Hi everyone,

On Saturday May 8 Brianna informed the committee of her intention to resign
as president of Wikimedia Australia. As a result, we convened a special
purpose teleconference on Sunday night and, with deep regret, the committee
reluctantly accepted Brianna's resignation.

Brianna has been a president of integrity and her dedication and leadership
will be greatly missed by all members of the committee. She has served on
Wikimedia Australia's committee since its inception and her work was
especially significant and important in the early history of the chapter. I
don't think it's an overstatement to say that without her, the chapter would
not have been successfully established at that time. As secretary of an
interim committee that had no president or vice president, she played a
critical role in ensuring Wikimedia Australia was established and recognised
as an official chapter and legal entity by both the government of Victoria
and the Wikimedia Foundation. She is very highly regarded and respected in
the international community and I was staggered by the number of people who
approached me at the Wikimedia Foundation meeting in Germany last month to
ask after her. I hope that she will continue to be a significant presence in
the both the global and local Wikimedia and free culture communities. We
sincerely thank her for the tremendously valuable and important contribution
she has made over the last four years to the chapter, the committee and to
the free culture movement in Australia and we wish her all the best for her
future endeavours.

During the committee's teleconference on Sunday night, nominations for the
seat of president were opened. Steve Peters, our sitting treasurer, accepted
a nomination from me for president. No further nominations were received and
Steve's nomination was unanimously endorsed and supported. Steve will take
the seat of president effective immediately and lead us into the next Annual
General Meeting. This, of course, means that we now have a vacant seat on
the committee. The Rules of the Association allows the committee to appoint
a financial chapter member from outside the committee to a vacant
non-executive/ordinary member* *seat. Two committee members (Brian and Liam)
are currently in the UK attending the Wikimedia Foundation's fundraising
meeting, which has made it very difficult to organise a proper meeting but
we are continuing to discuss these issues internally and will decide whether
to leave the seat vacant until the AGM or seek to fill it under the
Association Rules.The membership will be advised as soon as any decisions
are made in regard to these issues.

I hope Wikimedia Australia's membership, friends and supporters will join
with the committee in thanking Brianna for her dedication and hard work over
the last four years and in wishing her all the best for the futuer.

Sarah Ewart
Wikimedia Australia

On Mon, May 10, 2010 at 10:31 PM, Brianna Laugher <brianna.laug...@gmail.com
> wrote:

> Hi all,
> Some news: on Sunday I resigned as president of Wikimedia Australia.
> The ctte accepted my resignation and as per our Rules, appointed one
> of the committee members to the office, who will serve until the next
> AGM.
> I guess this news may come as a shock or it may not. It's something
> I've been thinking about for quite a while and not something that I
> decided lightly or in haste. If anything, I probably decided too
> slowly.
> There's no bad blood with any of the ctte members, and it's not about
> anything that has happened in Wikimedia land. Rather, it's about what
> goes on in Brianna land (aka "personal reasons"), and whether or not I
> can do any useful work in the role. I don't feel able to any more, and
> I think my standing aside will be a good catalyst for the chapter to
> get visibly moving again.
> I'm sorry to let you down by not fulfilling my term with full efforts.
> Sometimes reality does not quite stretch far enough to meet the
> dreams. And being on a committee like ours ("distributed" you might
> say) requires a lot of stretching.
> The committee members have been very supportive of me while I was in
> the role, and in my decision now as well. It actually gives me great
> peace of mind to know that I am leaving the chapter in such good
> hands. They are all very capable and have great ideas, and want to
> support members, and if members are able to support them back, I know
> awesome things will happen.
> I am not sure how involved in Wikimedia things I will be in the
> future. Chapter business has been my main Wikimedia business for a
> while now. I hope to take a bit of breathing space and then see how
> things go. Having said that, I am booked up to go to Wikimania in
> July. :)
> Yours in boldness,
> Brianna Laugher
> no longer
> WMAU President.
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