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New OSM Board elected at Annual General Meeting

On April 8th 2014 the Board of Open Source Matters Inc (OSM) conducted their first Annual General Meeting of the Members in accordance with the bylaws.

From a list of candidates that consisted of board Directors who could be re-elected and a number of nominees that were submitted after the call for nomination, the members selected a board of 13 Directors: Martijn Boomsma (The Netherlands), Mike Carson (USA), Ronni Christiansen (Denmark), Victor Drover (USA), Jorge Lopez-Bachiller Fernandez (Guatemala), Rod Martin (USA), Tessa Mero (USA), Ryan Ozimek (USA), Saurabh Shah (India), Joe Sonne (Canada), Marijke Stuivenberg (The Netherlands), Radek Suski (Germany), Sarah Watz (Sweden)

Immediately following the Annual General Meeting of the Members, the Regular Annual Meeting of the Directors took place. The purpose of this meeting was to elect the officers of the board: President, Treasurer and Secretary.

The Directors selected:

  • Sarah Watz as President of the board of Open Source Matters Inc.
  • Victor Drover as Treasurer of the board of Open Source Matters Inc.
  • Marijke Stuivenberg as Secretary of the board of Open Source Matters Inc.

Meeting Minutes of both meetings are available in the 2014 Meeting Minutes.

At the board meeting end of May at JandBeyond, Königstein, Germany the board appointed additionally Rod Martin in the role of Vice President and Jorge Lopéz-Bachiller in the role of Assistant Secretary. Martijn Boomsma, who already was appointed as Assistant Treasurer in a supporting role as a non board member, will stay on fulfilling this task as a board member.

OSM likes to thank all elected Board Directors and Officers for taking on this responsibility and at the same time wish to thank the outgoing board Directors Paul Orwig (former President), Alice Grevet (former Secretary), Leonel Canton, Ofer Cohen and Sandra Ordonez for all their contributions and efforts during their terms as board directors of OSM.

A special thanks for all of his efforts also goes to Jacques Rentzke who served on the board for four years in several roles. He stepped down as a director of the board in february but still participated as a member of OSM in the Annual General Meeting of the members.

 
OSM Transitions Update

At its summit meeting in Boston on November 6, 2013, the directors of the Board of Open Source Matters, Inc., admitted two candidates as members of the organization and directors of the board: Victor Drover and Joe Sonne.

Victor joined the board in August as our preferred candidate for Treasurer. His election to the officer role of Treasurer was dependent on recent Bylaws changes, which were voted on earlier that day. Following the bylaws vote and Vic's admission as member and director, in a second motion, the directors appointed Vic to the position of Treasurer.

Joe Sonne (a.k.a. Joe Joomla) is a native of Toronto, Canada, and is the board's choice in the recent pool of nominees to take on the role of Capital Committee team leader. As an active member of the Capital Committee for many months he has demonstrated skill and comes well-equipped to run the team.

Former Capital Committee leader Mike Carson has taken on the role of Events Team leader along with Radek Suski. The need for new events leadership arose when Paulo Griiettner, who had been managing the team, stepped down from the board last spring in order to devote more time to other priorities.

Additional board transitions include:

  • Robert Deutz, OSM board member and Events Team Leader, left in November 2012 following the first Joomla World Conference, after almost three years of service on the board.

  • Javier Gomez, OSM board member who left last January to join the Production Leadership Team (PLT).

  • Thomas Hampton, OSM board member and Treasurer took on new professional responsibilities last summer that meant he could no longer serve on the board. During his role as Treasurer, Thomas was meticulous and created a "treasurer's handbook" to facilitate the transition for his successor.

  • Dianne Henning, OSM board member whose term expired in October 2013 after three years of service.

The board thanks all of these board members, both past and present, for giving freely of their time, and for their input and work as a part of OSM. Their contributions have moved the project forward and made things better for those who follow.

--prepared by Alice Grevet, OSM Secretary, and Marijke Stuyivenberg, OSM Assistant Secretary

 
Adjusted Budget for 2013

The board of Open Source Matteres, in August 2013 approved the adjusted budget for 2013.

