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
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
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
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.
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