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Minutes for April 1, 2016

Called to Order: 8:19 PM
Presiding: Ted Monogue

Attending: Jack Heneghan, Mary Morman, Cary Quinn, Richard Karsch, Don Pelton, Terry Adams, Robin Monogue, Erin Jordan, Karen Jordan, Joe Sokola, Kent Bloom, Robyn Montgomery, Ray Hutton, Rick Ayers, Ted Monogue

President’s Report: Nothing to report – No trip to Bora Bora. State paperwork filed.

Vice President’s Report : Vice is here -Whoopee all around.

Secretary Report: nothing to report – no notes from last month. Ted will post his notes.

Treasurer Report: xxxxx

Book Committee: Books set for rest of year – Jo Walton book TBD
Lucifer’s Hammer for next Month

Committee to amend bylaws: nothing to report

Insurance committee: – Nothing to report

Refreshment committee: – Whoopie Pies – Refreshment Committee just needs to arrange refreshments, not actually provide them.

Photo Committee: – nothing to report

COSine 2017:– Nothing to report. Looked at hotels on the web. Doubletree doing major renovation. Art show sold out. Programming -Cary- is putting together preliminary track. Talk to Cary with programming ideas.

Old Business: Nothing

New Business:
Fourth of July is on a Monday – Motion to hold First Friday in July – July 1st – On July Fourth to coincide with Picnic. We have never had a first Friday Meeting on a non-Friday, so we are disrupting the Space-Time Continuum. Passed with solid majority. 2 Neighs

The Pills have arrived.

Announcements:
Deadpool is good but not for children.
Zootopia is good.
DC Movies are in their own universe.
Hugo nominations are closed.

Adjourned at 8:48 pm

add Enchantment to 2017 book list –

Witches of Karres is the book under discussion.
Powerful creatures neutralized by witches.
Requisite Heinlein revference – Glory Road
Campbell psionics can overcome all enemies.
Witches start with no personality.
Timey Wimey
Written too much in-joke. Too many new words to describe things once and never again.
Lost to Moon is a Harsh Mistress. (Another Heinlein reference)

Minutes for 3 July 2015

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3rd July 2015

Attending: Kent Bloom, Mem Morman, Terry Adams, Don Pelton, Rick Ayers, Erin and Karen Jordan, Jack Heneghan, Joe Sokola, Ted Monogue, Jack Heneghan, Robyn Montgomery, Robin Monogue, Connor, Monogue, Brendan, Monogue, Cary Quinn, Richard Karsh.

Robin the president called the meeting to order at 7:46pm. President has nothing to report except that we had our party and comestibles were ingested. Also there was ale. VP arrived late. Secretary Mem says she has June minutes but has not put them on the web yet. People waived at the minutes. Treasurer Ted submitted says our gross funds are $9135.79 and our COSine funds for 2016 are about $2000. ($850 is for Mythcon not included and we have a $5000 deposit from the Mythopoeic Society to deposit.) We also have $150 in VISA gift cards that we need to spend for the betterment of the club. No outstanding checks. Jack and Joe reported for the Trustees “Nothing to report.”

Book Committee:
The book committee reported the following schedule:
In the Company of Sherlock Holmes is the book for tonight.
Dangerous Women 1 is our book for August.
Years Best SF for 1967 is our book for September.
Hugo winner for best novel is our book for October.
November will be our book and movie night at the Jordans.
January/February 2016 F&SF magazine is what we read for December. Mem will write to get copies.

Theme for this year’s books is anthologies.

Photo Committee
Joe says no activity.

Committee to Repair the Bylaws:
Ted says no activity.

Storage Unit Committee
We owe money to the Worldcon Heritage Organization for space in their storage unit. We owe two months at this point and Ted will pay Kent. Kent says that he will print out some invoices. The president says that we need to inventory and organize the F3 things in the unit. Discussion was that we would do it the second weekend in August.

COSine 2016
Jim Butcher is going to be our GOH. Eric Schwartz is going to be the guest liaison. Mem has signed the contract. The Breckenridge may be replaced by the Pike’s Peak. Robin Monogue will do programming.

