[Owasp-board] Fwd: [Global_membership_committee] Honorary Memberships - Vote Scheduled for 12/21 @ Membership Meeting

dinis cruz dinis.cruz at owasp.org
Sat Dec 11 10:45:39 UTC 2010


Board, not sure if you are following this thread, but this is a core issue
for OWASP

Read the email below, and then read the email I'm going to foward next

Dinis Cruz

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Michael Coates <michael.coates at owasp.org>
Date: 10 December 2010 18:15
Subject: [Global_membership_committee] Honorary Memberships - Vote Scheduled
for 12/21 @ Membership Meeting
To: "Global_membership_committee at lists.owasp.org" <
global_membership_committee at lists.owasp.org>
Cc: OWASP Foundation Board List <owasp-board at lists.owasp.org>



Let's get this discussion moving.  Originally honorary memberships were
created to recognize those individuals that had contributed their time and
effort to OWASP and to also ensure they had voting rights for our first
board election.

They have now expired. The question is what to do with honorary memberships
now.

My vote is to eliminate them.


Here' why:
- Yes, many people donate time and effort towards OWASP. However, there is
no easy way to draw a line in the sand to determine who should get an
honorary membership.
- Memberships are priced at $50 per year. Compare this with other
professional organizations - ISACA US $165, ACM $99
- If as leaders, we can't lead by example, then why should anyone listen to
our recommendation to become a member themselves? 1000 other people have
decided to purchase membership.
- Honorary memberships are another logistical issue that requires use of our
limited resources


Why be a member:
- Support the mission
- Help fund projects / conferences
- Financial contribution to help the organization that has helped you
- Voting Rights

Note: Membership is not required for anything. All information is free.
 However, membership does grant you discounts to conferences and is required
to cast votes for any OWASP related voting issues.

This issue will be decided at the OWASP Global Membership Committee Meeting
on December 21. Please provide comments as soon as possible.


Michael Coates
OWASP



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