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With some regrets
I am voting Disapprove on this motion. If there was a way to table an
email motion or to postpone it to the next plenary I would attempt that
In principle, I
see a value to holding some plenary meetings outside North America even if
that entails a manageable amount of extra expense and effort.
membership should be consulted generally before we make this
decision. As far as I can recall, we have allowed for such discussion before
making this type of change in the past. While there was some discussion among
the exec and in some of the working groups about the visa problem last
meeting, the motion has only been raised through Exec reflector discussion and
the change has not been presented at all in some Working
We are talking
about a change for 4 years in the future. This isn't an
emergency. Preliminary investigations of practicality of the change can
begin without the motion. Therefore, the earliest we should consider this
motion is at the end of the March Plenary when we will have had a chance for
discussion in the working groups. It would be a bad precedent to use an email
ballot to decide this before an opportunity for Working Group
Ideally, I also
would prefer to find out if we have some indication of willingness of
organizations to act as co-hosts (at least for logistics) before we commit to
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This is a email ballot to make a determination on the below
that beginning calendar year 2008, at least one 802 plenary session shall be
held outside of North America in each calendar
Moved: Bob O'Hara
Second: Jerry Upton
opens 6pm ET Tuesay 28 December 2004 and
closes Thursday 13 January 2005.
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