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Appointment of a new BFS chair
« on: October 22, 2014, 06:22:24 AM »
Unfortunately, no one stood for chair at the 2014 Annual General Meeting of the society, but an excellent candidate has now come forward, blithely ignoring all my heartfelt warnings against such a course of action. (Ill leave it to them to introduce themselves.)

Interim chairs have been appointed by committee vote before, but there have been expressions of interest from other parties this time and, while wed like it all sorted out quickly, the committee thinks it may not be fair to instantly appoint the first candidate to declare.

So if any other candidates let us know by the end of October that they wish to stand we will hold an online election, using the next committee bulletin to invite members to vote. If no one else stands, the committee will vote on whether to appoint the current candidate.

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Re: Appointment of a new BFS chair
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2014, 11:49:11 AM »
Hello all! In the words of Mario: "It's me!"

I've only been involved with the BFS since June/July 2011, when I took over as Media Reviews Editor, but I've already seen a fair few changes since then. However, the main underlying thing that is always here is passion from members, old and new, current and lapsed. Passion for the genres the BFS covers and passion for the society as a whole. This is evident here, on the forum, but really is hammered home at events such as Open Nights or FantasyCon.

So I'm throwing my hat in the ring to be BFS Chair because I do think good things can, and will, continue to come from the society but we're in a bit of a limbo state at the moment and the vacuum needs to be filled and the ship needs steadying so we can move forward.

Without a Chair in place I feel that, to some extent, we're limited in how that can happen.

The basics need putting back into place, and I have ideas for the Journal to get that back on track, for one. Plus ideas for special publications, eMemberships and increased outreach through support of Richard and the BFS Events etc. but the recent survey results will be studied carefully so that we go forward with the best interests of the society at heart.

Yes, I know I mentioned at the AGM that available time was a factor and, because of that, I would be appointing a Vice-Chair from within the committee who I can work closely with and who can ensure than the gears don't grind to a halt whenever I'm off in the wilds.

Anyway, I'm heavily glossing over things here. The initial thing is to get things moving and, hopefully, my stepping forward will spur things on.

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Re: Appointment of a new BFS chair
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2014, 01:24:27 PM »
Hello all! In the words of Mario: "It's me!"



Congratulations, if there is anything I can do to help promote the Society give me a shout

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Re: Appointment of a new BFS chair
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2014, 06:50:37 PM »
Congratulations, if there is anything I can do to help promote the Society give me a shout

Cheers, Jim! Only once you're feeling better, though! ;)

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Re: Appointment of a new BFS chair
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2014, 10:56:47 PM »
Thanks for standing, Phil. I think you would be excellent in the post. I think the job of chair would fit more neatly into what time you have available than other BFS jobs might, because it's not so much about working long blocks of time at your desk as it is about keeping in touch with people, answering emails, and just having a really good think about things. Add that to the capable people we currently have in so many committee positions, and I've rarely been quite so optimistic about the society's future.

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Re: Appointment of a new BFS chair
« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2014, 10:30:04 AM »
Congratulations, Phil. Hope you do a great job - as I am sure you will.


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Re: Appointment of a new BFS chair
« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2014, 12:32:20 PM »
All best for the chairman's job. It seems it's a difficult time for the BFS. No one seems to have the time any more to undertake a role long term. This is very bad news for the society. But I hope you can gather the disparate bits and bobs and somehow get the BFS focused on its core services.

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Re: Appointment of a new BFS chair
« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2014, 03:03:46 PM »
Hold off on the congratulations for now, Phil isn't chair quite yet! He will still face an election if anyone else decides to stand. Granted, it would be the first contested election we've had in half a decade (at least that I know of), but you never know.

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Re: Appointment of a new BFS chair
« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2014, 04:37:33 PM »
Rather than an election could we not have a BFS Krypton Factor? 

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Re: Appointment of a new BFS chair
« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2014, 04:44:37 PM »
Or something like this: http://youtu.be/_Mrls-OiVYs

"Let the combat begin. To the death! Ha ha ha!"

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Re: Appointment of a new BFS chair
« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2014, 05:09:45 PM »
That will do

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Re: Appointment of a new BFS chair
« Reply #11 on: October 23, 2014, 07:33:38 PM »
As Stephen says, I'm not there yet but cheers David R and S! :)

Or something like this: http://youtu.be/_Mrls-OiVYs

"Let the combat begin. To the death! Ha ha ha!"

That will do

Get Brian Blessed to reprise his Vultan role and I'll do it! :D

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Re: Appointment of a new BFS chair
« Reply #12 on: October 31, 2014, 11:50:30 AM »
Last chance to stand for chair! If no else stands by midnight the BFS committee will take a vote over the weekend.

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Re: Appointment of a new BFS chair
« Reply #13 on: October 31, 2014, 05:09:34 PM »
Just under 7 hours to go, folks... plenty of time...

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Re: Appointment of a new BFS chair
« Reply #14 on: October 31, 2014, 07:31:29 PM »
I would be interested in being Vice-Chair so long as it doesn't debar me from sending stories and poems to the Journal.