The Newsletter of Arisia, Incorporated -- Number 119, October/November 2002
Minutes of the October Corporate Meeting
Tuesday, October 15, 2002. Arisia Storage, Somerville MA. Called to order at 7:25 PM.
Dave Belfer-Shevett, Tom Coveney, Joel Herda, Lisa Hertel, Walter Kahn, Ben Levy, Claudia Mastroianni, Skip Morris, Tom Murphy, Paul Selkirk, Nicholas Shectman, Carsten Turner.
Colette Fozard to Skip Morris, Cris Shuldiner to Skip Morris, Rachel Silber to Carsten Turner.
Walter Khan is not on the Long Range Planning Committee.
Brendan gave his keys to Joel. Phi made a new set of keys for Lisa Hertel.
I've been too busy to have a real report. If there are any burning issues, I'd love to know about them.
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Anyone making a report is strongly encouraged to do so in writing, or suffer gross transcription errors.
Not present. We (the corporation) haven't yet given up on them closing their books on their own.
We had concom meeting and div-head meetings on Sunday at the Park Plaza, with no fatalities. We toured some areas of the hotel, most of which were closed.
The budget was discussed and refined, and there will be motion to amend budget as published. We talked about the fact that most departments have asked for increases; each increase individually makes sense, due to inflation, the larger size of the convention, or being something cool and/or useful. However, it adds up to a large bottom line. The budget as printed does not make enough money. We need a $4000-5000 surplus to fund corporate activities. This budget a bit more accurate.
One thing this budget includes is an automatic adjustment based on attendance. We can accurately estimate attendance in advance - we assume 48% pre-reg. The base budget is based on 2500 attendees, and has adjustment rules for 2000-2700 attendees.
The div heads have recommended changing the at-door Saturday rate to $30. This would increase revenue in two ways - by directly getting more for Saturday day memberships, and encouraging more people to buy weekend memberships.
The president opted to defer both the budget and the rate increase to New Business.
The motion to change the Print Shop rates, effective Arisia '04, was left on the table.
Tom Murphy has written an online hotel reservation system. However, we are not ready to take credit card information, because we do not have a security certificate. We seem to have two options: getting a Verisign certificate, or making a self-signed certificate. The meeting moved into a committee of the whole to discuss the issue, with 10-minute limit.
Moving out of the committee of the whole, it was MOVED to create a committee to recommend a secure method of accepting credit card information via the Internet, and to authorize the Eboard to approve the recommendation of that committee. Motion PASSED on a voice vote.
At this point, Joel Herda left, giving his proxy to Ben Levy. In absence of the Vice President, the Treasurer, Nicholas Shectman, assumed chairmanship of the meeting, and called a 10-minute recess.
A concern was raised about the laws and licensing of FRS radios. Phi will refer this to the lawyer to investigate.
MOVED to entertain the Arisia '03 Budget as printed in Mentor. All subsequent motions should be understood as amendments to this main motion.
MOVED to raise the Saturday one-day at-door price to $30. Motion PASSED 11-3 on a hand vote. Clerk's Note: This is a one-year override of policy, not a permanent change to policy. If no other action is taken, the rate in question will revert to $25 for Arisia '04.
MOVED to amend by substitution the hand-out budget for the budget printed in Mentor. MOVED to reprint the budget in Mentor, and table consideration to the next meeting. Chair rules that the scope of the changes are not sufficient to change the spirit of the motion. MOVED to overrule the chair; FAILED 2-9 on a hand vote. Motion to amend by substitution PASSED on voice vote.
MOVED to consider the baseline budget and scaling rules as a single motion; PASSED on a unanimous voice vote.
MOVED to cut each line item under Registration Income by 50%; FAILED for lack of a second.
MOVED to amend Registration Income to reflect whole numbers of registrations - add $10 to pre-reg-30, $20 to weekend-40. Objection to Consideration FAILED to get 2/3 majority by 8-5 on a hand vote. Motion PASSED 9-3 on a hand vote.
MOVED to reduce Prereg-30 income to $14,250; FAILED on a voice vote.
MOVED to reduce Weekend-40 income to $19,000; FAILED for lack of a second.