A copy of the budget is available here:

pdf2013 Open Source Matters adjusted budget

The latest Balance Sheet (up to the end of August 2013), as well as the Budget vs. Actuals financial reports, are available in our Unaudited Financial Reports section.

 

 

 
Open Source Matters structure changes

The Community Oversight Committee (COC) was previously the structure that was responsible for adding and removing the Directors of the board of Open Source Matters, Inc.

After the COC structure dissolved earlier this year, we started investigating various options for the election of new board members. During that time, we discovered a requirement in local state law, specifying that our organization-type have Members.

We obtained legal advice from the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), on what options would be best in the short-term, while bigger longer-term questions on organizational structure were still being looked at.

Based on the legal advice, the board voted on, and approved the following Motion:

"Following a change in our structure from a Type B organization to a type C organization in 2010, Open Source Matters, Inc. will now become a membership organization in order to fulfill our obligations under New York Non Profit Corporation Law. We, the current Board of Directors have discussed the details of such a change and have instructed Mr Paul Orwig to work with our legal counsel in order to draft the required amendments in the By-Laws. We also agree that all current Directors will be qualified to become members."

With the help of our counsel, we are now finalizing the short-term changes to our bylaws that would fulfill our obligations under state law, and hope to vote on this within the next few weeks.

This step needs to be completed before we will be adding any new board directors.

If you are interested in participating in discussions about this and other topics relating to governance, contact Paul Orwig ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) about joining the Governance Working Group.

 
OSM Election News

On October 3, 2012, the Community Oversight Committee (COC) approved the four nominees submitted to them by the Board of Open Source Matters, Inc. (OSM)

Today we welcome:

Mike Carson from Joliet, Illinois, USA
Sandy Ordonez from Brooklyn, New York, USA
Radek Suski from Schaafheim, Germany
Sarah Watz from Stockholm, Sweden

Our four new members cover a wide range of skills, and each one has done significant work to further the goals of the Joomla! project, both locally and beyond their borders. We thank these candidates for their willingness to serve on the board of OSM. 

The nominee pool was particularly strong. OSM wishes to thank all of the very qualified nominees who confirmed their interest in serving, and for the contribution they are making.

Terms extended

We would also like to announce that the terms of two board members, Dianne Henning and Marijke Stuivenberg, have been extended until October 2013 by the COC, at the request of the board. They will continue their good work in global outreach and internationalization.

Thank you to Sukh

OSM thanks Altansukh (Sukh) Tumenjargal for his two years of service on the board, and his contribution to the Capital Committee. We wish him well on his future projects, and his work in the Joomla! community in Mongolia. We appreciate the perspective and energy he brought to the board. 

 
OSM Welcomes Three New Board Members

On April 30, 2012, the Community Oversight Committee (COC) approved the three nominees submitted to them by the Board of Open Source Matters, Inc.

Today we welcome:

  • Leonel Canton from Guatemala City, Guatemala
  • Ofer Cohen from Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Paulo Griiettner from Maringa, Brazil

Our three new members cover a wide range of skills, and each one has done significant work to further the goals of the project, both locally and beyond their borders. In addition, the final result demonstrates a priority to add representation from vital Joomla! communities and geographical areas around the world. We thank these candidates for their willingness to serve on the board of OSM.

The nominee pool was particularly strong. OSM wishes to thank all of the very qualified nominees who confirmed their interest in serving, and for the contribution they are making.

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Translations posted on community web sites:

OSM dá as Boas-Vindas a Três Novos Membros do Conselho

OSM מברכת שלושה מצטרפים חדשים למועצת המנהלים

OSM Da la bienvenida a 3 nuevos miembros

 
OSM Thanks Ryan Ozimek and James Vasile

At the end of February Ryan Ozimek and James Vasile completed their terms on the board of Open Source Matters (OSM). We express our thanks to both long-serving board members for the unique roles they played during their terms: Ryan as former Secretary and President of the board, and Joomla evangelist and JoomlaDay events around the world, and James for his guidance, wisdom and legal advice, from the beginnings of the Joomla project.

