- Welcome to September 2017, or as some like to call it, the official start of Autumn. That's good news if you're a fan of maple and pumpkin flavors, because just about every item in existence adds those two to everything, and I mean everything: pumpkin and maple coffee, pumpkin and maple donuts, pumpkin and maple pattern socks and underwear...you get the idea.
- September is one of my favorite months, because we Sci Fi fans get to watch all the new and returning TV/Streaming shows. I've binge-watched Netflix's Luke Cage & Iron Fist (the former was awesome, the latter, not so much) over the Summer, so now it's time to crank up the DVR and get ready for new programs including The Gifted, The Orville (both on Fox), and I may even check out the first episode of Young Sheldon on CBS. Star Trek: Discovery may turn out to be one of the most pirated shows on television. Of course, there's the whole week of CW Superhero programs that start in early October. Yeah, my Toob News plate for Sci Fi Journal will be full of cool stuff.
- Who's going to R.I. Comiccon, and if you are, which guests are you willing to wait in line for to get an autograph?
- And speaking of Conventions, did anyone besides Adam Tuchman attend Necronomicon?
- This month we also elect a new Board of Directors to lead this merry crew for the next two years. Good luck and Congratulations!
- September 28, 2017, marks the 30th Anniversary of the R.I. Science Fiction Club. That's an accomplishment few other SF fan clubs can claim, so we should make a big deal about this. Stay tuned.
A bunch of random thoughts for your consideration:
Well, I would say that the meeting was a complete success!
For those who were unable to attend, we held our mandatory meeting tonight (August 19th) to discuss changes to the club bylaws regarding the Board of Directors, as well as hold nominations for the upcoming elections in September.
To keep things short and sweet, we voted and made the following changes within the bylaws:
1. Dues have been suspended on a temporary 2-year basis. Membership will be decided through attendance (3 meetings in one year for new members, 6 meetings in 2 years for current members).
2. We have changed the Board of Directors over from a committee format to a five-person format containing the following positions: Chairman, Vice Chairman, Treasurer, Communications Chair, and Event Planning Chair.
After these changes were voted on, we then held nominations for the Board of Directors:
- Chairman: Ian Kingston
- Vice Chairman: Calvin Watts III, Dale Miller
- Communications Chair: Marc Morisseau, Dale Miller
- Treasurer: Madison Morisseau
- Event Planning Chair: Barbara Kingston, Kat Ell
Elections for these positions will take place at our September meeting. We will take additional nominations prior to voting at the next meeting.
The bylaws have been added to the shared Google Drive, as well as the closed Facebook group.
We will also be doing a live demonstration on how to access and use the new Google system at the next meeting for any and all who are interested.
Keep an eye out for details on the September meeting!
Thanks to all that showed and voted, and we look forward to seeing you all at the next meeting! 😁
Are we entering a phase of Convention Overkill? Over the past few years, fans have seen an expansion of SF/Anime/Comic related conventions, all vying for our attention, and hard-earned dollars. There's been an explosion of Cons here in New England; besides the usual fare like ConnectiCon and Boston Comiccon, there have been other conventions at Casinos in Connecticut, and smaller events in Massachusetts.
Is this good news or bad for SF fans and convention lovers? I say it's a mixed bag. I enjoy ConnectiCon, the Sci Fi Journal crew had a great time there recently, but I passed on the new Convention at the aforementioned casino, cause quite frankly, I didn't want to get burned out. The only Convention I will be attending between July and November is R.I. Comiccon, even though there are a few others in the area before that event.
Plus, conventions can be expensive. If you're from way out of town, there are hotel fees, entrance fees, parking, food costs, costume costs, the list goes on. Who can afford to work, pay all your other bills, and still afford all these conventions? Not me.
So if you really love these events, I suggest you do some research. Check out the Guest list, and total your expenses before spending a dime. If there's a Celebrity attending that you really admire, and you need to get that autograph, go for it. But be careful that you don't overdo it, or you'll get that "too much of a good thing has soured it for me" feeling, and that just hurts fandom.
So have fun at the Summertime conventions, and I'll see you in November.
Hello June, and welcome to Summer! The RISFC has some great activities lined up for this month, including our Annual picnic on the 17th, and some cool Movie nights. As far as the picnic is concerned, this year it's at Goddard State park, instead of Colt State park in Bristol. Here's hoping the change in venue also means nicer weather, since the 2016 picnic was rainy, wet, and well, wet.
