[Linux-aus] Grant request: Venue hire and catering for Drupal8 Launch party

Neill Cox neill at ingenious.com.au
Mon Nov 9 14:47:50 AEDT 2015

I'd normally be a little wary of spending LA money on a launch party, but
as this is funds raised at another Drupal event it seems reasonable to me.

I vote in favour.


On Mon, Nov 9, 2015 at 1:53 PM, Donna Benjamin <donna at kattekrab.net> wrote:

> Date: 9 November 2015
> Project Name: Drupal 8 Release Party
> Aim of Project: Celebrate the launch of Drupal 8
> Person Responsible for Request: Donna Benjamin
> Request: Dear Council and LA Community,
> I would like to request we use some of the operating surplus from
> DrupalSouth in Melbourne this year to cover venue hire and catering for a
> Melbourne Drupal 8 launch party.
> This has become something of a tradition in the Drupal community - there
> were launch parties all over the world in 2011 when Drupal 7 was released.
> Drupal 8 is due for release on November 19th. We are organising a party in
> Melbourne on the 20th.  This also co-incides with Global Training Day.
> We're planning a party for 40-80 people, and would like to provide
> substantial nibbles and celebratory cupcakes.  The venue requires us to
> commit to a minimum spend of $1000.  I will also be seeking sponsorship
> from companies in the Drupal community.  However, the Melbourne community
> are already organising a DrupalCamp for the following weekend, and I am
> conscious that many of the Usual Suspects have already committed support
> for that event, and I don't want to exhaust their goodwill.
> I ask Linux Australia to contribute $1000 - which ensures we meet the
> venue's minimum spend requirements, and that the volunteers organising this
> event will not be out of pocket if we can't raise funds from sponsors.
> I will be making some opening remarks at the party, and would mention
> Linux Australia's role in supporting not only the Drupal community, but all
> open source communities Australia. Promote the upcoming linux.conf.au in
> Geelong, shower LA in twitter kudos, and put the Linux Australia logo on
> our event website, which should be ready in a day or so.
> I realise there is less than the required 2 weeks until the event, so I
> also request the community provides their feedback quickly so council is
> able to make a timely decision, as I will need to work to find alternative
> funds to cover these costs.
> Thank you for considering this grant request.
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Neill Cox
Ingenious Software
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