Board Minutes: November 11, 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Board Members in attendance: Karl Lembke, Mike Thorsen, Michelle Pincus, Marcia Minsky, Rob Powell, Marty Cantor, Christian McGuire, Arlene Satin, Eylat Poliner, and Rob Powell. Warren “Whiskey” Johnson has an excused absence as does Elayne Pelz, both of whom are out of the country in differing parts of the globe.

Members and Guests: Greg Bilan, Joe Zeff, Michael Pell, Joyce Sperling, Matthew B. Tepper, Bill Ellern, Tim Trzepacz, Jeni Burr, Tony Benoun, Sherri Benoun, Ed Hooper, Maryann Canfield, Heide Nichols, Frank Waller, Tom Shafer.

Called to order: The meeting was called to order at 11: 06 am. Karl wished everybody a Happy Veterans Day. Karl also gave congratulations to Michelle Pincus for winning the special election to Bill Ellern’s seat. “And thank you to Bill Ellern for your years of service.” Applause was given to both. Minutes: The minutes of the Meeting of October 2012, were accepted as presented.

New Members: There were applications for membership in the Society presented to the Board: Gary Sanders, Lara Beilby, Christopher Beilby, Jason Justice. All were accepted.

Treasurer: No report.

30 Second Reports:

Chairman (Karl Lembke): No report.

Vice Chairman (Christian McGuire): Unaware of any new vice.

Secretary (Marty Cantor): No report.

Publications (Marty Cantor):I sent out pdf notifications of the election problems to the DE PROF mailing list. I explained what had gone wrong and how it was solved. // The Golds are out of town and they did not give me anything to pass on to the Board.

Comptroller (Bill Ellern): No report. Karl again thanked Bill for his years of service on the Board and he wished the best for Bill and Anne. Bill thanked us.

Quartermaster/Supplies (Mike Thorsen):  Soda units sold: 24,150 units to date, 271 units this period. Soda money: $18,833.25 to date, $271.00 for this period. Some paper products and minor sundries were purchased from the proceeds of the vending machine.

Library (Warren “Whiskey” Johnson): The librarian is out of the country.

Archives (Marcia Minsky): We have archives.

Physical Plant (Elayne Pelz): She is also out of the country, but a different country than the librarian. Different continents, in fact. Try not to break things and try not to use the climate control in overkill mode.

AV Equipment (Rob Powell): CLJ says someone has gotten his DVDs to play.

Events (Eylat Poliner): Grilled cheese Throwdown was moved to January 2nd Sunday – this was moved , seconded, and passed. // Christian reported on LOSCON 39. A hotel reservations glitch caused some confusion in our understanding of the actual room-night pick-up. Good news: hotel is buying back 2 rooms from the con. We seem to be getting along well with the new hotel person. Christian commended ALL the people who have gotten up and done new things to promote the con. Sponsorships: $1000 from Galaxy Authors Services, There is a separate page in the programme book thanking sponsors. A general discussion was held about the con. // LOSCON 40 –we are moving forward in acquiring GoHs. // LOSCON 2014-2018 contracts: we have been approached from the hotel about our future there.. Needs permission from Board to enter into negotiations with LAX Marriott. Passed with one nay vote.

Fund-raising and Recruitment (Arlene Satin): Her time will free up after her wedding in two weeks.

(Significant Others)

Marketing Committee (Arlene Satin): Arlene: we were contacted by Eric Small who was here in September, who would do a presentation on 10,000 Days, a program of his. He did a presentation here and it was good. He did a Q& A afterwards, and they taped it. Taping is on his Facebook page and it is also on U-Tube.

Club President (Matthew B. Tepper): No report.

WEB MASTER (Barry Gold): On vacation.

Open Forum:

Agenda Items:

New Comptroller: Michelle, with accounting training and bookkeeping experience, was appointed to the position of Comptroller.

Error correction in LASFS elections: Matthew described the glitch in the recent Board elections. The problem was in the nominating process. At the time of the time of nominations, the wrong person was added to the list – Mike Thorsen – instead of the correct person – Warren Johnson. Just before the election this was pointed out and all of the Board members in attendance decided that the correct person should be put on the list as he had agreed to this via e-mail and the incorrect person was removed from the list. Nominations were reopened (with one more person added) and the election was put off for one week. Specail advisor Charlie Jackson and President Matthew Tepper were in attendance with the Board members. Those members who had shown up to vote but would not be at the following week were given provisional ballots which would be cast the following week. President Tepper kept the ballots. Christian moved and it was seconded that the decision made by the Board members at the club was affirmed. Charlie Jackson was thanked by the full Board.

Gizmo’s new gizmo: (Much applause as Rob showed what he had constructed.) Rob discussed his ideas of why the cart was designed the way it was. Cost of this prototype was $110.00/$120.00. There was a vigorous discussion of this device but it was well-liked. “Improvements” were discussed. It was recommended that Rob continue his research, taking into consideration several suggestions by the board.

It was recommended that Karl pass on to Charlie Jackson, on Thursday, the thanks for his help last week. // Sherri Benoun said that as this was Veteran’s Day she wanted to thank any of you who have served for your service. (There was applause.) Marcia thanked the Board for having the Veteran’s Day Open House.

Our next meeting will be December 9, 2012.


Rob to continue research on his gizmo.

Taken Away from previous meetings:

Adjournment: The Board adjourned its meeting at 12: 50 pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Marty Cantor, Board Secretary
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 December 2012 )
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