[HOT] Draft Articles of Incorporation/Bylaws

Kate Chapman kate at maploser.com
Thu Jul 15 03:08:19 BST 2010

I updated the Bylaws and the Incorporation Documents to just have one
class of membership.

Does anyone have any additional feedback?


If this plan looks okay the first thing we would do would be have
those that have deployed as part of the loose HOT organization
nominate and vote in additional members.  We would then have a board
election and then incorporate.


On Tue, Jul 13, 2010 at 7:46 PM, Kate Chapman <kate at maploser.com> wrote:
> Hi Robert,
> I think that we could probably incorporate in the U.S. and then figure
> out how to create a reciprocal relationship between the U.S. and
> European organizations.  It wouldn't hurt to get the how the
> organizations would interact figured out, but I don't think it needs
> to hold up incorporation.
> Honestly it was perhaps me over thinking things with the tiered
> membership.  I was thinking we would want to have a method of getting
> new people in, though I suppose people being non-members and then
> joining works just the same as having two levels. It probably greatly
> simplifies things just to have one type of membership.
> -Kate
> On Tue, Jul 13, 2010 at 5:53 PM, Robert Soden <robert.soden at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Thanks for doing this Kate, they look solid to my non-expert eyes.  Is the plan to incorporate in D.C. asap or are there still things we need to figure out related to incorporating in Europe and how to structure the org?
>> No strong feelings about membership, but what's the reasoning for the tiered approach? I'm trying to come up with an example where we'd want someone in as a member but not want them to deploy?
>> On Jul 12, 2010, at 10:15 PM, Kate Chapman wrote:
>>> Hi Hotties!
>>> I drew up some quick Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation we could use
>>> to incorporation as a non-profit corporation that would eventually
>>> have tax exempt status in the U.S.  We were thinking our EU bylaws
>>> would be very similar but of course have the necessary legal country
>>> specific changes.
>>> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Humanitarian_OSM_Team/U.S._Bylaws
>>> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Humanitarian_OSM_Team/U.S._Articles_of_Incorporation
>>> I've incorporated 2 non-profits in the District of Columbia so I
>>> modeled it somewhat after that.
>>> We weren't really sure how to do membership, what is up there is just
>>> a suggestion.
>>> Let me know what you think.
>>> -Kate
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