Minutes of the Wikimedia UK Annual General Meeting
Saturday 24 April 2010, 2pm
Room 3b, University of London Union, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY
Present: Mike Peel (MP)(Chair), Andrew Turvey (AT)(Minutes), Steve Virgin (SV), Tom Holden (TH), Zeyi He (ZH), Tom Dalton (TD) plus five other members in person and four by proxy and a vistor.
Apologies: Joseph Seddon (JS)
MP gave an presentation about the activities of the chapter in the previous year. TD gave an overview of the Wikimedia Fundraiser, TH explained the financial position and AT gave an overview of our charity status negotiations. ZH explained about the initiatives that had been run in the year and the conferences people had attended. SV spoke about the activities he has organised in Bristol.
Except for JS, each of the five candidates for the new Board gave a short statement.
Ballot papers were distributed to members and returned to the tellers for counting.
Each of the five resolutions, listed at Meetings/2010_AGM/Resolutions was taken in turn:
1. A motion to create a new class of membership for organisations
The resolution was proposed by AT on behalf of the Board. MP proposed an amendment revising the number of votes for organisation members to one. The amendment was accepted on a show of hands. The resolution was then passed with a two thirds majority on a show of hands.
2. A motion to set the membership fee for Individual Members
The resolution was proposed by TH on behalf of the Board. After a discussion the motion was passed on a show of hands.
The meeting noted that the motion removed the distinction for concessions, and expressed the wish to re-introduce a concessionary rate should the membership fee be increased in the future.
3 A motion to set the membership fee for Member Organisations
The resolution was proposed by AT on behalf of the Board. After a discussion the motion was passed on a show of hands.
4 A motion to allow the board to waive the membership fee in individual cases
The resolution was proposed by TH on behalf of the Board and was passed unanimously on a show of hands.
5 A motion to appoint board members
The resolution was proposed by AT on behalf of the Board and was passed unanimously on a show of hands.
The tellers, James Farrar and James Humphreys, reported the results of the Board election:
There were 11 ballots received including two voting by proxy. The result was:
As per the Election Rules, all five candidates were elected as they had all received more than 50% of the vote.
The meeting formally closed at 3:30pm. Discussions continued on the future of the chapter.