[Linux-aus] What's happening with the Membership Committee?

Kathy Reid kathy at kathyreid.id.au
Sun Jun 14 08:27:44 AEST 2015

Fair call.

IMHO, patching MemberDB is not where LA should be focussing effort - I 
strongly believe LA needs a full CRM like CiviCRM [1].
All good organisations need different thinking to catalyse direction ;-)

So, I think we probably need a strategic call from LA here - patch 
MemberDB or go for something like CiviCRM?

My recommendation is that LA is now large enough, and has big enough 
communications needs that it makes sense to go for something like 
CiviCRM. We don't homebrew the website anymore - we use an established 
platform. It no longer makes sense to homebrew the membership platform. 
CiviCRM also sits on top of Drupal, meaning that platform change at the 
website level wouldn't be needed. But Mikal is right, this would need to 
be scoped - and it's a big piece of work - but one in the long run I 
think is very valuable.

My availability is pretty shot until Feb 9th 2016.

[1] https://civicrm.org/

On 14/06/15 07:49, Michael Still wrote:
> So, my understanding was that we offered in the AGM to update memberdb
> to not be quite so bad. That got turned into a replacement CRM
> project, which meant several of the people involved no longer felt
> they had the skills to actually progress the effort. We have therefore
> stalled.
> To be completely honest, I feel like I mis-estimated how much spare
> time I'd have this year, and I don't think I have the bandwidth to
> provide a meaningful contribution to this effort. So, a subcommittee
> is a good idea, but I feel we might need to go and work out who would
> be able to serve on it first.
> Michael
> On Sat, Jun 13, 2015 at 2:52 PM, Kathy Reid <kathy at kathyreid.id.au> wrote:
>> There was some talk a few months ago [1] of having a Membership Subcommittee
>> for LA, looking at replacing or enhancing MemberDB. This was a great move
>> forward - MemberDB is end of life.
>> Has this progressed at all and are folks ihere nterested?
>> If so I will formally propose a motion to Council to form this Subcommittee.
>> Kind regards,
>> Kathy
>> [1] http://lists.linux.org.au/pipermail/linux-aus/2015-February/022032.html
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