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From: Roy Bamford <neddyseagoon@g.o>
Subject: Gentoo Foundation Trustee Elections 2010
Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2010 20:54:57 +0000
All,

The Gentoo Foundation Inc. is preparing for its annual Trustee 
Elections. The nomination period is four weeks commencing early 
February, the voting period is four weeks in March, the newly 
elected Trustees take their seats in early April, as soon as the 
results of the ballot are known.
Exact dates will be set by the Gentoo Elections project.

At the trustees meeting of 17 January 2010, a recording date of 31 
January was set. Simply put, only Foundation members who are members on 
31 January can stand or vote in this election.

Trustees retire by rotation every two years to ensure there is 
continuity of the board, this year, NeddySeagoon, tsunam and dabbot 
will retire.

Also for the first time after this election, the membership will be 
reduced according to bylaws http://xrl.us/oo447

Section 4.4. Continuation of Membership

Full members who remain Gentoo developers shall have their membership 
continued until it is terminated in accordance with 4.8 or 4.9.

Full members who retire from the Gentoo project shall have there 
membership continued while they indicate that they remain interested in 
the affairs of the Foundation unless their membership is terminated in 
accordance with 4.8 or 4.9.

Criteria for loss of interest in the foundation shall be determined by 
the trustees, from time to time.


The current determination of loss of interest is failure to vote in 
two successive trustee elections.


Why might you want to be a member of the Gentoo Foundation Inc?

The only benefit to members is as stated in the bylaws 
http://xrl.us/oo447 at 12.  Article XII Indemnification of officers and 
Trustees
Section 12.1. Right to Indemnification

Each person who was or is a party or is threatened to be made a party 
to any threatened, pending or completed action, suit, or proceeding, 
whether civil, criminal, administrative, or investigative (other than 
an action by or in the right of the foundation), by reason of the fact 
that he or she is or was a director, officer or member of the 
foundation, or is or was serving at the request of the foundation as a 
director, officer, employee, or agent of another foundation, 
partnership, joint venture, trust, or other enterprise, shall be 
entitled to indemnification against expenses (including attorneys' 
fees), judgements, fines, and amounts paid in settlement to the fullest 
extent now or hereafter permitted by applicable law as long as such 
person acted in good faith and in a manner that such person reasonably 
believed to be in or not be opposed to the best interests of the 
foundation; provided, however, that the foundation shall indemnify any 
such person seeking indemnity in connection with an action, suit or 
proceeding (or part thereof) initiated by such person only if such 
action, suit or proceeding (or part thereof) was authorized by the 
Board of Trustees. 

In short - if a member gets sued while acting in good faith for the 
Foundation the Foundation is sued in the members place.

How do you become a Gentoo Foundation Inc. member?
As stated in the bylaws http://xrl.us/oo447 at
Section 4.3. Admission of Members

Full members are admitted by petitioning the trustees for membership, 
providing verifiable evidence of their contribution to Gentoo.

Active Gentoo developers who are not members of the Foundation may 
apply for membership. Any developer applying for membership in the 
Foundation will become a member of the Foundation immediately after the 
next Trustee meeting following the application unless an absolute 
majority of the trustees (currently 3 out of 5) oppose membership for 
the developer at this meeting.

Applicants who are not Gentoo developers need to cite verifiable 
evidence of contributing to Gentoo or to the stated aims of the Gentoo 
Foundation Inc.

Examples of contributing include but are not limited to, arch testing, 
bugzilla, Gentoo forums, working with existing developers. 
Contribuitions will be verified. The decision of the trustees is final.

Monetary contributions will be discounted - Gentoo Foundation 
membership cannot be bought.


The trustees will be processing any applications for membership in a 
timely manner in an attempt to ensure new members are entitled to 
participate in this election.
-- 
Regards,

Roy Bamford
(Neddyseagoon) an member of
gentoo-ops
forum-mods
trustees

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