Thank you for posting this, Sudhanwa.  It was an absolute pleasure
serving through my term with the WMIN EC.  I wish the new board best
of luck with their efforts towards promoting Wikimedia in India and
supporting the communities of volunteers.

Kind Regards,


On Fri, Jan 4, 2013 at 12:36 AM, Sudhanwa Jogalekar
<> wrote:
> Dear Wikipedians,
> The Wikimedia India Chapter was registered with the Karnataka
> Registrar of societies on 3 January 2011. We celebrate our second
> anniversary today :)
> Initially, the Chapter Executive Committee consisted of seven founder
> members. Over time, six of these founder members departed from the
> board after each of them made significant and invaluable
> contributions. The Executive Committee now bids goodbye to the seventh
> founder member, Anirudh Singh Bhati. The Executive Committee expresses
> its deep gratitude towards Anirudh for his wonderful contributions
> that have helped build the chapter. He becomes the first person to
> complete an entire term on the Executive Committee of Wikimedia India.
> We wish him well in all his future ambitions and hope he remains
> connected to the movement in some form.
> The Executive Committee has unanimously resolved to fill the vacancy
> created by Anirudh’s departure by co-opting Bala Jeyaraman. Bala is a
> distinguished Wikipedian who has been active on English and Tamil
> Wikipedia’s, being an administrator on the latter and was one of the
> organisers of the recently held Tamil Wiki Photo Contest. He will hold
> office until the next general body meeting which would need to approve
> his appointment.
> Another important step being taken by the chapter is our first
> fundraising appeal, which will be announced shortly. A lot of people
> may ask why the chapter needs a fundraiser when it has access to WMF
> funding. The answer is, we are still ineligible for FDC (we hope to be
> eligible for the second round of funding in 2013) and would need to
> rely on grants, spending of which is restricted by the WMF. Since
> formation, the chapter has relied heavily on the Executive Committee
> to take on the burden of running the show. In an ideal world, the EC
> would like to take on the role of guiding the chapter rather than
> actually be responsible for operations after two years of
> incorporation, which should be best done by professionals rather than
> volunteers in their spare time.
> The chapter has hired an employee (Sowmyan Trimurti, our Executive
> Manager) as well as plans to lease its own office premises in
> Bangalore. For this, we will soon be sharing a plan and will request
> the community for suggestions on the plan. We will also need the help
> of those volunteers who are in a position to support us. It could be a
> small individual donation or in the form of a corporate donation from
> an institution. A small token of support from you could go a long way
> in helping us achieving our goals of furthering the movement in India.
> Apart from this, we encourage the community at large to engage with
> the chapter and request our support wherever necessary without
> hesitation for community activities. The chapter has been formed for
> the benefit of the community and we will always try our best to live
> up to the community’s expectations.
> Warm regards,
> -Sudhanwa Jogalekar
> President, WMIN
> !~!~!~!~!~!~!~!~!~!~!
> --

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