The Newsletter of Arisia, Incorporated — Number 157, June 2007





The Quorum for the next General Meeting of the Membership, scheduled for 2:00 PM Sunday 10 June 2007 at the ARISIA Relaxacon at the Dedham Boston Hilton is 10, based upon the following facts:  17 in attendance at the May meeting, 22 in attendance at the April Meeting; and an expected quorum of 9 for the April Meeting as determined in the April Mentor (if 9 is 51% of the average of the last 3 meetings, then an average number for the March meeting would be 18) ((((18+22+17)/3)*.51)=9.69 rounds up to 10).



Minutes of the May Meeting


·         Date, Time, and Place

This corporate meeting was called to order at 3:05 PM Sunday, 20 May 2007 at the Eastlake residence in Milford, MA.


·         In attendance

Bridget Boyle, Samantha Dings, Jan Dumas, Donald Eastlake III, Jill Eastlake, Nichole Gosselin (new member), Brendan Hertel, Lisa Hertel, Christina Hodge, Rick Kovalcik, 'Zanne Labonville, Alex Latzko, Ben Levy, Glenn MacWilliams,

Skip Morris, Karen Purcell, Conor Walsh.


·         Proxies

Susan Mozzicato to Lisa Hertel, David D’Antonio to Skip Morris, Tom Murphy to Skip Morris.


·         Corrections to the Minutes

No Corrections to the Minutes of the last General Meeting were offered.


·         Corrections to MENTOR as a whole

Key list -- Skip has key #5

Correct spelling of Christina Hodges to Christina Hodge


·         President’s Report

        Thanks to everyone for attending the meeting. The quorum for this meeting is about 12 assuming the meeting with incomplete attendance information (at Dr. Karen’s) had about the same or less attendance as the other two.


·         Vice-President’s Report

        Not present -- No report.


·         Treasurer

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

April 1st 2007



Change from Last Month

Odd Year – A07




Even Year – A08
















$3,000 N4 Grant (unspent)




Grant Fund




Two Years Expenses (CDs)




Voted Expenses





Total Reserved



Unallocated Funds




Total Corporate Funds





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





·         Clerk

        Not present -- No report.  Jan Dumas taking minutes for meeting.  Merv will guest edit / publish Mentor for June; and Phi will handle mailbox responsibilities for the nonce.


·         Executive Board Report

        The EBoard is currently considering contracts for over-flow hotels for Arisia 08.  Further discussions will be at the division head meeting later this week.


·         Arisia ’07 Conchair

        Not present -- No report.


·         Arisia ’07 Treasury

        Two late bills have been paid; and there are six people who still have not paid Arisia hotel bills; the Treasurer is following up.


·         Arisia ’08 Conchair

        Not present.  ARISIA, Incorporated extends sympathy to September Isdell on the loss of a family member.


·         Arisia ’08 Treasury

        No Report.


·         Arisia ’09 Conchair

        Hi everybody . . . Convention does not have a treasurer as of yet.


·         Arisia ’09 Treasury

        None Selected -- No Report.


·         Archives Committee

        No Report.


·         Budget Committee

        No Report.


·         Corporate Inventory Control

        Skip reports the new door is in place, and it works better than the old door.  A list of damages has been sent to the Property owner.  The total is estimated between 1500 and 1600 dollars (actually a check shows it was $1540.85).  Skip has not developed a bill for the personal hours used by Corporate members to clean and inventory area.  The standard rate for insurance purpose is $16.00 an hour.  It is unsure if hours will be billed but we will hold that and the rate as a negotiating point with the insurance company.  We are keeping the discussion with Property owner on a friendly basis, will not be sending a certified letter with damages, at this point.

        Drape:  Drape has been given to Robin Holly of MASSFILC for repair.  One piece of torn drape will be maintained for fire testing. 

        Tech used all pieces of drape in Arisia 06, including the damaged pieces.  They also needed to use trash bags to complete room-darkening process.  It was suggested that Arisia might need up to 50% more drape.  A suggestion was made to look into ‘Commando Cloth’.  MASSFILC has suggested using colors other than black.  One piece of fabric was found to not be a black drape, but a dark blue tablecloth.

