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After an amazing 17 years of serving The Perl Foundation in various roles, Kurt DeMaagd has stepped down from his board position. Kurt was one of the original founders of TPF in addition to being a founder of slashdot.org. As the original treasurer, Kurt set up all of the initial financial components of TPF, then known as Yet Another Society, and we have since distributed over $1 million in grant money. Kurt served as treasurer, also assisting with early YAPC events, until from the creation of TPF in 2000 until 2010.

In addition to creating TPF as a charitable organization, one of the early motivations for setting up TPF was to secure insurance for Yet Another Perl Conference (YAPC). TPF continues to provide this coverage and these initial efforts have enabled hundreds of Perl-related events over the last 17 years.

We extend our sincerest thanks to Kurt for getting everything started in September 2000 and for his service over all of these years.

TPF Committee Updates

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We've been reviewing Perl Foundation committees over the last few months and I'm happy to report some new people have stepped into committee leadership roles.

David Oswald is the new conferences committee chair. This position had gone vacant for a period as TPF Treasurer Dan Wright along with others took a more active role in planning for The Perl Conference. The board is happy to once again have someone in this role to help spread the work and responsibilities.

David was one of the lead organizers of YAPC::NA 2015 in Salt Lake City. He is also on the organizing team for the OpenWest open source conference. We're confident David's experience will help with this year's Perl Conference and with planning going forward.

Will Coleda is the new Secretary of the Grants Committee. Will has been a member of the Grants Committee since 2008, and involved with the Perl 6 community and development for over a decade. Will's selection is a great example of the cycle of involvement for a TPF member, starting as a committee member and then taking on a bigger role over time.

The outgoing secretary, Makoto Nozaki, has held this position since February 2014 and he will continue his work as Perl Foundation board Secretary.

As part of our committee review, I have also been looking into other committees that have recently been less active or inactive. As a result, the Steering Committee is being sunsetted.

The Steering Committee was originally created as a forum to pull in more active community members to carry out TPF business in the earlier years of the foundation when the board was much less active. When Karen Pauley, who was Steering Committee Chair, took over as president, this activity moved to the board. New committees also were created to handle specific areas of activity like conferences, grants, and marketing. With TPF activity moving to these other groups, the Steering Committee has been largely dormant so we're dissolving it. Thanks to all of the members who contributed their time to TPF through this committee.

Another committee we are evaluating is the Community Advocacy Committee. This committee was driven for many years by Ya'akov Sloman and we thank him for all of this efforts. He stepped down last year and the committee has been mostly inactive, so we are considering dissolving it as well. However, the board is open to proposals to revive the committee if community members are available to come forward. The committee charter is available for review and could be revised by new members if desired.

Please join us in congratulating and thanking David and Will as they take on their new roles. You can expect to hear more from them in the near future.

The Perl Foundation is excited to announce that Makoto Nozaki, grants chair, has joined TPF board as secretary. He has served as grants chair since 2014 and has done a great job overseeing grants and providing funding for perl projects. In addition to supporting Makoto's TPF work, Two Sigma Investments, LP, Makoto's employer, has also provided donations to TPF for which we are very grateful.

A focus for us this year is bringing new people into TPF at all levels, and adding a new member to the board as a replacement for Karen Pauley is part of that effort. Thank you to Karen for all of her years of service on the board. As part of his role, Makoto will be taking on some projects to help us get the community more involved.

One important project scheduled for this year is to launch an updated and more public process for nominating and appointing new board members. TPF isn't a membership organization, so this doesn't mean we'll have elections. However, we would like to get the community involved in nominations and to have an opportunity to ask questions and interact with prospective board members as part of the evaluation process.

Once we have a new process in place for bringing in new board members, we plan to add more structure around the 2 year terms defined in the TPF bylaws. Currently board members have held their seats until they step down, typically because of time constraints. We would like to revise this process such that at the end of a 2 year term, existing board members will actively seek out another 2 year term if they would like to continue to serve.

These initiatives are at the idea phase right now and there are many details to work out to define the actual processes for both. We look forward to working these out with Makoto's active work over the next year.

The Perl Foundation's Grants Committee is looking for a new member.

The new member will work at the committee in this large, high-profile nonprofit organization with other 13 members (see the bottom for the list) who include 4 White Camel Award recipients. The committee has presence in all the global regions and major Perl development threads. It's a volunteer position with no compensation.

We would like to elect either one of 1) the Committee Secretary 2) Committee Member. If you are interested, please read the below.

Nomination procedure

Candidates must be nominated by a member (voting/non-voting) of the Grants Committee.

If you would like to be nominated, please get in touch with one of the members below or the Secretary ([email protected]).

The nomination process will be closed on Feb 1st.

Position Details

Committee Secretary

Your roles will include 1) grant management 2) the committee management 3) grant scheduling 4) budget management 5) anything that will improve the grant program.

Note that the Secretary doesn't vote except for the casting vote and usually doesn't express opinion on each grant.

You are expected to spend at least 2 hours per week. The opportunity is unlimited and you may spend as many hours as you want.

Committee Member

You will be responsible for voting to decide which grants to fund using the community money. You will also work with other members to improve the grant program.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: Will the nomination and selection be made in public?

A1: No. Only the selected individual will be announced.

Q2: What if I have further questions?

A2: Feel free to contact me at [email protected] or comment here.

Current Members List

  • Makoto Nozaki (Secretary)
  • Will "Coke" Coleda
  • Rafael Garcia-Suarez
  • Perrin Harkins
  • Thomas Klausner
  • Daisuke Maki
  • Elizabeth Mattijsen
  • Ricardo Signes
  • Alberto Simões
  • Sawyer X
  • Alan Alavi (non-voting)
  • Tom Hukins (non-voting)
  • Mark A. Jensen (non-voting)

General

Conferences

Grants

People On The Move

  • Karen Pauley has stepped down as TPF President and Jim Brandt has assumed the the new President role (details).

Is this report useful? We welcome your feedback. Contact: makoto at perlfoundation.org

Will Braswell provides this update:

"RPerl v2.0 has been officially released, including the long-awaited automatic parallelization feature, which pushes us beyond the everyday speed of serial C++ to the bleeding-edge speed of parallel C++.

Accordingly, the following Learning RPerl sections have been added or updated:

MAJ

Will Braswell continues his unrestricted production of R(estricted)-Perl documentation:

"May was yet another busy month for Learning RPerl, section 2.3.6 was huge so I split out all the command-line arguments into a new appendix B.

We now have documentation for all of RPerl's 15 phases of operation, 27 command-line arguments, and approximately 200 RPerl-specific error messages, with even more coming soon!

All of the following sections have now been published in whole or in part:

MAJ

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