[Linux-aus] LA Name Change - the process

James Polley jamezpolley at gmail.com
Tue Jul 24 13:30:11 EST 2012

On Tue, Jul 24, 2012 at 10:36 AM, Stephen Walsh <steve at nerdvana.org.au>wrote:

> On 07/20/2012 03:34 AM, Chris Neugebauer wrote:
> > Indeed, this option was mooted in the previous centi-thread.  There
> > are two counterarguments here:
> >
> > 1) Such a method would generate an unreasonable paperwork burden upon
> > the council, given that this approach would need to be made available
> > to every LA-run conference.  If it's not offered to every conference,
> > then it strikes me as counterproductive.
> it's about 4 sheets of paper to open up a 'child' bank account with
> Westpac.
> Compare this with the paperwork to create the Parent Organisation Not
> Called Linux Australia, then moving Linux Australia under PONCLA,
> shuffling bank accounts around to be owned by relevant orgs, creating
> new ones, making sure the audit trail is clear for LA getting seed
> funding from PONCLA for linux.conf.au, but handing back 4 or 5 times
> that funding to the parent org when it's all done, and this argument
> doesn't really hold much weight.

I'm not sure where this process came from. Why wouldn't we just be updating
the name on our existing account?

> >
> > 2) It's counterproductive, as we'll then lose the brand recognition
> > that comes from multiple conferences being run under the same banner.
> > If PyCon AU is run by PyCon AU, then selling e.g. LCA onto PyCon's
> > sponsors becomes a more difficult task, rather than an easier one as
> > it currently is.
> Bank accounts don't give you brand recognition. Conference Name and
> Reputation is what gives you brand recognition. Continual Sponsor
> contact and Proper handoff can solve the problem of prickly sponsors who
> don't understand the landscape.
> my 2cents
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