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David Huelsmann

David Huelsmann

Dave Huelsmann was Treasurer of Open Source Matters, Inc. from 2008 to July, 2010 and Joomla Forum Global Moderator from 2005 to November, 2010. Now retired, he was a senior healthcare executive who managed large and diverse clinical laboratory, radiology, electroencephalography, and centralized patient transport operations/departments in both not-for-profit and for-profit companies throughout the United States.

Dave was a Navy Corpsman who served in Vietnam while attached to Seabee battalionmcb71
MCB-71.

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Post: 07 February 2012 Published in Joomla

Back from the 75-85° weather in Costa Rica, Panama, Antilles, Bahamas, Aruba, and Cura?ao to face the 6 to 12" of snow that fell just a few days ago. Yccch! Nice and relaxing cruise though. And, what do I find? Why, absolutely nothing at all. Nothing has changed at the OSM camp.

  • No meeting minutes since November 15, 2011. Ought to have at least December's minutes and, I would argue, January, 2012 as well. Update: Somebody is reading something. December minutes were published today 2/8/2012.
  • No financial reports since October, 2011. How about November and December. Or, for that matter, January?
  • No 1120 Federal income tax report since 2009. Come on, let's see 2010 at least.

So, OSM's method of avoidance is silence. See the comment from Peter on the previous blog. Come on OSM, don't you think we recognize what you have been doing or to put it another way - not doing?

Post: 17 January 2012 Published in Joomla

What we have here is a failure to communicate. Actually, I am communicating just fine. You, on the other hand, apparently have nothing to say. So what is it? Have my posts lately been too serious? Depressing? Boring? I just don't know how to please you people. I don't want to make you feel bad, but my stress is directly related to you never making changes even when it is pointed out to you. It's all your fault.

I'm afraid I'm going to have to take some time off from this blogging thing and let you decide if you miss me and want me back. I'm outta here unless I hear from at least 50 25 10 5  1 of you, begging me to stay just commenting.

Post: 07 January 2012 Published in Joomla

Let's see, where are we? Oh, yes, it's the end of the first week of January 2012.

So according to some speculators, the Mayan calendar foretells an apocalyptic event. It even gives us a potential date for the theoretical downfall: Dec. 21, 2012. Around 11 months and two weeks away. It is now my fervent belief that if OSM actually holds to their previous promises to publish the financial reports on time as well as the board minutes, it is likely to be on December 20, 2012 and we will only have one day to enjoy it!

End of the first week in January, 2012. Financial reports for the end of November, 2011 and the end of December, 2011 have not been published. Nor has there been any communication concerning the holdup. So, Paul Orwig's dismal record in posting OSM's financial reports for the Joomla! Community to review is at 16.6% for the year (2 out of twelve months).

Post: 30 December 2011 Published in Joomla

I have blogged quite a bit about OSM's failure not only to keep it's promises of transparency (essentially resolutions of transparency) but also its failure to follow its own bylaws and the not for profit laws of the state of New York under which OSM is incorporated. If we think of OSM's failures to keep resolutions as similar to the failures of those of us who make New Year's resolutions to lose weight maybe we can put OSM's continued failures in perspective. You know what I mean - the elliptical machines and free weights will be occupied from dusk to dawn in January with people who made the New Year's Resolution to "get in shape." But by February, the gym will be nearly empty again.

So, OSM, a new year is about to start. Should you make a resolution to keep your previous resolutions? Here's a New Year's resolution OSM can keep: Resolve not to make any more New Year's resolutions (goals) or any resolutions.

Now, wasn't that easy? And, doesn't it fit the actual performance of OSM this past two years?

Post: 16 December 2011 Published in Joomla

I am still trying to figure out how the board of OSM went from wanting to install numerous "liaison's" or committee chairs between the board members and the various committees or teams that the newly installed president of OSM seemed to want back in April of 2010 to the current proposal of incorporating all Joomla! leadership groups within the overarching reach of the OSM structure. Back in April of 2010, Elin Waring attempted to explain that the Core team didn't want to be on committees. They wanted OSM to deal with the business aspects.

