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I am reposting this letter of support for Zak Muscovitch to become a CIRA board member. If you own a .ca domain or are interested in .ca domains, please go ahead and read. The DOAC is the Domain Owners Association of Canada.
I myself just registered today to become a CIRA member and intend on voting for Zak. Though I don't know him personally, I've exchanged a few emails with him over the years and have read about his work on behalf of protecting domainers interests. If I needed a lawyer to represent me for domains, Zak would be at the top of my list to contact.
Letter from Frank Michlick:
Dear DOAC Member, dear people interested in the DOAC,
The DOAC needs your help urgently. CIRA Board elections are underway. The only way that the interests of domain name owners can be effectively heard at CIRA is to have a person on the Board. Many of you know or are familiar with Zak Muscovitch, a domain name lawyer, who has represented domainers for over the past 10 years. Zak has resigned from involvement with the DOAC in order to run for a directorship. Zak Muscovitch is seeking a seat on the Board and we can count on him to ensure that our voice is heard loud and clear. We would therefore encourage you to show your support and vote for Zak. DOAC fully endorses Zak's candidacy and we hope that we can count on your support as well.
In order to show your support and vote however, you must be a CIRA member. Many of you have CIRA logins as .ca owners, BUT THAT IS NOT THE SAME THING AS BEING A CIRA MEMBER. Becoming a CIRA member involves a separate application. You can become a CIRA member by registering here:
PLEASE NOTE THAT CIRA HAS BEEN VERY SLOW IN PROCESSING MEMBERSHIP REGISTRATIONS, SO PLEASE ACT NOW TO REGISTER, WITHOUT DELAY. It will take you five minutes and we suggest you scan and upload your ID rather than use the I.D. guarantor option, since we believe that your registration will be processed sooner this way. If you have a domain under a corporation and/or personal domain names, you may be eligible for a number of votes.
To be included on the Final Members' Slate, Member Nominees must receive the support of at least 20 CIRA Members. Members will be able to Show
Voting will take place between September 22 and 29, 2010. Results will be posted on CIRA's web site on October 6, 2010. Voting can be done online or at the CIRA Annual General Meeting. You can register to attend the Annual General Meeting here:
We will follow up with you several times to make sure that you have registered to become a member and to vote.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any of the below DOAC executives.
Rick Silver, firstname.lastname@example.org
Harold Simpkins, email@example.com
Jeffrey Behrendt, firstname.lastname@example.org
Larry Franschman, email@example.com
Peter Maxymych, firstname.lastname@example.org
Frank Michlick, email@example.com
You can contact Zak Muscovitch at firstname.lastname@example.org
We welcome your continued support and involvement in the DOAC, which is at its beginning stages. Please do not hesitate to contact any of us with questions or to become more involved. We wil be holding an annual meeting in conjunction with DomainConvergence ( http://DomainConvergence.com/ ) in Montreal, September 23-24, 2010.
Please feel free to forward this email to anyone who you think could be interested - more information about the DOAC can be found at http://doac.ca/ .