Re: Donation plan? and more

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Wed Oct 27 2004 - 13:28:04 CDT

At 11:00 AM -0700 10/27/04, Alan Dechert wrote:
> > I assume Alan's decision to follow through on your stated
>> intention to resign, or to instead stay on, will depend on
>> whether there is sufficient funding or prospects of funding
>> by November 10th.
>>
>Over the phone, you have suggested that I go ahead and resign and have an
>interim president. I rejected that notion.
>
>Please read carefully what I am saying. I have not resigned at this point.
>In no case will I offer an unconditional resignation. I will resign if a
>replacement is found that can clearly bring fundraising capability that I
>lack. Otherwise, there is no advantage to the OVC in my resignation.
>
>Furthermore, you have made other suggestions about how you think the OVC
>should change (change the mission, especially). I do not approve of these
>changes and if you persist in advancing them I will never resign.

Considering that the OVC has been unable to pay you, it's not clear
how much longer you can devote most of your time on OVC matters.
Your financial difficulties and how you deal with them present
problems to the OVC as an organization. To the extent that you can
continue to devote time to the OVC, that's great. If we can find
someone of suitable stature to lead the OVC but who doesn't have time
to run it, then it might make sense to have an Executive Director who
manages the OVC on a day-to-day basis.

I do think that the OVC has failed in achieving building a production
system, and I do think we need to scale our projects in line with our
resources.

I think a key objective of the OVC is to build and deploy open voting
systems, or to get others to do so. My other suggestions have been
in the spirit of brainstorming.

I do think the board should formally commence a search for an OVC
President at its meeting on November 11th. If you want to wait to
resign until the new candidate is identified and installed, that's
fine with me.

I had the impression from our conversations that your financial
pressures would most likely require you to step down soon as
President. You announced as such to the mailing list. It wasn't
clear to me how imminent that was, and I need to plan for various
contingencies.

Best regards,
Arthur

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