[IAEP] [SLOBS] URGENT action needed

Adam Holt holt at laptop.org
Sun Aug 13 09:10:50 EDT 2017

Because Samson Goddy is our close friend and clearly should go to San
Francisco for GSoC, it is tempting to send him a personal loan.

But for Sugar Labs to provide loans to our personal friends is a dangerous
precedent frought with moral and ethical hazards.

As such, personally my conscience forces me to abstain from all such

I strongly encourage others to provide Samson the $627.05 personal loan he
in fact does need, if Sugar Labs cannot.

*It will make a gigantic difference, and you will have a friend for life in
Samson Goddy, who is likely to move forward accomplishing truly incredible
things in his life.*

On Aug 13, 2017 2:54 AM, "Lionel Laské" <lionel.laske at gmail.com> wrote:

Because Adam is our Financial contact, I would like to hear from him before
In the meantime my vote could be considering as "Abstain".


2017-08-12 15:27 GMT-07:00 Tabitha Roder <tabitha at tabitha.net.nz>:

> I think Sugar Labs should approve the $US 627.05 travel advance for
> Samson Goddy.
> Tabitha
> On Aug 11, 2017 8:44 AM, "Walter Bender" <walter.bender at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I presume we need a motion and a vote on this. Time is of the essence, so
>> please respond ASAP.
>> Motion: Samson Goddy has been selected as a Sugar Labs representative to
>> the Google Summer of Code mentor summit. He has requested a travel advance
>> to cover the costs of his visa application. The advance, including wire
>> fees comes to $US 627.05. This motion is to approve the travel advance. (As
>> additional background, Google will be covering up to $2200 in travel
>> expenses for two representatives to attend the summit. Since our other
>> representative is local to the SF area, the bulk of that money would be
>> available to cover Samson's travel, so the net impact on SL funds will be
>> negligible.
>> regards.
>> -walter
>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>> From: Accounting at Software Freedom Conservancy <
>> accounting at sfconservancy.org>
>> Date: Thu, Aug 10, 2017 at 4:16 PM
>> Subject: URGENT request for Sugar Labs to approve of US$627.05 advance
>> for Goddy for GSoC Mentor Summit (was: Is Goddy actually requesting $160 ?)
>> To: sugar at sfconservancy.org
>> Cc: Martin Michlmayr <gsoc at sfconservancy.org>, Samson Goddy <
>> samsongoddy at gmail.com>
>> Sugar Labs PLC,  please urgently page down to the all caps section below.
>> Samson,
>> Samson Goddy wrote at 08:52 (EDT) on Wednesday:
>> > it has been 5 days, i already made request to sugar at sfconservancy.org
>> for
>> > funding. Since it takes up to 15 working days(3 weeks) for the embassy
>> to
>> > accept appointment for interview.
>> >
>> > I haven't heard anything from both parties.
>> Unfortunately, We are waiting for someone from Sugar Labs to reply to
>> approve the expense.  I don't know why they haven't replied.
>> SUGAR LABS PLC: By my calculation, Samson is asking for this:
>>   2017).  The totals are as follows:
>>   If we use western union, N202,350 = $570 (rate set by WU)
>>   If we use wire, he's asking for 561+(561*.05)+13+25 = US$627.05 to be
>> wired.
>>                                        wire fees
>> If Sugar Labs PLC replies with approval before Sunday night US/Eastern, we
>> can likely process a payment by wire on Monday.
>> We don't typically use Western Union, and it would be substantial effort
>> for
>> us to do that, so we'd like Sugar to approve the additional wire fees as
>> it will make payment more rapid for Samson and easier for Conservancy.
>> Samson, your request was a bit ramble-y, so if I gleaned the wrong totals
>> above, please correct them.
>> Samson, in preparation for Sugar Labs PLC hopefully approving this
>> request,
>> could you let me know if the wire instructions I used for you before are
>> still correct, and if not, send me new ones?
>> --
>> Bradley M. Kuhn
>> Distinguished Technologist of Software Freedom Conservancy
>>  |------> & also, de-facto Bookkeeper for the moment
>> Pls support Conservancy!: https://sfconservancy.org/supporter/
>> --
>> Walter Bender
>> Sugar Labs
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