[Owasp-board] Ammendment to ByLaws

Dave Wichers dave.wichers at owasp.org
Sat Apr 10 11:37:32 UTC 2004

I agree with Jason, and I think the Board transition was expected to occur
in Sept. and so should occur. We may not have the roles assigned until
January but they really aren't assigned now either so I don't think that


I also don't think we should amend the bylaws to specifically state when the
2 year term goes into effect.




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[mailto:owasp-board-bounces at lists.owasp.org] On Behalf Of Jason Li
Sent: Tuesday, August 23, 2011 5:33 PM
To: OWASP Foundation Board List
Subject: Re: [Owasp-board] Ammendment to ByLaws


Agreed with Kate that we have an increasing number of instances where
"spirit of" isn't enough.


OWASP is a growing organization and part of that maturation process needs to
be documenting things better. All OWASPers need to be able to follow what's
going on - not just a few select "first-class" OWASP citizens in the "inner


The Jan-1 timeframe wasn't captured on the election page, and my first
impression was that it would be effective in Sept (the ambiguity is why I
asked for clarification on the last Board call about the effective date of
the election).


Based on previous election history in 2009, as far as I know Matt and Eoin
jumped onto the December Board meeting immediately following the November


I'm not necessarily saying that Michael should jump on the Board meeting in
September --- just that clarification by Board declaration would be useful.



On Tue, Aug 23, 2011 at 4:33 PM, Kate Hartmann <kate.hartmann at owasp.org>

I understand the why, and this proposed amendment did not come from me -
personally - but as it was pointed out, the ByLaws that had been approved by
the Board State something different than the January 1 date, so to remove
any unnecessary confusion, an amendment for this year's election and Board
Term is necessary.


There have been too many instances recently where "the spirit of the
process" doesn't mean anything.  If it's not documented, then it never


Kate Hartmann

Operations Director


www.owasp.org <http://www.owasp.org/>  

Skype:  Kate.hartmann1


From: Tom Brennan [mailto:tomb at owasp.org] 
Sent: Tuesday, August 23, 2011 4:24 PM
To: Kate Hartmann
Cc: OWASP Foundation Board List
Subject: Re: [Owasp-board] Ammendment to ByLaws




Going from no roles to roles and responsibilities is a big shift... The
spirit of the process was always 2 years as of 1-Jan 




and why Sept is an important meeting to hash this stuff out, budgets, HR
issues etc. Everyone will be in attendance + mike in person less Seba and he
can dial in if needed BrewCon was a conflict for him.


Follow as approved - discussion at AppSec 






On Aug 23, 2011, at 3:54 PM, "Kate Hartmann" <kate.hartmann at owasp.org>

Current Board,


The bylaws were voted into effect by the current Board of Directors.  The
ByLaws State:  


SECTION 2.02 Election and Term of Office. Each Board member will serve for a
term of 2 years.

The role of the Board Members shall be elected by the Board of Directors at
the first meeting following

the election of the Board of Directors. If the election of officers shall
not be held at such meeting, such

election shall be held as soon thereafter as conveniently may be. Each
officer shall hold that role until

the next election has been completed.


This means that the newly elected Board of Directors would be assigned at
the September 5th Board Meeting.  However, the new Bylaws also included the
Roles that would be assigned, but there is no internal information that
would explain the level of responsibility for these roles within the Board
of Directors.


Additionally, the Term of the Board of Directors, as stated in the ByLaws,
is implied as beginning immediately.


So, a vote must be taken by the Board of Directors to either follow the
ByLaws as written and approved, or to amend the ByLaws to more clearly state
a transition and effective date for the newly elected Board Members.


Please vote YES or NO on the following Amendment to the current ByLaws:


The term of the Board of Directors will begin January 1 of the next calendar
year and continue for 24 months.


Kate Hartmann

Operations Director



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