MOVED to create an income line item for 'Babysitting - $30', and to transfer 6 memberships from Babysitting-40 to Babysitting-30 (resulting in $180 for Babysitting-30, and $760 for Babysitting-40). Motion PASSED unanimously on a voice vote.
MOVED to approve the attendance-based budget adjustments, including the rules on page 2 of the handout. Motion PASSED on a voice vote.
There was much discussion on badges and badge holders, but no motion to change the budget for them.
At this point, Tom Coveney gave his proxy to Lisa Hertel.
MOVED to increase Program Guide to $1200; FAILED for lack of a second.
MOVED to change Program Guide to $0, and Pocket Program to $2500; PASSED 7-3 on a hand vote.
MOVED to produce the Program Book Color Insert for sale at the Arisia Sales table instead of distributing it in the Program Book; FAILED for lack of a second.
MOVED to change Color Insert to $2000, provided we have a projected attendance of at least 2300 people; PASSED on a voice vote.
MOVED to change Elevator Operators to $0. Friendly Amendment to change the line item to $200 with no attendance-based adjustment. Motion FAILED 3-7 on a hand vote.
MOVED to change Paid Security from $2500 to 'fill in the blank'; FAILED for lack of a second.
MOVED to change Babysitting Salaries to $750; PASSED on a voice vote.
MOVED to change ASL Signers to $0; FAILED 2-8 on a hand vote. Phi will consult with the lawyer regarding the Americans With Disabilities Act.
MOVED to change Legal Expenses to $500; PASSED on a voice vote.
MOVED to make ASL Signers contingent on getting 10 deaf attendees by November 30; FAILED 2-6 on a hand vote.
MOVED to change Cloissone Pins to $0; FAILED 2-9 on a hand vote.
MOVED to accept budget as amended; PASSED on a voice vote.
MOVED to raise the membership cap to 2650. After some discussion, the motion was WITHDRAWN.
Skip has been asked to allow Security to have their own T-shirts. However, no motion was made in this regard.
Remove your food and wrappers.
On behalf of the Eboard, the Clerk would like to thank everyone who stayed through the entire 4½-hour meeting.
Minutes of the November Corporate Meeting
Sunday, November 17, 2002. MIT Building 66, Room 168. Called to order at 4:13 PM.
Chris Amshey, Bridget Boyle, Joel Herda, Lisa Hertel, Alex Latzko, Ben Levy, Claudia Mastroianni, Skip Morris, Tom Murphy, Noel Rosenberg, Paul Selkirk, Nicholas Shectman, Rachel Silber, Carsten Turner, Walter Kahn, Regis Donovan, Karen Purcell, Tom Coveney, Pat Vandenberg, Allan Kent.
Colette Fozard to Skip Morris.
The Eboard met on Monday November 4.
The action from the last corporate meeting was the creation of a committee nicknamed the Online Reservations Committee, to come up with an electronic method to accept hotel reservations via our website, so that fans could get their information to us, and we could pass this information to the hotel. The decision of the Eboard, out of the report of the committee, was that an end-to-end secured system would be acceptable, something that used SSL for the website portion, and something that used an encrypted file for the storage of the actual data, also that the data would not be left for a long time on the server. The Eboard has authorized the conchair to move on this. More details will be presented in the committee report.
The only other agenda item for the Eboard was that Noel asked for a couple of committee appointments. The new members of the Grant Committee are Claudia Mastroianni and Walter Kahn.
At this point, Joel left to build sets for The Pirates of Penzance, and gave his proxy to Regis Donovan, and chairmanship of the meeting to Noel Rosenberg.
The Grant Committee will meet immediately after the corporate meeting. If anyone else is interested in being on the committee, please let me know.
The Budget Committee has not met.
The Corporate Sales report is that we have agreed to sell Looney Labs merchandise at the Arisia Sales table at the con.
The Online Reservations Committee had a number of email discussions, but did not meet in person, and does not have a formal report at this time. We did, however, produce two reports, one of which will be our final report, and the other of which will be a minority report - we have not determined which will be which.
