Outgoing Directors and a Special Election

Serving as a Legion of Tech board member can be a significant time commitment, and sometimes life gets in the way. Over the past month, two members of the current board announced their need to resign in order to attend to other matters. Anne Buckley and Jason Mauer are both stepping down.

We’re thankful to both Anne and Jason for their service.

Soon, we will be holding elections  in a few weeks for two people to serve out the remainder of the outgoing members’ terms (one of which runs through the end of this year, and the other through the end of next year).

Interested in serving on the board? Contact a current board member or email board@legionoftech.org for more information. If you’re pretty sure you’re interested, please fill out the board application. (We’ll get in touch and confirm with you before we elect you, honest!)

Protip: Tomorrow’s Town Hall meeting will be an excellent opportunity to contact current board members and learn more!

Announcing the 2011 Board of Directors

Legion of Tech held board elections at our regular meeting last week. We are pleased to announce that the following people have been elected to serve on the 2011-2012 board: Amy Farrell, Chris McCraw, Anne Buckley, Reid Beels and Michael Dexter. Christie Koehler and Jason Mauer are continuing their 2-year terms.

New Members

Chris McCraw is a unix geek and coder with tons of volunteer and community organizing experience, including at several BarCamps. Most recently he helped organize Portland BarCamp 4 and did a fantastic job.

Anne Buckley is an Operations Manager at Yahoo Small Business. She has an extensive background in customer relations and also has experience with nonprofit management. Anne did an awesome job coordinating volunteers for the most recent IgnitePortland.

Reid Beels is an Interaction Designer and Software Engineer at Paydici. He’s volunteered for numerous Legion of Tech events, is co-organizer of WhereCamp and co-chair of Open Source Bridge.

Michael Dexter is Program Director at Linux Fund and has considerable nonprofit experience. Among many other activities, Michael organizes the Portland Linux/Unix User Group (PLUG) Advanced Topics meetings.

Re-Elected Member

Amy Farrell is a Software Engineer for Conducive Technology (FlightStats) here in Portland. She is a Legion of Tech board alumna, its current treasurer and an experienced BarCamp planner. Amy is active in local user groups, including PDXFunc and Code ‘n’ Splode.

Continuing Members

Christie Koehler is a Senior Software Engineer at ShopIgniter. She also co-chairs the Open Source Bridge conference, and leads Code ‘n’ Splode, a user group for women in technology.

Jason Mauer is owner and chief architect at Mighty Code, a software development shop based here in Portland. Jason is active in the Portland alt.net user group and spent several years on the SAO’s Developer’s Forum Steering Committee.

Please join us in welcoming the 2011 Legion of Tech Board!

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!

Legion of Tech Board Meeting Minutes 2008-2-11

Legion of Tech Board Meeting
Monday, 02/11/2008
Meeting held at Jive Software 317 SW Alder St Ste 500, Portland, OR
Meeting began at 5:48pm, ended at 7:40pm

In Attendance:

Dawn Foster, Todd Kenefsky, Selena Deckelmann, Adam Duvander, Audrey Eschright, Paul Biggs

Absent:

Josh Bancroft, Justin Kistner

Meeting Minutes:

Discussed going to board for approval of all events. Call for votes for all events pending for official purposes.

Vote: PASSED, Adoption of a policy of not holding Legion of Tech events along side commercial conferences with commercial interests, unless exception is made by a vote of the majority of the Legion of Tech board.

Request for this policy to be documented for publication, for this reasoning to be made clear to others.

Vote: PASSED, Do not proceed with Ignite Portland at Innotech in April 2008, based on the new policy adoption regarding commercial events.

Raven Zachary will contact Sean Lowery to inform him of the decision.

Vote: PASSED, Do not proceed with Ignite Portland at OSCON in July 2008, based on the new policy adoption regarding commercial events.

Dawn Foster will contact Allison Randal to inform her of the decision.

Vote: PASSED, Do not proceed with Ignite Portland at Inverge, based on the new policy adoption regard commercial events.

Todd Kenefsky will contact Steve Gehlen to inform him of the decision.

Vote: PASSED, Proceed with Startupalooza in March 2008.

Vote: PASSED, Proceed with BarCamp Portland 2 in May 2008.

Discussed evolving the monthly BarCamp Meetups into a monthly Legion of Tech happy hour, possibly at a larger venue than Jive Software. Various options were discussed. No decisions were made. The topic was tabled.

Vote: PASSED, Holding a Legion of Tech kickoff party for the community, including information on what Legion of Tech is. Paul Biggs and Selena Deckelmann will manage this effort. Venue and dates to be determined.

