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

Eric Theise erictheise at gmail.com
Tue Sep 30 18:46:05 UTC 2014

Thanks, Martijn, for your detailed paragraph.

As someone who's served on the boards of cultural non-profits, I'd add
to Luis' list of common questions: are board members expected to
fundraise and do board members take on fiduciary responsibilities?

I think I know the answers in this case, but others might be
wondering. And I don't know if that'll be impacted by the 501(c)(3)

Longer (a two year commitment?) and staggered terms are a great idea
for the reasons mentioned.


On Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 10:11 AM, Martijn van Exel
<martijn at openstreetmap.us> wrote:
> 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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