[DRAFT 1] Article 3: Membership
[Here is the first 'real' cut at writing the article since most people
seemed to agree with the basic principles. I think this looks fairly
good, but I'm sure it could use a little polishing.
Membership in this organization shall be open to all who meet the approval
of the membership committee. Members have the right and responsibility of
overseeing the board members, officers, and committees and ensuring that
they operate in accordance with the goals and principles of the
organization. All board members, officers, and committees are ultimately
responsible to the membership, and should act in accordance with its
Contributing and non-contributing membership are available within
this organization. Members agree to help further and support the
principles and goals of this organization. All membership applications
and renewals will be reviewed by the Membership Committee. Applicants
must meet the criteria set forth in the charter of the Membership
Members wishing to leave the organization may do so at any time by
notifying the membership committee of their desire for the membership to
To become a contributing member the applicant must apply for a
contributing membership and include a list of projects or free software
related activities that they have participated in (and what they
specifically have done) within the last two years (more may be included if
The contributing membership will expire two years from the date of
issue of the membership. The member will be notified one month before the
expiration of the membership and will be asked to send a renewal
application with a list of projects or free software related activities
that they have participated in within the last two years. If the
membership is not renewed, the member status will be downgraded to a
non-contributing member. To again become a contributing member at a later
time, the person can simply follow the renewal process.
Board members, by virtue of their office, are automatically granted the
status of contributing members.
To become a non contributing member, the applicant must apply for a
non-contributing membership. The membership will not expire.