[conspire] Suppressed post from volunteers at lists.svlug.org

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Wed Nov 28 16:52:07 PST 2007

Darlene Wallach Bcc'd me on a posting that she attempted to post to the
SVLUG Volunteers mailing list.  Remarkably, SVLUG president Paul Reiber
intercepted it and prevented its appearance in from of SVLUG's
volunteers, which suggests that he has no response to her critique and
wished to "disappear" it, saying by way of explanation only that she
should stick to "offlist" mail.  I am posting it here for public

As additional comment:  The bit about Reiber making decisions with VP
Mark Weisler is a rather outrageous sham, as Reiber has consistently
ignored his VP's recommendations or simply not consulted him in the
first place, with the result that Mark Weisler tendered his resignation
this morning.  (He didn't really single out Mark in ignoring his advice;
Reiber ignores pretty much everyone else's, too.)

----- Forwarded message -----

 Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2007 08:59:54 -0800
 From: Darlene Wallach <freepalestin at dslextreme.com>
 To: SVLUG Volunteers <volunteers at lists.svlug.org>
 CC: Mark Weisler <mark at weisler-saratoga-ca.us>
 Subject: Re: [volunteers] december meeting agenda

Paul Reiber wrote:

>Here's "open" for you - Mark and I are saddled with the following
>decisions we have to make, sometime soon:
>- Should we have a Treasury, and add a Treasurer officer position?

There is no need for SVLUG to have a treasurer. SVLUG should
*not* have a treasurer officer position.

>- Should we plop down a few bills, retain a lawyer, and do the 501c3 thing?

SVLUG already voted this down. There is no need for SVLUG
to become a non-profit organization.

>- What accountability do we _want_ to place on ourselves regarding
>donated hardware? regarding donated funds?

SVLUG should use any/all donated equipment in the expressed
places and ways in which it was donated. Equipment should
not be taken from the place in which it was intended to be
used and taken to someone's house, for instance. Sponsors
who donate equipment/services should have the
equipment/services used for the intended purposes in which
they were donated and not be used for other purposes.

>- Should we adopt bylaws? rules of operation?  Or, is a more organic
>approach warranted?

I have been told we SVLUG has policies in place for the
mailing list. SVLUG has policies for term of office for
president and vice-president. SVLUG has policies or at
least past procedures for electing president and

>- Should we avail ourselves of the very generous offers of some of our
>larger sponsors?

If you are referring to accepting large amounts of money
from a very generous sponsor who might want to offer a
very generous amount of money, I assert SVLUG does not need
a large amount of money.

>PLEASE NOTE - these are decisions that MARK and I need to make - while
>constructive input from the rest of the group is welcome, "that's just
>plain stoopid" type comments are neither warranted nor welcome.  The
>challenges for SVLUG are pretty obvious and evident, and I'm only
>interested in solutions, not in talking about "making sure we don't
>make the same mistakes someone else did" or stuff like that.


Mark - I'm cc'ing you since I don't think my response will
get through the "moderated" flag on my email address.

Interesting that I may be the only person to respond to
Paul on this.

Darlene Wallach

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