[Talk-us] US Chapter board elections - time is running out!

Luis Villa lvilla at wikimedia.org
Mon Sep 29 23:51:19 UTC 2014

Hi, Martijn, others:

[Lurker here for a while, not a very active OSMer; possibly asking dumb
questions as a result.]

I've found in the past when recruiting for boards like this one that it is
helpful to talk about things like:

   - What kinds of skills does the current board think would be
   helpful/desirable in a candidate?
   - What kind of work do board members do? Is it mostly fulfilling legal
   obligations/formalities? Other?
   - In particular, what sorts of things do board members do that they
   might not otherwise have done as volunteers?
   - What's the time commitment?
   - What do current board members enjoy the most?

Putting this kind of thing out there might help shake some potential
candidates loose.

Luis (not a member, so not doing this on my own behalf :)

On Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 1:42 PM, Martijn van Exel <martijn at openstreetmap.us>

> Hi all,
> With just a few days to go, we only have two names on the ballot for
> the upcoming US Chapter board elections. We have all five positions up
> for election, so this is clearly not enough!
> Let me tell you what made me run the first time, and why I am running
> for a fourth term. I love OpenStreetMap and care about its future, and
> its community here in the United States. Serving on the board has
> allowed me to work with a small group of committed people to organize
> great events, spread the word about OSM, support local communities
> around the nation and help OSM grow in the US. Sure, it requires time
> and commitment, but it has really been extremely rewarding. In the
> years I have served on the board, I have seen (and helped) the Chapter
> evolve into a more professionally run organization, and I am
> periodically blown away by how much we've been able to do.
> If you've been thinking about putting your name on the ballot but
> haven't yet, feel free to reach out to me with questions, ideas,
> plans, anything you would like to discuss.
> --
> Martijn van Exel
> President, US Chapter
> OpenStreetMap
> http://openstreetmap.us/
> http://osm.org/
> skype: mvexel
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