Old Business: Moving forward we need to discuss other sites for some F3 meetings. Robin suggests that we go as a group to see Star Wars the week before Christmas or after the first of the year. Joe suggested that we see The Martian. It is expected out in October.

New Business: None.

Announcements: August 7th is Mem’s birthday. Everyone should come to the First Friday meeting and bring tribute. Mythcon is the 31st of July through 3rd August at the Elegante.

Meeting adjourned as 8:18pm.

Minutes for 5 June 2015

First Friday Fandom
5 June 2015

Attending: Kent Bloom, Mem Morman, Terry Adams, Don Pelton, Rosa Brassart, Richard Karsh, Rick Ayers, Erin and Karen Jordan, Jack Heneghan, Joe Sokola, Ted Monogue, Jack Heneghan, Robin Clune.

Richard the vice-president called the meeting to order at 8:25pm. Richard says we have cookies and brownies and chocolate for vice. Secretary Mem says she did not take May minutes but Robin did and will place on the web. Ted read those minutes. Treasurer Ted submitted says our gross funds are $9241 and our COSine funds for 2016 are about $2000. ($850 is for Mythcon not included). Jack reported for the Trustees “Nothing to report.”

Book Committee:
The book committee reported the following schedule:
Sword and Sorceress by MZB is the book for tonight.
In the Company of Sherlock Holmes is our book for July.

Theme for this year’s books is anthologies.

Photo Committee
Joe and Jack had a meeting and Joe learned about DropBox. Now Joe is going to do something. Maybe. If he has time. Kinda sorta.

Committee to Repair the Bylaws:
Ted reported that the committee to repair the by-laws had a meeting. There will be a more complete report of our activities at a future date.

Storage Unit Committee
We owe money to the Worldcon Heritage Organization for space in their storage unit. We owe two months at this point and Ted will pay Kent.

COSine 2016
Jim Butcher is going to be our GOH. Mem spoke to him at Eastercon. Still looking for a science guest. Hotel wants us to fill out a credit report so they can bill us but we just give them money instead. Eric Schwartz is going to be the guest liaison. Ted asked if we have a contract and Mem said yes.

Old Business: We need to get a number for the July picnic. Everyone but Robin C. is coming and there will be more Monogues. Monogues will bring bread and salad. Jack will bring cobbler and Elaine. Richard will bring pot for luck and a watermelon. Rick will bring something. Kent will bring potato salad. Karen will bring deviled eggs. Don will bring something. Robyn Montgomery will bring baked beans.

New Business: Mem suggested that perhaps someone else may want to host some of the First Friday meetings. Rick said he might hold some. January meeting is usually at the hotel and November meeting is at Jordans. Jack said we might go out to Monument.

Announcements: Rosa says she does not think Kent is a pooh-head. Erin says that Windows 10 is coming out and that the testers like it better than 8. Cethy says that Tangent is coming up tomorrow – art show at her school from 2 to 6pm. Karen read us a list of artists. Robin and Fred are here on their way to Mongolia. Mem and Kent will have an open house for them this Sunday starting at noonish. There are no reindeer in Nepal. Joe says there is a Robert Heinlein story in the Spring 2015 issue of ZoetropAllStory. Thank you for that Heinlein reference, Joe.

Meeting adjourned as 9:12pm.

Book Discussion
Sword and Sorceress
These are not Darkover stories. There’s a Valdemar story by Misty Lackey. This was definitely intended to be about strong, female protagonists. Fewer stories of rape and revenge than Ted expected. Rick liked the ones by Emma Bulla and Charles Saunders. Published in 1984. They are now up to submitting stories for S&S 2016. Rick thought that it was entertaining to read all the notes for the authors and many of them were real newcomers – and now many of them are well known.

Minutes: January 2, 2015

Notes taken by Robin Monogue.

Attending: Richard Karsh, Joe Sokola, Kent Bloom, Jack Heneghan, Cary Quinn, Robin Monogue, Ted Monogue, Terry Adams, and Tim Fyock.

Meeting called to order at 8:23 pm by President Richard Karsh.

