[Osmf-talk] Freemap Slovakia Local Chapter application

Roland Olbricht roland.olbricht at gmx.de
Mon Nov 23 06:30:17 UTC 2020


Hi,

I appreciate the effort put into growing the number of local chapters.

But in this case the translation of the AoA gives rise for questions:

(1)(b):
"Any natural or legal person who, for at least two years, has
contributed to the achievement of the objectives of the association as a
registered member, may become a regular member of the association. For
reasons of particular interest, the Board of Directors may decide to be
admitted as a full member also in the case of a person who does not
fulfill the two-year terms of support of the objectives of the
association under the previous sentence. A regular member has the right
to vote at a general meeting."

and

(2)(b)
"The Board of Directors decides on the admission of a regular member on
the basis of a written application by an overwhelming majority of all
members of the Board of Directors."

This can be read as: the Board decides who is allowed to elect the next
board.

This is not the conecpt of open membership we require for local
chapters. However, we have seen AoA with such clauses in various
flavours in many local chapters. Could you provide us with numbers, please:
- How many members have been admitted as regular members?
- How many have been denied?
- How many have been fast-tracked (shorter than the two years)?
- How does the timing relate to the general assembly (i.e. mass
admission shortly before or shortly too late for the general assembly)?
- Is there a legal requirement or legal tradition in Slovakia that could
explain the choice of process?

Best regards,

Roland



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