"It is vital to be well prepared for the meeting. You need to convince the membership board that you have contributed to Ubuntu. "
Have they thought this incentive through? What about recognition for smaller contributors? And who judged what is a "significant" contribution to a community project? There is an interesting interview here: http://www.ubuntu-user.com/Online/Blogs/Amber-Graner-You-in-Ubuntu/2010-Your-Year-for-Ubuntu-Membership