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Charles-H. Schulz wrote on 2010-12-05 13.54:
I'd like to answer Florian's mail in details -or think about it further- but
I do like your suggestions below (all of them). Mind adding them yourself?
My bandwidth is... low today and I'm with my family.

I just had a chat with Charles and we discussed about that.

My take is that we put ourselves (TDF people, hired or volunteer) into a worse situation than our contributors. If Director of Development at XYZ Corporation wants to join the BoD, he can, and he is paid for his regular duties. If a Director of Development at TDF wants to join the BoD, he cannot. Why do we put ourselves into that situation?

I'm fine if our BoD has more corporate representatives than TDF ones, but I want to avoid that we just cannot have TDF people in there, because of our own rules. This means that we exclude people from joining the bodies and shaping TDF, just because they are with TDF. With the current bylaws, even someone working with TDF purely volunteer and having an unpaid officer role cannot be a part of the BoD, so it's not even about money - it's about fairness about who is "eligible" to run for a vote in the board.

Hope that makes it a bit more clear. :-)

Charles will clarify in the bylaws that officers - except for chairman, executive director, legal and financial officers - can be part of any committee. The four mentioned officers cannot be part of BoD or AB.

Hope that makes thins a bit more clear.


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