VOTING CONCLUDED ON JULY 23, 2008. The Membership at large has overwhelmingly approved the new membership agreement and bylaws and they have become effective on July 24, 2008. The Eclipse Foundation would like to thank the Membership for casting their ballots in a timely manner. Here are links to the new documents:
(95.8%) - 157 YES Votes - YES, I agree with the unanimous recommendation of the Eclipse Management Organization and Board of Directors to update the Membership Agreement and Bylaws.
(4.2%) - 7 NO Votes - NO, I do not support the proposed changes to the Membership Agreement and Bylaws
Quorum rules required 152 votes for the motion to pass - this was achieved.
The current Bylaws of the Eclipse Foundation and Eclipse Foundation Membership Agreement have served our community well for almost five years. To prepare the Eclipse Ecosystem for the next five years, a number of changes have been proposed to the Bylaws and Membership Agreement. These changes require super-majority (two-thirds plus one) approval of the Membership-at-Large to become effective.
On June 23, 2008 we initiated an electronic vote of the Eclipse Foundation Membership-at-Large to approve the proposed changes. All Member Company Representatives and Committers should vote on the proposed changes. If you are a Member Company Represenative or Committer Member and did not receive your official voting instructions on June 23, 2008 please contact membership at eclipse.org.
Here is a summary of the proposed Membership Model:
You have THREE ways to learn more about the membership changes.
The Board of Directors has recently made the following changes to "Exhibit C" of the Membership Agreement. These changes are made by the Board of Directors and are not part of the voting process:
Who do I contact for more information? For email questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to speak to someone in North America or APAC, please call Donald Smith at +1 (613) 224-9461 x231. In Europe and India, please contact Ralph Müller at +49 (177) 4490460.
How does the voting process work? All Committer Members and Company Representatives are required to vote. Ballots have been sent electronically by email. Committer Members are Committers who work for a Member Company or have completed the Committer Membership paperwork. Each Company Representative vote counts as one vote. Each group of committers for a Member Company also count as a single vote based on a collapsable single vote. Each vote by a Committer who has completed the Committer Membership paperwork and is not working for a Member Company will also count as one vote. The voting process will be open for 30 days until close of business July 23, 2008. A super-majority of affirmative votes is required for the changes to become effective.
Where do I find more details about the new "Enterprise Member" class? You can find details in the slide-show overview on the membership changes page. If you would like more information, please contact membership at eclipse.org.
I do not see any of the benefits of membership noted in the Membership Agreement or Bylaws; how do I find out about those? Members all have certain rights and obligations as noted in the Bylaws and Membership Agreement. However, many of the benefits members receive are from programs run by the Eclipse Foundation - thanks to the support of its membership. You can find out about these benefits on the membership benefits page and some of the special programs being run on the special programs page. New benefits and programs are always being added and you can find out about those from your Member Newsletters, Members Meetings, and other information feeds.
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