On February 23 the Community Oversight Committee approved an extension of Ryan's term as board member. This was done so that the board could appoint Ryan as interim Treasurer, until such time as new board members could be elected, and a new Treasurer appointed. The vacancy in the board-officer position of Treasurer was the result of the election of OSM's previous Treasurer, Paul Orwig, as the new President of the board.

Ryan is committed to remaining an active member of the Joomla community.

James has agreed to make himself available to share his insights regarding license and organizational developments.

The board of OSM wishes to thank Ryan and James for their invaluable contribution over the years, and for their willingness to continue to support OSM with their expertise.

 
Board Terms Extended 2012

Open Source Matters (OSM) is pleased to announce the extension of the terms of the following three board members:

With two successful JandBeyond conferences behind him and the third taking registrations, and the first Joomla World Conference scheduled in San Jose for next November, Robert Deutz brings an important perspective. This "can do" Events Team Leader energizes the Board.

Javier Gomez remains dedicated to his work on internationalization, supporting JoomlaDays worldwide, and improved communication. The Board appreciates Javier's continued commitment.

As Secretary and Trademark Team Leader, Jacques Rentzke's experience and knowledge play a significant role in keeping OSM on course. The Board is grateful to Jacques for his willingness to continue to be a vital resource for OSM.

The board of Open Source Matters thanks these three members for continued service on the OSM board, and within the Joomla! Project.

New Board members will be elected in April, 2012.

 
Joomla Leadership Summit 2011 report round-up

The three Leadership teams of the Joomla! community, gathered in San Jose, California From the 27th of July 2011 to the 2nd of August, for their team meetings and a joint summit.Joomla Leadership Summit in San Jose, CA

All three teams shared reports about their meetings:

There was also a Joint Summit Report published.

Alice Grevet also provided a summary of the joint summit in the Joomla! Community Magazine: Summing Up the Joint Summit.

 
Community Oversight changes

The Community Oversight Committee informed the board of Open Source Matters (OSM) that Louis Landry (of the Production Leadership Team) has been added to that group.

These are the members: Brad Baker, Chris Davenport, Sam Moffatt, Wendy Robinson and Louis Landry.

The Community Oversight Committee is a structure that exists in terms of Article IV of the Statutes of OSM, and it's main function is to appoint or remove members of the board.

 
2014 budget unanimously approved

The 2014 budget was unanimously approved by the entire board of Open Source Matters on January 22, 2014.

The budget can be downloaded as a PDF or viewed in the 2014 Public Budget spreadsheet.

Full details on the budget process and a description of the budget itself can be found at Joomla.org.

 
Short Term Changes to OSM Bylaws

The Board of Open Source Matters (OSM) approved changes to its bylaws at a summit in Boston, Massachussetts, USA, on November 6, 2013.

This follows a Motion in August this year, qualifying the current Directors to become Members of Open Source Matters. These changes make OSM a Membership organization, in order to fulfill our obligations under New York Non Profit Corporation Law.

The updated bylaws are available here.

OSM thanks the Software Freedom Law Center, for their continued guidance and support in these deliberations.

Another round of changes to our bylaws is planned, that will reflect the details for a longer term structure for OSM as a membership organization.

 
Open Source Matters selects its preferred candidate for Treasurer

The Board of Open Source Matters, Inc. (OSM) today, at a regular board meeting, voted for Victor (Vic) Drover as our preferred candidate for a new board director. It is the intention of the board to also elect Vic as our new Treasurer in the coming weeks.

Victor will be taking over from Thomas Hampton, who's been looking after our finances since August 2011, first in the role of Assistant Treasurer, and since April 2012 as our Treasurer.

Thomas has been working hard to put systems and documentation in place, enabling a smooth transition for a new Treasurer.

The board extends its thanks to Thomas for serving the Joomla! community, and wishes him all the best.

Once the board has concluded the required changes to our By-Laws (as mentioned in a previous post), Victor will be able take up the role of Treasurer of the board of Open Source Matters.

In the meantime, we welcome Vic as our choice for Treasurer.

