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 On Aug 18, 2014 9:04 PM, "Ashwin Baindur" <ashwin.bain...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Bishakha, as one who benefitted from your advice and friendship, let me
> also add my word of thanks especially during the difficult days of
> WikiConference 2011. We trust we will find things to do in common so that
> we remain in touch! :)
> On Sat, Aug 16, 2014 at 7:11 PM, Bishakha Datta <bishakhada...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Thanks for this lovely email, Theo. It means a lot. Flashed me straight
>> back to all the fun we had together, all of which helped balance out the
>> tough debates. :)
>> In case people are wondering, my term ends December 2014 - I'll be active
>> until then, but am not seeking re-appointment for another two-year term.
>> Being on the WMF board is extremely rewarding but a significant time
>> commitment - one that I'm finding increasingly hard to fulfil, which is why
>> I'm stepping down at the end of the year.
>> But I'm going to continue to do other (less time-consuming) stuff in the
>> movement after my term ends, so this is nowhere near goodbye.
>> Cheers
>> Bishakha
>> On Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 2:04 PM, Theo10011 <de10...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>> I am forwarding this update from the board below, in case this was
>>> overlooked. It seems relevant to the Indian community. It's sad to learn
>>> that Bishakha will not be seeking re-appointment to the board at the end of
>>> the year. The board, the community and the movement at large was always
>>> better for having her in it.
>>> I want to thank her for a lot of things, but I'm not sure if this is the
>>> right time or if I'll be online at the right time. In any case, I want to
>>> say I'm so grateful for her years of service and perseverance through many
>>> contentious topics. I'm the first to admit that we've certainly had our
>>> share of disagreements, and passionate debates over the year, but we also
>>> shared more than a few good laughs in person. I still remember when
>>> Bishakha was trying to tell me the correct pronunciation of "Entschuldigen
>>> sie bitte" over dinner, I'm sure my pronunciation didn't improve but she
>>> tried patiently and resiliently for more than an hour. Our disagreements
>>> stemmed mostly from relatively professional topics related to the board and
>>> the direction things were going, and I'm probably at fault for a lot of
>>> negativity during those times - I'm sorry about that Bishakha. She joined
>>> the board at a difficult time when the foundation was expanding and going
>>> through a lot of big changes, there weren't a lot of female Indian members
>>> around the board or the community back then but she always represented the
>>> Indian community with a smile, grace and resilience and tried to be as
>>> inclusive as possible along the way. I have nothing but the highest opinion
>>> of her personally, she was always warm and good-natured in all our personal
>>> interactions. I'm sure I'm not the only one in the Indian community who
>>> feels the same.
>>> Thanks for all the hard-work Bishakha. You will be missed, Ma'am.
>>> Warm regards
>>> Theo
>>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>>> From: Jan-Bart de Vreede <jdevre...@wikimedia.org>
>>> Date: Fri, Aug 8, 2014 at 6:54 PM
>>> Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Board Meeting Update
>>> To: Wikimedia Mailing List <wikimedi...@lists.wikimedia.org>
>>> Hello Everyone
>>> While the minutes of the Board of Trustees meeting will arrive in due
>>> time I wanted to update you on some internal matters at this point because
>>> there have been some changes in the board composition.
>>> Ana Toni joined our board last year but unfortunately the time demands
>>> placed upon a Wikimedia Board member were not compatible with her other
>>> commitments. This has given the board something to think about. We aim to
>>> be a board that is able to incorporate outside expertise to increase our
>>> effectiveness and possible candidates are often not able to commit the time
>>> which we currently require.. In the coming period we want to have a look at
>>> the time which is demanded of a board member (especially our in person
>>> meetings which require a lot of travel) and look at which activities we
>>> need to perform as a board. We want to thank Ana for her contributions. The
>>> insights gained from her position as Chair of Greenpeace International were
>>> especially useful to us as a board. We are sad to see her go, but we hope
>>> to keep her in “our space”.
>>> Bishakha Datta joined our board in March 2010 and has indicated to us
>>> that she is not available for re-appointment after her term runs out in
>>> December of this year. We will take the time to properly thank her for her
>>> great contributions when her term formally ends in December.
>>> While these things are part of of the normal turnover of the composition
>>> of the board (and are also an opportunity to attract new fields of
>>> expertise as needed) there is a matter of board stability during the first
>>> year of the tenure of our new Executive Director. In response to Lila's
>>> request for stability the board has decided the following:
>>> 1) Alice Wiegand was appointed to finish out Ana's term ending December
>>> 2014.  We also appointed Alice to carry out the subsequent term ending
>>> December 2016.
>>> 2) Last year at Wikimania I was appointed to the board for a two year
>>> period, but I tendered my resignation effective the end of this year.  At
>>> the Board's request I reconsidered that resignation, and will serve out the
>>> rest of my original two year term ending December 2015.
>>> This does mean we will start the search process for a new board member
>>> for the appointed seat that Bishakha will vacate at the end of this year.
>>> And hopefully we will be able to also identify potential candidates to fill
>>> the seats of both Stuart West and me, which will become vacant at the end
>>> of 2015.
>>> Secondly we have appointed the two officer positions as follows for the
>>> coming fiscal year
>>> Chair - Jan-Bart de Vreede
>>> Vice-Chair - Patricio Lorente
>>> The foundation has a great opportunity to grow under the guidance of our
>>> new Executive Director and realize our ambitions. The board is looking
>>> forward to a year of supporting Lila and providing direction for our
>>> strategic goals.
>>> Jan-Bart de Vreede
>>> Chair
>>> Board of Trustees
>>> Wikimedia Foundation
>>> PS: All the relevant resolutions will be published on meta in the coming
>>> days
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> Ashwin Baindur
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