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Monday, 05 March 2012 10:15

New Regime - Same Old Tricks

In the March, 2012 Joomla Community Magazine interview with Paul Orwig, former Treasurer of OSM and now President of OSM, said the following:

Support leadership structure changes to improve collaboration and productivity, establish a collaborative process with all leadership teams to set major project-wide goals, and improve OSM’s openness and transparency.

  Paul Orwig

 Emphasis shown is mine. Note that this is the same person who has stonewalled the Joomla! community for the last two years by failing to consistently provide "transparent" financial reports for community review as promised by the board, recommitted to on their J!People page, and required in their own bylaws.

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They must, really!

In the FAQs section of the New York Charities Bureau, this Q & A is presented:

Q. Does the board have to keep minutes of its meetings?

A.  A corporation is obligated to keep, at the office of the corporation, correct and complete minutes of all meetings, including those conducted face to face and over the telephone, of its members, board and executive committee, if any.

Note: The emphasis is mine. The above FAQ is a simple summary of the New York Law which states:

§ 621. Books and records; right of inspection; prima facie evidence.

(a) Except as otherwise provided herein, every corporation shall keep, at the office of the corporation, correct and complete books and records of account and minutes of the proceedings of its members, board and executive committee, if any, and shall keep at such office or at the office of its transfer agent or registrar in this state, a list or record containing the names and addresses of all members, the class or classes of membership or capital certificates and the number of capital certificates held by each and the dates when they respectively became the holders of record thereof. A corporation may keep its books and records of account in an office of the corporation without the state, as specified in its certificate of incorporation. Any of the foregoing books, minutes and records may be in written form or in any other form capable of being converted into written form within a reasonable time.

So, correct and complete minutes.What's the problem? The minutes are correct and complete aren't they?

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Sunday, 06 November 2011 09:51

Now You See It...Now You Don't

That’s definitely the tag line for every magician during his or her magic show. They somehow try to convince you that an object once seen by you has now somehow vanished into thin air. Of course we all know that is not true. With carefully crafted cues, skilled assistants and perfect timing they briefly redirect your focus for a mere millisecond and poof….Now you see it and now you don’t.

 Back around March 11, 2011 in response to a question raised by Jennifer Marriott, Paul Orwig replied "It has been my decision as Treasurer to not publish our unaudited financial statements until I am satisfied that they are reasonably accurate, and I still have some unanswered questions along those lines. I have been in touch with our accountants to get their assistance on that, and they have said they hope to have time next week to help get those questions answered." So, a reasonable person would conclude with the publishing of these financial statements some 7 months later that they are now deemed sufficiently accurate to have passed the tough Paul Orwig test. Right? Not so, young Obi-Wan Kenobi. Now we find with some certainty that these reports contain significant inaccuracies in reporting revenue received and that Paul Orwig, the OSM Treasurer is well aware of it!

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On December 4, 2009, Ryan Ozimek, then Secretary of OSM, Inc. posted this blog in which he promised that the minutes of the OSM board meetings would be published in a reasonable time frame. In fact, he stated: "Our meeting minutes have been recorded internally, and more often than not, sent to the board members for approval shortly after the completion of board meetings." which would imply at least publication during the month following the meeting. Unfortunately the publications of OSM minutes has been very inconsistent with the current state as of today having minutes only available through the July, 2011 board meeting. This kind of delay makes it impossible to have a somewhat current discussion with OSM board members on any decisions that might have been made in the past month. The current board secretary frequently refers to the OSM bylaws when someone pushes the issue of why the minutes are not published in a more timely fashion:

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