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Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2005 13:48:00 CDT
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2005 13:48:00 CDT
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Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2005 13:48:00 CDT To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: David Parter <email@example.com> Subject: [SAGE] Memo-to-Members (April 2005) SAGE Memo-to-Members April 2005 1. LISA 2005 update The deadline for LISA 2005 submissions is fast approaching -- May 10. See http://www.usenix.org/events/lisa05/cfp/ for submission details Make sure to reserve the dates now for attending LISA05: December 4-9, San Diego CA. See http://www.usenix.org/events/lisa05/ for details 2. SAGE Transition status/news At the recent USENIX Annual Technical Conference, the transition team (Lorette Cheswick, Geoff Halprin, Trey Harris and David Parter) held a well-attended BOF to update members and answer questions. We had a good discussion about many issues related to the transition process and organizing an independent SAGE. Here are the highlights: * LISA: A frequent question from the members regards the future of the LISA conference. LISA will continue to be co-sponsored by USENIX and SAGE, and will continue to be the premier System Administration event. * SAGE memberships and benefits continue unchanged -- please renew when your membership expires! (Another frequent question) * Incorporation: As previously reported, we have incorporated in New Jersey, and filed with the IRS for 501c(3) non-profit tax-exempt status. The transition team is now officially the Interim Board of Trustees. * Governance: we are continuing to refine the bylaws and establish initial policies of the new SAGE. As previously reported: - The Board will have 9 members, elected at large, for two-year terms (Note: Elections will be by preferential voting) - The Board will elect officers from within the Board * Elections: see below * Management: see below * All the documents relating to the organization will be posted on the web in the next few weeks. We will send email to sage-members to let you know. 3. SAGE Elections A few weeks ago email was sent to all SAGE members from the Leadership Committee soliciting nominations for the SAGE Board of Directors. If you are interested, please contact a member of the Leadership Committee: Esther Filderman <firstname.lastname@example.org> Adam Moskowitz <email@example.com> Mario Obejas <firstname.lastname@example.org> Greg Rose <email@example.com> (Leadership Committee chair) The leadership committee held a well-attended BOF at the recent USENIX Annual Technical Conference to discuss nominations and the election procedures. The election will be held online in early June. The new Board will take office shortly after the elections. 4. SAGE Management Using frequent flyer miles, vacation days, juggling consulting clients, and start-up funding from USENIX, the Interim Board/Transition Team is currently in the midst of a whirlwind five-city tour to conduct on-site visits/interviews with the finalists for an association management company (AMC) to provide management services for the new SAGE. Hiring an AMC is a cost-effective way to retain staff, establish an office, and gain the expertise of professionals in association management, without having to do it all ourselves (for more information on AMCs, see http://www.iaamc.org/). We recieved 19 proposals in reponse to our request for proposals, and after review of the proposals and phone interviews, narrowed the list to five finalists. We expect to have an AMC selected in the next few weeks, at which point we can begin planning for the transition of services and the seating of the new Board of Directors. Having an AMC will also help us to address the administrative/logistical details of the first Board of Directors' election. If you have any comments, feedback, questions, please contact us: SAGE Transition Team/Interim Board: firstname.lastname@example.org David Parter Your memo-to-members editor email@example.com