Aug. 13th, 2017

kevin_standlee: (WSFS Logo)
Here's the video from the gathering of past, present, and future Worldcon chairs at Worldcon 75 in Helsinki. Note the newest member of the gathering, James Bacon. Worldcon 2019 Dublin was officially seated only a few minutes before this photo shoot.

My thanks to Lisa Hayes for taking this video. It turns out to be quite helpful to do the video when we're trying to identify everyone!

In case you're curious, the screen off to the right in this video is the CART: the real-time transcription of the WSFS Business Meeting, which was held in this same room before and after we rearranged it for the photo shoot. The World Science Fiction Society banner produced by Sasquan in 2015 is on the front of the table behind the front row of seated Worldcon chairs. We would have preferred to have it in front of the front row, but it was actually tied to the table and thus difficult to move on short notice.
kevin_standlee: (Business Meeting)
For the third year in a row, we were unable to complete the entire WSFS agenda in three days of meetings and had to go into overtime. (Prior to that, the last time we had to use the "overflow" session was 1992.)

Here's the summary of what happened at the Third and Final Main Business Meeting. As yesterday, you'll need to refer to the 2017 WSFS Business Meeting Agenda to understand what's happening. Anything not mentioned either happened previously or was not considered yet. If a vote count is not listed, it means it was either by unanimous consent or by a show of hands.

Constitutional Amendments Passed on From Last Year. Ratified items take effect at end of current Worldcon and first apply to next year.

C.8. Retrospective Improvement Pt. 1. RATIFIED
C.9. Retrospective Improvement Pt. 2. RATIFIED
C.10. Universal Suffrage. RATIFIED

New Constitutional Amendments

D.1. What Our Marks Really Are. After making a minor correction clarifying that it applies to all WSFS-sanctioned conventions, not just Worldcon, this was RATIFIED.
D.2. The Reasonable Amendment. RATIFIED
D.3. Make Room! Make Room! RATIFIED

There was no debate to speak of on any of these six items. All "debate" time was taken up with people asking questions about the effect of them. Some of the questions frustrated me greatly, especially when people were asking if the rule would require [insert absurd thing here] and I had to point out that the existing rule is substantially the same and doesn't require that, so the amendment that makes a minor tweak to the rule certainly would not do so.

After only about thirty minutes (out of the five hours allocated due to the potential for another year of long discussion), the 2017 WSFS Business meeting ADJOURNED SINE DIE, meaning that we were done for this year. I'll post an overall summary later when I get a chance.

The WSFS Mark Protection Committee met at 10:50 for about half an hour. We had difficulty making quorum because one member had already left for the airport, one had forgotten that there was a meeting at all, and another assumed that the Final BM would last much longer than it did. I think that next time, we will schedule the WSFS MPC meeting as "Not Before XX," which means that we might have a dead spot, and if we run long before it, people who show up at XX have to wait, but we will definitely not start before XX.

And so we are done. We took down the WSFS banner from the front of the head table and I packed it in my poster tube. Tomorrow I need to go to the post office and mail it home (along with other posters Lisa acquired here from the nuclear power plant tour). It will take me quite a while to process all of what happened here and update the WSFS/Worldcon/Hugo Award web sites, but I'm very happy that we did not have to turn anyone way and that we managed to get through the whole agenda without an overflow error. Thank you to everyone who made it work and who made me look better up on the head table.
kevin_standlee: (Worldcon 75)
For the third year in a row, we had a WSFS Business Meeting on the final day of Worldcon. However, unlike the previous two years, the "overflow" business was far less contentious than what had come before. Consequently, I decided that I could lighten up a little bit and "dressed down" for the final meeting.

Meet the Entire Team )

Today's final meeting took around 30 minutes (out of the five hours scheduled), and every one of the relatively minor items remaining received ratification or first passage. We then adjourned sine die and Lisa packed up the camera gear. She was done, but I was not, because we still had the WSFS Mark Protection Committee meeting. The MPC meeting was nearly without a quorum (fifteen members, thus needing eight people), but we were able to make it work because Worldcon/NASFiC appointees serve "at the pleasure of the appointing authority," so I (in my Worldcon 76 San Jose WSFS Division Head role) could temporarily appoint someone at WC76's representative. (I'm an elected member, not the San Jose rep.) We got such work done as we had to do: I was re-elected Chair, Linda Deneroff was re-elected Secretary, and Bruce Farr was re-elected Treasurer. The rest of our business is done mostly through the committee's e-mail discussion list.

I found out later that the live streaming of the Business Meeting ended up also including the MPC meeting. I hope I didn't say anything embarrassing on a live mic. Note that I also used my new personal gavel to preside over the MPC meeting.

After the meeting, I carried all of the stuff (including the small WSFS banner) up to the hotel room, then went back down to find Lisa, and met up with Linda Deneroff in the Volunteer Lounge. We also picked up our volunteer t-shirts before we joined Linda and Elinor for our final lunch in the convention center. This also gave us a chance to use up the last of the "groats" (tokens issued to volunteers at the rate of €1 per hour worked, redeemable in convention centre food venues, Sales to Members, and selected vendors in the dealers' room.)

Rockets, Benches, and Hugo Trophies )

During lunch, I ran into con chair Jukka Halme, to whom I delivered the Gavel of WSFS for him to use later that afternoon. After lunch and a couple of hours of looking around the convention, Lisa went back to the Luna Society table and I went to the Closing Ceremony. But that's another story.

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