Officer’s Reports:
President: nothing to report
Vice President: Joe told us that the vice consisted of leftovers from the New Year’s party
Secretary: Absent
Treasurer: Handed out the quarterly report, and discussed finances. Ted broke out the amount of obligated funds that would be returned to COSine members if the convention were cancelled for some reason. We applied for a city sales tax license to cover art show sales for the convention. We also received a new EIN number for First Friday from the IRS, and it has been linked to our bank accounts.

Trustees: It is election and dues-paying month for First Friday. The trustees proposed a slate of officers for 2015, which was approved by acclamation of the members after dues were collected.

The new slate is:
President: Robin Monogue
Vice President: Richard Karsh
Treasurer: Ted Monogue
Secretary: Mary Morman
Trustees: Joe Sokola, Kent Bloom, and Jack Heneghan

Committees:
Photos: No action
Repair the Bylaws: No action
Books: Books were selected last month, but Robin does not have a record of them. We need to get that posted on the website.
COSine: Boxes were collected and given to Jack for painting. We will have a meeting Tuesday night to hash out programming. We have sold about 100 memberships so far. Dealer’s Room and Art Show are both sold out. The movie schedule will be announced at the convention. Movies will be shown in Main Programming in the evenings.

Minutes: 3rd October 2014

Attending:  Cary Quinn, Kent Bloom, Mem Morman, Terry Adams, Joe Sokola, Robin and Ted Monogue, James Yakura the younger, James Yakura the elder, Ben Yakura, Lisabeth, Robyn Montgomery, Erin and Karen Jordan

Joe the vice-president called the meeting to order at 8:23pm.  Vice-president Joe reports that for vice we have frozen chocolate bananas. Secretary Mem says she posted the August and September minutes.   Treasurer Ted submitted a full financial statement.  Our gross funds are $5837.93 and our net funds are $4797.93.  Robin reported for the Trustees “Nothing”.

COSine

Terry would like people who have not bought memberships to get their memberships.  We need to find Kyle’s rocket and the official table cover from the storage locker.  Karen says everything is in order for the art show.  Robin told her there is a place for info or forms on the website.  Link is live for making hotel reservations.  A COSine committee meeting is planned for Tuesday the 7 October at 6pm at Mem and Kent’s house.  Ted has a confirmed fan table at MileHiCon.  Ted plans to arrive by 6pm on Friday.  Terry will ask Kent to get GOOD candy for the treasure box.

Storage Unit Committee

Ted says research on storage units and prices shows we can’t get a better rate for a comparable site in the north end.  He did find a place at Platte and Powers for $49 but he needs to go and inspect the site. Ted will investigate making the move and we can rent a truck and move both FFF and WHO.  Jack has given Ted three large boxes that need to go into the new unit.  We are month to month at the current place.  Kent suggested giving notice and making the move the first part of November.  Kent and Ted will look at the new place tomorrow.

SMOFcon Committee

Need to design flyers and have a website ready to go up if we win our bid.  Mem and Kent and Ted and Robin will meet to set up the website in early November.

Book Committee:

The book committee reported the following schedule:

City of Diamond by Jane Emerson in October

book and movie for Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle in November

and in December (second Friday) we will do the Hugo winning novel – Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

and January will be Ravenwood by Nathan Lowell book.

Theme for next year’s books is anthologies – SF book club anthologies, Thieves World, Wild Cards I.

We will redo the committee next month.

Committee to Repair the Bylaws:

Mem reported that the committee to repair the by-laws had no activity.

Photo Committee

Joe has nothing to report and Jack is not at the meeting.

Old Business:  We had a bit of a digression on the idea of translation of both novels and manga/anime.  This moved to a discussion of the old TV series Cliffhangers.  Lisabeth fed treats to Sappho.

New Business:  none

Announcements:   Cary says the there is a new tech branch of the Pikes Peak Library – gaming library, 3D scanner, internet, computers.  It’s in the old MCI building at Chapel Hills.  Books in the basement and comfy chairs and big windows upstairs.  Don Pelton is on the way back to Colorado.  Tomatoes.  Japan American Society is having a bizarre bazaar tomorrow at UCCS.  Pikes Peak Computer Applications Society (Cary) also meets tomorrow.

