Membership Boards: Restaffing and Reorganization

Elizabeth Krumbach lyz at
Wed Apr 25 16:24:34 UTC 2012

Hi everyone,

On May 5th we will have a large number of Regional Membership Board
members with terms expiring. The Community Council decided to take
this opportunity to evaluate the effectiveness of these regional
membership boards and how it make sense to go about restaffing them.

After several discussions, including those with sitting board members,
we have determined that while there are values to region-based boards
(there may be cultural and language similarities), it makes more sense
for us to switch to time-based membership boards. We hope that with
this change to time-based we can have a more established meeting times
that the community is familiar with and more successful boards with
board members being able to commit to a specific time rather than
assuming evening is the best time in their time zone for them to

The times selected are as follows:

12:00 UTC, meeting twice a month, specific days to be determined by the board

22:00 UTC, meeting twice a month, specific days to be determined by the board

These boards will each have 9 members with a quorum of 4. We are
seeking to seat 10 new board members at this time across both boards
(we have 8 board members whose terms are not ending).

We have the following requirements for nominees:

 * be an Ubuntu member
 * be confident that you can evaluate contributions to various parts
of our community
 * be available during typical meeting times of the board in question
 * broad insight into the Ubuntu community at large is a plus

Those sitting on membership boards are people who are insightful. They
are current Ubuntu Members with a proven track record of activity in
the community. They have shown themselves over time to be able to work
well with others and display the positive aspects of the Ubuntu Code
of Conduct. They should be people who can discern character and
evaluate contribution quality without emotion while engaging in an
interview/discussion that communicates interest, a welcoming
atmosphere, and which is marked by humanity, gentleness, and kindness.
Even when they must deny applications, they should do so in such a way
that applicants walk away with a sense of hopefulness and a desire to
return with a more complete application rather than feeling
discouraged or hurt.

To nominate yourself or somebody else (please confirm they wish to
accept the nomination and state you have done so), please send a mail
to the membership boards mailing list (ubuntu-membership-boards at You will want to include some information about
yourself (or the applicant you are nominating), a launchpad profile
link and which time slot is being applied for.

We will be accepting nominations through Friday May 18 at 12:00 UTC.
All nominations will be forwarded to the Community Council who will
make the final decision.

Thanks in advance to you and thanks also to the dedication everybody
has put into their jobs as board members.

Elizabeth Krumbach, on behalf of the Community Council

Elizabeth Krumbach // Lyz // pleia2

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