[AUUG-Talk]: Query about "unincorporated successor AUUG's" and AUUGs domain
Greg 'groggy' Lehey
Greg.Lehey at auug.org.au
Fri Feb 15 13:47:35 EST 2008
On Friday, 15 February 2008 at 11:05:31 +1100, Lawrie Brown wrote:
> Hi All
> I'm (sadly) looking at my ballot instructions, but before I proceed
> to vote, I was wondering whether anyone has actually put up their hand
> to setup any unincorporated successor "AUUG" like associations that the
> board are aware of.
As I've mentioned from time to time, I've been thinking of it, but
haven't contacted the Board yet. Board, this is the contact.
It looks like a case of "now or never", so, for all to see, including
auug-announce, whom the Board seem to have forgotten:
- Stephen Rothwell, David Newall and I are prepared to continue the
operations of AUUG, specifically the web server, including mail.
- We'd like to continue the AUUG organization essentially as before,
but without charging membership fees for individuals.
- Where do we get our money from? We have some now, and it's my
contention that we can run the organization on a shoestring. We've
discussed this matter in the past, and some people have come up with
non-trivial expenses such as accounting fees and insurance that
might need to be paid. It's my contention that they're not needed:
if we don't have any cash flow, we don't need to pay accounting
fees, and if we don't have events we won't need insurance.
- We *would* like to hold events, but that's down the road. First we
need to reestablish a membership base, and then we can see whether
the members are interested in being active.
- A number of people other than David and Stephen have expressed
interest in running the downsized AUUG. I haven't mentioned them
because I don't have a formal agreement to do so. But everybody is
welcome to join in.
In short, it'll be business as usual except for the membership fees.
We specifically do *not* want to deincorporate AUUG (Board please
I'd encourage the Board to consider doing the following:
- Drop membership fees.
- Allow time for ex-members to re-join. I'm sure David will have an
appropriate membership application up in a flash.
- Call an election for a new board, possibly in advance if the
constitution allows it.
And that's all. The new board could then handle the transition with a
minimum of fuss. I'm prepared to help with this, but as I've said,
I'm not prepared to pay a membership fee to do so.
So what does this mean for your vote? Despite my requests, the Board
has not included this option in the ballot papers. I would suggest
that you vote against dissolution. If the board continues to insist
on membership fees, fee-paying members should organize a way to change
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