Summary: Wikimedians in the United Kingdom are working to set up a chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation, which will aid and encourage people to collect, develop and effectively disseminate knowledge. A board of five members has been elected, and a company has now been set up. Membership applications are now invited, and will be processed as soon as we have a bank account. The organisation needs the support and involvement of people like you.
In this month's newsletter:
Creating a chapter
Wikimedians in the United Kingdom have been working since 2006 to create a chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation. A company—Wiki Educational Resources Ltd—was incorporated on 14 February 2006. This company had several problems with recognition from the Foundation and opening bank accounts which meant the decision was made in August 2008 to wind the company up. The community decided to start the process to create a new company, firstly electing an initial Board.
From 20–27 September, the community voted for an initial board of five members to incorporate the new organisation, set up a bank account, request charitable status and arrange the first Annual General Meeting (AGM). Nine people put their names forward to stand and eight were accepted as candidates - the ninth being rejected as they were under 18. These five candidates received the support of more than the required 50% of voters:
- Kwan Ting Chan (88.5%; Chair);
- Michael Conn (57.7%; Communication Officer) ;
- Tom Holden (92.3%; Treasurer);
- Michael Peel (53.2%; Membership Secretary);
- Andrew Turvey (73.1%; Secretary).
Of the the 37 people who registered in time to vote, 26 (70%) cast their ballots.
The board members took up the positions listed alongside their names. New board elections will be held at the first AGM.
Status of Company Formation
The board has agreed a timeline of objectives. Good progress is being made. Following extensive discussions, a company named Wiki UK Ltd has been set up and was incorporated on 5 November. The company's Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association have been agreed, and these include the organisation's objectives:
The Chapters Committee has passed a resolution to support us becoming a chapter of Wikimedia. This does not yet give us chapter status, as the board of the Wikimedia Foundation must decide on this, and their next meeting is from 9th-11th January.
We have decided to have one membership level to start with. Members will have the right to elect the Board, submit motions and vote at AGMs, thereby playing a central role in determining the activities of the organisation. The membership fee will be £12/year, reduced to £6/year for concessions. These fees may be revised, and additional levels of membership created, at an AGM or by future Boards.
We are now inviting applications for membership of Wiki UK Limited; you can get the application form from . We will process these as soon as we have a bank account. We are currently applying for a bank account and hope that this will be up and running by late December.
More information on membership can be found at Wikimedia UK v2.0/Membership.
In order to aid and encourage people to collect, develop and effectively disseminate knowledge, the chapter needs the support and involvement of people like you. Now is a great time to get involved. If you haven't already done so, you can subscribe to this newsletter. You may also like to subscribe to the WikimediaUK mailing list, where discussion on the chapter is taking place. You can additionally pose questions or make suggestions on Meta Wiki, where you can also respond to the items raised for consultation by the Board. Our Board Meetings held on irc are generally open to the public to listen and contribute and the agenda, reports, minutes and IRC log are posted on the wiki.