The WSFA Journal, July 1986

The WSFA Journal


VOL. 9, NO. 13


Meeting of June 6, 1986 at the Gillilands', President Mike Walsh presiding, Secretary Erica Van Dommelen taking minutes. The meeting was called to order at 9:13. No minutes were available, but were waived regardless. Treasurer Steve Smith reported $6628.69 in the treasury.


Disclave 1986: Jack Heneghan reported that there were about 900 paying members, 100 more than last year. The hotel was sold out. There were no major problems, although the con suite ran out of Coke Monday afternoon. There are a few bills yet to be paid, after which Jack expects to turn about $11,000 back to WSFA.

Disclave 1987: Joe Mayhew announced his staff (see the announcement included in this Journal). He,would also like to hold a Filk Dance, for which ideas are solicited. Money for Associate Membership should be sent to Registrar Bill Mayhew

Entertainment Committee: Doll Gilliland reported that the Arena Theater is presenting a punk rock version of "The Taming of the Shrew." A combination First Friday and 4th of July picnic will be held at Jack Heneghan and Elaine Normandy's abode. Call Doll to let her know you are coming and tell what you will be bringing to eat. Festivities start at noon with the business meeting in the late afternoon.

Membership Committee: Two new members at the last meeting, George Shaner and Lee Uba. Condolences were extended.

New Business: Cat Slusser proposed a vote of appreciation for the Disclave organizers and workers. The motion was passed loudly and quite possibly unanimously.
Doll announced that for the duration of the hot and humid weather there will be no smoking in the house. She also requested that children be reasonably supervised.

After a long discussion of membership rates and privileges, the discussion was tabled and referred to the Executive Committee for discussion and possible resolution.

Announcements: Many and varied. Please submit in writing any you would like to have appear in the Journal.
Somtow Sucharitkul has moved. His new address is:
Van Nuys, CA 91406
818 994-5389

The meeting was adjourned at 9:54 p.m

No problem is so formidable that you can't just walk away from it.
    -- C. Schulz

The problem with any unwritten law is that you don't know where to go to erase it.
    -- Glaser and Way


Meeting of June 20, 1986 at Mary Morman and Kent Bloom's, President Mike Walsh presiding, Secretary Erica Van Dommelen taking minutes. The meeting was called to order at 9:11 p.m. Minutes were read and accepted. Treasurer Steve Smith reported $6493.69 in the treasury


Disclave 1986: Jack Heneghan reported the treasury is about as before.

Disclave 1987: Chairperson Joe Mayhew announced that Laura Jones will be in charge of Babysitting.

Entertainment Committee: Be sure to call Dolly about the picnic! A softball field is reserved from noon to 5. The picnic will be at the house rather than in the park as there are no toilets at the park. The business meeting will begin at 5:00 p.m.

Old Business: None

New Business: None

Announcements: Mary suggests the main floor bathroom be used only for the storage of beer and soda, for the toilet is sullen and quick to anger.

Joe Hall reported that the State University of New York at Stony Brook suffered a fire and attendant loss to its SF library. C-H by author is gone. He will accept (as an alumnus) donations of books and money. Erica Van Dommelen will accept same for him at the July 4 meeting, as Joe will not be able to attend. Joe Mayhew moved that the club pay postage to Stony Brook for any books donated. The motion passed unanimously.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:32 p m


President Mike Walsh presiding, Secretary Erica Van Dommelen taking minutes. The meeting was called to order at 2:14.

Membership: The membership year for charter and associate members coincides with the calendar year. A discount may be given to associate members who pay before December 31 and a penalty fee added for those who pay after May 1. Charter members pay $5 additional for voting privileges. Associate members who became charter members after June 1 pay $3, prorated; nonassociate members joining WSFA as charter members pay $5, prorated. "Charter member" in the Bylaws should be changed to "voting member" to avoid confusion. These decisions are referred back to the club for action.

Disclave: The Disclave Chair should be responsible to the Board for membership fees, expenses, etc. An addition to the Bylaws is in order.
Joe Mayhew will write a description of how a preferential ("Australian") ballot works for inclusion in the Bylaws. Steve Smith will rewrite the Bylaws' description of the Treasurer's job and responsibilities as a suggested amendment.

Mike Walsh will check with the lawyer on our tax and incorporation status.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:20.


FROM: Joe Mayhew, Chairman, 1987 DISCLAVE

201 memberships and 24 dealer's tables were sold at this year's Disclave. A savings account was opened and the 5/31/86 balance is $ 3,156.18. We've already made 1.48 in interest. They've withheld 30¢ in federal tax because we don't have a tax number. That figure will grow...

The following persons have been appointed to the committee:

Sue (Who?) Abramovitz: MASQUERADE
John Pomeranz assisted by Kathi Overton: FILMS
Chick Derry: ONE SHOT
Erica Van Dommelen: Publications
Walter Miles: GOH LIAISON

The popularity of the Sock-hop inspired Erica to rectify the fact that so many Fen did not attend their Senior Prom, by having it at Disclave'87. I am also planning a Filk dance.

The Sheraton New Carrollton wants us to come back, and baring unforeseen problems, we'll be there. Ms. Josephs and I will meet for a preliminary discussion early in July (She's on vacation right now). I asked her about the possibility of using the Exhibition Center (Bunker) for our hospitality area and she said it sounded like a good idea to her. The hucksters will continue to be there, the con suite, registration, gamers, and other activities will be in the end occupied by the art show. The art show will return to the hotel ballroom, if that arrangement can be worked out. This will free more of the pool-area rooms for parties, and will allow socialization in our con suite.

Certain problems need to be worked out about WSFA membership. Those who have paid $ 10.00 for the 1987 Disclave bought a membership effective from January 1, 1987 through December 31, 1987. In order to vote, they must pay the fee determined by the club (currently $ 5.00) How much should one pay if they join after Disclave for voting privileges in the remainder of the year? Customarily professional participants in Disclave are given complimentary memberships in the convention. But that free ticket does not make them members of WSFA, as buying a membership does. The writers who belong to WSFA and who participate in the program must be provided for as a special class in the membership or they must pay some kind of fee, before the $ 5.00 for voting. Frankly the Constitution is a bloody mess since it was revised by the lawyer. Life members have traditionally had to pay for Disclave but could vote for free. That apparently continues to be the case.

The present plan is to raise the Disclave membership fee from the present $12.00 to $ 15.00 as of January 1, 1987, and again as of May 1, 1987, to $ 20.00. Special service fees will be assessed for such things as babysitting and children's activities. All Dealers must have memberships in order to be admitted to the dealers room. All artists must have memberships in order to exhibit work in the art show. Exhibition memberships, following the example of those extended to writers, can be free tickets to the convention, which do not imply membership in WSFA. WSFA members who work on the con enough to merit it, will have their expenses reimbursed if it is fiscally practicable. We cannot refund "memberships" as such, as that would make a mess for those wishing to vote.


July 1, 1951: No meeting was held because of a transit strike, but several members, including Bill Evans and Phil Bridges, had an informal get-together at the meeting place (Transportation Building, Room 1030, 17th and H Streets)

July 15, 1951: Dues were discussed. The treasury stood at $76.79.

July 5, 1968: President Jay Haldeman presided at the home of Bill & Phyllis Berg. Jay announced the recovery by the Baltimore police of his stolen camera. Bob Pavlat sympathised, having heard of Jay's plans to use the insurance proceeds as part payment on a new Nikon.

June 21, 1974: The shortest business meeting on record, only 25 minutes.

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