 
OSM Officers Elected

The board of Directors of Open Source Matters, Inc. (OSM), at it’s monthly meeting, installed the following Officers of the board for the 2013/2014 term:

Paul Orwig as President, Alice Grevet as Secretary, and Marijke Stuivenberg as Assistant Secretary.

The Officers of the board are elected from the board (by the Directors), and serve one year terms that may be renewed.

 
Software Freedom Day 2012

On the 15th of September 2012, Software Freedom Day (SFD 2012) will be celebrated all over the world.

Register your event for Software Freedom Day 2012 Software Freedom Day honors Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). The Joomla! CMS is both Free and Open Source software.

Open Source Matters, and the Joomla! project, supports Software Freedom Day.

This is what Pia Waugh writes about Free and Open Source Software:

"Transparent and sustainable technologies are vital to ensuring we can protect our freedoms.

So what do I mean by transparent? Well some software gives you access to the source code, such as Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) which ensures that you can know (or get checked) what exactly a piece of software will do.

It avoids nasty surprises, spyware, result rigging and all kinds of issues that we can't be absolutely sure to avoid in closed software. Proprietary software keeps the source code locked away from public scrutiny which means that there is no way to know exactly what the software actually does, and no way to trust it to safeguard your human rights.

Transparent technologies are about ensuring you can trust the results and operation of your technology."


This day is to celebrate all open source software.

Find out how to participate, and Register your event for Software Freedom Day 2012

 
OSM Welcomes New Treasurer

The board of Open Source Matters, at its most recent board meeting, voted to appoint Thomas Hampton as its new Treasurer.

Thomas previously served as Assistant Treasurer, in a non-board-member capacity. The OSM board felt it would be best for continuity to ask the Community Oversight Committee (COC) to add Thomas to the board, in line with our Statutes. The COC agreed.

The election of Thomas as our new Treasurer allows the board to release Ryan from that duty. Ryan graciously agreed to have his term extended until a new Treasurer was confirmed and elected. The position of Treasurer became vacant when our previous Treasurer, Paul Orwig, was elected President.

We thank Ryan for his help, and welcome Thomas to the board!

The board is currently reviewing nominees for new board members and will forward recommendations to the COC. An announcement of new board members is expected before the end of April 2012.

 
OSM Officers Elected - Feb. 2012

In a collaborative process of respect and encouragement, the Board of Directors of Open Source Matters, Inc. (OSM), at it’s monthly meeting, installed the following Officers of the board for the 2012/2013 term:

President: Paul Orwig
Vice President: Jacques Rentzke
Secretary: Alice Grevet

The Officers of the board are elected from the board (by the Directors), and serve one year terms that may be renewed.

 
Two Board Members Moving On

Open Source Matters received the resignations of two board members this month: Philip Locke and Akarawuth (Krit) Tamrareang. Busy schedules, work and family obligations make it necessary for both board members to devote more time to those priorities.

Phil’s work laying the groundwork for the Capital Committee set the tone for increased sponsorships this year. Krit will continue working on Joomla!Day Bangkok, which was postponed due to the floods.

OSM thanks Phil and Krit for their contributions, and wishes them well as they put their energy where it’s most needed in their lives.

 
New volunteers appointed

Open Source Matters, Inc. (OSM) welcomes the appointment of Thomas Hampton and Sandra (Sandy) Ordonez to two new high-level volunteer positions within OSM. Thomas will fill the role of Assistant Treasurer, and Sandy that of our External Communications Leader.

We thank them for their willingness to serve the Joomla!® community in these roles!

 
Thank you to Andrea and Ole

At a recent meeting of the Open Source Matters, Inc. (OSM) board of directors, the following Motion passed with unanimous consent:

“The Open Source Matters Board of Directors gives its sincere thanks and appreciation to Ole Bang Ottosen, for his role on the Community Oversight Committee, and to Andy Tarr, for her role on the Board of Directors of Open Source Matters, as they leave these roles and move on to other things.”

Ole will continue contributing in other areas of Joomla!® and related projects, and Andy was recently invited to join the Production Leadership Team.

 
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