September 1st, 2012

Business Meeting

Chicon 7 Day 3: Main Business Meeting Report

Saturday's Business Meeting was The Main Event: consideration of four WSFS constitutional amendments, all affecting the Hugo Awards.

Lisa and I were down to Columbus CD in plenty of time, but there turned out to be a panel in the room from 9 AM. Panels are supposed to be 75 minutes, although I expect most panelists are unaware of this. at 10:15 AM sharp, I and the rest of the waiting WSFS meeting people came in and the panelists in there scattered, some making very annoyed noises that "we have this room until 10:30!"

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This evening, I set the Business Meeting videos to uploading before going out to the parties for a while. It took about two hours or so for them to upload, even over the in-room wired connection. (Thanks to the friend whose paid connection I'm sharing since it covers 3 IP addresses.)

Part 1: Best Fancast, Best Semiprozine/Fanzine, Best Graphic Story ratification debates/votes. philfoglio's speech urging re-ratification of Graphic Story is about 37 minutes into Part 1.

Part 2: Best Young Adult Book debate/vote

There is a short gap between the two parts where nothing substantive happened and the meeting took a brief recess.

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With all substantive business now concluded, the only business remaining before the meeting Sunday morning is to formally receive the results of Worldcon Site Selection and to entertain Question Time for bids for future Worldcons. After that, we'll hold the traditional Worldcon Chairs Photo Opportunity, and after that, the Mark Protection Committee Meeting. The problem that I see is that the Business Meeting tends to bloat up to the time permitted, and the MPC Meeting doesn't really get the entire slot anyway because the Neil Gaiman play going on right after the BM needs time to set up, so we may have to scramble to find another place to move the MPC meeting. We can't just hold it out in the open because people will wander in assuming it's a random conversation rather than a (theoretically) directed meeting.
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Chicon 7 Day 3: Out and About

We actually had time to go have lunch after the Business Meeting today. Linda Deneroff, after the Business Meeting, asked if she could join us for lunch and we told her that after I got finished with some meetings with people after the BM and changed out of our Chicon jumpsuits, we'd be happy to do so. While I was talking about WSFS Hugo Marketing business, Ben Yalow came rushing in to tell me that Linda had been injured in an escalator accident and wouldn't be able to join us. Yikes!

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I sure hope I manage to make it through tomorrow okay. I have a lot of things to do including my second panel. I'd like to see the Art Show before it closes. We have the Hugo Award coverage tomorrow night. I wonder if I can possibly manage to get a nap in there sometime mid-afternoon tomorrow?