GNOME Foundation AGM 2019

Dear all,

You are invited to attend this year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), which will be held at GUADEC 2019, this year in Thessaloniki, Greece.

About the AGM

Every year, the GNOME Foundation’s Board of Directors sets aside some time at GUADEC for the Annual General Meeting (AGM). Everyone is invited to attend the AGM and hear updates on what has been happening at GNOME for the last year, and also to get to know the new Board members and ask any questions that they may have. If there are any items requiring a vote by the Foundation membership to resolve, a vote is conducted at the AGM.

Why attend?

Besides getting an update on what has happened at GNOME over the last year, and getting to know some of the GNOME Foundation leaders, there will be other fun things planned too. Sometimes we do give-aways and prizes, and will take a break for the GUADEC group photo – which you’ll definitely want to be part of to prove you attended GUADEC 2019! At the end of the AGM, we’ll do our annual Pants Award ceremony. Yes, we give away trousers. You’ll see what we mean if you attend.

Details for this year’s meeting:
Time: 16:30 - 18:00 (Eastern European Summer Time)
Date: Saturday 24th August 2019
Location: Main Auditorium, University of Macedonia, Greece (https://2019.guadec.org/pages/venue.html)

Agenda for this year’s AGM (subject to change):

  • Introduction to new Board of Directors
  • Reports on the previous 12 months
  • Break for group photo for GUADEC 2019
  • Q&A
  • Vote on bylaw changes
  • Pants Award (https://wiki.gnome.org/Pants)

About the vote:
This year, there will be a vote about bylaw changes that the Board is proposing, including changes to Board terms and updating the bylaws to make them more gender-neutral. These proposed changes are attached here:
https://mail.gnome.org/archives/foundation-list/2019-July/msg00045.html

As well as being able to answer any questions beforehand on the Foundation mailing list, the Board plans on explaining these changes at the Q&A before an in-person vote is conducted so that Foundation members have a chance to ask any questions that they may have. While community members are welcome to join the discussion, only GNOME Foundation members are allowed to participate in the vote.

If you are a member of our community who has contributed significantly, we encourage you to apply to become a GNOME Foundation member as soon as possible so that you can participate more fully in events like our AGM. For more information on how to apply for Foundation Membership, please check out: https://www.gnome.org/foundation/membership/

The Board is looking forward to seeing you at the AGM, and to celebrating our achievements over the last 12 months. If you have any questions before the meeting, please let us know and we’ll do our best to answer them.

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