April 7, 2014 – CLUG Meeting

Meeting  19:00 – 21:00

Likely in room 426 – will try and firm up tomorrow.

At this point I would like to say a few words with Mel stepping down.  It is a shame that it has come to this for such a small organization that is crying out for volunteers.  I personally will miss Mel’s energy.  We don’t always see eye to eye nor should we expect everyone to agree.  We should however respect the individual and the energy that they voluntarily put forward.  To all the past executives and members that have given freely of their time in giving talks, answering posts, solving problems, holding workshops.  As a collective – we are not paid to do this, we do it out of passion for open source and helping the community.  This gift of time becomes even more precious when life pressures consume what free time we have left, postponing obligations to continue the gift of time.

It is not our place to judge whether the job was adequate or it should have been done this way or whether it was done wrong.  People have given their gift of time – if you don’t like it, it was a gift, do with it as you will but don’t criticize the gift.  For those that are quick to judge, what was your latest gift.  If you don’t like the direction the group is taking, step up and do something about it.  This does not mean come up with an  idea and some volunteer group will do the work – I suggest that you own the idea an make it yours.

As an aside, a group of us did meet last week to discuss the future and the topic of doing a pod cast was put forward.  We discussed briefly how this can be accomplished without everyone having to meet.  There is not reason why you can not participate remotely either as part of the discussion or as a passive listener.  I hope we can flush out this idea some more at the next meeting.

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