We determined that there was a way to securely get information from the fen all the way to the hotel - actually a couple of ways. One of them involves equipment that we don't have - a fax-modem attached to arisia.org. One of them involves extra sheparding on the part of an individual, but no such individual has yet been identified, and we have secured a promise from the conchair not to go ahead with this until such an individual has been identified.
Please sign in. Dues are $20. Anyone making a report is strongly encouraged to do so in writing, or suffer gross transcription errors.
I went to Cris Shuldiner's bachelor party last night. See above about gross transcription errors.
Nicholas Shectman, Chris Amshey, and Noel are going to try to close the books. Phi expects to have some time to work on it in early December.
We had parallel divisional meetings today, which seemed to be productive.
There will be budget amendments at some point. We're starting to get some real numbers in, and I want to adjust the budget to reflect actual numbers already spent. For example, the mass mailer came in way under budget, and the art show mailing came in way over budget.
We've been using a mailing house in Worcester to do all the printing , addressing, folding, and sealing, and will even deliver to the post office for us. The money we spent on this service was made up by postage savings from delivering to the office in a presorted, automatable format, and we didn't have to spend hours at the annual meeting assembling the mailing. The downside is that we're not driven by the deadline of the annual meeting, and things tended to slip.
Another budget adjustment will be for 35mm projectors. It was originally requested that we add a $1000 line item for rentals. We thought we were unlikely to find projectors that cheaply, so we took it out of the budget, but Scott managed to find them, so we'll find the money somewhere.
The film rental budget will be going up slightly. For example, the restored version of Metropolis is a $400 rental, not a $200 rental. (This will be our silent movie with live organist.) The total increase in film rental will be somewhere between $500 and $1000.
On the other hand, there is more money coming in for Souvenir Book ads. We already have $1850, versus a $500 line item, and that's before the 251-piece mailing to advertisers.
We have been offered, and have accepted, use of the Origins Game Library. Many game manufacturers donated hundreds of games to the Origins gaming convention. They split this library up into 4 separate pieces, each with somewhere on the order of 75-100 games, which rotate around the country. This section is coming up from Philcon, to Arisia, then going to Vericon, Lunacon, and other cons. The games need a home - possibly gopher hole - and someone to manage them.
The hotel has started processing reservations.
We're probably going to have Arisia Sales sell parking coupons for the Boston Common garage. Each coupon is good for overnight or all-day parking. We're going to field test this at the Concom meeting at the hotel on December 1.
We're actually going to have an Internet Room. Benji Kline is making a lot of progress. The hotel is willing to let us use their wiring system, so we'll put a router in their wiring closet, and hook it into our internet room. The hotel is also giving us access to their T1 line, for what it would cost us to install a DSL line. The T1 is already there and working, so it's more reliable by definition.
We're looking into ways to make phones cheaper. We're trying to use more cell phones; I've bought some more pagers.
Logistics has 7-8 new crates on wheels, thanks to Linda Nee.
We still have some openings - Program Ops, Student Art Contest coordinator, Press Liaison, Party Czar. (Most of these were reported already filled, or were filled on the spot.)
The next meeting will be in the hotel on December 1. The hotel should be pretty empty that weekend, so we should be able to see most the rooms we need to see.
There's really nothing to report as yet. I'm working on who the Guests of Honor are going to be, and being Skip's trusty understudy.
Phi has not yet talked to the lawyer.
The motion to change the Print Shop rates, effective Arisia '04, was left on the table.
A very old motion, to fund some massage training classes, was left in a box under the table.
MOVED to set the February meeting date to Sunday 2/16. Motion FAILED for lack of second.
MOVED to set the February meeting date and time to Tuesday 2/18, at 7:30 PM. Motion PASSED 13-3 on a hand vote.
MOVED to set the February meeting location to the Vandenburg/Kent residence in Mendon. MOVED to set the location to the Murphy residence in Somerville. Mendon was decided 10-4 on a hand vote.
Go see the new Harry Potter movie, and sit through the credits to the end.
Anyone interested in the two active grant proposals is invited to meet next door after this meeting.
