The Lens


Volume 15, Issue 124 July 2003

Minutes of the February Meeting

Will be forthcoming in a future issue.

Minutes of the July Meeting

Date, Time and Place: This General Meeting of the Membership was called to order at 2:30 PM Sunday, 20 July 2003 at The Usual Room at MIT Building 66.

In Attendance: Bridget Boyle, Buzz Harris (New Member), Joelll Herda, Elisa Hertel, Walter Kahn, Rick Kovalcik, Alexander Latzko, Ben Levy, Tom Murphy, Julia Tenney, and Carsten Turner.


Noel Rosenberg to Alex Latzko, unrestricted.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting

Several corrections were offered:

MOVED to correct the minutes of the meeting, from the heading of "Minutes of the March Meeting," with a given time and place, to "Minutes of the June Meeting," with a date of Tuesday, 17 June 2003, and the given time and place.


MOVED to correct the minutes of the meeting, replacing the entire proxy text with the following: "Bridget Boyle gives her unrestricted proxy to Alex Latzko for when she is unavailable to vote."


President's Report (Joelll Herda)

The EBoard met to interview the sole candidate for ConChair A'05. The EBoard also discussed the purchase of some fairly costly projector bulbs - three bulbs are available at a current price of $165.00 each; the old price was $125.00 each. These bulbs are getting obsolete, rare, and expensive, and the thought was that it would be best to buy them now. Finally, a copy of the contracts for the Tim Powers Book Project delivered at this meeting.

Vice President's Report (Noel Rosenberg)

Not Present / No Report.

Grant Committee (Noel Rosenberg)

No Report.

Treasurer's Report (Nicholas Shectman)

Not Present / No Report. It is reported by a member of the Budget Committee that there was supposed to be a budget meeting last week, but it didn't occur and will be rescheduled to some time within the next two weeks.

Budget Committee Report (Nicholas Shectman)

No Report.

Clerk's Report (Paul Selkirk)

Not Present / No Report. In the place of the Clerk, Merv, as ClerkStaff, ran through the usual spiel, noting that in lieu of a sign-in sheet, attendance would simply be taken; that reports and motions should be submitted in writing or suffer the possibility of transcription errors; that major items of new business be presented to the EBoard for consideration before presentation to the Membership; and that dues for joining the Corporation are $4 at this meeting and $2 thereafter.

Convention Chair '03 (Skip Morris)

Not Present / No Report

Convention Treasurer '03 (Alex Latzko)

The last bill for A'03 has authorization for payment - it's the Coat Check guarantee for $600; Alex is working with Heather to pay it. Also, there are $350 in uncollected instruments that are still in collections.

Convention Chair '04 (Carsten Turner)

Arisia '04 is always looking for volunteers; speak with Carsten Turner. Party-Hosts are needed for TorCon 3, being held in Toronto, CANADA. Division Heads for the Marketing Division and the Publications Division (two separate divisions).

Convention Treasury '04 (Alex Latzko)

Treasury now has a checkbook. The Head of A'04 Registration, the Reg Software Producer, and the Convention Treasurer A'04 will meet to discuss the pending MOU and migrate the data.

Corporate Inventory Control (VACANT)

This position is still vacant; interested folks should speak with the President. No Report.

Corporate Systems Administrator (Cris Shuldiner)

Not Present / No Report.

Long Range Planning Committee

(Cris Shuldiner, Chair)

Not Present / No Report.

Corporate Sales (Nicholas Shectman)

Not Present / No Report.

Survey Committee (Claudia Mastroianni)

Not Present / No Report.

Technical Equipment Committee (Joelll Herda)

No Report.

Database Exploratory Committee (Tom Murphy)

The Database Committee will schedule a meeting "soon."

Old Business

The Tim Powers Book Project business continues, with Joelll and others proofing the proposed contracts.

The MOU for StoneKeep Consulting has not been developed yet.

New Business

MOVED to confirm Buzz Harris as Convention Chairperson for Arisia '05.

Discussion ensued; consisting of a Q&A session with Buzz.

Secret Ballot called; tally 9-1-1; motion CARRIES

Buzz Harris is confirmed as the Convention Chairperson for Arisia '05.


Buzz announces his Fan GOH as Victor Raymond, two-time Convention Chair of Mini-Con, in Minnesota.

The next meeting will be held at the residence of Skipper Morris, directions follow.

Joelll announces that he has signed the contracts relevant to The Tim Powers Book Project for Arisia '04.

Meeting Adjourned at 3:36 PM.

In Time For The Next Meeting

Lisa offers this idea:

"Meeting dates, locations and times shall be set quarterly (Sept., Dec., March, and June) for the following 4 months." For example, in September we'd set Oct-Jan.; in December, Jan-Apr. (with Jan. already being set from Sept.), etc. Note this doesn't force the meetings into a specific time/date as a default; it just forces us to plan a bit head.

