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Our nominee to join The Perl Foundation’s Board of Directors as Treasurer is Pete Krawczyk. Prior to making a final decision, our standard policy includes a public comment period. The community is invited to post public feedback or ask questions of Pete on this blog post. We will wait a minimum of two weeks prior to making a decision. If any member of the community would like to express concerns privately, they may do so by contacting any member of the Board of Directors.

TPF Bylaws define the following responsibilities for the Treasurer:

5.09 Treasurer. The treasurer shall (a) have charge and custody over corporate funds and securities; (b) keep accurate books and records of corporate receipts and disbursements; (c) deposit all moneys and securities received by the corporation at such depositories in the corporation's name that may be designated by the board; (d) complete all required corporate filings; and (e) perform all duties incident to the office and other duties assigned by the president or the board.

Pete Krawczyk is a US-based software developer currently working for ZipRecruiter. Pete began learning Perl in 1996 at a local ISP and has been involved in the Perl community since 2004 when he joined Chicago.pm. Pete and Josh McAdams organized the 2006 and 2008 YAPC::NA conferences in Chicago, IL. Pete has been a contributor to CPAN since 2005 and has given several talks at user group meetings and conferences in the past fifteen years.

Outside of Perl, Pete has been a Financial Secretary for his local Knights of Columbus council, and is a trainer for the Illinois State Council of the Knights, training others Financial Secretaries on financial matters. He has also been an officer and treasurer for two different bowling leagues for the past six years. He is currently pursuing a BBA, and eventually an MBA, from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater.

Below are the questions that we asked Pete along with his responses:

Why do you want to be a member of the TPF Board?

I have been programming in Perl for 23 years; without Perl, my development career would not have been the same. I am excited for the opportunity to take what I've learned in other areas and use my skills to help Perl continue to thrive. I look forward to the chance to leave my mark on the language I love.

What existing TPF initiative(s) are most important to you and why?

I have found over the years that community is the most important part of Perl. People, modules, features all come and go, but the community - and the values we've developed - sustain us through the worst of times and drive us in the best of times. The hallway track at each conference is more valuable than any single talk, and while attending TPCiP 20, I was able to speak with a number of people I haven't spoken with in years. I think the best use of TPF is to encourage this community and do whatever possible to help it grow.

What goals would you like to see TPF pursue in the future?

1. Securing the legacy of Perl - TPF has done a great job in making sure Perl stays Perl and isn't co-opted by other interests. Things like getting the name TPC back for YAPC, to securing trademarks, and working with local PM groups to help the community prosper, has made Perl as a brand stronger. I'd like to see this continue and expand.

2. Greater participation - While it's important to have a strong board and good committees, it's equally important that people believe they have a voice in the future of Perl. To do that, people need to understand what it is that TPF does on a broader scale, and how they can help. I think documenting our legacy, diversifying our processes and developing leadership from within should all be priorities of TPF.

3. Encourage newcomers - Perl may be the Swiss Army Chainsaw, but to the average person who is entering the field, Perl is overwhelming. TIMTOWTDI is a blessing and a curse, and TPF should lead the way in helping folks discover how to do simple stuff simply before introducing ten other ways to do it. Perl is one of the most accessible languages in the world; let's help people understand how it can help them and encourage them to join the community in a virtuous feedback loop.

I'm very happy to report that following the nomination process, the board has elected Stuart Mackintosh as the new president of The Perl Foundation. Stuart will officially assume the role on September 1, 2019. Congratulations to Stuart and good luck in your new role!

Dear Perl Community

Last week, in a blog post, The Perl Foundation Board of Directors announced that it would be providing further analysis of a recent Standards of Conduct decision with the hopes of providing an update this week.

After reaching out to various parties and receiving additional information, it is clear that this issue will not be resolved in a week. The Board will continue to work on this matter but cannot provide an expected resolution date.

Out of respect to all parties involved, we cannot provide additional information at this time.

Thank you,

TPF Board

Dear Perl Community:

As reported in our blog post last week, the Board has been reviewing the details surrounding the decision to delist a conference video from The Perl Foundation's YouTube channel following a Standards of Conduct complaint. As part of this review, a special Board meeting was held on July 16th, 2019 to review the complaint and the process of how it was handled. The Board of Directors have agreed that further analysis is warranted.

Although the team that handled the complaint did have Board representation, the Board of Directors was not involved in the initial review. We hope that a brand new set of objective eyes on the problem will help to either confirm the initial finding, or identify more equitable solutions.

While the Board investigates this issue, we do ask that the community refrain from posting speculative or inflammatory messages. Our goals are understanding, healing, and improving. Negative posts only serve to harm our community. We encourage people with comments regarding this matter to contact any member of the Board of Directors.

We hope to provide additional information in about one week. Until then, we thank you for your patience.

