The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) held its annual Members’ meeting this May. Among the Foundation’s business that takes place during this meeting is the election of new ASF Members.
At its inception in 1999, The ASF comprised 21 individuals who oversaw the progress of the Apache HTTP Server. This group formed the Foundation’s core membership.
This group grew with "Committers", developers who contributed code, patches, or documentation, and were subsequently granted access by the Membership:
1) to "commit" or "write" (contribute) directly to the code repository;
2) the right to vote on community-related decisions; and
3) and the ability propose an active user for Committership
Those Committers who demonstrate merit in the Foundation’s growth, evolution, and progress are nominated for ASF Membership by existing members. There are currently 468 active Apache Members.