This is the proposed agenda for the Board meeting of Wednesday, March 18th, 2009, to be held at 20:00 UTC in #spi on irc.spi-inc.org. Note that this time is one hour later than the February meeting in the local time of those parts of the US and Canada which observe Daylight Saving Time.

  1. Opening
  2. Roll call (regrets received from Martin Zobel-Helas and Neil McGovern)
  3. President's report (Bdale Garbee)
  4. Treasurer's report (Michael Schultheiss)
  5. Secretary's report (Jimmy Kaplowitz)
  6. Outstanding minutes
    1. Neil's responsibility
      1. March 19th, 2008 (prepared by Martin Zobel-Helas, will be HTMLified later)
        • Will need slight amendment later to add list of registered guests and the text of resolution 2008-03-19.jrk.2
      2. June 18th, 2008
      3. July 2nd, 2008 (annual meeting)
      4. August 20th, 2008
    2. Jimmy's responsibility
      1. December 17th, 2008
      2. January 21st, 2009
      3. February 11th, 2009
  7. Items up for discussion:
    1. Resolution 2009-03-18.mcs.1: Update Ameriprise's owner list (Michael Schultheiss)
    2. Resolution 2009-03-16.jrk.1.iwj.1: OpenWRT as associated project (Jimmy Kaplowitz)
  8. Any other business
  9. Next board meeting - Wednesday, April 15th, 2009, [19:00 or 20:00 UTC? The EU will have started summer time.]

President's Report


Treasurer's Report

This report uses a cash-based method of accounting, recording donations
when deposited (not when the check was written or received by us) and
recording expenses when sent or scheduled for payment (not when

Income Statement
for the Period February 01, 2009 - February 28, 2009

   Ordinary Income
        Debian                          30,950.53
        Gallery                            140.00
        Madwifi.org                         50.00
        OpenOffice.org                       5.26
        PostgreSQL                      16,949.26
        SPI General                        110.00
        SPI 5%                             104.75
        Tux4Kids                           415.00

        Total Ordinary Income           48,724.80

   Interest Income
        Key Bank Money Mkt Savings          48.94

        Total Interest Income               48.94

   Gross Income                         48,773.74

  Ordinary Expenses
          Processing Fees          30.17
          SPI 5%                   47.53

          Total Debian Exp         77.70

          Processing Fees           5.08
          SPI 5%                    7.00

          Total Gallery Exp        12.08

          Processing Fees           2.00
          SPI 5%                    2.50

          Total Madwifi.org Exp     4.50
          Processing Fees           0.21
          SPI 5%                    0.26

          Total OpenOffice.org Exp  0.47

          Processing Fees           2.75
          SPI 5%                   47.46
          Travel Reimbursement    228.41

          Total PostgreSQL Exp    278.62

          PaySimple Monthly Fee    29.95
          Postage                  19.70
          PO Box Renewal Fee       70.00
          Transaction Fees         49.42

          Total SPI Exp           169.07

        Total Expenses            542.44

        Net Income             48,231.30

Balance Sheet as of February 28, 2009

     Current Assets
        Key Business Reward Checking                       5,820.17
        Key Business Signature Money Market Savings      193,034.06
        Ameriprise Cash Mgmt Acct                         13,389.51

     Total Current Assets                                212,243.74

   TOTAL ASSETS                                          212,243.74


     General and current liabilities                           0.00

        Reserves held in trust
           Debian Earmark                   127,934.92
           Drupal Earmark                     2,650.00
           Freedesktop.org Earmark            1,666.83
           Gallery Earmark                    5,729.14
           GNU TeXmacs Earmark                    9.70
           Madwifi.org Earmark                1,185.20
           OpenOffice.org Earmark             1,327.32
           Open Voting Foundation Earmark       392.67
           Plan 9 Earmark                     6,500.00
           PostgreSQL Earmark                30,851.23
           Tux4Kids Earmark                   1,865.05

        Total held in trust                              180,112.06

        General reserves                                  32,131.68

     Total Equity                                        212,243.74

   TOTAL LIABILITIES & EQUITY                            212,243.74

Secretary's report

  • Within 40 minutes of the conclusion of the February 11 board meeting, the Board and I received an email from Ken Starks of HeliOS accepting SPI's offer of associated project status for HeliOS, thus making it official.
  • Also, I finally made the promised typo fix to the May 2008 minutes (removing a duplicated occurrence of the word "announced").
  • Lastly, the information in Appendix A has been changed slightly, showing the date of last election to the board instead of the date of first election, and reducing the granularity of the displayed date to the month level. This is more useful for planning future election cycles and had been requested for some time by David Graham. Thanks to him for the idea.

Resolution 2009-03-18.mcs.1: Update Ameriprise's owner list

(Secretary's note: The resolution was submitted without a title. I have supplied one based on the introductory text in Michael's email.)


 1. Ameriprise Financial ("Ameriprise") currently holds funds in an
    account for Software in the Public Interest, Inc. ("SPI");

 2. Ameriprise's list of account owners for SPI's account is out of
    date, listing only Branden Robinson (a former SPI board member) and
    James R. Kaplowitz;

 3. Ameriprise requires a Board resolution or meeting minutes
    enumerating those who should be listed as account owners for a


 3. The account owners for SPI's Ameriprise account should be updated to
    include Michael C. Schultheiss, remove Branden Robinson, and retain
    James R. Kaplowitz;

 4. This resolution supersedes resolution 2006-04-18.br.1                       

Resolution 2009-03-16.jrk.1.iwj.1: OpenWRT as associated project


 1. OpenWRT is a substantial and useful open source project.

 2. OpenWRT would like SPI's support and assistance, including taking


 3. OpenWRT is formally invited to become an SPI
    Associated Project, according to the SPI Framework for Associated
    Projects, SPI Resolution 1998-11-16.iwj.1-amended-2004-08-10.iwj.1, a
    copy of which can be found at

 4. SPI recognises that OpenWRT is governed by the Charter available at
    https://dev.openwrt.org/wiki/NonProfit, as modified from time to time
    via the processes in the Charter itself.

 5. SPI understands that Andy Boyett and Gregers Petersen have been
    appointed according to the Charter by OpenWRT as liaisons to SPI.

 6. This invitation will lapse 60 days after it is approved by the SPI Board
    unless each liaison, within that time, has accepted it on behalf of
    OpenWRT, agreed with the other liaison on a single willing third person
    who will be asked to resolve disagreeing instructions from the two
    liaisons, and communicated that choice to the Board.

 7. The third person referred to in paragraph 6 may be replaced under the
    same procedure as any other decision belonging to OpenWRT.