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Paul, I will vote NO on this motion unless the following amendment is made to the motion:
"Beginning in calendar year 2008 IEEE 802 will hold at least one full 802 Session (Plenary or Interim) outside of North America for those years in which a local host company or government agency agrees in writing to sponsor the IEEE 802 session and provide logistical support for obtaining acceptable hotel and service contract arrangements and coordinating with local vendors as required. Financial support for the Session would also be welcomed but is not required if contracted arrangements can be accomplished without violation of IEEE 802 fiscal responsibility guidelines."
Without the committment of a serious local sponsor, I think we are committing to do something that may damage both our reputation for effectiveness and our world-wide credibility. As Geoff pointed out, being an international organization has very little to do with where you hold the session, but what you do to facilitate participation by all who care to do so. If we make serious efforts to welcome and support participation from our non-US participants, we will continue to be viewed as a truly international organization for years to come. And if we also can hold some session in non-North American locations that will help too. But it is not a litmus-test for internationality. If we can get sponsors, we can do international venues. If they don't care enough to volunteer, then we should not have to suffer the consequences.
Let's encourage partnering with our non-US colleagues to make IEEE 802 a truly successful international SDO.
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