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OutWorlders, Inc.

The regular business meeting of OutWorlders was held on Sunday, 21 August 2005, at 2:00 p.m. at the Atlanta Diner, the President being in the chair and the Secretary being present. Sponsoring members present: Mike Allgood, Bil Boozer, Ed deGruy, Ken Fernandez, Janet Guse, Robert Marshall, William Shepard, Jeff Smith, Amanda Wiggins. Also present: Carlton Harrington.

Officer Reports

Ken Fernandez reported that the Internet Committee had met earlier in the day. Alan Siler has designed a format for the pages, and the committee hopes to launch the site by the following weekend.

Jeff Smith reported that the organization’s current account balance is $1894.98. Eight people have indicated interest in staying at the hotel suite at Dragon*Con; however, only 5.25 people have paid the deposit to reserve space.

Bil Boozer reported that one new member had joined the organization since the previous business meeting.

Ken Fernandez reported for Kris Harter that she had purchased new pages for the scrapbook/picture albums, the reimbursement for which was approved at an earlier meeting. Kris Harter would like pictures from the anniversary party to include in the scrapbook to show at our fan table at Dragon*Con, preferably on 4”x6” glossy stock.

Ken Fernandez reported for Alan Siler that Alan needed to know if there is a need for any particular printed material (other than the regular stuff) for distribution at Dragon*Con.

Writers’ Group

Bil Boozer reported that the writers’ group had met the Wednesday before for final decisions regarding the Dragon*Con project.

Readers’ Group

Bil Boozer reported that the readers’ group had met in August to discuss The Persian Boy (which was generally liked by those who read it). For September, the group will read A Grave Talent by Laurie R. King.

Gaylactic Outpost Atlanta

Mike Allgood reported that there was more discussion on hotels as well as a brief discussion of potential guests. In addition, the group planned for Dragon*Con. Patrick Anderson will be coordinating the fan table, and Scott Tatum will be coordinating the party. Eric Watts had invited the group to be part of a Dragon*Con Rainbow Party on Saturday night; however, that event is scheduled for the same time as the OutWorlders party, which is scheduled tentatively for 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. The next meeting is scheduled for 16 September at Jeff and Alan’s home.

Proposals for Consideration

Two proposals had been introduced in July for consideration at this business meeting.

Proposal 05-08-01. Donation to the CHRIS Rainbow Program.

Author: Jeff Smith

Whereas, in the past OutWorlders has used part of its fund-raising income to make donations to charity and we have not done so for quite a long time,

Resolved, THAT OutWorlders, Inc donate $200 CHRIS Rainbow Program from the funds raised at Pride by the volunteer bucket brigade.

The proposal was adopted by a vote of 10-0-1. (Absentee ballots from Kris Harter and Scott Tatum were included in this vote.)

Proposal 05-08-02. Funding for Security at Dragon*Con Party.

Author: Jeff Smith

Whereas, in the past OutWorlders has had trouble with the Hyatt Hotel and our room parties at Dragon*Con,

Resolved, THAT, in the event OutWorlders does get a suite at the Hyatt for Dragon*Con and does host a room party, OutWorlders, Inc. allocate $200 but no more than $200 to hire an off-duty police officer to work security, provide appropriate wrist bands for alcohol consumption, and any additional party supplies/favors needed; and
THAT in no event will any of this $200 be spent to purchase alcohol.

The proposal was adopted by a vote of 9-1-1. (Absentee ballots from Kris Harter and Scott Tatum were included in this vote.)

The members discussed the possibility of a contest to help determine a new logo for the organization. The group decided in favor of having the contest with the sponsoring members’ deciding the outcome.


Amanda Wiggins announced that she and Lee were planning a yard sale in the near future and offered that OutWorlders could participate.

The meeting adjourned at 3:10 p.m. The next business meeting is scheduled for Sunday, 18 September 2005, at 2 p.m.

Respectfully submitted, Bil Boozer, Secretary