Legion of Tech Board Elections Update

Now that the nomination period has closed, we wanted to give you a quick update on where we are with the Legion of Tech board elections. As we’ve mentioned in our previous blog post, we hope to have 5 to 7 total board members in 2010, and we will be electing our new board at our next board meeting on February, 11, 2010. We will announce the results of the election on this blog within a few days of the election. Here are the candidates:

Running for re-election

  • Josh Bancroft
  • Dawn Foster

Running for new board seats

  • Nate DiNiro
  • Christie Koehler
  • Jason Mauer

Continuing to serve the remainder of their 2-year terms (not up for re-election):

  • Amy Farrell
  • Chris Pitzer

Adam DuVander and Raven Zachary will not be running for re-election. They have both decided that they need to devote more time to their growing businesses. As founding members of the Legion of Tech board, both Adam and Raven have been instrumental in making Legion of Tech a success, and they have worked tirelessly on many of our events. We wish them both the best of luck.

Legion of Tech Board Elections for 2010

We are getting ready to have the Legion of Tech board member elections in February, and we wanted to give people plenty of time to get involved. Normally, we hold elections in December, but given our recent issues, we voted to postpone elections until the February board meeting, which is currently scheduled for February, 11, 2010. We hope to have 5 to 7 total board members in 2010.

Now is your opportunity to run for the Legion of Tech board. In order to get your name on the ballot, you must meet the specified criteria and follow the process outlined here:

  1. A nomination must be made by a current board member and be seconded by another current board member (talk to a current board member if you are interested).
  2. Nominations are due January 31st.
  3. In order to qualify for a nomination, nominees are required to have worked on the planning committee of at least one Legion of Tech event or have made a significant positive contribution as a volunteer on 2 or more LoT events.

Current board members serving the remainder of their 2 year term:

  • Amy Farrell
  • Chris Pitzer

Current board members who are up for reelection for a new 2 year term:

  • Josh Bancroft (current interim chair)
  • Adam DuVander (current treasurer)
  • Dawn Foster (current secretary)

Current board members whose terms expire at the end of December and are not running for reelection:

  • Raven Zachary

A huge thank you to Raven Zachary who had been invaluable in his role filling in as interim chair, but who is too busy running his new business, Small Society, to continue as a board member in 2010. Raven was one of the founding members of Legion of Tech, and he was a co-organizer for the first Ignite Portland and BarCampPortland before we even started Legion of Tech. He will be missed, but we wish him the best of luck with his booming new company!

Ignite Portland 7 is Tomorrow

I can hardly believe that we are on our seventh Ignite Portland event, and the event is tomorrow! If you are interested in attending, I encourage you to read Josh’s “How to Enjoy Ignite Portland 7” post for all of the details about what to expect.

November 19, 2009
Bagdad Theater: 3702 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97214
Doors Open at 5:30PM
Show Starts at 7:00PM
General Admission, No Tickets
Admission is always FREE!

You are in for a treat. We have some amazing talks lined up with everything from eating your first roadkill deer and roasting coffee at home to robots and pirate radio stations. You can get the entire list of talks from the Ignite Portland website, and we think that we have something for almost everyone.

I wanted to take a minute to thank all of our wonderful sponsors. Without our sponsors, these events would not be possible, and we thank them for their continued support of Legion of Tech and Ignite Portland.


We hope to see you Ignite Portland 7, and it isn’t too early to start thinking about your talk submission ideas for Ignite Portland 8!

Recent Changes & the Future of the Legion of Tech Board

Being on the Legion of Tech board is a big time commitment. We aren’t one of those boards where you can attend board meetings, provide advice and then go away until the next meeting. We’re a working board, and board members are expected to organize events and contribute in other ways to the organization. When life throws a curve ball and personal or work commitments start requiring more time, it can be very hard to continue participating on a working board.

This brings me to the point of this blog post. Over the past month, both Craig Fisk and Chris O’Rourke have resigned from the board to take care of personal and/or business issues that required more attention than they could provide while also maintaining their commitments to Legion of Tech. We wish both of them the best of luck and hope to see them involved as volunteers in future Legion of Tech activities.

The seven remaining board members are:

  • Josh Bancroft
  • Adam DuVander
  • Amy Farrell
  • Dawn Foster
  • Todd Kenefsky
  • Chris Pitzer
  • Raven Zachary

Our bylaws state that we will have at least 5 board members, but no more than 10 board members, so at this point, we don’t plan to hold any special elections to replace Craig and Chris. In fact, we have been considering reducing the size of the board anyway. The organization that manages the Open Source Bridge conference has only a three person board, and the majority of the event is run by volunteers. While we don’t think we want to reduce the board to three people, we think that having fewer board members would help us be a leaner organization with less overhead while giving other people in our community more opportunities to volunteer for events. Right now, we have so many board members, that most of our event organizing committees are made up of mostly board members.

