Thanks for the update Geert. I'll join you in thanking Romaine for the vast
amounts of work that he has done over the past years in Belgium. I think
this was a great trigger to get the chapter to where it is now - even if I
have only seen the tip of the activities from my comfortable outsider

I hope to see you soon again both!


On Tue, Jul 30, 2019 at 2:55 AM Geert Van Pamel <> wrote:

> Romaine has decided to step down as Board member of Wikimedia Belgium
> (WMBE). Following an international escalating conflict and an
> unauthorized email, he has been feeling stressed and prefers to live in a
> safe environment, and give priority to his own health. [1]
> It is important to provide a safe environment for all volunteers. As such
> the board of Wikimedia Belgium, based on a proposal of the
> General Assembly, has requested the Affiliate Chairs to vote to request an
> Internal audit (based on international best
> practices/standards/norms) of major WMF procedures. [2]
> WMBE sincerely thanks Romaine for co-founding Wikimedia Belgium and for
> his valued work during his years as Board member. WMBE
> regrets having lost one of her most active Board members. It is a loss for
> the association, our partners in Belgium and abroad, and
> for the Wikimedia community as a whole. [3]
> The WMBE Board temporarily assigns the Treasurer function to the Chair
> until a new candidate is found. The WMBE statutes allow the
> Board to assign technical functions outside of the Board. We would welcome
> candidates. [4]
> We hope we can return to a safe environment, and that the focus goes back
> to where WMBE was founded for: activities to get more free
> knowledge.
> -- The Board of Wikimedia Belgium (WMBE)
> -- Geert Van Pamel, Chair of Wikimedia Belgium
> [1]
> [2]
> [3]
> [4]
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