June also means it's not too late to start thinking about RISFC Board team elections. Yes, it's been two years already, and we need to begin the process of deciding who will be running this Club. To that end, I want to talk about the Team concept.
When I proposed the Team concept two years ago, I did so for several reasons: I had been Chairman of this Club for what seemed like about a million years (give or take a millennia), and wanted us to be in a position where we wouldn't be so dependent on one person pretty much running things. Yes, before you start saying he's too full of himself, and others have been helping too, I know that. I also think it's important to have as many people as possible involved, and the tasks get easier that way. Teams running organizations are also the way most companies and clubs like ours will be getting things done in the future, and what better way to grow a Club like ours, then embracing those changes.
So how are we doing? Without going into specifics, some of the teams are doing well, others, not so much. That's expected for a Club that's trying new leadership techniques. Perhaps the Executive Team only needs two people instead of three? Maybe some who decided to help have realized leading a team is not something they'd like to continue, helping "in the background" is preferred. That's cool too.
My hope is that, although there have been disappointments as well as successes, the Team concept continues. I don't want to see us get into a position where one or two people run the Club, and people get too comfortable. "Oh, I don't have to worry about the RISFC getting things done, cause 'so-and-so' will take care of it." Uh uh, that idea's gotta go.
Clubs like ours only succeed, and thrive, and create positive change in their communities, when they inspire to include everyone to get active, even for only one or two events a year. So please think about this when it's time for elections in the Fall, and don't be afraid to get involved.
Marc Morisseau, Promotions Team
I left a note for myself to remember to post something in Graffiti during the month of May. Since it's the last day of the month, I guess I just made the timeline.
It's been a rainy, icky, depressing month this 2017, and all of us are looking forward to sunnier days, and most important, Movie Season! Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 ( excellent), Alien Covenant ( typical Alien stuff), Wonder Woman (the most bad ass of all the Justice League), Spiderman Homecoming, and the list goes on. We RISFC members earn a lot of movie points and free stuff during the Summer.
We also visit a few conventions, and tape segments for Sci Fi Journal. We'll be going to ComicCon in June, Connecticon and Pintastic in July, and TempleCon in August. Alas, we recently learned that RhodyCon, an Anime convention that ran for two years in Cranston, RI, is no more. The organizers have decided to call it quits. Too bad, cause it was small, just getting off the ground, and a lot of fun. I hope that someone will be able to revive RhodyCon in the future.
In the meantime, get those AAA discount tickets, and I hope to see you all at the movies!
A bunch of stuff this month:
Happy birthday to the following RISFC members who celebrate in April:
1- John O'Neill
8 - Ian Kingston
22- Carole Graves
Back in 1992, RISFC members decided to order Club jackets, because back then, every decent Club had one. So 14 of us pooled our money, and ordered the blue corduroy jacket, with white trim. The jackets have our first names on the front, and 'Rhode Island Science Fiction Club' proudly stitched on the back. The lining is quilted, so we could wear it almost year round, and the cost? We paid $46.25 each. Most of us added our own pins and buttons, for that unique SF look. Some of us 'older members' are thinking about wearing them to future meetings. Perhaps we should consider ordering new jackets; what do you think?
RISFC members and friends:
What you see on this page is the next step in our Club newsletter, Graffiti. For those unfamiliar with our newsletter, it was started in 1989, as a way for RISFC members to share SF information, Club business reports, artwork, and short stories. We went from typewriters to computers, printing presses to online. Recently, it was published in PDF format, and sent out via email.
Now our membership has decided to make Graffiti a page on our website. As a member of the RISFC Promotions team, I've also been the editor, and my 'Chief Concerns' column is one of its features. You'll see something from me at least once per month. We're also looking for the above mentioned artwork, sketches, book, TV, and movie reviews, and whatever else you would like to contribute. Here's the place to have it published!
Please send your contributions to our email address: firstname.lastname@example.org, and be sure to write Graffiti in the Subject line. Thanks!
If you would like to contribute letters, opinion pieces, artwork, etc. to Graffiti, please submit your work to:
Contributors will not be paid, but will be recognized for their work.