Board minutes, April 14, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
Board Members in attendance: Karl Lembke, Mike Thorsen, Michelle Pincus, Marcia Minsky, Rob Powell, Marty Cantor, Christian McGuire, Elayne Pelz, Arlene Satin, Eylat Poliner, and Warren “Whisky” Johnson

Members and Guests: Michael Pell, Joyce Sperling, Tony Benoun, Sherry Benoun, Lee Gold, Barry Gold, Matthew B. Tepper, Greg Barrett, Joe Zeff, Bill Ellern, John DeChancie, Tim Trzepacz, Jeni Burr, John Christopher, and June Moffatt.

Called to order: The meeting was called to order at 11:10 am.

Chairman (Karl Lembke): “If April was the cruelest month, welcome to the cruelest meeting.”

Minutes: The minutes of the Meeting of March 10, 2013, (which were mailed out) were accepted as presented.

New Members: There were no applications for membership in the society at this meeting.

Treasurer: (Please check with the Treasurer to get the details.)

30 Second Reports:

Chairman (Karl Lembke): No report.

Vice Chairman (Christian McGuire): Anti-vice: moved to have no meeting on Mother’s Day and this was passed. Marty Cantor will open the clubhouse at Noon for the usual Open House festivities.

Secretary (Marty Cantor): No report.

Publications (Marty Cantor): No report.

Comptroller (Michelle Pincus): No report.

Quartermaster/Supplies (Mike Thorsen): Soda units sold: 25,544 units to date, 311 units this period. Soda money: $20,265.75 to date, $313.25 for this period. An extended discussion was held about lack of or non-access to paper and cleaning supplies that are under lock and key in the shed. There was also a discussion of the cleaning of the clubhouse. Mike Thorsen explained his procedures. This past month he purchased propane and some kitchen supplies.

Library (Warren “Whisky” Johnson): Elayne purchased all of the Hugo nominees she could get. Christian requested that the President mention to the club about these items.

Archives (Marcia Minsky): No report

Physical Plant (Elayne Pelz): No report.

AV Equipment (Rob Powell): Safer mentioned to Rob about the blue-ray player.

Events (Eylat Poliner): Mah Jongg tournament – it was cancelled because of a lack of entrants but there was one table of non-entrants who had fun palying Mah Jongg. Eylat mentioned the Chili Cook-off on June 9. // LOSCON 40 – there was a report by Christian. Christian had fan tables at WonderCon and Condor. Wondercon fan tables are much better received than the fan tables at ComiCon.

Fund-raising and Recruitment (Arlene Satin): No report.

(Significant Others)

Marketing Committee (Arlene Satin): Arlene is working on the lecture series. Michelle reports Todd McCaffrey will be doing something in August. She has started working with the Pasadena library about Children’s Reading Programme. Jeni Burr commented on promotions: She tried to get Anika (who is in charge of L.A. Robotics) to hold meetings here. // Karl asked about the West Hollywood Book Fair. Arlene mentioned the Book Fair’s change of leadership and lack of communication with them even though she has attempted same.

Club President (Matthew B. Tepper):Pursuant to the discussion of this, votes were held on raising dues at two meetings and passed at both meetings.

WEB MASTER (Barry Gold): Mail forwarding by Verizon from HostColor is a problem as Verizon considers HostColor a spam site..

Agenda Items:

Elayne mentioned changes to by-laws – housekeeping – which are reflected by the dues changes.

Westercon Domain stuff: the person running Westercon web site wants to give it up and we could take it over. It was moved, seconded, and passed that we take over the Westercon domains at a cost of $50 to $65 dollars a year to maintain.

Proposed Cooking Policy (Joe Zeff): Joe wrote up a proposed cooking policy and presented it to the Board. The proposal (as a motion) was referred to Joe and Barry was passed with one abstention.

Monstro access and storage. Genny Dazzo has mentioned that she had some items stored in Monstro gone missing at times. The discussion became general about several problems with Monstro, including leaving a central aisle for emergency exit and handicap access. It was also pointed out that Monstro was NOT a place for conventions other than LOSCON to store stuff as we really have no room for things not belonging to the club.

There was a discussion about when one has to pay dues if they are on the premises at times outside of regular access times. Elayne mentioned our policy: “If people are on the premises after 7 pm on Thursday, Friday, and after 2 pm on Sunday, if they are seen on the premises by the person collecting dues, they are liable for PAYING dues.” The person involved in this has been told and has been warned.” // There was also a discussion of open library doors and when they should be locked.

Bill Ellern mentioned providing chocolate chip cookies every Thursday night. It is costing him about $200 a year. He wondered if he could write this off his taxes. The answer was no but he said that he would continue to provide these to the members each week he comes to the club.

Replacement of toilet seat: Eylat reported that a person named Mike will be doing this.

Mike Thorson reported that Marc Schirmeister and Rob Powell reattached the mailbox to the wall – Mike contributed a screwdriver.

Christian asked Matthew Tepper to thank Marc Schirmeister (in front of the club) for beautifying, with plantings, the entrance of the club.

We moved to a closed session.

Open Forum:

The next meeting of the Board will be June 9, 2013.


Taken Away from previous meetings:

Oasis letter.

Environmental Impact is being worked on.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned its meeting at 1:24 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Marty Cantor, Board Secretary

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 11 June 2013 )
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