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U2UG Elections 2010 – Request For Comment

To the nominees in the U2UG Election, as well as the incoming President,

Let me first state that I’m extremely appreciative of the time and effort that the members of the U2UG Board have and are putting in for the benefit of the community. For a community to be sustained and grow, the community needs leaders to give it direction, to foster innovation and to support facilities that enable the community to learn, share and interact.

Without a community of active developers and product champions, a development stack will stagnate, no new solutions will emerge and hence employment opportunities for those skilled in the stack will eventually diminish.

So it makes sense that when we have the privilege of voting for community leaders, an educated decision based not only upon their credentials, but the direction they aspire to lead the community in, that we should make the most of out.

For these reasons I have a few questions for the two gentleman who have nominated for Vice President (Charles Barouch & David Jordan). Understanding the incoming President’s (Laura Hirsh) thoughts on these questions would be also be beneficial.

  • What do you see as the most important role of the U2UG?
  • How do you see the “International User Group” supporting existing local user groups and helping establish new local user groups?
  • What specifically do you think will increase the active member-base of the U2UG and how do you intend to monitor this?
  • What do you think can be done to attract new developers & ISVs to U2 and where do you see the role of the U2UG in this?
  • What do you hope to achieve by the end of this term if you are elected and how do you see it benefiting the community? How will you measure your success in this?

I understand this is a lot of questions to answer in the short time before the voting closes, but your answers will us understand vote exactly we are voting for.


PS: Should the two nominating for ‘Member at Large’ wish to answer, their thoughts would be greatly appreciated as well.

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  1. Susan Joslyn
    March 16, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Hi Dan,
    As a resigning board member – who will run again some time – I’m afraid that number one criteria for a board member is willingness to serve. Not just willingness to run for the office, but willingness to make showing up to those every-other-week one hour meetings a prioirty. It doesn’t seem like much time to spend – and it truly is not. But there is often something else and you have to make a priority decision. We need board members who are willing, for that elected period of time, to make showing up and contributing a priority in their lives.
    My inability to do that this past year (the 4th year of my four years serving) is what has compelled me to step down, at least for now.


    • March 18, 2011 at 2:13 pm

      Thanks for the perspective and honesty Susan,

      It certainly is true that actioning a commitment is much more important than simply making the commitment in the first place. I was hoping to get a handle on how thought the candidates were putting into their nomination, but alas it isn’t to be.

      Maybe next time…

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