Moving into the new season

Apologies for a bit of a long announcement:

This is the time of year where our season would normally come to an end and we would be getting together for a large banquet or lecture or something fun. Our season was cut short this spring by COVID-19 and it’s still unclear when get-togethers of the size we’re used to will be considered safe.

With that in mind, there are three things we want to fill you in on.

Memberships

The executive has met (virtually) and agreed unanimously that everyone who was a member of the club for this season will automatically receive a free extension for the next season (September 2020 to June 2021). The club is in good financial health and we didn’t host four of this season’s ten meetings.

Having An Election

As you might remember from the start of this season the current executive was elected under unusual circumstances at a Town Hall meeting. And not wanting to overstay our welcome, we are committed to having an election to chose the executive for the next season.

If you are a member of the club, you can nominate yourself or someone else to be part of the committee that will organize and manage the club for the new year.

Given how uncertain things are right now, that will likely include important decisions like if, when and where the club meets and whether we bridge the gap by hosting online lectures. There were also several amendments to the club’s constitution which have been suggested to make more in keeping with modern times.

So we will be accepting nominations at the club’s official email address (ibmring17@gmail.com) for two weeks (until June 30, 2020). If there is more than one nomination for any of the positions, we will hold an election digitally on July 15. The positions are:

President
1st Vice President
2nd Vice President
Secretary
Treasurer

To nominate yourself, just send an email to ibmring17@gmail.com and include the position you want to run for.

Getting Together for Fun

It’s been a while since we’ve seen each other. So we’re going to host two online get togethers using the free video conferencing software Zoom.

Thursday, June 25, 7:00 PM

This is going to be a non magic chat. We want to know what you’ve been up to during the lockdown period. Have you taken on any interesting projects? Reconnected with old hobbies? Filling the internet with messages of social justice and tolerance? Do you have an adorable pet who will demand attention and leap into your lap at random moments of a conversation? The plan is to go for about 45 minutes but we can run longer if we want.

Thursday, July 2,7:00 PM

This is where we want to see the magic you’ve been working on. Learned a new trick? Built a new prop? Practiced a new sleight? Made a foray into virtual magic shows and have stories to share?

Zoom: The Technical Fiddly Bits

Zoom is a free online video conferencing software you can download for your computer, tablet or smartphone. It works with both Mac and PC. (It is even possible to participate in a Zoom meeting by phone, we’re looking into the details.)

The software has privacy features, so if you want to keep your webcam off or your microphone muted for part or all of the meeting you can.

Election Results (Ours, not the Country’s)

We’re pleased to report on the result of our call for nominations for this year’s executive. At the deadline, we had exactly the right number of applications to fill all of our vacant board positions. So the executive for the 2019-20 season is:

James Alan – President
Ian Crawford – 1st Vice President
Laura Mingail – 2nd Vice President
David Lew – Treasurer
Katarina G. – Secretary
Artemus Syman – Past President

We would like to thank all of our members (and potential members) for their patience as we took the time to get things back on track. We’re looking forward to a productive year.

With that in mind, we will be meeting shortly to solidify the programming for the rest of this season and to also address some of the issues that have been raised at the Town Hall and on the Facebook group. Anyone who has any suggestions what we might add to the agenda for our first meeting, which will be within the next 2 weeks, please email us at ibmring17@gmail.com and we’ll make every effort to address them.

Thanks again for your patience. We look forward to seeing everyone for Asi Wind’s lecture on Monday, October 21.

Elections

We’re getting ready to hold elections (read the full backstory here).

The elections will take place at the start of the November meeting (more news on that coming early next week) Monday, November 18 at the Imperial Pub.

Voting

Voting will be open to anyone who was a member of the club during the 2018-19 season and anyone anyone who is currently a member for the 2019-20 season.

We are working on arrangements for proxy voting so that anyone who cannot attend the November meeting for whatever reason will still be counted.

Running

There are five positions open:

  • President
  • 1st Vice President
  • 2nd Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary

To run, you must be a member of the club this season (2019-20). If you wish to run for President you must be a current member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

Anyone wishing to run should send an email to ibmring17@gmail.com saying so, and specify a particular position if you like. (And if you are running for president, include your IBM# in the email.) The deadline to submit your name is October 10, 2019.

Campaigning and Elections

In the event that we have multiple members running for the same position, we will post a list of candidates on October 15, 2019 and will provide a short bio for your consideration. They will also have the opportunity to post flattering things about themselves on the Facebook group or consult with members individually at the October meeting.

Any additional questions, please write us at ibmring17@gmail.com and we will try to address them as soon as possible.