Board meeting, October 9th, 2014

Board members present

  • Bdale Garbee (bdale) (President)
  • Michael Schultheiss (schultmc) (Treasurer)
  • Martin Michlmayr (tbm) (Secretary)
  • Robert Brockway (Solver)
  • Joshua D. Drake (linuxhiker)
  • Jonathan McDowell (Noodles)
  • Martin Zobel-Helas (zobel)

Board members partially present

  • None

Board members absent with regrets

  • Joerg Jaspert (Ganneff) (Vice President)
  • Gregers Petersen (glp)

Board members absent

  • None

Board advisors present

  • None

Registered guests present

  • Bill Allombert (yp17)
  • Brian Gupta (bgupta)
  • Bradley M. Kuhn (bkuhn)

These are the minutes for the October 9th, 2014 SPI Board Meeting, held at 20:00 UTC in #spi on LOG.

President's Report

Bdale Garbee reported two personal news items, which together have consumed most of his attention in recent weeks. The first is that after 15+ months, his new house built to replace the one lost in the Black Forest Fire of 2013 is done. The second is that he has been lured out of early retirement, and he is now an HP Fellow in the Office of the CTO, focusing on open source strategy.

Treasurer's report

Michael Schultheiss reported that the three past treasurer reports have been reissued and the three remaining reports needed to catch us up have all been submitted. The three reports have been reissued in order to fix arithmetic errors and to correct some travel expenses which were accidentally assigned to the wrong project.

Michael met with Bradley M. Kuhn at FOSSETCON who offered his help to move SPI over to the accounting system that Software Freedom Conservancy is using based on ledger-cli. Michael believes that this system will make it easier to manage SPI's finances.

There are no outstanding tax filings or other filings due until 2015.

Secretary's report

Martin Michlmayr stated he had not received any new resolutions for consideration. Martin updated the trademark page to add the Drizzle trademark.

Outstanding minutes

Vote on Meeting Minutes for 11th September 2014:

Robert BrockwayYes
Joshua D. DrakeYes
Bdale GarbeeAbstain
Jonathan McDowellYes
Martin MichlmayrYes
Michael SchultheissAbstain
Martin Zobel-HelasYes

Motion passed with a vote of 5 yes, 2 abstain, 0 missing.

Any other business

Robert Brockway noted that there had been extensive discussions on SPI allowing payments via PayPal directly. Several board members observed that we would need a separate bank account for PayPal and someone pointed out that opening a bank account for this purpose was approved in resolution 2013-12-12.mcs.1. SPI treasurer Michael Schultheiss agreed to open an account soon.


The meeting was adjourned until Thursday, November 13th, 2014 at 20:00 UTC in #spi on

Appendix A: Current Board Membership

Last electedNameRole
July 2013Bdale GarbeePresident
July 2013Joerg JaspertVice President
July 2014Martin MichlmayrSecretary
July 2012Michael SchultheissTreasurer
July 2012Jonathan McDowell
July 2013Joshua D. Drake
July 2013Martin Zobel-Helas
July 2014Robert Brockway
July 2014Gregers Petersen