Directions to the December Meeting
The December meeting will be at the home of Alex Latzko and Bridget Boyle:
82 Cliff Road
Milton MA, 02186
For directions, go to http://www.lazy-booklet.org/ and follow the link for "directions", or call the number above.
|Arisia '03 Budget, as passed|
|Pre-Registration - $25.00||5,600|
|Pre-Registration - $30.00||17,610|
|FullWeekend - $40||23,920|
|Friday - $20||100|
|Saturday - $30||9,000|
|Student - $35||3,430|
|Babysitting - $25||50|
|Babysitting - $30||180|
|Babysitting - $40||760||61,070|
|Art Show: Commissions||-|
|Art Show: Mail-In Fees||350|
|Art Show: Space Fees||2,100|
|Art Show: Print Shop Fees||200|
|Dealers: Dealer Room Fees||2,640|
|Dealers: Dealer Row Fees||2,040|
|Sunday Sundae Tickets||600|
|Hotel: Room Night Credits||-||8,930|
|Meeting & Work Crew Food||350|
|Errors (Treasury, Cashier, Clerk)||-|
|Payroll Processing: Babysitting||75|
|Legal Expenses: Babysitting, etc.||500|
|Video Theatre: Licensing||350|
|Bell Atlantic: Telephone||250|
|Hotel: Engineering/Telephone Install||200|
|Hotel: Telephone Service||200|
|Hotel: Elevator Operators||500|
|Security: Forms/First Aid/Supplies||125|
|Security: Paid Security Details||2,500||4,125|
|Convention Services Expenses|
|Arisia TV: Misc||100|
|Arisia TV: Tape Stock||75|
|Tech: Gaff Tape||150|
|Dance: DJ Equipment||100|
|Con Photographer: Photography||50|
|Hotel: Engineering/Video Install||-|
|Member Services Expenses|
|Babysitting: Payroll Taxes||75|
|Fanzine Lounge: Food||-|
|Fanzine Lounge: Fanzine||200|
|Party Czar: Party Seeding Stock||200|
|Green Room: Food||1,050|
|Registration: Ack Postcards||150|
|Registration: Badge Holders/Clips||450|
|Registration: Badge Stock||1,100|
|Registration: Work Sessions||100|
|Staff Den: Food||1,300|
|Internet Room/Internet Line||400|
|GoH: Travel: WGoH||500|
|GoH: Travel: AGoH||800|
|GoH: Travel: FGoH||100|
|GoH: Art Shipping & Insurance||500|
|Special Guest - Gaming Guest||200|
|Special Guest - Filk Guest||300|
|Special Guest - Costume Guest||700||3,900|
|Marketing: Ad Sales Solicitation||200|
|Marketing: Press Kits||50|
|Publications: AtCon Newsletter||550|
|Publications: Mass Mailer: Repro||750|
|Publications: Mass Mailer: Postage||800|
|Publications: Pocket Program||2,500|
|Publications: Program Guide||-|
|Publications: PreReg Packet: Repro||300|
|Publications: PreReg Packet: Postage||400|
|Publications: Program Book||4,500|
|Publications: Program Book Color Cover||1,500|
|Publications: Program Book Color Insert||2,000|
|Publications: Program Updates||-|
|Publications: Restaurant Guide||300|
|Publications: Large Print Pocket Program||100|
|Publications: Pocket Program in Braille||200|
|Publications: Large Print Restaurant Guide||50||14,000|
|Banquets: LARP Dance||200|
|Banquets: Sunday Sundae||250|
|Banquets: Artist Reception/Meet the Pros||600|
|Banquets:Big Reception #1||1,200|
|Banquets:Big Reception #2||800|
|Banquets: Period Dance||200|
|Banquets: Masqerade Green Room||400|
|Banquets: Gopher Hole||300|
|Banquets: Pop Tart Café||200|
|Banquets: Fast Track||200|
|Banquets: Fanzine Lounge||750||6,900|
|Art Show: Admin||50|
|Art Show: Forms||200|
|Art Show: Logistics/Parking||-|
|Art Show: Mailings||550|
|Art Show: Shipping||160|
|Art Show: Ribbons||200|
|Dealer's Room: Admin||200|
|Student Writing Contest: Admin/Mailings||-|
|Student Art Contest: Admin/Mailings||375|
|Films: Film Rental||1,800|
|Films: Film Rental Shipping||200|
|Films: Equipment Rental/Repair||-|
|Films: 35MM Projector||-|
|Video Theatre: Equipment||-|
|AGOH Slide Show||-|
|Big Event 1||500|
|Big Event 2||300|
|Big Event 3||-|
|Small Event 1||100|
|Small Event 2||100|
|Small Event 3||100|
|Small Event 4||-|
|Sunday Sundae (Ice Cream)||500|
|Large Print Program Grid||50|
|'Thank You' Notes||150|
|Phonecalls / Photocopying||100|
|Program Guest Liason||-|
|Clossine pins (in guest packets)||300|
|Infinite Improbability Drive||200|
|Net Income (Loss)||4,445|
|Arisia '03 Budget - Summary by Attendance|
Notes on Budget Adjustments in Arisia '03 Summary Budget
Registration numbers based upon past years registrations & scaled to number of attendees and automatically adjusted up/down for every 50 total registrations.
