Proxies (held by): Rodney Barnes (Beverly Block), Michael Birkes (Christina Booth), Antonia Cabal (Debra Stansbury), Jim Fiscus (Andrew Nisbet), Page Fuller (Andrew Nisbet), Marilyn Holt (Andrew Nisbet), Geri Jeter (Andrew Nisbet), David Levine (John Lorentz), Tammy Lindsley (Rick Lindsley), Angel May (Beverly Block), Michael Monical (Beverly Block), Daniel Reitman (John Lorentz), Sheila Simonson (Andrew Nisbet), and Shawn Wall (Andrew Nisbet).
OSFCI membership was accepted by: Christina Booth, Car Bostick, Curtis Chen, Jenn Contreras-Perez, Angel May, Michael Monical and DeeAnn Sole.
The meeting called to order by OSFCI President Aaron Curtis, at 7:44PM Aaron Cell Phone time. (Aaron was running late.)
Paul moved that the treasurer's report be accepted. This passed unanimously.
At this point, Patty Wells (who was chair of Renovation) presented a donation from Renovation to the Susan C. Petrey Clarion Scholarship Fund in the amount of $20,000.
Aaron continued his report:
We have a lot of talent, and a lot of up-and-coming people who have been working hard. If you (OSFCI members in general) haven't been involved in either GameStorm or OryCon, please try to help out. Recruiting new people and helping them become better organizers is a constant job, because there is a constant drain of people-they move away or gafiate, or because of many other reasons. I suggest that 2012 would be a good year to focus on recruiting new people and developing the people we have in order to improve all the conventions.
We currently have 77 voting members of OSFCI, with 39 represented (either present at the meeting or having submitted proxies).
The people that cannot be nominated (because they're already on the Board for another year) are: Beverly, Andrew, Stephen and Marc. People whose terms are expiring with this meeting are: Arthur, Aaron, Rick, Tammy (who does not wish to be re-elected), John and Debra. It takes 20 votes to be elected to the Board.
Tracy: A question. If Arthur is not re-elected to the Board, will she have a new Board liaison? (Yes)
Andrew suggested that we elect five members to full two-year terms, and recommend that the Board to appoint one to a one-year term, so that we're back to a five/five split. This motion was seconded and approved.
The following people were nominated for the five available slots:
The scholarship brings with it a membership to the convention and a $500 stipend to help cover travel and other expenses. Last year it went to Ellen Klowner, who had a wonderful time.
Debra: The fact that it's on Labor Day Weekend this year (and next year) cuts down on the ability to go (since Kumoricon is that weekend). Andrew: I would not be in favor of expanding it to artists and writers, since the goal was to support our fan group.
Work will continue to find someone for this year's grant. (We can always resell the membership if no one is found.)
The current schedule:
Beverly: I've been on the Board for five years now, and in that time we've only had one special meeting. One reason for this change is that under the old schedule, there's a long gap between the Board meeting in December and the next regular Board meeting in April. It would be helpful to have a Board meeting between the AGM and GameStorm. Andrew: I don't think that adding more meetings will allow us to adjourn vaguely on time. Work will expand to fill all time allotted for it. By scheduling regular meetings rather than having meetings for specific topics, we'll just end up with six or seven meetings lasting until 11PM. John: OSFCI used to have bimonthly Board meetings and they regularly ended at 9:30 to 10PM. (And we're certainly not good at deciding stuff by e-mail.) Rick agreed that we do need a meeting before GameStorm, and that regular meetings are more efficient than a series of special meetings.
Aaron: When I was first elected to the Board, there were constant tweeks to the meeting schedule in order to try to find the right balance. Most of those years, someone would say "I don't know why we need to change the Bylaws. They seem fine now". The response would be that they're not as good as they could be. And then at one point, we stopped changing the schedule because it was fine. But now it's not meeting our needs.
The motion passed 39-0.
Preliminary report from the O33 treasurer is that O33 will be about break-even.
The Petrey Fund and the Clayton Fund are in different funds and their totals are not included below. All other OSFCI accounts below are at a single bank to which I have easy access.
Current (as of 2/4/12) account status:
|Acct||Balance||Change from 12/5 report|
|GS Odd||$1010||( $0)|
2. Old Business
- none -
3. New Business
- none -