Board meeting, December 12th, 2016

Board members present

  • Joerg Jaspert (Ganneff) (Vice President)
  • Valerie Young (spectranaut) (Secretary)
  • Luca Filipozzi (luca)
  • Jimmy Kaplowitz (Hydroxide)
  • Dimitri John Ledkov (xnox)
  • Andrew Tridgell (tridge)
  • Martin Zobel-Helas (zobel)

Board members partially present

  • None

Board members absent with regrets

  • Michael Schultheiss (schultmc) (Treasurer)

Board members absent

  • Martin Michlmayr (tbm) (President)

Board advisors present

  • None

Registered guests present

  • Jonathan McDowell (Noodles)

These are the minutes for the December 12th, 2016 SPI Board Meeting, held at 20:00 UTC in #spi on LOG.

President's Report


Treasurer's report

There was an error in some previous published treasurer reports related to PayPal. Reports for June-August 2016 have been corrected:

  1. Corrected Treasurer's report as of 2016-06
  2. Corrected Treasurer's report as of 2016-07
  3. Corrected Treasurer's report as of 2016-08

Corrected reports for September-November 2016 will be published soon.

Secretary's report


Outstanding minutes

Vote on Meeting Minutes for 14th November 2016:

Luca FilipozziYes
Joerg JaspertYes
Jimmy KaplowitzYes
Dimitri John LedkovYes
Andrew TridgellYes
Valerie YoungYes
Martin Zobel-HelasYes

Motion passed with a vote of 7 yes, 0 no, 0 abstain, 0 missing.

Items up for discussion

Bylaws draft update

Jimmy Kaplowitz sent a revised version of the bylaws to spi-general for review and received some feedback. Feedback included adding a requirement for an attendance policy into the bylaws. Kaplowitz believes there is not enough interest to call a vote on the new bylaws yet but hopes to have a draft ready for a vote by February 24th, the 2017 SPI face-to-face meeting.

Physical mailing address update

Luca Filipozzi will start an email thread in January on the topic. It was acknowledged that if we vote on whether a physical mailing address in necessary in the January meeting, the necessary steps can be handled in person before the face-to-face meeting in February.

Status of deprecation of SPI CA

Joerg Jaspert has switched SPI off of the SPI CA and onto Let's Encrypt.

Any other business


Valerie Young will begin collecting agenda items for the face-to-face. Jimmy Kaplowitz will organize the hotel booking.

Canadian bank account

Jimmy Kaplowitz will move ahead with the investigation of opening a Canadian bank account for SPI, including meeting with a Canadian lawyer mentioned by Mishi. He expects to open the bank account in January.

Mailing list request for donation to OSI

Joshua Drake proposed SPI to support OSI's latest fundraiser. Discussion on mailing list and general consensus was that money donated to SPI should be spent on SPI activities. SPI encourages individuals to donate to OSI directly if they wish. The OSI is one of many great FOSS organizations to support. The board agrees that money donated to SPI will be used to further SPI's mission.


The meeting was adjourned until Monday, January 9th, 2017 at 20:00 UTC in #spi on

Appendix A: Current Board Membership

Last electedNameRole
July 2014Martin MichlmayrPresident
July 2016Joerg JaspertVice President
July 2015Michael SchultheissTreasurer
July 2016Valerie YoungSecretary
July 2016Luca Filipozzi
July 2016Jimmy Kaplowitz
July 2015Dimitri John Ledkov
July 2016Andrew Tridgell
July 2016Martin Zobel-Helas