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PSF Meeting Minutes for 2017-12-18

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

December 18, 2017

A regular meeting of the Python Software Foundation ("PSF") Board of Directors was held over Group Conference Call via phone and Internet Relay Chat beginning at 15:00 UTC (GMT/Zulu), on December 18, 2017. Betsy Waliszewski took notes/minutes.

All votes are reported in the form "Y-N-A" (in favor-Y‚opposed-N‚abstentions-A; e.g. "5-1-2" means "5 in favor, 1 opposed, and 2 abstentions").

1   Attendance

The following members of the Board of Directors (12 of 13) were present at the meeting: Lorena Mesa, Naomi Ceder, Paul Hildebrandt, Thomas Wouters, Marlene Mhangami, Trey Hunner, Eric Holscher, Kushal Das, Kenneth Reitz, Paola Katherine Pacheco, Jackie Kazil, and Ewa Jodlowska. Van Lindberg was represented by proxy.

Kurt Kaiser (Treasurer), Betsy Waliszewski (Event Planner and Administrator), Phyllis Dobbs (Controller/Assistant Treasurer Accountant), and Mark Mangoba (IT Manager) were also in attendance.

4   Board and Staff Reports

Note: The next reports will be provided in January 2018.

5   Work Group Reports for October / November

Note: The next reports will be provided in January 2018.

5.1   Votes Approved by Working Groups

Below are resolutions approved by the various PSF Working Groups since the November 18, 2017 board meeting:

5.2   Grants

RESOLVED, that the Python Software Foundation Grants Work Group grant $735 USD to the Django Girls event happening in Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria April 7, 2018

Approved 7-0-0, November 21, 2017

RESOLVED, that the Python Software Foundation Grants Work Group grant $500 USD to PyLadies NYC for their workshop on Computational Approaches to Fight Human Trafficking using Python taking place December 14, 2017

Approved 9-0-0, November 27, 2017

RESOLVED, that the Python Software Foundation Grants Work Group grant $600 USD to the Django Girls event happening in Budapest, Hungary November 25, 2017

Approved 7-0-0, November 27, 2017

RESOLVED, that the Python Software Foundation Grants Work Group grant $625 to the Third WTPC: Workshop on Scientific programming techniques happening in Bernal, Argentina February 26, 2018

Approved 8-0-0, November 27, 2017

RESOLVED, that the Python Software Foundation Grants Work Group grant $3,200 USD to the PyCademy student program happening in Rock Hall, MD starting March 2018

Approved 7-0-0, December 1, 2017

RESOLVED, that the Python Software Foundation Grants Work Group grant $500 USD to the Django Girls event happening in Gliwice, Poland December 09, 2017

Approved 8-0-0, December 4, 2017

RESOLVED, that the Python Software Foundation Grants Work Group grant $500 USD to the Python workshop happening in Dhaka, Bangladesh in January of 2018

Approved 8-0-0, December 4, 2017

RESOLVED, that the Python Software Foundation Grants Work Group grant $655 USD to the Django Girls event happening in Yola, Nigeria January 6, 2018

Approved 8-0-0, December 4, 2017

RESOLVED, that the Python Software Foundation Grants Work Group grant $1000 USD to the PYTHON Pravēśana workshop happening in Vijayapur, India on January 1, 2018

Denied 1-6-0, December 13, 2017

6   Votes Approved Via Email

Votes discussed via email with the purpose of being placed on the Consent Agenda.

7   New Business

No new resolutions were voted on.

8   Other Business / Discussions

  • Cancellation of PyCon Pune 2018: It was agreed that the organizers can use the PSF grant to help cover the refund fees for returning sponsor money. They will return any funds remaining.
  • PyCon Belarus 2018 wants to know if anyone from the PSF can do a talk. One director expressed interest in attending and speaking.
  • Missing conflict of interest forms from board members.
  • PSF Fiscal Sponsorship expansion update and possible "partnership" with Conservancy; https://github.com/python/psf/issues/4 (Ewa)
  • Directors discussed the possibility of applying for a private grant and we talked about the auditing process in order to be able to apply for government grants. More discussion will follow on both topics.

9   Action Items

  • Fiscal sponsorship expansion discussion to be continued at the January board meeting. The board agreed to a partnership with the Software Freedom Conservancy for moving PyPy over to the PSF. Continue discussion about Flask fiscal sponsorship.

10   Meeting Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 15:55 UTC (GMT/Zulu).