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Date: Oct 4, 2011

Dear Wikimedia India Members and Community,

The highlights of Chapter for the preceding month (Sep-2011) are given below.

    1 Membership Update
    2 AGM and Executive Committee Elections
    3 Gautam steps down from EC
        3.1 Outreach and Wiki Acadamies

Membership Update

The membership count, as on Oct 1st, 2011, stands at 95 members an
addition of 14 members since last month.
AGM and Executive Committee Elections
Gautam presenting Secretary and Treasurers report
Sundar and Achal presenting EC Election results to Arjun
Arjun's address
Some of the attendees to AGM2011‎

The first Annual General Body Meeting was held on the 24th of
September, 2011 at the registered office of the Chapter in Bangalore.
EC elections to fill three vacancies were held. Naveen Francis,
Sudhanwa Jogalekar and Tinu Cherian ( Profiles ) were elected to the
EC. EC extends a warm welcome to all the new members and looks forward
to working as team to further grow the Wikimedia movement.

Chapter would like to thank the Nominations Committee and all the
members who helped in the smooth conduct of Elections.
Gautam steps down from EC

Gautam John has stepped down from the Secretary's role and EC, in
order to pursue his professional and personal life priorities. Chapter
thanks Gautam for his contributions to Wikimedia Chapter and wishes
him all the best in his future endeavours. New Secretary election
process is in progress and we will be updating once the new Secretary
is elected.
Outreach and Wiki Acadamies

About 30 participants primarily comprising of Deputy Directors and
Chief librarians of the department attended the first Wiki Academy
conducted at Indira Priyadarshini State Childrens Library, Department
of Public Libraries, Bangalore. All participants were given a copy of
Chapter brochure, Welcome to Wikipedia,Evaluating Wikipedia quality

Arjuna Rao Chavala explained how Wikipedia was founded ten years back
and how it became the fifth most popular website with content in over
270 languages. He clarified how the principles of verifiability and
Neutral point of view help in ensuring the quality of Wikipedia
articles. Omshivaprakash, Kannada Wikipedian demonstrated how one can
contribute to Wikipedia by explaining various commands available on
Wikipedia page. Several participants made use of the internet lab
available to create accounts, browse Wikipedia and create articles. (
Detailed report)

This has generated three to four leads for conducting similar events
from different parts of the country. Chapter is following up with the
proposers to firm up the schedules. Readers are requested to volunteer
in identifying additional co-hosts for Wiki Academies and help in
conducting the same.

We look forward to your continued support


On behalf of Wikimedia Chapter,
Arjuna Rao Chavala

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