[wplug-board] Draft of language to create a PR committee & program

David Ostroske eksortso at gmail.com
Wed Nov 23 14:30:39 EST 2005

Pretty nice work, Bill. We could merge the two proposals together,
though. Here are my suggestions:

On 11/23/05, Bill Moran <wmoran at potentialtech.com> wrote:
> WPLUG PR committee
> The Board will appoint the WPLUG PR committee, whose purpose is as follows:

Maybe "appoint a PR committee" would work better. One too many
"WPLUG"'s spoil the broth. :)

Or better yet, to assert that this will be a standing committee, we
could take a cue from the Newsletter committee language:
"A Public Relations Committee shall be appointed by the Board, and
shall be renewed promptly after a new Board takes office. Its duties
shall include:"

> 1.To swell the ranks of WPLUG membership.
> 2.To establish and maintain WPLUG's reputation as a key organization for
>  Open Source in western Pennsylvania.

Very nice.

> 3.To maintain a high level of awareness of WPLUG activities with the general
>  public.
> 4.To obtain all possible favorable publicity for WPLUG.

Maybe strike "all possible" in this statement. There are a lot of
avenues for good publicity. The PR committee should be able to set
priorities among them.

> 5.To establish and maintain contact with other Open Source organizations
>  to coordinate efforts to further the cause of Open Source.

>From what I've heard, coordination with other groups is something
we've often considered but rarely followed through on. I'm tempted to
suggest moving this point up the list, but I suppose it works

We also need to state when and how often the committee reports. How about this:
"This committee shall provide regular reports to the Board and to the

Notes on committee reports: these reports should be expected before
each Board meeting, and each membership meeting. On the whole, we
should leave it up to the committees to determine what they will
report, but the Chair can ask for specifics before the reports are

> WPLUG PR program

This is more of a matter for the Board to determine, not the
membership. Once the members elect to create a PR committee, we can
fund that committee however we (the Board) think necessary.

Bill, the WPLUG PR program language, if recrafted, could serve as a
standard rule that the Board could adopt to describe how money is to
be dispersed to any of the committees. Maybe we could open that up to
a separate debate.

> Bill Moran

That's my 2 cents. What does everyone else think?

David Ostroske <eksortso at gmail.com>

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