[Owasp-board] Electronic Vote

Kate Hartmann kate.hartmann at owasp.org
Wed Apr 27 14:01:12 UTC 2011

This idea flows along the lines of the OWASP regions that has been discussed
by the chapter's committee, the membership committee, the industry
committee, and, to an extent, the conferences committee.


If we are going to work towards a centralized organization with "branches"
then it seems that we would only have ONE set of by-laws approved at the
Global level that can be translated to the local chapters with approved
modifications based on regional requirements.  If we have the Chapter
Handbook and the By-laws of the Foundation, then the conversion to a local
charter should really be one of translation as the "rules" have been set


As we are on the eve of establishing the OWASP EU entity this clarification
on governance is critical.


Kate Hartmann

Operations Director


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

Skype:  Kate.hartmann1


From: sebastien.deleersnyder at gmail.com
[mailto:sebastien.deleersnyder at gmail.com] On Behalf Of Seba
Sent: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 8:40 AM
To: Matt Tesauro; Eoin; dave.wichers at owasp.org; tomb at owasp.org;
jeff.williams at owasp.org; Kate Hartmann; OWASP Foundation Board List
Subject: Re: Electronic Vote


Hi Matt, All,


Is it feasible to have your "how to allocate OWASP funds" proposal by the
next board call next Monday?

Did you have a change to look at the questions/remarks I had on the new


I propose to add a paragraph on local chapters governance. Something along
the lines of:


Local Chapters Governance
A local OWASP chapter may establish local chapters within the geographical
boundary of a chapter, such as country or a city. The bylaws of a chapter
must not contain anything that is at variance with the expressed purposes of
the OWASP Foundation or with the OWASP Foundation Bylaws, and must be
approved as specified by the OWASP Foundation board of directors before
becoming effective. A chapter may not change its bylaws, its name, or its
boundaries without approval as specified by the OWASP Foundation. Chapter
Bylaws may be produced in the native language of a nation, but must be
translated into English for submission to the OWASP Foundation.
The chapter leader and local chapter board has to manage the local chapter
according the guidance and rules defined in the Chapter Leader Handbook. The
Global Chapters Committee provides the support required by the local
chapters to thrive and contribute to the overall mission and goals of the
OWASP Foundation. 
The OWASP Foundation may, by affirmative vote of at majority of the board of
directors, suspend or annul a chapter if, in the judgment of the board of
directors, such action is in the best interests of the OWASP Foundation. 




On Sat, Apr 16, 2011 at 6:33 PM, Matt Tesauro <matt.tesauro at owasp.org>

Eoin:  I agree with staggering but technically speaking, that's not what
we're voting on.  We should communicate this to the committee chairs first.
I sat in on the committee chair call earlier in the week and warned those on
that call that OWASP is not flush with cash and we may need to scale back
the committee budgets in the near term.  However, we need to make sure
committees understand this is not us hindering their work but the current
fiscal realities.


My votes:


No on remaining budgets.

    More time is needed to understand fully the impact of the summit's
expense on this years budget.

No on the ByLaws.

    I'd like to have some time to review what Seba sent. 


I propose we re-vote these issues next Friday (April 22) to give us the time
to look into them - especially the budget issue.


I also have a proposal I'll be crafting on how to allocate OWASP funds going
forward with respect to the global committees and overarching expenses
(those that touch multiple committees).  However, I need some more time with
the numbers I got from Alison before I can make a specific proposal.


-- Matt Tesauro
OWASP Board Member
OWASP WTE Project Lead
http://AppSecLive.org <http://appseclive.org/>  - Community and Download

On Sat, Apr 16, 2011 at 4:46 AM, Eoin <eoin.keary at owasp.org> wrote:

Yes, bit let's stagger committee funding or provide when required.

Sent from my HTC hero.

owasp board member

On 15 Apr 2011 13:48, "seba seba" <seba at owasp.org> wrote:



1. Yes, but under the condition that these are part of an overall 2011

2. No - I have some questions & remarks on the Bylaws attached. There are
references that are not clear, roles that are not defined and committee's of
which no governance is defined. Furthermore I'd like to add a paragraph that
clarifies the International role which provides a legal umbrella for legal
entities in other countries or regions that fall under it.



On Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 2:20 PM, Kate Hartmann <kate.hartmann at owasp.org>

> As per the board... 



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