Jan-Bart and Stu, thank you so much for your great contribution to the
movement!

Best,
Subha

On 1/9/2016 1:20 PM, Nurunnaby Chowdhury (Hasive) wrote:
> All the best and Thanks you Jan-Bart de Vreede and Stu West.
>
> On Sat, Jan 9, 2016 at 5:22 AM, Samuel Klein <meta...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Goodness, yes.  Lodewijk, what a fitting thread.
>>
>> We spend more time reflecting on mistakes made, but JB and Stu were often
>> responsible for the things that were done well, and without fanfare.  They
>> could always be relied upon to consider the impact of decisions on the
>> movement and society, and not just on [the current version of] the
>> Foundation.
>>
>> Thank you both for the dedication and creativity you put into your work -
>> going above and beyond the requirements of being a trustee. Future trustees
>> of all stripes have some mighty large shoes to fill.
>>
>> Sam
>> On Jan 8, 2016 2:29 PM, "Katy Love" <kl...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
>>
>>> I've worked with Jan-Bart for three years,  and I too want to thank him
>> for
>>> his many years of service to the movement and the board, as well as to
>> the
>>> annual plan grant program and to the Funds Dissemination Committee!
>>>
>>> As one of the Board FDC representatives to the FDC for several years,
>>> Jan-Bart, you provided leadership and support to us as we developed,
>>> refined and evaluated the program. As others have said, it's clear how
>> much
>>> this movement means to you, and you've been a significant presence and
>>> supporter to many.
>>>
>>> Thank you for all you've given!
>>> Katy
>>>
>>> On Wed, Jan 6, 2016 at 4:12 PM, Florence Devouard <anthe...@yahoo.com>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Thank you for this message Lodewijk !
>>>>
>>>> I would like to join the messages already posted to thank both Stu and
>>>> Jan-Bart. I was on the board when we ask them to join us and I have no
>>>> memory of ever regretting that decision ;)
>>>>
>>>> I wish you both the best !
>>>> JB, can we expect to see you in Italy next summer ? I sure hope so...
>>>>
>>>> Anthere
>>>>
>>>>  Le 06/01/16 08:10, Lodewijk a écrit :
>>>>
>>>> While we have long discussions on this list about board composition, we
>>>>> seem to almost ignore the fact that two long time veterans are leaving
>>> the
>>>>> Wikimedia Foundation board, as scheduled. Jan-Bart de Vreede and Stu
>>> West
>>>>> have been around longer than many regular editors nowadays, and I
>> think
>>>>> there are not many people who can recall the days that the board
>> didn't
>>>>> have them on it. I have never had the pleasure to serve on the board
>>> with
>>>>> them, but a little thank-you from our community side, would seem in
>>> place.
>>>>> Stu joined the board already in 2008 (filling Michael Davis' seat),
>> and
>>>>> has
>>>>> been a solid power on the board's audit responsibilities (I believe he
>>>>> chaired the audit committee for quite a while) and was a force behind
>>> the
>>>>> accountability of movement affiliates. While we often strongly
>> disagreed
>>>>> on
>>>>> affiliate issues, I appreciate the fact that he always remained
>>>>> constructive and wanted to think about solutions rather than problems.
>>> He
>>>>> served both as treasurer and vice chair.
>>>>>
>>>>> Jan-Bart was on the board even longer, since early 2007, and I recall
>>>>> already working with him through Kennisnet (a Dutch foundation for
>>>>> education and IT) before that. Jan-Bart is one of those rare people
>> who
>>>>> went to ALL wikimania conferences, and can be easily recognised there
>>> with
>>>>> his big smile. I can't remember a theme Jan-Bart didn't work on in the
>>>>> past
>>>>> years (Affiliates, HR, searching a new Executive Director) and he
>> served
>>>>> the board in many positions, including as chair.
>>>>>
>>>>> I'm sure that the WMF communications staff and/or board has a nice
>>>>> thankyou
>>>>> coming up - with a more accurate description of the awesome work they
>>> did,
>>>>> that I now made up from the top of my head. But in the mean time, I'd
>>> like
>>>>> to do it myself: Thank you Jan-Bart and Stu for all the time, energy
>> and
>>>>> effort that you poured into our movement. I know that not all of us
>>>>> appreciate this as much as we perhaps should, and sometimes you may
>> even
>>>>> have perceived us as hostile. I do sincerely hope that you had fun
>> with
>>> us
>>>>> though, and I'm confident that you made a big dent in our impossible
>>>>> mission of sharing the sum of all knowledge with everyone.
>>>>>
>>>>> I hope to meet you again soon, at least in Italy at Wikimania, and I
>>> hope
>>>>> to see you around in our movement in many different ways.
>>>>>
>>>>> Best,
>>>>>
>>>>> Lodewijk
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Best!
Subhashish Panigrahi
Programme Officer, Access To Knowledge
Centre for Internet and Society
@subhapa / https://cis-india.org


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