The Newsletter of Arisia, Incorporated — Number 158, July 2007





Next meeting at home of Jan Dumas … directions later.  Quorum for this meeting is 10 based on average of last three meetings.


The following pieces of business scheduled for the July meeting have a notification requirement which is met by this Mentor:

·         Grant request by PiCon, see motion below

·         Budget for Arisia 08; the proposed budget is included with this Mentor

·         Proposed bylaws changes which have been signed by 5 members.

·         Corporate budget is published again in this Mentor for reference but was originally published  in June Mentor.


Minutes of the June Meeting


·         Date, Time, and Place

Called to order 2:06 PM at the Dedham Hilton (Arisia Relaxacon) June 10 2007.

·         In attendance

Jeanette Barrett, Jack Dietz, Samantha Dings, Don Doughty (non member), Jan Dumas,  Mary Dumas, Don Eastlake III, Jill Eastlake, Les Embrey (non member), Lisa Hertel, Christina Hodge, Lisa Holsberg Crystal Huff (new/renewing member),  Steve Huff, September Isdell, Rick Kovalcik, Ben Levy, Glenn MacWilliams, Skip Morris, Susan Mozzicato, Sharon Sbarsky, Nicholas Shectman. Conor Walsh, Jeff Warner, Michael Whitehouse (new member), Bill Yerazunis (non-member)


·         Proxies

Tom Murphy to Skip Morris, Alex Latzko to Ben Levy, Karen Purcell to Jill Eastlack, Bridget Boyle to Jack Dietz.


·         Corrections to the Minutes -- none


·         President’s Report

Thanks to all who came to the relaxacon. Thanks to Jack and Conor and Crystal who signed up to help beforehand and to Tem and Susan and anyone else who got shanghaied at con.


·         Vice-President’s Report  -- none


·         Treasurer

Next years budget was submitted (found later in Mentor after being printed last month).  It will be taken up at the July corporate meeting.  Our finances are in similar shape to last month.  We have approximately $4000 not spent on pipe and drape, credit card machine, and other things we have voted on but not yet done. 


        Monthly account summaries are printed in the Mentors. If you have any questions, please talk to me.


June 1st 2007



Change from last month

Even Year - A08




Odd Year - A07
















$3,000 N4 Grant  (unspent)




Grant Fund




Two years expenses (CDs)




Voted Expenses





Total Reserved



Unallocated Funds




Total Corporate Funds






·         Clerk – no report


·         Executive Board Report

We approved the storage of the icehouse pieces at Pandemonium, with the understanding that they are Arisia’s and are coming back to Arisia. 


·         Arisia ’07 Conchair

We refunded the memberships of two A’07 attendees who had serious accessibility issues.


·         Arisia ’07 Treasury

Ben and Alex got together to talk about the books and work is still ongoing on that front. 


·         Arisia ’08 Conchair

There have been many meeting.  Programming  brainstorming is open.  Welcome Michael Whitehouse as Programming divhead and new corporate member. Welcome Crystal Huff as Pubs divhead.  Zambia development is proceeding.  Our party at Balticon exceeded al expectations in terms of attendance and interest.  We sent flyers to Wiscon, Baycon, and Duckon  Budget will probably be ready for the next meting.  Hotel reservations will be open around July 1.  Next concomm meeting is at the Hyatt Jul 18.  We will have parking passes

·         Arisia ’08 Treasury

Registrations have started and money is coming in.


·         Arisia ’09 Conchair

The conchair-to-be says hi!


·         Arisia ’09 Treasury

        None Selected -- No Report.


·         A08 Relaxacon

Will be held in the Corsair & CrossRip in Dennisport May 30 – June 1. Rooms are $90/night, by check only.  Reservations are open now. 


·         Corporate Inventory Control

We think the elevator is still broken.  More pipe is at the mailbox?  Rick or Skip will pick up. 


·         Grant Committee

We got a grant request from the Heinlein Society for their centennial, but after Mentor went out so too late for their event.  We also got a grant request from PiCon which will be brought up at the next meeting.


·         Hotel Search Committee

We signed a contract with Hotel@MIT.  You can get Hilton points there.



·         Relaxacon Committee

34 adults, 2 Saturday, 5 kids, approximately $50 in income.Spent about $450 on food and supplies. Corporate provided $1000 for the suite. We did better than expected. Thanks to MENSA and Janet and various people who donated or lent supplies and equipment.  Eboard recommends to set the advance membership rates for next year the same as this year:  $15 for the weekend, $10 for Friday or Saturday. The con will have to end a little earlier on Sunday, not decided what to do about corporate meeting.  No chair has been picked yet.  No deadline currently set on pre-reg rate.  Motion (for membership rates) passes unanimously. 


·          Committees not listed had no report


·         Old Business

The eboard has asked for a quote on liability insurance but gotten back one that only covers storage; we want to cover the con as well. 

Ben needs to get some account information on the Pugliese education fund to send out the check. 