Board Meeting Minutes 4/19/2010

2. Liaisons and committees, brainstorming session (Ryan Ozimek)

Elin explains history how Core team each was on a Committee. They now prefer that we deal with OSM business.

Post: 14 December 2011 Published in Joomla

Today (December 14, 2011), the New York Charities Bureau published the Open Source Matters 2010 tax filings on their website. OSM filed both a CHAR500 and an IRS 990. The date these were received by the New York Attorney General's Charities Bureau was November 15, 2011. In the November 15, 2011 board meeting minutes:

a. CHAR500 (Ryan)
Ryan confirms that our 2010 CHAR500 NY filing has been submitted on time.

Yet, according to the New York Charities Bureau FAQs:

Q: When are Annual Filings due?

A: Filing due dates depend on an organization's registration type (see following question for more information on registration types). Article 7-A and Dual registrants are required to file within 4.5 months after the end of their fiscal year. EPTL registrants are required to file within 6 months after the end of their fiscal year.
Post: 11 December 2011 Published in Joomla

Most boards are driven by mission and the will to serve, but there are boards that have gone very awry, who act with impunity, and ignore accountability standards and best practices. These are often controlled by a small group supported by an apathetic majority.

Let's once again examine how the board members of OSM fail to ensure that decisions made are decisions of the board and not decisions of individuals on the board. For instance, the goals supposedly set by the board for the 2011 fiscal year were never discussed by the board in a board meeting and no motion was ever made to approve those goals. So what was the outcome - zero, zip, nada. As far as we can tell by the board minutes, the goals were not accomplished. No surprise there.

Post: 07 December 2011 Published in Joomla

That's gotta be it!

What other explanation would there be for failure to post the OSM financials for November - now seven days (one week) after the end of November and soon to start the second week of December? Update: Now three weeks after the end of November and still no OSM financial reports for November available. In addition, the Attorney General of New York posted OSM's New York tax reports but OSM has failed to post their IRS 1120 tax return. Transparency - bah, humbug seems to be OSM's mantra this past year and a half.

I mean, after all, Paul Orwig's record for posting the financial reports is already dismal. Failure to post the November financials in a timely manner (within one week is certainly timely from my point of view) will keep him at only a 20% record of posting the financials at all for the entire year. Posting November and December would only get him to 33% for the year.

Post: 04 December 2011 Published in Joomla

New York State law vests the power to manage Nonprofit Corporations in the Board of Directors. The Board retains overall responsibility to ensure that the organization operates within the confines of its Certificate of Incorporation, the corporate by-laws, and all applicable State and Federal laws. An individual Board member cannot act on behalf of the corporation, unless so deemed by a vote of the majority of the board members present at the meeting. Directors are not entitled to rely on reports if they know that those reports are false, if they know the person making the report is unreliable, or if they fail to make minimal efforts to understand the report and judge its reliability.

So, Shame On You - OSM Board of Directors. You have had a number of board failures pointed out to you and you have made no effort to see that those failures are corrected much less ensured that they won't happen again. Let's try to summarize those failures here. Perhaps if someone makes it easy for you, at least one board member might fulfill his or her responsibilities.

Post: 26 November 2011 Published in Joomla

I find it a little more then curious that the President of OSM has not taken part in any of the discussions surrounding the proposed restructuring of the Joomla! Leadership with the Board of OSM being over all Joomla! teams. In fact, as I pointed out in the blog Where's Waldo (err.. Ryan Ozimek)?, Mr. Ozimek has only really been visible in his world-wide travels. The President of the Board has certain responsibilities including:

  • Execute the will of the board
  • Provide leadership to the board
  • Develop a vision for the board
  • Be the communicator or spokesperson for the board
  • Manage the effective use of meetings (regular and committee meetings)