New BPFK forming. Volunteers for membership and chair are needed.

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Bob LeChevalier, President and Founder - LLG

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Mar 1, 2015, 5:44:45 PM3/1/15
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Members of the Logical Language Group (LLG) have voted to reauthorize
BPFK (a.k.a. "banpla fuzykamni", "baupla fuzykamni", "byfy") as a
standing committee with the charge of improving and maintaining formal
descriptions of Lojban, elaborating undocumented and under-documented
language features, resolving inconsistencies and errors in existing
documentation, and responding to issues that arise in usage.

BPFK, as reauthorized, replaces the committee by that name that was
commissioned by the Official Baseline Statement of 2002. A rump
committee, headed by Robin Powell, will have the remaining task of
producing CLL version 1.1 for publication.

The motion to reauthorize (attached below) calls for an election by the
members of LLG to determine the initial leadership and membership of the
committee. The chair is to be elected to a one-year term (or until the
next Annual Meeting), and the members will have the opportunity to work
with the chair to determine committee procedures, including membership
policies.

Members of the lojban-using community are encouraged to apply for these
positions, regardless of whether or not they are members of LLG or BPFK,
past or present. There are no explicit qualifications for BPFK
membership at this time; any qualifications will be determined by BPFK
itself.

If you are interested in being considered as a chair or member of BPFK,
and are not participating in the ongoing Annual Meeting, please contact
LLG at loj...@lojban.org.

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BPFK REAUTHORIZATION

LLG hereby recommissions BPFK (a.k.a. "banpla fuzykamni", "baupla
fuzykamni", "byfy") as a standing committee with the charge of improving
and maintaining formal descriptions of Lojban, elaborating undocumented
and under-documented language features, resolving inconsistencies and
errors in existing documentation, and responding to issues that arise in
usage.
BPFK is expressly empowered to determine its own decision-making process
and pursue its own agenda within the scope of its charge as specified in
this charter.

BPFK is authorized to propose standards for the lojban language which
may include, but are not limited to, lists of words, definitions in
various languages, human or mechanical specifications of the grammar,
and instructional or reference texts. BPFK may develop standards
documents or recognize documents which have been developed by other
bodies or individuals.

Standard documents may be reported to an Annual Meeting or Special
Meeting of the membership for ratification by a two-thirds majority of
the general membership. Once ratified, these may be described as
"official standards" of LLG. When an Annual Meeting or Special Meeting
of the membership is not in session, BPFK may seek Board approval of
standards, which upon such approval, may be described as "interim
standards".

Upon adoption of this policy, the Annual Meeting of LLG membership will
hold an election for the office of chair of BPFK and may appoint or
re-appoint members to the committee by a simple majority vote. After
this election, the authority to appoint or elect members to BPFK will be
delegated to the committee itself. The chair and members appointed by
LLG will be considered to constitute the entire and exclusive membership
of the committee until such a time as BPFK exercises the authority to
manage its own membership.

Henceforth, BPFK may, in its annual report to the membership, nominate a
candidate to serve a subsequent term as chair. If such a candidate is
reported, LLG membership will hold a vote of confidence requiring a
simple majority to confirm the nomination. If no candidate is nominated
by BPFK, or if the nominated candidate is not confirmed by the
membership, an open election will be held by LLG membership. At no time
will membership in LLG or BPFK be considered a requirement for the
position of chair of BPFK.

The natural term of the office of chair of BPFK will begin at the time
of the confirmation or election at the Annual Meeting and extend to the
confirmation or election of a chair at the subsequent Annual Meeting, or
to the adjournment of that meeting if no chair is elected or confirmed.
Should the chair become vacant for any reason while an Annual Meeting or
Special Meeting of the membership is not in session, the Board may ask
the committee to nominate an interim chair to serve the balance of the
term. Should the committee fail to forward a nominee, or should more
than one nominee be forwarded, the Board reserves the discretion to
appoint an interim chair.

In the case that the Annual Meeting of LLG membership fails to confirm
or elect a chair, the committee will be considered suspended until such
a time as an interim chair is appointed by the Board, or until the
election of a new chair at a subsequent Annual Meeting or Special
Meeting of the membership.

Any time that a chair is elected by the membership of LLG without having
been nominated to that election by BPFK, any membership in BPFK will be
deemed to lapse, any membership-related procedure established within the
committee will be deemed to expire, and LLG may elect new members to the
committee. The authority to appoint or elect members will be returned to
the committee once it reconvenes. The appointment of an interim chair
will not be held to cause any membership in BPFK to lapse, or to have
any effect upon BPFK membership procedures.

In the case that policies specified in this document are found to
contradict policies previously established by LLG or its Board of
Directors, the policies in this document should be held to supplant the
previous policies.

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lojbab
Robert LeChevalier, President, LLG

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