Thank you,

TPF Board of Directors

The Perl Conference March Newsletter

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In this issue:

  • Speakers - confirm you are still planning to give your talk!
  • Attend the open TPCiP planning meeting on March 25 at 8pm EST
  • Looking for "YAPC" regulars
  • Volunteers needed
  • Come to our event
  • Correction about pricing deadline from previous newsletters
  • Make your room reservations
  • Sponsor TPCiP - get your company seen!
  • How to reach us

Reply to our CFP acceptance message

Did you submit a talk idea? We have already emailed you the status of your submission. Organizers need you to reply to that email asap (within 48 hours) to confirm you are still able to give the talk! Once we have your confirmations we can get our schedule underway.

By the way, TPCiP is accepting your proposals until April 1, 2019 in our second call for proposals round!

Attend the TPCiP planning meeting

Ever wonder how The Perl Conference events are organized? TPCiP organizers are meeting on March 25 to continue working out the event details. We had good feedback at our last open meeting and are doing it again. Feel free to join us! You can simply observe or, even better, help us in our planning - just for the day or on a continued basis.


Join our meeting (id is 305 037 240) at 8:00pm EST on Mar 25.

Calling all YAPC "regulars"!

Are you a chronic attendee of Perl conferences? Have you been to almost every YAPC and TPC in America as an organizer, speaker, or attendee? We would love to hear from you! Please reach out to the conference organizers, [email protected].

Volunteers needed

We’re looking for volunteers who can help make the significance of the 20th Anniversary of Perl conferences stand-out! The selected volunteer may lead a small group of other volunteers or work individually, arrange for creation and placement of announcements/displays, lead the discussion on special activities that could be incorporated into the event, etc. The selected volunteer will help us highlight our 20th year and will also get free admission to the event's main conference days! Please send an email to [email protected] for more information about volunteering.

Register to attend The Perl Conference

Correction:

Sorry! In the previous publications we published the wrong early-bird pricing deadline. Early-bird pricing is available until May 15th, not March 1.

The main 3-day conference event is on June 17-19, 2019! The conference will be in Pittsburgh, PA with optional master-class tutorial sessions offered on June 16, 20, and 21. Early-bird pricing is available for $275 until May 15.

There is also a Golden Ticket option that comes with perks including a free hotel room upgrade, a free conference bag, special recognition on the event website and during the conference! The cost for a Golden Ticket is $500.00.

Both early-bird and Golden Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite http://bit.ly/tpciptickets.

Get your lodging

The conference events and recommended lodging are conveniently in one place:

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown

One Bigelow Square

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

You can secure your room online (preferred) at http://bit.ly/tpciphotel. Alternately you can call 1-800-222-TREE (8733). Be sure to mention “The Perl Conference 2019" event.

The organizers can help you with your reservation if you need an accessible room. Please email [email protected] for assistance.

Want to sponsor The Perl Conference?


For more information about donating to The Perl Foundation visit http://bit.ly/tpcipsponsor.

Sponsors can also donate directly to The Perl Conference. Often the organizers are able to link a sponsor directly to an event at the conference ( wifi, coffee break, etc ) where the cost of the event is in line with the donation amount. Email [email protected] for more information or to donate directly to this year's event.

Sponsors of $500 or more will be provided a table at our sponsor expo and job fair.

How to reach us

Send your questions about The Perl Conference to [email protected]. Somebody on our organizing team will be happy to get back to you.


We can't wait to see you back where it all began, in Pittsburgh, PA this June! #TPCiP

Dave Rolsky is our next nominee to join the Perl Foundation board. Dave is well known in the Perl community, for his extensive contributions to CPAN and for his frequent conference talks and classes. If you'd like to know a little more, he conveniently posts his resume on-line on his website.

Below is some additional information on how Dave feels he can contribute to the board:

  • Why do you want to become a member of the TPF Board?

I have a lot of nonprofit experience and I think I can help with TPF's mission because of that. I was a co-founder and board member of a local animal advocacy group for about 19 years, and during that time I helped with fundraising, event organization, administration, and pretty much everything else.

  • What existing TPF initiative(s) are most important to you and why?

For me, the most important programs are conferences and Perl 5 core maintenance fund programs. Conferences are vital for having any sort of Perl community. The maint fund is crucial in order to make sure that the Perl 5 core continues to advance. It's a tough code base to work on, so we need to support the people who can do that work.

  • What goals would you like to see TPF pursue in the future?

I wonder if there's room for additional fundraising. There are many more companies using Perl than are represented among the existing sponsors. That said, this sort of fundraising can be quite challenging and time consuming.

I'm also interested in the potential for other sorts of Perl promotion and outreach programs. For example, maybe some sort of targeted grants aimed at producing high quality videos, etc.

Following our recently established process, this post will allow for constrictive public input on Dave's nomination for two weeks, after which the board will vote.

I'm happy to announce that Ricardo Signes has become the newest member of the Perl Foundation board. His is the first board appointment following the new, more public, selection process we recently announced. Thanks to Rik for agreeing to be the first to use this process and to the community for the comments and feedback following his nomination. We look forward to Rik's continued contributions to the Perl community, now in his role as a TPF board member.

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