Meeting adjourned as 9:20pm.

Book Discussion

City of Diamond by Jane Emerson

Kent says it’s a space opera but he doesn’t want his time back from reading the novel.  He felt there was, perhaps, a little too much melodrama.  Ted passed out frozen, chocolate-dipped banana slices.  Robin felt that the book pushed the limits of credibility in some places.  Lisabeth like the differences between the characters, some of whom were very well written.  She felt that they offered different elements to the plot.

Minutes for 5th September 2014

Attending:  Richard Karsh, Kent Bloom, Mem Morman, Terry Adams, Abigail Smucker, Joe Sokola, Jack Heneghan, Brendan, Robin, and Ted Monogue, James Yakura the younger, Robyn Montgomery, Cary Quinn, Shane, Art

Richard the president called the meeting to order at 8:16pm.  He will miss next month as he will be in Vail for Yom Kippur.   Vice-president Joe reports that for vice we have brownies.  Treasurer Ted says we got 23 cents of interest and no expenditures.  Two COSine memberships and a dealers table.  Secretary Mem says she posted the July minutes. Jack reported for the Trustees “Nothing”.

COSine

Ted says we have a table for COSine.  We need to use Kyle’s rocket and the official table cover from the storage locker.  Robin says she is creating a list of participants for programming.  Ted checked on the email address bounces for the website.  Joe asked about the raffle – we need to ask our authors to donate books.  Ted was instructed to create advertising rates with a 20% fan discount.  Robin wants to collect boxes for the Angry Birds game.  Members are encouraged to buy their memberships – $35 rate for club members.  Karen says we are having an art show.

Storage Unit

We need to have someone else rent a new unit with the 10% discount and move all the stuff.

SMOFcon

Need to design flyers and have a website ready to go up if we win our bid.

Book List:

The book committee reported the following schedule:

City of Diamond by Jane Emerson in October

book and movie for Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle in November

and in December (second Friday) we will do the Hugo winning novel – Ancillary Justice

and January will be a Nathan Lowell book.

Theme for next year’s books is anthologies – SF book club anthologies, Thieves World, Wild Cards I.

Committee to Repair the Bylaws

Mem reported that the committee to repair the by-laws had no activity.

Photo Committee

Robin has gone through and is trying to do an autoplay slide show.

Old Business:  None

New Business:  Mem moves that Mythcon finances be run through the First Friday Fandom account.  Robin seconds.  Motion passed.

Announcements:   Peri says that he is having financial problems and is doing online sales.  Jack will be gone to DC next month for his mother’s birthday and Capclave.   Joe went to Tattered Cover for a John Scalzi presentation on his new book – Lock In.  Kent, Mem, and Jack went to Worldcon in London.  Kansas City won the Worldcon for 2016.

Meeting adjourned as 9:11pm.

The Fourth of July 2014

No actual minutes, but we did have a meeting in addition to our spectacular BBQ.  There was lots of food, and many thanks to Big Bob Adams for grilling the burgers and brats and hot dogs.  Several people had read Dancer of the Fifth and there was some good discussion.  Our only official action was to unanimously vote a sincere commendation to the Refreshment Committee (Robin Monogue) for doing such an excellent job with the refreshments.

Minutes from 6 June 2014

Attending: Rob Turer, Karen Jordan, Erin Jordan, Richard Karsh, Kent Bloom, Mem Morman, Terry Adams, Joe Sokola, Jack Heneghan, Robin Robyn Montgomery, Ted Monogue, James Yakura the younger, Ben Yakura the even younger, Rick Ayers.

A pool was opened with the time that Cary would arrive. We had bids for 832, 837, 842, 847, 857, and 903. No one won.

Richard the president called the meeting to order at 8:21pm. Vice-president Joe reports that for vice we have apple monkey bread. Treasurer Ted says that he will do quarterly detailed reports unless there is something major. We have $5917.72 at the moment. About $1300 is set aside for COSine. We will pay the Jordans for the storage unit and Terry for last year’s Fourth of July party. Secretary Mem says she posted the May minutes. Jack reported for the Trustees “Nyah”.

