2009 PSF Members' Meeting Minutes

The Python Software Foundation
Minutes of the 2009 Members' Meeting

March 27, 2009

The Python Software Foundation (the "PSF") held its annual members' meeting on March 27, 2009 at 12:10 CDT (17:10 UTC) at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare hotel in Rosemont, Illinois, USA (PyCon 2009 Chicago). The agenda is available here. Steve Holden presided over the meeting. David Goodger prepared these minutes.

1   Attendance

34 nominated members were present at the meeting:

  • David M. Beazley
  • Steven Bethard
  • Georg Brandl
  • Titus Brown
  • Brett Cannon
  • Stephan Deibel
  • Catherine Devlin
  • Jeff Elkner
  • Jim Fulton
  • David Goodger
  • Raymond Hettinger
  • Steve Holden
  • Michael Hudson
  • Jim Hugunin
  • Eric Jones
  • Kurt B. Kaiser
  • Andrew Kuchling
  • Van Lindberg
  • Martin von Löwis
  • Alex Martelli
  • Anna Martelli Ravenscroft
  • David Mertz
  • Trent Mick
  • Doug Napoleone
  • Travis Oliphant
  • Samuele Pedroni
  • Sean Reifschneider
  • Guido van Rossum
  • Jeff Rush
  • James Tauber
  • Barry Warsaw
  • Thomas Wouters
  • Moshe Zadka
  • Brian Zimmer

12 representatives of sponsor members were present:

  • ActiveState, represented by Trent Mick
  • ASTi, represented by David Ripton for Patrick Gaffney
  • Canonical, represented by Michael Hudson for Steve Alexander
  • CCP Games, represented by Kristján Valur Jónsson
  • Enthought, represented by Eric Jones
  • Google, represented by Guido van Rossum for Chris DiBona
  • Merfin LLC, represented by Reggie Dugard
  • Microsoft, represented by Jim Hugunin
  • Strakt Holdings, represented by Samuele Pedroni for Laura Creighton
  • Sun Microsystems, represented by Ted Leung
  • ZeOmega, represented by Brad Allen for Sam Rangaswamy
  • Zope Corporation, represented by Jim Fulton

13 members were represented by proxy (in parentheses):

  • Aahz (David Mertz)
  • Facundo Batista (Barry Warsaw)
  • Nick Coghlan (Brett Cannon)
  • Matthew Dixon Cowles (Alex Martelli)
  • Laura Creighton (Samuele Pedroni)
  • Walter Dörwald (Barry Warsaw)
  • Christian Heimes (Brett Cannon)
  • Richard Jones (Brett Cannon)
  • Marc-André Lemburg (Barry Warsaw)
  • Tim Peters (Barry Warsaw)
  • John Pinner (Steve Holden)
  • Peter Schneider-Kamp (Barry Warsaw)
  • Trevor Toenjes (Barry Warsaw)

No members voted by absentee ballot.

The PSF had a total membership of 108 (22 sponsor members & 86 active nominated members) before the meeting. 59 members (55%) were in attendance or represented by proxy, constituting a quorum according to the Bylaws. Note the discrepancy with the results below: only 57 votes were counted (53%). It is assumed that two nominated members who were also representing sponsor members only cast a single vote where they had the right to cast two.

Several observers were also present, both nominees and invited guests.

2   Election of Nominated Members

The individual nominations and summaries/recommendations were made on the psf-members mailing list and recorded in the PSF private wiki, and were not reviewed. There was no discussion.

All proposed nominated members were elected (vote counts in parentheses, for-against-abstain):

  • Christopher Armstrong (40-0-17)
  • Jim Baker (45-0-12)
  • Ben Bangert (40-0-17)
  • James Bennett (33-0-24)
  • Jean-Paul Calderone (48-0-9)
  • Graham Dumpleton (38-0-19)
  • Martijn Faassen (48-0-9)
  • Mike Fletcher (44-1-12)
  • Michael Foord (51-0-6)
  • Doug Hellmann (45-0-12)
  • Adrian Holovaty (42-0-15)
  • Jacob Kaplan-Moss (51-1-5)
  • Matthias Klose (38-1-18)
  • Glyph Lefkowitz (52-0-5)
  • Duncan McGreggor (46-0-11)
  • Jesse Noller (48-0-9)
  • Benjamin Peterson (44-0-13)
  • Ted Pollari (38-0-19)
  • Mark Ramm (38-0-19)
  • Phil Thompson (33-0-24)
  • Malcolm Tredinnick (32-0-25)
  • Kirby Urner (37-0-20)
  • Dino Viehland (34-1-22)
  • Thomas Waldmann (38-0-19)
  • Frank Wierzbicki (40-0-17)
  • Simon Willison (41-1-15)

3   Election of Sponsor Members

Four companies have applied for sponsor membership. The candidates were discussed. The Board had already recommended all four as pending sponsor members.

After the discussion, all nominated sponsor members were elected (vote counts in parentheses):

  • PropertySold.ca (45-1-11)
  • Lucasfilm (replaces emeritus member Industrial Light & Magic), (56-1-0)
  • OpenEye Scientific Software (52-0-5)
  • KNMP (49-0-8)

4   Number of Directors

Previously, there were eight (8) positions.

RESOLVED, that the Board of Directors will consist of up to ten (10) Directors.

Approved, 50-3-4.

5   Election of a New Board of Directors

There were 10 candidates for the 10 board positions. All were elected (vote results in parentheses):

  • Brett Cannon (54-0-3)
  • David Goodger (53-2-2)
  • Raymond Hettinger (53-0-4)
  • Steve Holden (56-0-1)
  • Andrew Kuchling (50-1-6)
  • Martin von Löwis (49-0-8)
  • David Mertz (46-2-9)
  • Tim Peters (56-0-1)
  • Jeff Rush (49-1-7)
  • James Tauber (51-0-6)

6   Approval of Changes to the Bylaws

There were some requests for clarification of the changes to the bylaws.

RESOLVED, that the PSF adopts the proposed changes to its bylaws as documented at http://www.python.org/psf/records/members/2009-03-27/bylaws/.

Approved, 53-0-4.

8   Financial Report

Kurt Kaiser, the PSF Treasurer, reported on the financial status of the PSF for 2008: a net income of $86,086 and total equity of $453,397.

9   Adjournment

Steve Holden adjourned the formal part of the meeting at approximately 13:10 CST. Informal discussion followed.

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