Thank you Béria for the speedy update; and congratulations and welcome
to Alice and Patricio.

On Fri, May 18, 2012 at 12:23 PM, Michael Snow <> wrote:
> On 5/18/2012 8:16 AM, Béria Lima wrote:
>>> We have a result! The polls closed a few hours ago and I've already
>>> counted the votes. The chapters have, by voting, selected the following
>>> candidates to serve on the WMF board:
>>> * Patricio Lorente
>>> * Alice Wiegand
> Thanks and congratulations to all concerned!
> In the case of Patricio and Alice, that means thank you for being willing to
> serve, and congratulations on being selected. They are both wonderful people
> who I believe can do a great job on the board. I am pleased that the
> chapters' process for nominating board members brought out a number of fine
> candidates this year. I could have been similarly happy to see one of
> several other candidates chosen as well, which is good. But I couldn't have
> been *more* happy, because Patricio and Alice are such excellent choices.
> In the case of Phoebe and Arne, that means thank you for the great work you
> have done and the often unacknowledged effort that required, and
> congratulations on the newfound freedom you will soon have. (Though I can
> assure you that this freedom will disappear so fast you won't even realize
> it was there, as it fills up with new tasks and responsibilities.) I don't
> think the chapters could have selected anyone better than Phoebe to replace
> me, just as they couldn't have chosen anyone better than Alice and Patricio
> to replace Arne and Phoebe. That's important because the new board members
> will have big shoes to fill. At least their names have already filled the
> same initials, A and P - that seems like a happy omen to me.
> In the case of the chapters and those who moderated the process, that means
> thank you for your thoughtful deliberations, and congratulations on
> completing this in a timely manner. I think the way they have handled this
> is a reflection of the increasing maturity of the chapters collectively.
> That is one of many positive developments in this area, which is much-needed
> and has been an important area of emphasis for the movement lately. It has
> not always been easy, but we are making progress. I feel that successes like
> this validate my desire initially to have the chapters participate directly
> in the selection of board members.
> --Michael Snow

Michael, you put this so well. I second that 100% (including the
alliterative omen).

I feel lucky to have worked with Phoebe and Arne, who have brought
such care and energy to the board.  And this year's chapter selection
process felt inspiring and open - a chance for the whole community to
reflect together.
May all of our consensus-building run so smoothly.


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