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Anyone interested in the purposes of the corporation is qualified for membership. Generally, we expect members to be someone who participates in at least one Special Interest Group (SIG) or brings to the organization connections from their community involvement in Open Source Software or electronic communications. Just as with the SIGs, there are no dues for corporate membership. This is entirely an advisory and participatory role. The members of the corporation are in effect a wider pool of advisors than the Board of Directors. The members elect the officers and directors, and are the ones eligible to hold officer and director positions.
One scenario where a participant might choose to seek membership is when they're involved in one of the SIGs and take an interest in the wider community that the corporation serves. This becomes more likely when someone participates in more than one SIG.
Another scenario is if anyone seeks a position as an officer of a SIG. In order to maintain a sufficiently strong organizational link for the Volunteer Protection Act of 1997 to apply to the SIGs, we must require that officers of SIGs are members of the corporation. For the same reason, the leader of each SIG is also given a non-voting seat on the Board of Directors if they weren't already elected to a voting seat.
|Name||Amateur Radio Callsign||SIG Affiliations||Community Affiliations|
|John Amos||K6TVM||SVWUX||ARRL SCV Assistant SM, San Jose RACES|
|Craig Anderson||N6YXK||SVWUX||San Jose RACES|
|Mark Cohen||K6EF||SVWUX, Linux Picnic|
|Bill Dale||N2RHV||SVWUX, Linux Picnic||ARRL SCV SM, Milpitas RACES|
|Jennifer Davis||Linux Picnic||BayLISA|
|John Delaney||Linux Picnic||IEEE, SVEC|
|Owen DeLong||KB6MER||Stratofox||ARIN Advisory Council|
|Brad Douglas||KB8UYR||SVWUX, Stratofox, Linux Picnic||GRASS GIS, SBARA, Fremont ARES, Fremont CERT|
|Elise Engelhardt||SVWUX, Linux Picnic||SVEC, ASME|
|William Estrada||SVWUX, Linux Picnic||Mt Umunhum Wireless|
|Thomas "TR" Fullhart||KG6WEL||SVWUX, Linux Picnic, Stratofox|
|Ian Kluft||KO6YQ||Stratofox, SVWUX, Linux Picnic, RadioExam||San Jose RACES|
|Sean Lynch||KG6CVV||Stratofox, SVWUX||San Jose RACES|
|Justin Rocha||KG6SGU||Stratofox, SVWUX, Linux Picnic|
|Steve Rubin||AE6CH||Stratofox, SVWUX|
|Cliff Skolnick||N1DPH||SVWUX||Apache Software Foundation|
|Tim Utschig||KI6GDX||SVWUX, Linux Picnic|
|Mark Whittington||KA8I||Stratofox, RadioExam|
|Michael Wright||K6MFW||Linux Picnic||SVEC, San Jose RACES|
We wanted to try to prevent situations where less than 2/3 of the votes are available to be cast, making such a vote impossible. During the discussions about the new meritocracy membership system, there were some ideas about having voting privileges expire and have members re-qualify for them. But that's not at all consistent with the kind of organization we've been or want to be. That idea didn't get far. Though it was a step along the way to better ideas.
It's unavoidable in any volunteer organization that people have cycles in which they have more or less time available. So we wanted to allow members to put up the figurative "do not disturb sign" when they need to, and then not be pestered to help reach a 2/3 vote. But we needed the system to be open for members to return to active status, which is consistent with the all-volunteer nature of our organization.
So the system we arrived at is simply to allow members to decide for themselves whether they're currently able to be active. Each member may declare that they are "active" or "inactive" for voting. These declarations may be made any time, including just in time for a vote. A declaration of active voting status is good for 12 months.
The South Bay Community Network, Inc.
a 501(c)3 tax-exempt California non-profit corporation