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PSF Meeting Minutes for Sept. 9, 2003

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The Python Software Foundation
Minutes of Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors

September 9, 2003

A regular meeting of the Python Software Foundation (the "PSF") Board of Directors was held over Internet Relay Chat at 17:00 GMT. Guido van Rossum, president of the Foundation and chairman of the Board, presided at the meeting.

1. Attendance

The following members of the Board of Directors were present at the meeting: David Ascher, Guido van Rossum, Martin von Löwis, Tim Peters, Jeremy Hylton. Thomas Wouters was absent. A quorum was present. Neal Norwitz and Aahz also participated in the meeting.

2. Meeting minutes of past IRC meetings

Guido moved to approve the minutes of June 10. Motion passes with 5 ayes, 0 nays and 0 abstentions.

Guido moved to approve the minutes of August 12. Motion passes with 4 ayes, 0 nays and 1 abstention.


It was

RESOLVED, to let the treasurer immediately write a check to George Washington University for up to $2500 to reserve the space for PyCon 2004 (the actual amount to be 10% of the estimated total price).

Motion approved unanimously.

PMC Clarification

The Board wanted to clarify the status of two previously created committees. Thus, it was

RESOLVED, That the Public Support Committee and Python Website Committee, created earlier by resolution of the board, are Project Management Committees according to Section 6.3 of the Bylaws and that the chairmen of these committees, Marc-Andre Lemburg and Thomas Wouters, respectively, are hereby appointed Vice Presidents of the corporation.

Motion approved unanimously.

Sponsor Members

It was

RESOLVED, That the officers of the Corporation may, at their discretion, recognize certain donors as pending sponsor members of the corporation, when it is expected that the donor will be admitted as a sponsor member at the next meeting of the members. A pending sponsor member may participate in all activities and be listed as a pending sponsor member, but may not vote at meetings.
Motion approved unanimously.

Sponsor Member Policy

The board agreed to modify the PSF web pages to include:

Any organization is welcome to apply for sponsor membership - however, approval of the membership is conditional on a member vote at a member meeting, and the Board may issue a recommendation to the members regarding the application.

Potential applicants should know that the Board feels that membership in the PSF should reflect well on all sponsor members and the PSF. To this end,

The Board encourages applications from organizations with a provable and strong link to Python (e.g. organizations that use Python as a key piece of their software infrastructure).

The Board discourages applications from organizations with unethical business practices (e.g. pornography vendors or spammers). domain name transfer

Thomas was waiting for CNRI's zone file which he received today. The rest will happen shortly.

Contribution Forms

David agreed to discuss MAL's questions re: the contribution forms with Mark Yang, and to report back to the board list. MvL will then take it up with Larry Rosen after telling MAL he's relieved from his task (unless MAL protests).


There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.