Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee

WSFS Committee Reports Online

We typically have a very large pile of paper at the Business Meeting (maybe something like 50 or 60 pages worth), much of which consists of reports from various committees of WSFS or the Business Meeting. As we get people used to the idea that everything has to be turned in two weeks in advance, this has given us the opportunity to publish the Committee Reports in advance on the Sasquan web site. (And thank you very much, lindadee, for your work in doing so.) So now, if you want to read the entire WSFS Mark Protection Committee report or the YA Hugo Committee report, now you have time to do so before the meeting instead of having to try and speed-read thousands of words of reports in just a few minutes.

The MPC report includes some of he behind-the-scenes work I've been doing for the WSFS MPC, involving the creation of a legal entity that countries other than the USA will recognize as being able to register and hold title to the WSFS service marks. We were fortunate that ARESFFT, on whose board I sat, was in the process of winding down operations about the same time the MPC was starting the process. It turned out to be significantly easier and cheaper for the MPC to take over ARESFFT (after ARESFFT returned all of its grants, leaving it with no assets) and change the corporate name than it was to start from scratch. Even more helpful was that when you came down to it, amending the ARESFFT articles of incorporation in a way to allow the new Worldcon Intellectual Property to do what WSFS wants it to was surprisingly simple; only a few words had to be struck out, and everything else fell into place. So ARESFFT didn't have to pay to shut itself down (it costs money to disincorporate), and WIP got to form itself as a 501c3 tax-exempt charitable California non-profit public benefit corporation for a lot less money than it costs to start the process from scratch. That's a win-win situation. And now WIP has filed EU-wide service mark registrations on the most important of the WSFS service marks to boot.

So go forth and read the reports. Now I have to just hope that this bronchitis I picked up will have passed sufficiently for me to actually preside over the meeting. I do not want to follow the bad example of the late Ross Pavlac, who was very sick during Chicon V and did a very poor job of presiding over the 1991 WSFS Business Meeting, doped up on cold medicines as he was.
Tags: business meeting, worldcon, wsfs, wsfs business meeting

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