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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.

As communicated previously....

The Perl Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization based in the United States. Currently its board of directors has six members and TPF will start annual nomination and election process of new members. Bringing new people to the board regularly, with some community input, will allow the organization to grow and increase its output.

Here are the details:

1. Nomination

A new member should be nominated by one or more Board members.

2. Eligibility

The nominee must be an active volunteer of TPF at least for 180 days.

3. Public hearing

Public post will be made to ask for input from the community. The post will have the nominee's bio and reasons for nomination.

4. Election

Election will be made by the board members after feedback is gathered from the public.

If you would like to be nominated, please get in touch with one of the TPF Board members by March 5th with the followings:

  • Bio
  • Why do you want to become a member of the TPF Board?
  • What goals would you like to see TPF pursue in the next years?

They will be posted publicly.

Questions? [email protected]

Unicode membership

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I'm pleased to report that The Perl Foundation has renewed its associate level membership in the Unicode Consortium.

This membership allows Perl core developers to be on the "inside track" when it comes to the future of Unicode standards. It also gives them access to documents and people that have made the development of Unicode support in Perl easier.

The Perl Foundation is pleased to be able to make this resource available through the generosity of all of our sponsors.

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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.

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