Clojurists Together board nominations and annual members meeting

By Daniel Compton

Clojurists Together is having our first board elections since we formed a standalone 501(c)6 organisation, and our first annual members meeting.

Key dates

Board Elections

As part of our commitment to transparency and community governance, Clojurists Together holds elections for board members. The Committee is responsible for governing the projects, selecting which projects are sponsored, administering the projects, and interacting with sponsors.

Committee members are elected for a two-year term. Each election cycle, half of our board seats come up for re-election. This year there are four seats available.

If you are interested in standing for election, please fill out this form by midnight end-of-day March 31st, 2021 Pacific Time. If you can’t access the form, contact us, and we can accept your nomination by email. Nominations are open to anyone, you don’t have to be a Clojurists Together member to stand for election. Our bylaws do require you to be a member if elected to the board, though we provide a stipend which offsets the cost of your membership.

You don’t have to have lots of experience with Clojure to apply. We want a committee made up of a cross-section of the Clojure community so that we have a wide range of perspectives when making decisions on which projects to fund.

As part of the nomination, if we get more than 12 candidates for board membership, the board will nominate no more than 12 candidates. Our bylaws state:

The Board shall nominate no more than 12 candidates seeking board membership in any given election. In nominating candidates for Director positions and in choosing the number of candidates to nominate overall, the Board shall use reasonable efforts to maintain a Board composition consisting of at least: (1) 25% female Directors, (2) 25% non-Caucasian Directors, and (3) 35% from any category(ies) of persons (e.g., race, gender, ability) commonly considered to have suffered from discrimination at some time and then-currently under-represented in the technology industry, in each case as determined by the Board in its reasonable discretion.

The main responsibilites of a committee member are:

These responsibilities take roughly one hour/month, though there are peaks and troughs of activity as we go through our quarterly funding cycle. If you have more time to offer, there are lots more things that need developing, automating, designing, e.t.c. It would be great to have you help out with those things, but we don’t want to exclude people from standing because they don’t have a lot of spare time.

Our bylaws requires that we do not have more than two committee members from any one company. More than two people from a company can stand for election, but if more than two of these people were to be elected, only the top two ranked candidates would be elected and the other seats would go to the next most highly ranked candidates from other companies. If you have any questions about this, please get in touch.

Elections will be held once the candidates are announced, and all Clojurists Together members will be eligible to vote.

Annual Members Meeting

We are also holding our first ever members meeting at 9am Pacific time, April 29th, 2021. This will be an opportunity for Clojurists Together to talk about how things have been going, share information on our future plans, present the new board members, and most importantly take questions from members.

More details on this will follow including a videoconferencing link.

Please share this with anyone you think would be able to represent the interests of the Clojure community and Clojurists Together members. Thanks for your support of Clojurists Together, we appreciate it!