·         New Business

        No new business brought to the floor.


·         Announcements and future meetings

Smofcon is coming up and filling their hotel.  United Fancon is moving their date to Nov 3-5 instead of Veterans Day weekend. 


Moved to officially refer to the July 29 meeting as “the August meeting” Passes many to 1   Date for October meeting:  2 pm Sunday Oct 21 at the home of Mary Dumas in Tewksbury.  Passes unanimously. 


Meeting adjourned at 2:47 PM – please take home the leftovers.


Corporate Budget for 2007-2008

The following is the proposed budget for 2007-2008 fiscal year, which starts July 1st.  It will need to be approved by the Corporation.

Arisia 07-08 Corporate Budget














A'08 Convention Payment



Total Income









Rent ($797) per month



Mailbox (paid through 3/08)



Mentor – Postage and Copying



USPS Bulk Account









Lawyer (as needed)



Liability Insurance



Domain Name (paid through 2010)


Student Art Contest Prizes



Server Hosting



Credit Card/Paypal Fees



Relaxacon '08



Total Expenses




Grant Committee


The grant committee moves to ask the membership to approve partially funding the PiCon grant request of $6400 for the amount of $3000.


Supporting information: this year, PiCon is expecting to make a small profit; this grant will cover enough of their expenses that they can pay back last year's debts and have some seed money for the next convention.  The intent is that this grant will help PiCon establish a solid financial footing, not become a recurring grant unless there are exceptional circumstances. 


Pending Business


From February

·         Conclude discussion of refund policy and bring a new motion (EBoard)

·         Get quotes to EBoard for liability and contents insurance.  (CIC)

·         Deferred discussion of a family or young fan rate to a future meeting. 

·         Weekend rates were changed, but single-day rates were not changed and need to be discussed in the context of a 4-day con.

·         Report from hotel search committee about state of 2009/2010  possibilities.

From March

·         Who is responsible for notifying non-corporate-member keyholders of new policy?

If anyone is aware of other pending business, please email


Membership Roster


Here is the current membership roster for Arisia, Inc.  If you believe there is an error, or if you are on this list and do not receive Mentor, email


Lisa Adler-Golden

Walter Kahn

Aaron Aggassi

Allan Kent

Jeanne Barrett

Jenn Koerber

Rob Bazemore

Pamela Koretsky

Bridget Boyle

Rick Kovalcik

Brian Cooper

’Zanne Labonville

Tom Coveney

Alex Latzko

David D’Antonio

Ben Levy

Elka Tovah Davidoff

Glen McWilliams

Jack Dietz

Skip Morris

Samantha Dings

Susan Mozzicato

Jan Dumas

Tom Murphy

Mary Dumas

Pam Ochs

Don Eastlake

Karen Purcell

Jill Eastlake

Mary Robison

Tom Fish

Noel Rosenberg

Colette Fozard

Sharon Sbarsky

John Francini

Nicholas Shectman (Phi)

Tracy Gangwer

Cris Shuldiner

Nichole Gosselin

Rachel Silber

Joel Herda

Mike Sprague

Brendan Hertel

Janet Stickle

Lisa Hertel

Brandi Tague

Christina Hodge

Pete Thomas

Lisa Holsberg (Jasra)

Persis Thorndike

Steve Huff

Pat Vandenberg

Crystal Huff

Conor Walsh

September Isdell

Al Walker (Hobbit)

Jeanne Kahn

Michael Whitehouse





Keys List


If you do not have a key to storage and need to get into storage, send mail to keys@arisia .org and all keyholders will get your request. 







Joel Herda


Janet Stickle


Alex Latzko


Persis Thorndike


Skip Morris


Lisa Hertel


Carsten Turner


Ben Levy


Skip Morris


Rachel Silber




Lisa Holsberg


Michael Bergman


September Isdell (spare)


Rick Kovalcik


Skip Morris (spare)


September Isdell


Rick Kovalcik (spare)




Jill Eastlake




Noel  Rosenberg



Executive Board



Rick Kovalcik

19 Chesley Rd

Newton Centre MA 02459

Arisia 2007Conchair

Joel Herda

17 Heath St #3

Somerville MA 02145

Vice President

Lisa Holsberg

14 Salem St #4

Woburn MA 01801

Arisia 2007 Treasurer

Alex Latzko

40 Greatstone Dr

Merrimack NH 03054


Ben Levy

47 Brown St

Andover MA 01810

Arisia 2008 Conchair

September “Tem” Isdell

82 Albion Street #2
Somerville, MA 02143


Rachel Silber

59 Orient Ave

Melrose MA 02176

Arisia 2008 Treasurer

Donald Eastlake

155 Beaver St

Milford MA 01757


Arisia 2009 Conchair

Jill Eastlake

155 Beaver St

Milford MA  01757













Committee Members & Corporate Appointed Officers


Budget Committee

Ben Levy (head)

Alex Latzko

Nicholas Shectman

Hotel Search Committee

Janet Stickle (head)

