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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.

Business Meeting Team

Lisa consented to be in a group photo with the rest of the "head table" team. Shown here from left to right are Deputy Chair Donald Eastlake III, Secretary Linda Deneroff, Videographer Lisa Hayes (with Kuma Bear), Chairman Kevin Standlee, and Timekeeper Paul Dormer.

He's Got a Gavel and is Not Afraid to Use It

I wore the holster and personalized gavel that Lisa gave me on the first day's meeting for the first time. However, it's a bit tricky to carry, because if you sit down wrong, you might snap off the handle. Still, it was fun to say, "Watch out! I've got a gavel and I know how to use it!"

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.)

Concorse Rocket

This cardboard rocket was in the convention centre.

Peter Weston's Bench

Lisa and I had today our one and only chance to look at the Dealers Room and Exhibits. (The Art Show was already closed.) Here we found near the Hugo Trophy display, quite appropriately, the memorial bench for Peter Weston, the man who designed and commissioned the current design of the Hugo Award trophy rocket.

2017 Hugo Award Trophy

And speaking of trophies, here is the 2017 Hugo Award trophy. I hope to get some better quality photos of the trophy to put on the Hugo Awards web site after I get home.

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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