        A question from floor, just how much drape do we need to purchase?  It was suggested we need 240 feet total.  We currently have 90 feet of usable drape, plus another 30 feet that is junk.  Tech estimates we need 50%-100% more then we have now.  Robin Holly is willing to do sewing of drapes.  Agreed that drape fabric should be ten feet long, hemmed to be both ten feet hang and eight foot hang.

        MOVED to allocate $1,300 (from N4 donation) to purchase 10 sections of sound deadening drapes @ $100 each, and 3 sections of upright / cross bars as needed @ $100 each.                         Motion CARRIES by voice vote.  Colors of drape are left to the discretion of CIC and the various Tech / Masquerade people involved.

        Pipes:  We have 9 uprights and 11 cross bars and we need a better storage method for the pegs.


·         Corporate Sales

        No Report.


·         Grant Committee

        No Report.


·         Honors Committee

        No Report.


·         Hotel Search Committee

        The EBoard is considering an overflow hotel for Arisia ‘08. 

        A possible venue for Relaxacon ‘08 was discussed.  A hotel in Dennisport, MA was suggested.  Information about this hotel, and photos were reviewed.

        MOVED to authorize the EBoard to negotiate and commit with a budget of $1,000 if necessary for function space for the ARISIA Relaxacon '08 for May 30 to June 1 2008.  Motion CARRIES via voice vote.

        No report on Hotel search for Arisia ‘09 and ‘10.  The group did discuss new hotels being built, or planned for the Boston area.


·         Long Range Planning Committee

        No Report


·         Relaxacon Committee

        Conor reported current membership at 17 adults and 3 children.  The EBoard had voted to set the price of a child membership to half the price of an adult membership.  Attendees have reserved about 21 room nights (10 rooms for Friday and 11 rooms for Saturday).

        Since we have to pay for the suite, the Relaxacon will still go on even if room rental and membership does not pick up.  It was mentioned that some people are waiting until that weekend to decide if they will attend one or both days.

        Conor requested people start giving him money for attendance.


·         Survey Committee

        No Report.


·         Technical Equipment Committee

        No Report.

·         Timeline Committee

        No Report


·         Old Business

        The EBoard report on insurance:  An application has been submitted, and we are waiting to hear back from the agent.

        Other old business either dealt with above (drape and damaged property report from CIC) or still pending.


·         New Business

        No new business brought to the floor.


·         Announcements and future meetings

        The ARISIA Relaxacon ’07 crew is looking for assistance moving into the hotel on Friday and moving out on Sunday.

        A reminder that SmofCon is 7-9 December 2007 at the Airport Hilton.  RKOV has flyers for those interested.

        Jill Eastlake is selling tote bags for $25.00 each.

        Saturday June 16th in the evening there will be an MENSA open house at RKOV's house; and Sunday June 17th there will be a NESFA other meeting at 2 PM at RKOV's house.  Both would be good opportunities for anyone who wants to learn more about the other groups.

        Tem and Jasra are looking for assistance with Arisia party at Balticon. Please contact at them now or at the con.

        Merv is moved and settling in.  Watch for an invitation to a housewarming sometime in June that is not the Relaxacon.


Meeting adjourned at 3:57 PM.


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?

·         Honors committee send funds to Patri’s Girls fund

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

September Isdell

Conor Walsh

Jeanne Kahn

Al Walker (Hobbit)



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 

Balticon: Friday, 25 May to Monday, 28 May 2007

Party:  Time to be announced Sunday, 27 May 2007 at Balticon.

Relaxacon:  Friday through Sunday, 8-10 June 2007 at the Hilton Boston Dedham. 

Corporate:  2:00 PM Sunday 10 June 2007 in a room (TBD) at the Hilton Boston Dedham in conjunction with ARISIA Relaxacon ’07.

Division Head:  7:00 PM Wednesday, 27 June 2007 at the home of September Isdell.

Readercon:  Thursday through Sunday, 5-8 July 2007

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.













Directions to the June 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