[BangPypers] Today's IRC meeting

Anand Balachandran Pillai abpillai at gmail.com
Tue Mar 3 08:23:00 CET 2009


On Tue, Mar 3, 2009 at 12:42 PM, Baiju M <mbaiju at zeomega.net> wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 3, 2009 at 12:17 PM, Kenneth Gonsalves <lawgon at au-kbc.org> wrote:
>> On Tuesday 03 March 2009 10:30:16 Noufal Ibrahim wrote:
>>> * Positions (IMPORTANT)
>> handling money is the point where conferences here get into trouble. In order
>> to open a bank account one needs to have a registered society/organisation. Of
>> course an individual can open an account, but very few people would want to
>> take the risk. We faced this problem last year with fossconf08 chennai. The
>> LUG was not registered. NRC-FOSS handled the finances - it being a quasi-
>> government body and subject to audit meant that no one could swallow the funds
>> - or be accused of doing so. This is a possible solution - of course NRC-FOSS
>> will take its cut for the administrative expenses involved. The other solution
>> is to set up a registered body, but I feel this would be premature as we do
>> not know what the response will be - this could be discussed in the conference
>> and a body set up there somewhat on the lines of linux conf australia.

I think it is pretty clear we need a registered non-profit body to handle the
finances, it can't be an individual account. What is not clear is whether we
should register a new body or use an existing one.

It is ok to piggy back on an existing organization like NRC-FOSS.
But we need to discuss this point thoroughly, including the pros and cons.
In long term, a dedicated organization should be a better solution,
but in the short term, especially with lack of time for creating/managing
one, we could just piggy back, if it is fine with NRC-FOSS.

> Yes, this is really something we need to discuss.
> BTW, +1 for NRC-FOSS administering finance for PyCon India.

I would keep this for an IRC or direct discussion. Let us try to discuss
this in the chat tonight.

> Regards,
> Baiju M
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