World Science Fiction Society

WSFS Business Meeting

Loncon 3 is administered under the rules and auspices of the World Science Fiction Society (“WSFS”), which has governed Worldcons for more than seventy years. WSFS will have a business meeting at Loncon 3 to consider changes to its constitution, and to announce the results of the site selection vote for the 2016 Worldcon.

WSFS also has a number of standing and temporary committees that will report to the Business Meeting. These include the Mark Protection Committee, which protects the service marks of the World Science Fiction Society (including the name “Worldcon”) used by Worldcons each year.

Business Meeting Overview

The World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) consists of every member of the current Worldcon. (The membership of Loncon 3 is thus now the membership of WSFS, and will remain so until the closing ceremony in London on 18 August 2014.)

The WSFS rules, published in the Worldcon’s souvenir book, consist of a Constitution containing the rules for the Hugo Awards and for the selection of future Worldcons, as well as the Standing Rules which govern the conduct of the Business Meeting. Every attending member of Loncon 3 can attend the Business Meeting, propose changes, debate those changes, and vote on them.

Changes to the WSFS Constitution, including any changes to the rules for the Hugo Awards, must be approved by votes at two consecutive Worldcons. In addition, new proposals may be introduced each year. The Business Meeting may defeat and amend new proposals. Meetings are conducted under a relatively formal structure, codified in Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised, and the Standing Rules.

Kevin Standlee has written an excellent guide to the Business Meeting which provides a great starting point if you are planning to attend and are not familiar with the way the meeting works.

A Cheat Sheet for Robert's Rules of Order is also available which summarises some of the key procedures and how to invoke them.

The Business Meeting at Loncon 3 will consider business passed on from the 2013 Business Meeting, held at LoneStarCon 3 (the 2013 Worldcon), as well as new business.

New Business Submission

Please send new proposals for the Business Meeting to business-meeting@ukin2014.org.

The deadline for submitting new proposals to the Business Meeting is fourteen (14) days before the first Preliminary Meeting. The Presiding Officer may accept otherwise qualified motions submitted after the deadline, but all such motions shall be placed at the end of the agenda.

All Worldcons and NASFiCs are required to present annual financial reports to the Business Meeting from the time they are elected until they close their accounts. You can find Loncon 3's 2013 report here.

Business Meeting Times

The Business Meeting is traditionally held on the second, third, and fourth mornings of the Worldcon (rarely, a meeting on the fifth day is possible). We plan to start the Loncon 3 Business Meetings at the usual time of 10 a.m.

WSFS Constitution and Standing Rules

WSFS, the World Science Fiction Society, has its own website, which you can find at www.wsfs.org.

WSFS is governed by its Constitution, which defines the purpose, structure, and membership of the Society. These are also Standing Rules for the annual Business Meeting.

LoneStarCon 3 Business Meeting

Documents passed on from LoneStarCon 3 are as follows.

 


 

Agenda (updated as of 2 August, 2014)

The agenda for the 2014 WSFS business meeting is posted below, with links to reports and submitted business where available.

To request new business or contact the Chairman of the Business meeting please contact Donald Eastlake III at business-meeting@ukin2014.org.

Agenda Section 1 - Business Passed On from LoneStarCon 3

Agenda Section 2 - New Business

WSFS members may submit new business for consideration by the Business Meeting. Motions submitted prior to the convention will be published here as they become available.

Agenda Section 3 - WSFS Committee Reports and Resolutions

WSFS has a number of committees which are obliged to report to the Business Meeting. Their 2014 reports are published here. Resolutions submitted by the committees are listed here and will be discussed within this part of the agenda.

Agenda Section 4 - Worldcon Financial Reports

All Worldcons and NASFiCs are required to present annual financial reports to the Business Meeting from the time they are elected until they close their accounts. A number of Worldcons are due to present reports at Loncon 3; we will publish them here as they become available.