Leaks, Drips, and Spills

Open Source Matters, Inc. and a non-board member Assistant Treasurer.

08 Oct 2011
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The first mention about an assistant treasure position in the 2011 board minutes occurred in the March 21, 2011 minutes. In that discussion, we find the first indication that the Joomla Community isn't going to be provided the actual discussion and reasoning for creating such a position:

The positions of PR, Assistant Treasurer, Trademark Lead and OSM Project Manager were discussed. The email list will be used for further discussion.

Three months later, in June's board minutes we find:

Assistant Treasurer situation: Paul is following up with two qualified US-based candidates.


And in the following month (July - the last available board report) we suddenly find we have an Assistant Treasurer - no votes, no public discussion.

Assistant Treasurer The bullet list of roles and responsibilities has been shared with our new Assistant Treasurer, Thomas Hampton. Paul will coordinate with Thomas to define and improve processes. An invitation will be extended to Thomas to attend the OSM summit.

 Now, I don't have any issue with the board creating an assistant treasurer position. In fact, I suggested this several times back in 2010 with no action on the board's part. What I do have an issue with is this appears not be an actual member of the board and therefor he will likely have access to bank accounts but will not share the same fiduciary responsibility that board members must share. I am concerned about the path this board now appears to be following. Shouldn't you be?

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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

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