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

Martijn van Exel martijn at openstreetmap.us
Tue Sep 30 17:11:52 UTC 2014

I do agree that that is a challenge, and we have lost valuable time with
the loss of institutional knowledge. We do have systems in place that
should make the transition to a new board easier, but I agree that
staggered terms make sense. We did actually discuss this with the current
board, but I believe it would require a change to the bylaws which we just
haven't gotten around to yet. Something for the next board to pick up!

On Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 9:56 AM, Luis Villa <lvilla at wikimedia.org> wrote:

> On Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 5:30 AM, Richard Welty <rwelty at averillpark.net>
> wrote:
>> this sort of thing happens from time to time. i wouldn't worry about it
>> much. i was at one time the only holdover from one board to the next.
> Again, outsider/lurker, take with grain of salt, IANYL, etc., etc., but in
> my past experience this sort of turnover is hard for an org to handle - you
> lose a lot of institutional knowledge. The next board might consider either
> growing (which reduces the odds of everyone burning out at once) or moving
> to longer, staggered terms so only some seats are up for election in any
> given year. Or both. :)
> Luis
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