I hope nobody will mind, but I'll "Yay" with you too.

Thanks and kuddos to Natalia for bringing the idea up, leading the process,
and making it happen so quickly. And thanks to everyone who volunteered to
join bgc on top of their other volunteers position :)

Christophe

On Wed, Aug 17, 2016 at 11:28 AM, Delphine Ménard <notafi...@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Anders said it all. This announcement is so many kind of cool I don't
> know where to begin. So just YAY! Thanks for the initiative, thanks
> for volunteering.
>
> Delphine
>
> On 16 August 2016 at 20:57, Anders Wennersten <m...@anderswennersten.se>
> wrote:
> > I joined the movement in 2007. I was then overwhelmed by the beauty and
> > strength of the concept and the content in the projects. But at the same
> > time I was underwhelmed by the support structure behind. Even if Delphine
> > and Brion were good in talking with everyone and fixing technique and
> > Florence in chairing the operations, it was surely not up to the needs.
> >
> > For me a milestone in getting a professional support structure in place
> was
> > in 2012, when the Haifa agreement was realized and the FDC (and
> > narrowing-focus) got in place. FDC was as fascinating for me as the base
> > concept of the projects and as much true to the values of the movement.
> And
> > besides the clever colleagues in the committee I got to know  some truly
> > admirable individuals, like Kate Welsh, Garfield, Gayle and of course
> > Anasuya (and a little later Katy and Bishakha). Sometimes I feel that in
> the
> > movement there are the best people you can find anywhere. But at the same
> > time there were underwhelming issues, like a partly dysfunctional Board
> and
> > that WMF operations was neither properly working nor reviewed (by FDC).
> >
> > I now see that in 2016 a new milestone is being passed when the movement
> (at
> > last) gets a professional support structure on par with the needs.  I
> > perceive the tech org now working well and user driven, that the budget
> > process now has been run professional and that there is a good management
> > team in place for the running of WMF. And after seeing a lot of good
> > initiatives around the working of the Board where this announcement is
> the
> > thing that get the keyelement in place,  I also believe the Board is now
> up
> > to become as professional as is needed for the movement. And the joy of
> > seeing the names of many of my all time favourites back (in part also in
> > FDC) is profound.
> >
> > Welcome all of you and looking forward to read of the resolutions from
> this
> > enhanced BGC
> >
> > Anders
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > Den 2016-08-16 kl. 15:47, skrev Nataliia Tymkiv:
> >>
> >> Dear all,
> >>
> >> I am honestly delighted to announce the results of the public call for
> >> Board Governance committee volunteer and Advisory members, announced on
> >> July 15, 2016  [1]. We received nine applications, and after discussing
> >> them with BGC and reviewing the committee's needs and interviewing a
> short
> >> list of candidates,I have chosen five volunteer advisory members for the
> >> committee. I'd like to extend my thanks to everyone who offered to serve
> >> on
> >> the committee.
> >>
> >> Please find below a short introduction for our new volunteer advisory
> >> members. They are all quite well known in the movement and I think their
> >> insights would be helpful. They join the Committee once they sign the
> >> documents that Stephen LaPorte, our Interim Secretary, sent to them (the
> >> same ones as the Board members sign - the confidentiality agreement
> >>
> >> <https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Confidentiality_
> agreement_of_the_Board_of_Trustees>
> >> , code of conduct
> >>
> >> <https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Code_of_conduct_of_
> the_Board_of_Trustees>
> >> , conflict of interest disclosure
> >> <https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Conflict_of_interest_policy>).
> >>
> >> === Gayle Karen Young ===
> >>
> >> Gayle Karen Young is a WMF's former Chief Talent and Culture office. In
> >> her
> >> time at Wikimedia, she was accountable for building the current HR team
> >> and
> >> had an active hand in board development and staffed the board HR
> >> committee.
> >> She brings experience with the Wikimedia movement, with the workings of
> >> the
> >> Foundation, and through her own consulting work in leadership and board
> >> development with organizations in both the for-profit and non-profit
> >> space,
> >> and in technology and human rights.
> >>
> >> === Kat Walsh ===
> >>
> >> Kat Walsh is a former member of Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees,
> >> 12/2006-8/2013 (Chair, 2012-2013; Executive Secretary, 2009-2010). Now
> she
> >> works as an attorney specializing in copyright, Internet law, and free
> and
> >> open source software.
> >>
> >>
> >> === Tim Moritz Hector ===
> >>
> >> Tim Moritz Hector is Chair of the Board of Wikimedia Deutschland since
> >> 2014. Tim has been an active Wikimedian for more than eight years and
> was
> >> engaged in several positions on national and international level. His
> most
> >> recent engagement (with Frans Grijzenhout from WMNL) is focussed on
> >> building the capacities of board members in all Wikimedia-organizations.
> >> He
> >> is going to finish his B.A. in politics and german philology this month
> >> and
> >> shall work as an advisor to the ED at the "Academy for volunteerism" in
> >> Berlin beginning in September.
> >>
> >> === Ido Ivry ===
> >>
> >> Ido Ivry is a board member of Wikimedia Israel. He has extensive NGO
> >> experience, as well as business understanding, both in large corporates,
> >> NGOs, GLAM institution (National Library of Israel), and is currently a
> >> CTO
> >> in his own startup, developing open data solutions for city governments.
> >> Ido has been active on the Grants Advisory Committee and as part of the
> >> Simple APG Committee, working with many organizations in our movement on
> >> carrying out their missions successfully and effectively.
> >>
> >> === Ira B. Matetsky (User:Newyorkbrad) ===
> >>
> >> Ira Brad Matetsky (User:Newyorkbrad) is a long-time editor,
> administrator,
> >> and former arbitrator on English Wikipedia as well as a board member of
> >> Wikimedia New York City.  Professionally, he has been a litigation
> >> attorney
> >> in New York City since 1987.  He has broad experience with board and
> >> community governance issues, best practices, and legal requirements from
> >> serving with and representing a number of organizations.
> >>
> >> [1]
> >> https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2016-July/084756.html
> >>
> >> Best regards,
> >> antanana / Nataliia Tymkiv
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