IM Freedom Board Elections

Sean Egan seanegan at
Tue Jun 7 22:30:37 EDT 2016


Instant Messaging Freedom Inc. is a non-profit organization established in
2006 to protect the legal liability of Pidgin developers and to handle the
finances of it and its related projects (i.e. libpurple, finch, etc.)

Later, we agreed with Adium developers to do the same for that project.

Since incorporating ten years ago, I believe we've only had one board
position turnover. We've kept mostly the same board, despite -- I believe
-- most board members no longer being active on either project.

At our board meeting earlier today, a couple of us discussed giving up our
positions on the board to people more active in the community.

This is a call to nominate people to serve on the board of Instant
Messaging Freedom. Feel free to nominate yourself if you're interested, or
someone else you think might do a good job. The only qualification is that
directors must be 19 years old.

What does it entail?

We currently have seven directors (although we can vote to increase or
decrease that number depending on interest). We have one annual meeting on
a conference call, and vote for other assorted things (e.g. expenditures)
over e-mail occasionally throughout the year.

We have four officer positions. They are currently all served by different
people, but the same person may serve more than one position, with the
exception that the same person may not simultaneously be President and
Secretary. Here are the official responsibilities of each officer:


The President shall be the chief executive officer of the Corporation; she
or he shall preside at all meetings of the Board; she or he shall have
responsibility for the general management of the affairs of the Corporation
and shall see that all orders and resolutions of the Board are carried into
effect. She or he shall, when duly authorized by the Board of Directors,
sign and execute all contracts in the name of the Corporation.


During the absence or disability of the President, the Vice-President shall
have all the powers and functions of the President. The Vice-President
shall perform such other duties as the Board shall prescribe.


The Treasurer shall have the care and custody of all the funds and
securities of the Corporation, and shall deposit said funds in the name of
the Corporation in such bank or trust company as the Directors may elect;
she or he shall at all reasonable times exhibit her or his books and
accounts to any Director upon application at the office of the Corporation
during ordinary business hours. At the end of each corporate year, she or
he shall have an audit of the accounts of the Corporation made by a
committee appointed by the President, and shall present such audit in
writing at the annual meeting of the Directors, at which time she or he
shall also present an annual report setting forth in full the financial
condition of the Corporation.


The Secretary shall keep the minutes of the Board of Directors. She or he
shall have the custody of the seal of the Corporation and shall affix and
attest the same to documents when duly authorized by the Board of
Directors. He or she shall attend to the giving and serving of all notices
of the Corporation, and shall have charge of such books and papers as the
Board of Directors may direct; she or he shall keep a membership roll
containing the names, alphabetically arranged, of all persons who are
Directors of the Corporation, showing their places of residence and the
time they became Directors.

At our meeting today, both the President (myself) and Vice President (Mark
Doliner) expressed an interest or willingness to vacate that role, so
please consider nominating people who would do well in those positions.

If you or someone you know would make a good board member or officer,
please let me know. Either publicly on discussion at, or e-mail
me directly if you'd prefer to stay modest/semi-anonymous. I'll compile the
list of nominations and present them to the board for consideration and
eventual election in one week.

Current board members: please re-nominate yourselves if you wish to keep
your current position. Or let me know if you wish to vacate it. If I don't
hear from you, I'll assume you're open to giving up your seat.

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