Chapters meeting 2009/Preparation/Wikimedia UK

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Wikimedia UK

Attendees:

Slides

Formation[edit]

August 2008 Discussion began to reform chapter
October 2008 First board elected
November 2008 Incorporated as Wiki UK Ltd
January 2009 Received chapter approval
February 2009 Opened bank account; started accepting members
Today Have 18 members and £300 income
26 April 2009 Will hold first AGM

Successes[edit]

  • Kept on track and met deadlines, despite delays
  • Opened a bank account - one step further than previous attempt!
  • Open and transparent in everything done, with lots of opportunities for participation
  • Wikipedia Loves Art at the Victoria and Albert
  • Copyright consultation

Difficulties[edit]

  • Length of time to get WMF and ChapCom approval, plus lack of communication
  • Explaining nature of WMF-Chapter relationship to bank
  • Delays getting recognized as a charity for tax purposes

Plans[edit]

  • Win Wikimania 2010 bid in two weeks!
  • Hold AGM in three weeks
  • Membership drive
  • Begin fundraising
  • Begin project work

Expectations[edit]

  • Get ideas for projects
  • Learn what’s worked and what hasn’t for other chapters
  • Improve relationships between WMUK, other chapters and the WMF