Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
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Preliminary Business Meeting Report

My apologies for not putting this out sooner. After the Business Meeting this afternoon I absolutely had to have lunch, and then I had responsibilities around the convention including a panel at 5 PM, and besides, it takes a long time just to pull the recorded video off of my camera and into my computer.

The Preliminary Business Meeting used the entire 3-hour program slot, and really didn't actually get through the entire agenda even then. The meeting adjourned leaving one item unresolved, and will have to deal with the resulting conflicts at Friday's Main Business Meeting.

Copies of the reports received by the Business Meeting will also be available at Friday's Main Business Meeting, and most (but not all) of them are also available on the Renovation web site in the WSFS section.

Because the Preliminary Business Meeting did most of its job (resolving conflicts and setting agendas), the agenda for Friday's Main Business Meeting is substantially shorter and manageable.

  • Elections to the WSFS Mark Protection Committee. 4 seats available. The first three people elected will fill three-year terms, while the fourth will fill a one-year term left vacant by the resignation of Ruth Sachter. The following people were nominated (I)=Incumbent:
    • Adina Adler

    • Stephen Boucher (I)

    • Warren Buff

    • Linda Deneroff (I)

    • David Gallaher

    • Kate Kligman

    • Dave McCarty

    • Mark Olson (I)

  • Business Passed On From Aussiecon 4: Ratification of Constitutional Amendments. If ratified, these items take effect at the end of Renovation

    • Change the Membership Rate Limitations

    • Electronic Voting

    • Allow Electronic Distribution of Rules

    • Expand Hugo Nomination Eligibility

    • Technical Change: Run-Off References

    • Technical Change: Mark Notice Revision

  • New Constitutional Amendments: Amendments passed at Renovation will be passed on to Chicon 7 for ratification

The last item above was not resolved at the Preliminary Business Meeting because the meeting did not want to remain in session past its scheduled 1 PM adjournment, as that would have preempted the panel scheduled for then. The PBM therefore adjourned and left the reconciliation of the conflicting proposals to the Main Business Meeting on Friday.

Yes, it was a very long, tough meeting. Seriously, the Westercon Site Selection Business Meeting at San Jose last month was relatively easy — only one issue, albeit a vastly contentious one — compared to this. I'm really amazed we accomplished as much as we did.
Tags: business meeting, renovation, worldcon, wsfs

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