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Re: Release Candidate of the PostgreSQL Europeassociation statutes

From: Koen Martens <gmc(at)sonologic(dot)nl>
To: damien clochard <damien(at)dalibo(dot)info>
Cc: pgeu-general(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Release Candidate of the PostgreSQL Europeassociation statutes
Date: 2008-01-14 12:04:15
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On Sun, Jan 13, 2008 at 09:24:11PM +0100, damien clochard wrote:
> hi everyone !

Hi!

> After a few weeks of work, the statutes for the upcoming European user group 
> are ready to be submitted to you.
> 
> Check it out :
> http://wiki.postgresqlfr.org/doku.php/pgeu:statutes

Just a few thoughts after reading these statutes (i've been involved with non-profits and statutes mostly in Holland, plus i am not a lawyer).

It is mentioned "For the General Assembly to be validly constituted a quorum of 30% of the total number of members must be present or represented.". Is there no danger of the association ending up in dead water if you require such a big amount of members to be present? In my experience, only the 'die hards' ever come to these GA's anyway. I think most GA's (from political organisations and non-profits such as FFII) i've been to attract maybe one percent of the members, if not less (counting represented members also). 

> Once everyone is ok with it, i will translate the statutes in French. Only the 
> french version will be legally valid.

Will there be certified translations available in other languages? At least an 'official' translation into English would be nice for the zillions of people out there not speaking french.

You might want to add 'financial controllers' to the statutes, who are to check the financial records and report to the GA on their validity. This is quite common, and gives some extra credibility to your financial affairs. Perhaps you have already considered this, and decided not to add this extra safe-guard, in that case i'm curious why.

Best,

Koen

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