Itzik has put it nicely. The volunteers in Affcom are committed folks,
and it is reassuring that multiple steps are taken to encourage
struggling affiliates to meet the basic requirements.

Running a chapter is a hard burden for a small group of volunteers,
particularly if relying on volunteers to produce monthly reports and
run accounts. There no shame it letting it go if not enough volunteers
want to take this on.

For those involved who may feel discouraged, I recommend keeping an
social group running, even on a very informal and ad hoc way. Later,
it may be worth considering the benefits of recognizing a small
society as an affiliate User Group, where the administrative
requirements are very small indeed. In fact it can be rather nice not
to have to worry about holding money, running accounts or even
managing memberships, none of this being a firm requirement. The
reporting is just 'logging' of related events and projects, the sorts
of things small societies want to do for ourselves, yet gives you the
modest benefit of being able to use "Wikimedia" as a brand and logo
for events.

Wikimedia LGBT+

On 23 April 2017 at 09:14, Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
<> wrote:
> Thank you Maor for the update.
> We usually love to see our movement expend and welcome recognition of new
> organizations, but I strongly believe that we continuously need to check
> and evaluate our current organizations.
> Our brand, name and reputation are part of our core assets - and while it's
> not an easy step, I appreciate Affcom efforts not only to recognize new
> ones but also to de-recognize organizations that are not longer active or
> non-compliance with our movement requirements.
> Few weeks ago in Berlin we had a first meeting to start discuses what is a
> "movement accountability" and how we evaluate organizations who operate
> outside of the FDC process and I believe Affcom have a significant part in
> it.
> *Regards,Itzik Edri*
> Chairperson, Wikimedia Israel
> +972-54-5878078 |
> Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the
> sum of all knowledge. That's our commitment!
> On Sat, Apr 22, 2017 at 9:49 PM, Maor Malul <> wrote:
>> *
>> Dear all,
>> *
>> **
>> *Recognition as a Wikimedia affiliate - a chapter, thematic organization,
>> or user group - allows an independent group to officially use the Wikimedia
>> name to further the Wikimedia mission, with certain duties and
>> responsibilities.  While most Wikimedia affiliates adhere to the basic
>> compliance standards set forth in their agreements with the Wikimedia
>> Foundation, a protocol has been developed to address the exceptional cases
>> when a Wikimedia affiliate does not meet minimum compliance standards and
>> their continued recognition as a Wikimedia affiliate presents a risk to the
>> Wikimedia movement.*
>> *
>> On September 9, 2016, Wikimedia Philippines was notified of their
>> suspension as a Wikimedia affiliate due to long standing and serious
>> governance issues, as well as non-compliance with reporting requirements
>> which go as back as 2014, has been sent multiple warnings regarding them,
>> and on the date mentioned above,  was provided with an explicit list of
>> tasks and deadlines in order to return to compliance with their chapter
>> agreement. The chapter failed to complete these tasks by the deadline of
>> November 28, 2016, and was consequently notified that they would no longer
>> be recognized as a Wikimedia chapter after the termination of their Chapter
>> Agreement on March 1, 2017.  It is important to make clear that the
>> Affiliations Committee will continue to support other organized Wikimedia
>> communities and their activities in the Philippines.
>> If you have questions about what this means for the community members in
>> their region or language areas, we have put together a very basic FAQ,
>> which may be found at<
>> wiki/Wikimedia_movement_affiliate_de-recognition_FAQ>https:/
>> /
>> Affiliate_derecognition_FAQ.*
>> --
>> "*Jülüjain wane mmakat* ein kapülain tü alijunakalirua jee wayuukanairua
>> junain ekerolaa alümüin supüshuwayale etijaanaka. Ayatashi waya junain."
>> Maor Malul
>> Socio, A.C. Wikimedia Venezuela | RIF J-40129321-2 |
>> <>
>> Member, Wikimedia Israel | <>
>> Vice-Chair, Wikimedia Foundation Affiliations Committee
>> Phone: +972-52-4869915
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