Skip Morris

Ben Levy

Corporate Inventory Control

Skip Morris (head)

Lisa Hertel


Joel Herda

Janet Stickle

Long Range Planning Committee

Nicholas Shectman (head)

Jill Eastlake

Jack Dietz

Lisa Adler-Goldin

Conor Walsh

Technical Equipment Committee

(same as CIC)

Relaxacon Investigation Committee

Jack Dietz (head)

Janet Stickle

Corporate Sales Officer

Lisa Hertel

Survey Committee


Corporate Systems Administrator

Cris Shuldiner

Grant Committee

Lisa Holsberg (head)

Walter Kahn

Honors Committee

Rachel Silber (head)


Archives Committee

Lori “Jet” Turi

Timeline Committee

Lisa Hertel (head)

Skip Morris

Nicholas Shectman

Noel Rosenberg

Rachel Silber



Mentor Subscription Information


Subscription to Mentor of Arisia is included with Corporate Membership to Arisia, Incorporated.  Membership runs from September 1st to August 31st and costs $24.  Dues are pro-rated on a monthly basis for members joining during the year.


































Upcoming Events

Look for upcoming corporate and concom meetings at
        Calendar Schedule 

ConCom:  7:00 PM Wednesday, 18 July 2007 at the Hyatt Regency, Cambridge.

Corporate:  2:00 PM Sunday, 29 July 2007 at the home of Jan Dumas; location and directions forthcoming.

Division Head:  7:00 PM Monday, 30 July 2007 at the home of September Isdell.

NASFiC:  Thursday through Sunday, 2-5 August 2007

WORLDCON:  Thursday through Monday, 30 August – 3 September 2007

Division Head:  7:00 PM Thursday, 6 September 2007 at the home of September Isdell.

Corporate:  Annual Meeting 2:00 PM Sunday, 16 May 2007 at MIT Building 66 Room 168 (or an adjacent room on the same corridor).

Division Head:  7:00 PM Tuesday, 25 September 2007 at the home of September Isdell.

Corporate:  2 pm Sunday Oct 21 at the home of Mary Dumas, Tewksbury











Directions to the “August” (July 29)  Meeting


Directions to The Zoo:  55 Arcadia St Revere, MA  Telephone:  617-872-6008


From East of Revere:  SWIM!!!!


From South or West of Revere:

      Take the Tobin bridge (Route 1) to the Revere Beach exit (exits are not numbered).  Sign says Route 16 to 1A Revere Beach.  Follow Route 16 straight at traffic light to rotary.  At rotary, take first right on to route 1A.  Follow More Directions (below).


From North, or North West of Revere:

      Follow Route 1 to the exit for Route 60 (again, there are no exit numbers).  Follow Route 60 east.  At the rotary with route 107, remain on Route 60 (There are Dunkin Donuts on both sides of this rotary).  Go straight through the first traffic light (Marganellies liquor store is on your right at this intersection).  Very carefully, at the rotary that is the intersection of Route 60 (60 ends here), Route 16 (16 also ends here), and route 1A, take third turn on to route 1A North.  Follow More Directions (below).


More Directions:

      Go straight through the next two traffic lights, passing Dunkin’ Donuts on right at first light and Stop and Shop on right at second light.  At the next rotary, take the second right turn to follow route 1A North.  Go Past the Wonderland T station.  Continue straight at the next traffic light, passing a 7/11 on right.  There is a very small river under the road; you might miss it, but once you see this opening you are technically no longer on the ‘mainland’.  At the next traffic light, turn right onto Oak Island Street (Teddy’s convenience store is on the left of the intersection).  Take your second right turn on to Arcadia Street. 

      55 Arcadia Street is on the right five houses after Argyle Street; it is a two story white house, next to a three story tan house.  I will leave the Black Honda Element on the street.  People may use my driveway.





Take the blue line to Wonderland station.   The outbound train exits on the ocean side of the station.  Turn left on Boulevard and walk two blocks to Kelly's Roast Beef.   Turn left on to Oak Island Street.   The first left will be Arcadia Street.  55 Arcadia Street is on the second block, about midway down.   House is well marked, and the Honda Element will be parked on the street.



The zoo’s current population is

Byron -- the keeshond - A spitz breed, he has solid fiber hair as people do, not hollow shaft fur as other breeds of dogs do.

Purrball -- American short hair cat

Fidget -- Guinea pig

Hillary, Jojo, Warbler and Bobbie -- the Australian cockatiels (they will not be attending the meeting)

Triss and Issy -- Bearded dragons

Lots of fish tanks.


Pictures are available at


Please remember if you are going to bring food, Jan has severe food allergies; please avoid bringing foodstuffs made from apples, pears, and peaches.


Come early and enjoy the beach the swing set, or play with the animals, or the dolls, or the toys.



ARISIA, Incorporated

PMB 322, Building 600

1 Kendall Square

Cambridge MA  02139