Attendance estimate based upon pre-registration numbers as of December 26 for past few years. Estimate of actual attendance based on estimated 48% pre-reg rate.
Convention Services Expenses:
Member Services Expenses:
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.
17 Heath St, Apt 3
Somerville MA 02145
Arisia 2003 Conchair
PO Box 542
Merrymack, NH 03054-0542
PO Box 464
Chelmsford MA 01824-0464
Arisia 2003 Treasurer
82 Cliff Rd
Milton MA 02186
75 Lexington Avenue
Somerville MA 02144
Arisia 2004 Conchair
112A Marblehead St
N Reading MA 01864-1526
Storage Facility Key Holders
Committee Members & Corporate Appointed Officers
Noel Rosenberg (chair)
Nicholas Shectman (chair)
Long Range Planning Committee
Cris Shuldiner (chair)
Corporate Inventory Control
Corporate Sales Officer
Corporate Systems Administrator
Gaming Convention Exploratory Committee
Technical Equipment Committee
Joel Herda (chair)
|Christopher Amshey||Rob Bazemore|
|Dave Belfer-Shevett||Bridget Boyle|
|Brian Cooper||Tom Coveney|
|Regis M. Donovan||Tom Fish|
|George Flynn||Traciy Fogarty|
|Colette H. Fozard||Joel Herda|
|Lisa Hertel||Walter Kahn|
|Allan Kent||Zanne Labonville|
|Alex Latzko||Benjamin Levy|
|Claudia Mastroianni||Patrick McCormack|
|Craig McDonough||Michelle McGuire|
|Erik J. Meyer||Skip Morris|
|Tom Murphy||Linda M. Nee|
|Elizabeth Orenstein||Karen Purcell|
|Brendan Quinn||Mary Robison|
|Noel Rosenberg||Matthew Saroff|
|Paul Selkirk||Nicholas Shectman|
|Cris Shuldiner||Rachel Silber|
|Carsten Turner||Patricia Ann Vandenberg|
Calendar of Events
Sunday, December 1, 2002, 2:00 PM
Arisia '03 Concom Meeting
December 13-15, 2002
Center City Marriott Hotel, Philadelphia, PA
Thursday, December 26, 2002
Arisia '03 Concom Meeting
Monday, December 30, 2002, 7:00 PM.
Arisia Corporate Meeting
Latzko/Boyle residence, Milton MA
January 17-19, 2003
Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Boston MA
Sunday, January 19, 2003, 4:00 PM
Arisia Corporate Meeting
Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Boston MA
Tuesday, February 18, 2003, 7:30 PM.
Arisia Corporate Meeting
Vandenberg/Kent residence, Mendon MA
January 24-26, 2003
Harvard University, Cambridge MA
February 14-16, 2003
Sheraton Hotel, Boston MA
February 16-17, 2003
Science Fiction Film Marathon
Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline MA
February 28-March 2, 2003
Radisson Hotel, Chelmsford MA
March 21-23, 2003
Rye Town Hilton, Rye Brook, NY
Building 600, PMB 322
1 Kendall Square
Cambridge, MA 02139