Meeting # 3970, September 12, 2013 PDF Print E-mail

Menace of the LASFS

Meeting # 3970, September 12, 2013

Eylat Poliner presiding

Karl Lembke, Scribe

Patron Saint Mike Thorsen, Dale Hales

(Portions read at the meeting are highlighted like this.)

Having given up the fight against entropy, President Eylat Poliner called meeting #3970 to order at a metric dozen minutes after 8.  She welcomed everyone to the interesting week that has been.

The Menace were read.  Paige Willey bid a dollar to name the Menace, “I’ll Take Suggestions”. They were so approved.

Registrar Michelle announced Jaime Johnson who was a guest on the 8th of the month.  

We have a new member, Lee Almovodar

Next week is Talk Like a Pirate Day, so here at Port LASFS, we will be having a pirate theme day.  

Eylat Poliner announced that pun fines would be levied.  She has new hearing aids.  She can now hear people clear across the room.  Puns were made and fines levied.

And she now has a temp job and a part-time job.

Patron Saints

Mike Thorsen

David Okamura: Mike is very helpful with the irrigation system in the patio, and helped install teh new hoses.  Known him for some time, and he’s always been able to lend a hand on important items in the maintenance of LASFS.  He also has a keen interest in history, and was one of those who assisted in retrieving signs from the second LASFS clubhouse.

Joe Zeff:  Not many remember this, but Mike first learned about LASFS by reading Fallen Angels.  When he found out LASFS really existed, he came to investigate, and has been here ever since.

Marcia: enjoys playing Mah Jong with Mike.  One exception, if we’re using Karl’s set, we have to make sure Mike doesn’t hide “starter sets” under the tile racks.

Eylat: Mike will help even without being asked.  He’s become a Bob Null of the club.  He takes care of the soda machine, cleans, buys supplies, and is one of those who will notify Elayne when something goes wrong with the clubhouse.

Marcia: He also takes care of Second Sunday.

CLJII: Mike has always been very helpful with regard to all the work he does around the club, and does heavy lifting CLJII can’t do.  Despite his infirmity, he helps out.  He’s amiable and charming, and a good conversationalist.

Matthew Tepper: read the one story into the Menace.

Marty Cantor: He’s been on the BOD for a while, and will probably continue.  He’s useful, and does a lot of miscellaneous things most people won’t think of.  He handles graffiti control.  We used to have ‘the shed’.  Now we have a room called “the shed”, which contains his equipment.

Mike Thorsen was given three cheers and a left-handed monkey wrench.

Patron Saint Dale Hales was honored

Joe Zeff: Dale has been one of the Usual Suspects for loading and unloading trucks after conventions.  Once, he was one of three people who wound up emptying a truck by themselves.  That’s what led to double hours.

Marty Cantor: when we had the food table for Gift Exchanges, he brought hot cider.  He always sits right over here with a table next to him and a knife and scissors for opening packages, and he helps out.

Matthew Tepper: Barksdale Hales IV, aka Dale, is a good friend and true, but also one of the “human wallets”.  When the Rothstein family donated a number of Allan’s former belongings, Dale bid heavily on many of these items.

Maryann Canfield: Dale is a gamer, and she enjoyed many a friday night with him.  He’s willing to teach Outpost to youngsters who don’t always have the patience to learn it.

CLJII:  Known Dale for 52 years. He is the perfect example of why there are only about 500 people in the world, the rest made up by the news.  Met in grade school.  After they went to junior high, they lost touch, then met again in 1984 when he turned up at LOSCON.  From that he found LASFS, the two resumed contact.  

Eylat: At one time, he was buying people gifts, and he bought Eylat and Mark some beautiful glasses. When Arlene was doing marketing, he was helping out.

Dale Hales was given three cheers and a collection of MAD Comics like the one his father would never let him look at.

Upcoming programming: Next week, big auction, dress as a pirate.

26th, Dr Who Presentation.  Sarah Goldberg will represent the most recent doctors, and Ed Hooper will discuss the past doctors.

10/3, Forry Awards.

CLJII: Fourth Sunday of this month, FWEMS begins at 2 PM.  Theme is The Adventures of the Griffin Family, the invisible man, his brother, his cousin, and his second cousin,

the invisible man

the invisible man returns

the invisible agent,

the invisible man’s revenge.

October 3, nomination and vote for Forry awards for service to SF.

The Lantern O’Jack was passed to pay for refreshments for the Autumn Holiday Party, beginning at 6 or so, lasting until 11. We will also collect money for the Winter Holiday Party, on 12/25.

Eylat mentioned she’d like to return this week for a refund.

On the eve of Rosh Hoshannah, our Vice President’s father died.

Special Order of Business:  Aimée Hoff has died.

On Monday, Charles Hoff got a knock on his door at 4 AM, his daughter died in a car crash, the driver of her car was drunk.

People rose to say kind and gentle things about Aimée

We had a moment of silence in her honor.

No Old business

No New business.

Committee Reports


Fannish Committee Reports:



CLJII mentioned, as was pointed out at the beginning of the meeting, meeting 4000 is coming up in a few months.  The Fourth weekend will feature a two-day event, LA 4000 a two-day mini relaxacon.  We hope people will turn out to celebrate.  Warming: last time we had a mini con named after a LASFS meeting number, it turned into Loscon.

It was moved and seconded that we adjourn.

We adjourned at 9:00 or so.
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