Hi All, Now that the cat is out of the bag, I might as well confirm that I will NOT be running for President this year. Over the past three years, my employers have been extremely generous in giving me time off at short notice to attend to Wikimedia Australia related things - running workshops, attending meetings, or even just an afternoon off here and there to catch up on paperwork. However, some changes and restructuring where I work means that I won't have this sort of flexibility over the next six to twelve months. Being President is a time-consuming job and the chapter deserves to have someone doing it that can dedicate that time to it. In the next year or so, that won't be me, unfortunately.
I want to emphasise that this is not related to any internal drama or other unpleasantness, and I intend to remain a member of the chapter and assist the new committee as much as time permits over the coming year. With a bit less administrative stuff on my plate it's my hope that I can get back to helping out with programmatic and on-wiki work to help the chapter meet its goals. I'm still considering whether to go for a position as an ordinary member to provide something of an orderly handover to the new committee and continue to provide them with some institutional memory. This would probably be a short term thing until the new committee members are moving under their own steam at which point I'd gracefully bow out. The number of other members who put their hands up for that position will probably also have a bearing on that decision! Cheers, Craig Franklin
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