IM Freedom Board Elections

Sean Egan seanegan at
Mon Jun 13 01:46:01 EDT 2016

Just a reminder that current board memebers should let me know what they
want to do with their positions. You'll, of course, have the chance to
formally nominate people later on; this is just a straw poll of sorts. But,
if people want to give up their spot, it'll be useful to know up front how
many positions we need to fill.

I already saw Evan and Mark's thoughts.

I also haven't heard anything from the Adium list. It would be great if at
least one person currently active on Adium was willing to take a spot on
the board.


On Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 7:30 PM Sean Egan <seanegan at> wrote:

> Hi,
> 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.
> Thanks!
> -Sean.
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