Book List:
The book committee reported the following schedule:
Halfway Human by Carolyn Gilman for June
Dancer of the Sixth by Michelle Shirey Crean for July (on the fourth with a BBQ)
Replay by Ken Grimwood in August
The Dragon Waiting by John M. Ford in September
City of Diamond by Jane Emerson in October
book and movie for Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle in November
and in December (second Friday) we will do the Hugo winning novel
and January will be a Nathan Lowell book.

Mem reported that the committee to repair the by-laws had no activity.

Terry asked for approval of the COSine budget. Budget was unanimously approved at $9490. She was instructed to report/ask permission for any spending over 10% higher for any line item. Karen is going to contact the Science Foundation to help us find a science guest. Robin is working on the website but it is not live yet. Ben Yakura is now in charge of the techy legos workshop.

The photo committee has nothing new to report. There are lots of photos in Dropbox.

Old Business: The club will provide the meat dishes for our July BBQ. People should bring a dish to share – side dish or dessert. A sign up list was circulated. Come as early as 2 or so and we will eat around six.

New Business: None

Announcements: Joe says that the May issue of Smithsonian is an SF issue and it mentions Jordin Kare. Joe is re-watching Sliders on TV – the commentary had a nice Heinlein reference. Mem says that there will be a Mythcon in Colorado Springs at the end of July 2015. Mem and Kent are going to Worldcon in London. Jack is going to Worldcon and then Eurocon in Dublin. Ted told people that the rates for MileHiCon go up in the next week or so. Mem and Kent are going to LOScon and SMOFcon in LA. Jack may go to Bubonicon in August in Albuquerque.
Meeting adjourned as 9:00pm.

Our book for tonight is Halfway Human by Carolyn Ives Gilman. Kent felt that it read like it was written 20 years before the publication in 1998. It was her only novel. Jack thought the ending was a deus ex machina. The story is about a planet where children are not human – they are sexless “protos” most of whom eventually mature into males and females. Some however remain as “neuters” or “blands”, a working underclass who live in virtual slavery while supporting the lifestyle of the “real” humans. Robyn says that nothing is resolved and that at the end of the book people are still really jerks. Gilman was nominated for a Nebula for the novella “The Honeycrafters” in 1992. Ted says that Gilson published Isles of the Forsaken (2011) and a sequel Ison of the Isles. We tended to feel that Gilson drew on Left Hand of Darkness. Kent and Jack didn’t like it. Robyn thought it was okay. Mem liked it but hasn’t finished it yet. Jack’s problem was that it wasn’t a very compelling book because it just restated themes from other books.

2th May 2014 Minutes

Attending:  Richard Karsh, Robert Lisak, Samantha Lisak, Rosemary Lisak, Kent Bloom, Mem Morman, Terry Adams,  Joe Sokola, Jack Heneghan, Rick Ayers, Robin Monogue, Ted Monogue, Brendan Monogue, James Yakura the younger, Cary Quinn,

Richard the president called the meeting to order at 8:15pm. He is not a Hugo finalist this year.   Vice-president Joe reports that for vice we have chocolate chip something, cream puffs, soda, and pizza.  Treasurer Ted says that he will do quarterly detailed reports unless there is something major.  We have $5917.41 at the moment.   About $1300 is set aside for COSine.  Secretary Mem says she posted the March minutes, and Robin took April minutes but has not posted them.  Robin reported for the Trustees that we have no new members and no one eligible to be a new member.

Announcements:

Robin for the book committee reported the following schedule:

Silverlock by John Myers Myers for May

Halfway Human by Carolyn Gilman for June

Dancer of the Sixth by Michelle Shirey Crean for July (on the fourth with a BBQ)

Replay by Ken Grimwood in August

The Dragon Waiting by John M. Ford in September

City of Diamond by Jane Emerson in October

book and movie for Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle in November

and in December (second Friday) we will do the Hugo winning novel

and January will be a Nathan Lowell book.