501(c)(3) status update. Todd Kenefsky and Paul Biggs spent time talking with Steve Gehlen about the 501(c)(3) paperwork process last week. Discussed various options for 501(c)(3) paperwork resources. Financial projections and mission statement development were specifically discussed. Raven Zachary will look into The Company Corporation (incorporate.com) as an option.

Tuesday, February 19th, 6:30pm, work meeting on Mission Statement at the Side Door, 425 SE Washington.

Finance Committee Update. $968.68 funds available, takes into account $249.44 left over form Ignite Portland 1. Total sponsorship revenue from Ignite Portland 2 of $4525.00. Waiting for Intel Software Network and Voyager Capital on delayed sponsorship payments. We expect a larger balance once remaining sponsor checks are received. $2,268.68 to be expected as a balance. Ignite Portland 2 total costs. $3,055.76. $2176.55 on the Bagadad, food/facilities/AV. $455 in insurance. $150 in supplies.

Fiscal year was discussed. No decision has been made on the Legion of Tech fiscal year. Finance Committee discussed financial policies and procedures. The matter is still under consideration and formal policies to be submitted to the board at a later date.

Legion of Tech logo – we have a black and white logo design. Color treatments are being designed now. Justin Kistner is working on a vector version of the logo for digital use. We will send a thank you card for the logo designer at the next meeting.

Ignite Portland 2 debrief. Wednesday, February 13th. Noon at E-San Thai, 133 SW 2nd Avenue. Some discussion of overall event issues. Consideration to avoid mainstream media publicity in the future. Did not vote on this issue. Some ideas for a more efficient registration was discussed. Discussed the possibility of moving sponsor presentations to the middle of the event, rather than at the beginning.

Ignite Portland 3 update. Plan to move the event to June to avoid conflicting with scheduling and sponsor needs for Startupalooza and BarCamp Portland 2.

Startupalooza update. Has been on hold for a bit due to Ignite Portland 2 planning. $250 in sponsorships right now (Stoel Rives LLC). Kevin Spence is talking about pre-paying for a number of events. Looking for more sponsors.

BarCamp update. Starting planning meetings, 5pm at Cubespace on Tuesday, February 12th. It will cost about $1,600 for the space, $750 for staff, $300 for AC, $250 snacks, $300 for extra cleaning. We will try for enough sponsorships for catered meals.

Beaver BarCamp update. Discussed ways to support the event in Corvallis. Many of the board members will not be able to attend the event.

Legion of Tech Garage Sale idea. Explained idea for tech garage sale at Cubespace. DorkBot has been interested in doing this, as well. Idea of whatever is not sold, donation opportunity to FreeGeek. Board did not want to accept CRT monitors, due to cost, size and weight.

Vote: PASSED. Proceed with Legion of Tech Garage Sale, pending additional information. Raven Zachary will report back to the board via email.

Discussed presentation voting for future Ignite Portland events. Raven Zachary will propose some ideas and discuss at the next board meeting.

Discussed sponsorships. Some concern about donor fatigue for our number of events. Tabled until the next board meeting.

Discussed event playbook (documentation). Desire to capture the best practices for event production.

Discussed SocialGraph Foo Camp event that Scott Kveton attended. Some discussion about encouraging a similar event in Portland.

Discussed TechShop opening in Portland. Some discussion of Legion of Tech reaching out to TechShop.

Discussed grants opportunities for Legion of Tech. Tabled until the next board meeting.

Some Background on Legion of Tech

Legion of Tech is currently in the early stages of forming as a non-profit organization. We have submitted the paperwork to incorporate as a non-profit in Oregon, but have not yet received confirmation that our application will be accepted.

After organizing BarCamp Portland and Ignite Portland, we realized that it was very difficult to manage sponsorships and other logistics of these events without having a legal entity. For example, at Ignite Portland, Raven signed a waiver making him personally responsible if anything happened to the facility (we had insurance, but this could have been really ugly if anything bad happened.) We are forming Legion of Tech to allow us to better manage these Portland community events.

This organization has two primary functions: first, we organize key community events like BarCampPortland and Ignite Portland; second, we provide resources and help to organizers of other community technology events. Specifically, the purpose of this organization is to

  • Grow and nurture the local Portland technology community through educational, not-for-profit, community-run events.
  • Make it easier for community members to organize technology events.
  • Provide resources and assistance for technology community events.

Next Steps for the organization:

  • We will be having the first board meeting this week to ratify the bylaws and board members for Legion of Tech (we will post the minutes, board member names, and bylawys here on the blog)
  • After ratification of the board and the bylaws and acceptance of our application to incorporate as an Oregon non-profit, we will begin filing the 501(c) (3) paperwork to see if we can qualify as a tax-exempt organization.

We will continue to post more information and additional pages here as we work through the details.  We are also working on a logo, which will drive the look and feel for the site, so please excuse the newbie theme look while we get organized.