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Open Source Matters, Inc.: Incompetence Or Conspiracy?

18 Oct 2013
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On August 6, 2013 Jacques Rentzke posted in the Google Joomla Leadership Team Group "At our last board meeting, the board voted for and approved the 2013 budget. We subsequently found out that there was an error that caused some of the totals to not be correct. (this was not Thomas' fault)   This error was corrected, and we also adjusted the provision for tax to be closer to what it is likely to be." You might ask what the amount for taxes was adjusted to after eight months of not being able to get a budget out? It was $53,428. Then upon review of September 2013 Budget To Actual Report you would find the amount of taxes paid as $129,382. That is a 242% overage. Incompetence or Conspiracy?

As I mentioned in OSM - Leadership Circus? the budget that OSM finally approved was income at $652,578 and expenses at $860,642 for a budget deficit of $208,064 - 32% greater then income. Incompetence or Conspiracy?

Just today on the same Google Joomla Leadership Team Group there is a last minute discussion about a Joomla Event in Raleigh, NC on October 23-24, 2013 with a request to donate $1,750 to this apparently unbudgeted event. Victor Drover, who until this message hasn't been heard from since the OSM board decided they wanted him to be the new treasurer and who signs his message as Treasurer-Elect, Open Source Matters (funny no announcement from the board that they did elect him and no bio for him on the roster of board members), stated "The money is not the issue, but if we are sending people to man a booth, what is the plan?" Gee, the budget is not balanced and now they have added an additional $75,954 for a potential  total of $284,018 over and above income and "The money is not the issue..."Incompetence or Conspiracy?

It was just September last year when the board announced they were looking for a chair of the Capital Committee. Mike Carson was it as of October 11, 2012. Now one year later on October 11, 2013 they are looking to add yet another board member to fill this position. Haven't heard anything about Mike Carson leaving. Wonder how big they will make the board now that there aren't any controls? Incompetence or Conspiracy?

There was a brief mention in the last month or so that the OSM corporate structure (unique to New York) requires "members". Again without any explanation to the rest of us, apparently OSM immediately voted themselves as the "members" of Open Source Matters, Inc. I am no lawyer but reading what little information is available, it looks like the "members" should be separate from the directors. It certainly reads like they are two different groups in the regulations. Unfortunately, OSM who was supposed to adjust their bylaws with appropriate attorney advice on this topic has made no such adjustment public and have not discussed it with the community. So, again we are treated as the proverbial mushroom. Incompetence or Conspiracy?

The last time I was able to read OSM board minutes was the one for May of 2013. It is now October. Alice Grevet is the Secretary of OSM and is responsible for publishing minutes. We are now 4 months behind (Oops looks like the June minutes were just posted in the last few minutes - amazing.) Is failure to timely post the minutes Incompetence or Conspiracy?


Update 10/30/2013:. Just a little while ago the July, August, and September minutes appeared on the OSM website. July's was noted as approved by the board but August and September made no such mention. There is no notation that the board has actually elected a new treasurer and there is no mention of why a new Capital leader is needed though Carson wasn't present in the last two board meetings. 


I will let you be the judge!

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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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