Coming off yet another successful DrupalCamp Florida (thank you, volunteers!), a few of us were talking about how we can best reinvest some of the leftover funds we have from the camp back intp the community.
Perhaps the most important thing we can do is help grow and strengthen the Florida Drupal community.
With this in mind, we're happy to (re-)announce that if you are a Florida Drupal meetup organizer, you can request reimbursement for expenses to help grow and strengthen your local community.
We're willing to pay for things like:
- Meetup.com memberships (the Tampa group just took advantage of this).
- Occasional food (non-alcoholic) drinks for your meetup.
- Reasonable travel expenses for bringing in Florida-based presenters (for example, if the Miami group wants to invite someone from Jacksonville to come speak at their meetup, I think we'd be fine reimbursing expenses for gas and food).
- Other reasonable things that we haven't thought of yet, providing they help grow and strengthen the Florida community.
So, who is the "we" in all this? Who makes the decision on what will be reimbursed and what won't? Great question... Currently, I'm asking folks to email me to get reimbursed. If I feel it is an obvious "yes", then I just make it happen. If I'm not 100% sure, then I run it past Mike Herchel (the voice of reason) and Don Vandemark (the FLDC $$$ person). In the interest of keeping the process as simple as possible as well as open as possible, I'm inviting anyone to volunteer to be part of the decision making process. I envision a group of folks that I can email whenever we get a request for reimbursement. These folks would have a (time-boxed) opportunity to raise a red flag before the reimbursement is approved. My goal is to keep this as simple and open as possible.
Obviously, if you have an idea that you are curious if it will be reimbursed or not, you are more than welcome to contact me for "pre-approval".
Thoughts on any of this? Does anyone feel the proposed process could use some improvement?