It's recently become clear to us, having met with chapter organizers
and talked with various members of the community, that the role of the
newly formed Chapters Committee is still not well-understood (or
well-known). Here's an overview:
The Chapters Committee  is a Wikimedia committee  created on 15
January 2006 to coordinate Wikimedia Foundation efforts regarding
local chapters. Its duties include:
* Facilitating the creation of Wikimedia chapters , acting in an
advisory capacity and responsible for granting final approval of
* Acting as the Foundation's point of contact for chapters, and the
line of communication with chapters from within the Foundation.
* Negotiating agreements between the Foundation and chapters, as for
fundraising, sponsorship, and trademark use.
* Coordinating interchapter communication.
* Generally acting on behalf of the Foundation to serve its interests
in chapter matters.
A more complete overview of the work of the Chapters committee can be
The committee consists of five members:
* Nathan Carter (m:User:Cartman02au)
* Łukasz Garczewski (m:User:TOR)
* Austin Hair (m:User:Austin) - vice chair
* Delphine Ménard (m:User:Notafish) - chair
* Hari Prasad Nadig (en:User:HPN)
And two advisers:
* Arne Klempert (m:User:Akl)
* Andrew Lih (en:User:Fuzheado)
In a word or in a hundred, if you don't know what a chapter is, if you
want to create a chapter, if you wonder what a chapter can do, if you
want to get in touch with a chapter, do not hesitate to contact us,
either on IRC in #wikimedia-chapters or by mailing chaptercommittee-l
AT wikimedia PUNTO org. English is preferred, so that all of us
understand, but we get by in Spanish, French, German, Polish, Kannada,
Italian, Hindi, Sanskrit, Chinese...and I think that's it.
for the Chapters Committee
PS. Could the translator-l addressees translate/forward this message
to their language list? Thank you!