The Zope Foundation was legally formed in March 2006.
We are in the process of building membership and electing the first
board of directors.

The purpose of the Zope Foundation is to advance the creation,
evolution, promotion, adoption and support of the Zope Platform and to
cultivate both an open source community and an ecosystem of
complementary products, capabilities, and services.

The Zope Foundation will provide an independent venue for the
safekeeping of the Zope software and related materials.

The Zope Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors elected
annually to represent the stakeholders in the Zope Community. The
Board is composed as follows:

  * Strategic Developer Directors: Strategic Developers may appoint one
    (1) Director.

  * Strategic Consumer Directors: Strategic Consumer Members may elect
    one Director for every Strategic Director.

  * Committer Directors: Committer Members will elect one (1) Director
    for every Strategic Director.

  * Solution Provider Directors: Solution Providers will elect one
    (1) Director for every three (3) Strategic Developer
    Directors. Solution Providers are entitled to elect at least one
    (1) Director in any event.

  * Associate Directors: Associate Members will elect one (1)
    Director to the Board

A library of Zope Foundation formation documentation is available
on-line at:

The Zope Foundation will own the copyright to the software and related
materials (e.g., documentation) that comprises the Zope Platform. The
Zope Foundation will own and operate the Zope website at
and related servers, such as and

The Board will undertake additional initiatives in its sole
discretion (e.g., platform marketing, development coordination,
documentation coordination, etc.)

The Zope Foundation needs active members to ensure the Zope Platform
continues to be successful! Information on the membership classes is
described in the by laws:

and in the membership agreement: ZopeFoundationMembershipAgreement.pdf

I encourage you to support the Foundation by

  - Becoming a member

  - Volunteering your time by:

    o Participating in the Zope Foundation Mailing list,

    o Volunteering on Foundation sponsored projects, such as
      operation, development projects, etc.


  We are having elections for board directors representing committer,
  solution-provider, and associate members.  We are currently accepting
  nominations for directors.  Members of each class can nominate
  directors for that class.  For the solution-provider and committer
  members, nominees can only be from that class.  For example, only
  committer members can nominate committer-member directors and those
  nominees must be committer members.  The nomination process closes
  June 13. Voting begins June 14th and closes June 21st. Obviously,
  only members can vote.

  Strategic Developer and Consumer members can appoint directors.
  These appointments must be made by June 21st.

Becoming a member

  To become a member, you need to fill out and submit a membership
  agreement: ZopeFoundationMembershipAgreement.pdf

  You can submit a membership agreement by:

    - Mailing it to:

      Zope Foundation, Incorporated
      ATTN: Committer Agreements
      c/o Zope Corporation
      513 Prince Edward Street
      Fredericksburg, VA
      USA, 22401

    - Faxing it to: +1 703 995 0412

    - Emailing a scanned copy to: [EMAIL PROTECTED]

  To join as a committer member:

    - You must first be invited.

    - You must also submit a committer agreement: ZopeFoundation_Committer_Agreement.pdf

    Please submit the membership agreement and the committer agreement
    together to make less work for volunteers handling the agreements.

  For other membership classes:

    - Make sure you satisfy the requirements of the membership class.

    - Determine your dues and pay them.

      You can pay in three ways:

      1. Send a check made out to the Zope Foundation to The Zope
         Foundation, c/o Zope Corporation
         513 Prince Edward Street, Fredericksburg, VA, USA, 22401.

      2. Make a payment using PayPal

      3. Make a payment using a wire transfer to the Zope Foundation
         Bank account.

      Contact [EMAIL PROTECTED] for PayPal or wire-transfer instructions.

General questions should be send to [EMAIL PROTECTED]  Questions
specific to you should be sent to [EMAIL PROTECTED]


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