The regular business meeting of OutWorlders was held on Sunday, 20 July 2003, at 2:00 p.m. at the Atlanta Diner, the President being in the chair and the Secretary being present. The following sponsoring members were present: Bil Boozer, Ray Berg, Amy Coppeans, Chris Coppeans, Edward deGruy, Kris Harter, Joy Hatcher.
Joy Hatcher reported that the group had raised $330 in donations for the t-shirt drive at Pride. Also, Darren Nowell's tarot readings and Jeff Smith's silent auction brought in another $171. Based on discussion on the sponsoring members mailing list and at the meeting, the group decided to donate $150 of the money raised to CHRIS Rainbow Home. Bil Boozer matched the amount. The $300 was given to Kris Harter, who explained that she would be able to treble the amount as a Coca-Cola employee.
The secretary reported that a large number of potential new members had signed the sign-up sheets at the group's Pride booth. Kris Harter had contacted these people via e-mail to invite them to join our mailing lists.
Events Coordinator's Report
Kris Harter announced that she would be planning a road trip to Savannah on an October weekend. Whether the trip would be a go or not would depend on how many people are interested.
Kris Harter announced that Wade Young has begun hosting a monthly "Spooky Movie Night" on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. Also, Mike Hwang has indicated that he will not longer be able to host the monthly animation night, at least not for the time being. Bil Boozer volunteered to replace him as host, and everyone said, "Hurrah!"
Two proposals were introduced at the meeting for consideration at the August business meeting.
Proposal 03-08-01. "Funding Allotment for Dragon*Con Expenses"
THAT OutWorlders, Inc. allot $150 for the purchase of supplies for the fan table and party at Dragon*Con (specifically, to pay for printing tickets, banners, food, and non-alcoholic drinks).
Author: Joy Hatcher
Proposal 03-08-02. "Dragon*Con Fund-raising for CHRIS Rainbow Home"
>THAT OutWorlders, Inc. donate 50% of raffle proceeds (after Dragon*Con related expenses are paid for) collected at Dragon*Con to CHRIS Rainbow Home.
Author: Bil Boozer
Joy Hatcher reported that "Camp Sci-Fi" had been chosen as the theme for the OutWorlders, Inc. party at Dragon*Con. Plans are for hosts to wear camp counselor uniforms and there will be a facsimile of UFO's Wall of Booze. Raffle tickets and t-shirts will also be available in exchange for donations at the party. Plans also include having a continuous video room running, on Saturday at least, showing queered representations in science fiction, fantasy, and/or horror film and/or television.
Joy Hatcher reminded the members that the writers' retreat was scheduled for the next weekend.
Chris Coppeans reminded the members that the book discussion group was meeting on 10 August to discuss China Mountain Zhang by Maureen McHugh.
Internet Coordinator's Report
Chris Coppeans announced that a committee of interested members who wanted to discuss possible restrictions on advertising links on the group's website would be meeting Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. at Miss Q's. Ed deGruy announced that a similar group of people interested in discussing the introductory text on the group's website would be meeting simultaneously with the aforementioned committee.
Atlanta Science Fiction Society
Kris Harter said she would contact ASFS about the possibility of having a queer track at its convention next year.
The July regular business meeting adjourned at 2:50 p.m. The next regular business meeting will be 17 August 2003 at 2 p.m. at the Atlanta Diner.
Respectfully submitted, Bil Boozer, Secretary