We’d like to have more opportunities for people in the community who aren’t on the board to step up and help with events like BarCampPortland, Ignite Portland and Startupalooza. We’re excited about finding additional ways to get the Portland tech community more involved in our activities.

What do you think? How can we engage the community to be more involved in our events? How would you like to be involved?

Legion of Tech Board Meeting Minutes

We’ve been a little disorganized about posting the board meeting minutes lately. I wish I had some elaborate excuse like, “the dog ate my blog post”, or something like that. While we were diligently taking notes and sharing them with other board members, I was forgetting to post them here for the rest of you to read. As of now, I am completely caught up on the minutes, and you can find them conveniently organized on a single page by year.

So, feel free to catch up on what we’ve been up to and post any questions, comments, or snide remarks here on this post.

Donate, Volunteer or Sponsor to Help Make BarCampPortland a Success

BarCampPortland is right around the corner on May 1 & 2, and we need your help to make it successful!

  • Donate! We’re a little short on money to feed people at Barcamp. By donating a few bucks, you can help us buy some food for the event.
  • Sponsor! These events can’t be successful without our sponsors. Contact Todd Kenefsky (kenefsky on gmail) if you would like to sponsor a portion of the event.
  • Volunteer to help. BarCampPortland is an event run entirely by volunteers. Contact klint at renegadefuturist.com if you can spare a few hours on Friday or Saturday to help.
  • RSVP. Don’t forget to RSVP for the event on Upcoming.
  • Follow us on Twitter: Up to the minute breaking updates about the event as @BarCampPortland

You can learn more about the event by visiting the BarCampPortland wiki.

BarCampPortland Coming May 1 & 2 – Want to help?

logobarcampportlandOur 3rd BarCampPortland event is coming on May 1 and 2! We know that May is still really far away, but we wanted to get you thinking about BarCampPortland now.  As always, we can use some help with the event, so we are having a volunteer meeting next week! We love to have you join us to learn more about how you can help.

BarCampPortland Volunteer Meeting
Monday February 23, 2009 from 5:30pm – 6:30pm
CubeSpace 622 SE Grand Ave
RSVP on Upcoming if you plan to attend

Volunteering isn’t the only way to help us out:

  • RSVP for the actual event on May 1 and 2 on Upcoming.
  • Sponsor! These events can’t be successful without our sponsors. Contact Todd Kenefsky (kenefsky on gmail) if you would like to sponsor a portion of the event.
  • Join our Mailing List: Sign up for our Google Group to get email announcements about future meetups and events.
  • Follow us on Twitter: Up to the minute breaking updates about the event as @BarCampPortland
  • Tell your friends: Don’t forget to use the BarCampPortland tag when blogging, posting pictures, etc.

We hope to see you at our volunteer meeting and at the BarCampPortland event!

New Officers for Legion of Tech

With the first meeting of the new Legion of Tech board on Thursday, we elected new officers for 2009:

Last years officers were Chair: Dawn Foster, Treasurer: Todd Kenefsky, and Secretary: Raven Zachary. A big thank you to Todd and Adam for stepping into new roles, and we’re looking forward to many more events in 2009!

2009 Advisory Committee Announced

First, thank you to everyone who ran for the Legion of Tech advisory committee! It was a great group of people and a hard choice to make between so many good candidates.

The 2009 Advisory Committee for Legion of Tech (in random order):

  • Scott Kveton
  • Jed Herzog
  • Bram Pitoyo
  • Amber Case
  • Jason Mauer
  • Don Park
  • Nate Angell
  • Betsy Richter
  • Nate DiNiro
  • Jake Kuramoto
  • Rick Turoczy
  • Igal Koshevoy

You’ll notice that there are 12 people, instead of 10. We had a tie for the final seat on the advisory committee, and we decided to expand the committee rather than have a tie-breaker vote.

If you weren’t selected, we would still love to have you volunteer and get involved in the various Legion of Tech events. There are plenty of ways to be involved!

Thank you again to everyone.

Announcing the 2009 Legion of Tech Board

First of all, thank you to everyone who ran for the Legion of Tech board.

The new Legion of Tech board for 2009 is as follows (in alphabetical order):

  • Josh Bancroft
  • Adam DuVander
  • Amy Farrell
  • Craig Fisk
  • Dawn Foster
  • Todd Kenefsky
  • Chris O’Rourke
  • Chris Pitzer
  • Raven Zachary

For those who ran, but were not elected, thank you again for running. The competition was stiff, and all of the people running were strong candidates. We will move the names of those who were not elected to the board of advisors nomination list. We’ll be voting for advisors in the January board meeting.