[TriLUG-announce] Wed, Dec 1: Organizational meeting
justis.peters at gmail.com
Mon Nov 29 22:08:33 EST 2010
DATE - Wednesday, December 1
TIME - 7:00pm
LOCATION - RedHat HQ
ROOM - Cafeteria / Conference Room (where we normally meet)
DIRECTIONS - http://www.redhat.com/about/contact/ww/americas/raleigh.html
FULL INFO - http://trilug.org/2010-12-01/OrgStrategy
For the last ten years, TriLUG has been operating as a NC non-profit
corporation. In the early days, that structure was necessary because the
LUG accepted donated hardware and re-donated it to schools and local
LUG's. Since then, Linux has become more mainstream, accepted at
corporations, and sometimes even used at schools. And in that time,
TriLUG's mission has changed significantly, from being an incubator to
more of an educational/technical/social group.
We're still devoted to education and outreach, promoting the use of free
and open source software. However, as a business, the main income and
expenses that we maintain are related to pizza and meetings.
We are entirely a volunteer-run organization. The Steering Committee
members dedicate a lot of time to putting together quality programs for
the members to learn from and enjoy. But there is also an overhead
associated with running the LUG, and that involves paperwork, taxes and
Complicating matters is the fact that we are run by a collection of
volunteers that changes every year in May. As the LUG's leadership
undergoes its annual transition, we rely on effective hand-off's. Over
time, the Steering Committee has been focused on tactical problems:
where to find speakers, the price of pizza, finding donors and sponsors.
In the meantime, some of the hand-off's and administrative tasks have
taken a back seat. In fact, we have sometimes been delinquent in some of
our administrative duties. This is not a recent problem... it has
persisted for several years.
The meeting on 12/1 is for interested LUG members to discuss the current
state of the LUG as an organization, and to brainstorm on possible
changes that might make reduce our administrative overhead. We will not
be planning meeting content or sysadmin duties or other tactical things
-- this meeting is strategic. It's the boring stuff -- paying taxes,
The "fun" stuff -- meetings, events, technical discussions, and so on --
will continue as normal.
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