[SIPForum-discussion] 2006 General Meeting vote results

Jay Batson batsonjay at sipforum.org
Thu Sep 14 15:14:10 UTC 2006

At the General Meeting last night, after a presentation of a review  
of last year's activities and a discussion of the goals for next  
year, a vote was held where there were four questions on the ballot:

     * Question 1: Selection of Board of Directors (5 seats to fill)
     * Question 2: Modification of By Laws to clarify election process
     * Question 3: Whether or not to (optionally) re-organize the SIP  
Forum as a U.S.-based organization
     * Question 4: Discharge of Board member liability

23 votes were cast, which constituted a sufficient quorum to consider  
all the questions on the ballot.
The results of the voting are as follows:

     * Question 1: The following people were elected to serve as  
Board of Directors members for a two-year term:
           o Chris Gatch, Cbeyond
           o Steve Johnson, Ingate
           o David Oran, Cisco
           o Anwar Siddiqui, Avaya
           o Robert Sparks, Participant Member (works for Escatado)
     * Question 2: Approved (23 of 23 Yes)
     * Question 3: Not approved (22 of 23 Yes)
     * Question 4: Approved (22 of 23 Yes)

Note: The Board and some others believe the wording of Ballot  
Question 3 (the re-organization question) was difficult to  
understand, and may have caused some voters to believe the question  
was whether the Forum should cease conducting any type of activities  
outside of the U.S. This is not what the question was asking; it was  
asking whether the membership would approve a change of venue for the  
legal entity known as the SIP Forum, e.g. is the Forum's "legal home"  
in Sweden or the U.S. There was an informal motion to hold another  
vote, re-stating the question so it is more clear, along with  
including an expression by the Board that the Board supports the  
approval of this question. Since a Board statement would be included  
in this ballot, the new Board will consider this at its first meeting.

If you would like more information about the meeting, please visit  

Thank you for exercising your right to vote for your choices.

Jay Batson
Acting Managing Director, Chairman
batsonjay at sipforum.org

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