Membership/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 $24.00. Dues are pro-rated on a monthly basis for members joining during the year.

September $24   March $12
October $22   April $10
November $20   May $08
December $18   June $06
January $16   July $04
February $14   August $02

Executive Board

Joelll Herda
17 Heath St Apt 3
Somerville MA 02145
ARISIA 2003 ConChair
Skip Morris
PO Box 542
Merrimack, NH 03054
Vice President
Noel Rosenberg
PO Box 464
Chelmsford MA 01824-0464
ARISIA 2003 Treasurer
Alex Latzko
82 Cliff Rd
Milton MA 02186
Nicholas Shectman
75 Lexington Ave
Somerville MA 02144
ARISIA 2004 ConChair
Carsten Turner
Paul Selkirk
112A Marblehead St
N Reading MA 01864-1526
ARISIA 2004 Treasurer
Alex Latzko
82 Cliff Rd
Milton MA 02186

Committee Members & Corporate Appointed Officers

Grant Committee
Noel Rosenberg (chair)
Claudia Mastroianni
Walter Kahn
Database Committee
Tom Murphy (chair)
Lisa Hertel
Claudia Mastroianni
And the Support of Several Others
Budget Committee
Nicholas Shectman (chair)
Alex Latzko
Long Range Planning Committee
Cris Shuldiner (chair)
Sheeri Kritzer
Corporate Inventory Control
Corporate Sales Officer
Nicholas Shectman
Corporate Systems Administrator
Cris Shuldiner
Survey Committee
Claudia Mastroianni
Gaming Convention Exploratory Committee
Technical Equipment Committee
Joelll Herda (chair)
Liz Orenstein

Membership Roster

Aaron Agassi Claudia Mastroianni
Christopher Amshey Patrick McCormack
Rob Bazemore Craig McDonough
Dave Belfer-Shevett Michelle McGuire
Bridget Boyle Erik J. Meyer
Brian Cooper Skip Morris
Tom Coveney Tom Murphy
Elka Tovah Davidoff Linda M. Nee
Regis M. Donovan Elizabeth Orenstein
Tom Fish Karen Purcell
George Flynn Brendan Quinn
Traciy Fogarty Matthew F. Ringel
Colette H. Fozard Mary Robison
Buzz Harris Noel Rosenberg
Joelll Herda Matthew Saroff
Brendan Hertel Paul Selkirk
Lisa Hertel Nicholas Shectman
Walter Kahn Cris Shuldiner
Allen Kent Rachel Silber
Rick Kovalcik Julia Tenney
'Zanne Labonville Carsten Turner
Alex Latzko Patricia Ann Vandenberg
Benjamin Levy  

Calendar of Events

Tuesday, 19 August 2003 7:30 PM
Arisia Corporate Meeting
Home of Skipper Morris; directions below

Sunday, 21 September 2003 2:00 PM
Annual Meeting of the Arisia Corporate Membership
"The Usual Room" at MIT Building 66
"Dues are due; officers will be elected."

Sunday, 26 October 2003 4:00 PM
Arisia Corporate Meeting
"The Usual Room" at MIT Building 66

Storage Facility Key Holders

Joelll Herda
Noel Rosenberg
Nicholas Shectman
Paul Selkirk
Skip Morris
Carsten Turner
Linda Nee
Cris Shuldiner
Bryttan Bradley
Lisa Hertel

Directions to the August Meeting

Nashua, NH 03060

Geek directions:
42.79511N 71.5106W (Editor's Note: For the Olde Fashioned Geek, that's 4247'42.4"N, 7130'38.16"W)

Left Brained Directions:
From Route 128 or I-495 drive north past Lowell into Nashua, New Hampshire on Route 3. Once into New Hampshire ignore the Route 3 signs since you're now on the Everett Turnpike and Route 3 exits the highway. Get off the highway at Exit 8, follow exit 8 as it loops around over the highway. Turn right at the second light onto Kessler Farm Drive. Follow Kessler Farm Drive all the way up the hill and start down the other side. Take the second right past the water tower on Stanstead Place. Skip is the first building on the left, number 39. Park along the grass anywhere, don't park in front of the buildings as those are private parking spots. Don't be confused if whilst on Kessler Farm Drive you cross Kessler Farm Drive; it loops back upon itself. Likewise if you miss Stanstead and find the other end. This place is one big maze, as long as you're near the top of the hill you're close by and you'll find it. Look for a car with a canoe on top of it. I'll have a barbecue grill fired up with all the usual fixings. If someone can tell me where to find them I'll even buy kosher burgers.

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#322, Building 600
1 Kendall Square
Cambridge, MA 02139