it too burdensome.
> And of course it's always dangerous for someone in a position to suggest
> that the term of the position be extended, not that it would apply until
> after the next round of elections anyway. It would probably need to
> start by putting the entire committee up for election, with 4 of the
> positions being for a 2 year term and 3 positions for 1 year, and
> rolling it along on 2 year terms thereafter.
> > On the issue of a CEO or CFO, I think what the organisation needs is
> > more of an Administrator.
> Yes, which in practice is what the Executive Officer of a typical
> industry association becomes anyway. As Stewart said the major workload
> right now is on the shoulders of the Treasurer, who is really doing
> several jobs at once: the low-level book-keeping necessary for day to
> day operations, and the high-level financial oversight and board-level
> reporting necessary for sustainability. Only the latter should really be
> necessary.
> Thanks for your input, James.
> Cheers   :-)
> Jonathan Oxer
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