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July 2010 PSF Members' Meeting Minutes (draft)

The Python Software Foundation
Minutes of the July 2010 Members' Meeting

July 19, 2010

The Python Software Foundation (the "PSF") held a semi-annual members' meeting on July 19, 2010 19:00 CEST at EuroPython, Birmingham, UK. Steve Holden presided over the meeting. Marc-André Lemburg and Pat Campbell prepared these minutes.

1   Attendance

29 nominated members were present at the meeting:

  • Steven Bethard
  • Paul Boddie
  • Georg Brandl
  • Brett Cannon
  • Dr.Tim Couper
  • Laura Creighton
  • Mark Dickinson
  • Michael Foord
  • Amaury Forgeot d'Arc
  • Zeth Green
  • Tim Golden
  • Jacob Hallén
  • Raymond Hettinger
  • Steve Holden
  • Richard Jones
  • Holger Krekel
  • Marc-André Lemburg
  • Martin von Löwis
  • Harald Armin Massa
  • John Pinner
  • Armin Rigo
  • Guido van Rossum
  • Christian Scholz
  • Michael Sparks
  • Phil Thompson
  • Dino Viehland
  • Thomas Waldmann
  • Alex Willmer
  • Quentin Wright

1 representative of sponsor members were present:

  • Strakt Holdings, represented by Laura Creighton

8 Non-members were present:

  • Floris Bruynooghe
  • Rob Collins
  • Clive Darke
  • Mark Fink
  • Thomas Heschenröder
  • Valentin Janiaot
  • Joe Metcalfe
  • Lennart Regebro

2   Greetings & Roll Call

On July 19, 2010 the EuroPython Conference held its first PSF members' meeting outside of the US in Birmingham, UK where Steve Holden, PSF member and chairman of the board called the PSF Members' Meeting to order.

PSF members (nominated and sponsor) and non-membered guest were greeted and welcomed.

After the greeting, members and guests participated in the members' meeting roll call by stating their names for the meeting attendance records.

3   Reports

There were no board or treasurer's report for this members' meeting.

4   New Business

New business discussions during the members' meeting revolved around the following subject matter:

  • Interest in having regular PSF member meetings at EuroPython

There was definitively interest in having PSF member meetings at EuroPython, so we will try to have regular meetings in the future.

  • Increasing awareness for the PSF in Europe

This was briefly discussed. I mentioned the project for creation of Python marketing material, a project that is still in the preparation phase.

  • Discuss setting up a European PSF branch

Several aspects of such a move were discussed, but since the whole project is rather complex, we will follow up on the ideas in a special interest group.

  • Discuss promotion of the new Honorary Associate Memberships

The current state of the new membership form was discussed. The legal state has been setup by the board, the marketing texts have been prepared by Pat Campbell. Next to follow are: getting the payment system ready and then putting the marketing information up on the website.

  • Discuss setting up a PSF partner network

This idea was regarded as better short-term alternative to the European PSF branch.

The board will prepare a set of requirements a partner organization would have to fulfill and then invite organizations to the network.

  • Gathering networking information from the meeting attendees

This was not discussed. We'll likely setup a wiki page for that information.

5   Community Service Award - 2010-Q2

John Pinner was selected as the 2010 - 2nd quarter PSF Community Service Award winner. The award was announced and presented by S. Holden at the EuroPython Conference.

6   Frank Willison Award - 2010

Christian Tismer was proposed by the Board and selected by O'Reilly as winner of the Frank Willison Award 2010. The award was announced and presented by S. Holden at the EuroPython Conference.

7   Email Voting

The July 2010 members' election took place after the members' meeting held at the EuroPython Conference. Votes were cast electronically via email during the voting period which began on 2010-08-10 and ended on 2010-08-23.

7.1   Election Results

7.1.1   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.

All proposed nominated members were elected (vote counts in parentheses, yes-no-abstain):

  • Noah Gift (49-6-24)
  • Laurens Van Houtven (44-2-33)
  • Terry Peppers (44-2-33)
  • Stephen Thorne (45-1-33)

7.1.2   Election of Sponsor Members

One company applied for sponsor membership. The Board had already recommended the applicant as a pending sponsor member.

The nominated sponsor member was elected (vote counts in parentheses, yes-no-abstain):

  • Exoweb Ltd. (62-0-17)

9   Adjournment

Steve Holden thanked everyone for attending and adjourned the informal members' meeting at approximately 20:30 (CEST), local time.