Mem reported that the committee to repair the by-laws had no activity.

Terry said that she would like to address the COSine budget.  Terry would like to go through the Con Committee.  Terry and Robin are co-chairs.  Karen is doing the art show.  Kent is doing dealers.  Jack is not sure what he is doing.  Arwen is doing con suite.  Keith and Joe are doing at program ops.  Connor is doing gaming. Robin is doing programming and the program book.  Samantha will do content at Robin’s direction.  Mem is doing pre-reg and GOH.  At con reg is Ted.   We still need a science guest.  Cary has a suggestion and we might also look at the Mars guy from Boulder – we can check on this with Paul from DASFA.  Mem will try to take that on.  Robin is working on the website but it is not live yet.

Old Business:  We discussed that we have a bid for SMOFcon December 2015.  It will be voted on in LA in December 2014.  The club will provide the meat dishes for our July BBQ and whoever buys it will expense it.  Okay.  People should bring a dish to share – side dish or dessert.  Come as early as 2 or so and food will serve at 6ish.

New Business:  Joe wants to know if we have a list of all officers.  Mem says no.  We have some, but not a comprehensive list.

Announcements:   Joe has Grand Masters Choice which is a reprint of a book published NESFA.  It is signed by Jack Williamson, Andre Norton, Clarke, and others.  Pretty close to finding a Renoir at a garage sale. Terry announces that she has hair.

Meeting adjourned as 8:50pm.

Our book for tonight is Silverlock by John Myers Myers.   We were unable to find any of the music from Silverlock performed on YouTube.  Amazing. “Did anyone like Silverlock?”  “Actually, no.”  We moved into a discussion of Cinncinnatus, Lucius Sullus, and the Punic Wars.  We need a Heinlein reference for this book.  Richard says that “Silverlock is indeed a Stranger in a (very) Strange Land.”  Robin thinks Silverlock is like “American Pie” where no one really knows all the references, and no one agrees.  The real question is whether Don McLean has ever read Silverlock?  Cary wonders if this is actually a reference work or is it Myers’ reading list.  As we discussed the book we looked up the dates of various bits on the internet, and had a hard time imagining reading Silverlock in an era before Google.  Generally we felt that the “story” was un-cohesive – just stitched together from bits and pieces of other stories.  Mem thought that there was some resemblance to the Star Trek Next Generation episode “Darmak” where Picard tries to communicate with a culture that speaks only in literary references.

April 2014 Minutes

Friday, April 4, 2014

The meeting was called to order at 8:28 pm.
Present were Jack, Richard, Robin, Joe, Jay, James, Terry, Ted, Robyn, Cary

Officer Reports
President: nothing to report

Vice Pres. Brownies with hazelnuts

Treasurer: The treasurer has unilaterally decided to submit written reports once per quarter because of a lack of monthly activity, aside from our 17 cents in interest. He will report verbally each month. Added an obligated funds section to cover storage and COSine expenses.

We talked about COSine membership numbers, and who on the committee has bought memberships.

Pseudo-secretary has been updating website, and taking notes.

COSine:
Aspen room has been turned into a VIP guest lounge and is no longer available to us.
Art programming – how to make a portfolio as a possible topic. We still need a science guest.
Dance – Mardi Gras theme? Beads, mask-making

Books: set for some time. Silverlock next month.

SMOFcon exploration : Hotel Elegante is working on bid for the space we might need. They are interested, and will submit bid within a week or so. Bidding against Fort Worth and NYC. We need to create a timetable for bid. Will be selected for at Manhattan Beach this year.

Old business: 4th of July BBQ will be on the 4th this year. Time: show up as early as 4:30, food at 6pm. Hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, provided by club.

New business: none
Announcements: Joe asked if anyone went to Anomaly Con. No one went to Galaxyfest. Cary will be attending Starfest. Jack is debating going to Bubonicon this year. Cary saw winter soldier and recommends it. Jay saw Particle Fever at the Maya on Broadway. It is about the large hadron collider. Cosmos has been interesting. There are three Game of Thrones craft beers.