1997 Southern Fandom Confederation Handbook & History
PART IV: Fanzines, Legends, & Misc.

Miscellaneous Serious Stuff

SFC By-Laws {Errata}

SECTION 1 {Errata} (a) The Southern Fandom Confederation is a non-profit organization of, by, and for science fiction and fantasy fans residing in the states of the Confederacy (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia), existing for the purpose of promoting fan and professional activity within that area. (b) The President shall have the discretion to name as "Southern Sympathizers" persons or groups outside the South for the purpose of membership and participation in the SFC.

SECTION 2. {Errata} The SFC shall meet once a year, simultaneously and at the same place as the DeepSouthCon, hereafter DSC. This meeting shall be open to all dues-paid and dues-exempt SFC members, plus interested parties. Only Dues-paid or -exempt members may speak or vote except through dispensation by the presiding officer. Each meeting shall consist of: (a) a review of the year's activity, (b) election of officers, and (c) suggestions from the membership for activities in the year ahead.

SECTION 3. {Errata} The officers of the SFC shall consist of (a) President, (b) a Vice President, (c) Secretary-Treasurer, with duties as follows:

(a) The President shall run the annual SFC business meeting, present a summary of the year's activities, set SFC policy on matters of controversy, publish the official SFC bulletin on a quarterly basis, and represent the SFC at all fannish functions.

(b) The Vice President shall serve in the place of the President should the President be absent.

(c) The Secretary-Treasurer shall collect dues for the SFC and maintain an account at a convenient bank on which only the Secretary-Treasurer or the President may draw; the Secretary-Treasurer, in conjunction with other officers, shall maintain a file of all active Southern SF fans, amateur press alliances, fanzines, clubs and conventions. The Secretary-Treasurer is responsible for mailing the official bulletin at the cheapest possible rate. All SFC officers must be resident in the Confederacy. All are elected to one-year terms.

SECTION 4. {Errata} Dues for the SFC are $10.00 per year for an individual, with institutional dues being five times that amount, a year being defined as the period between successive DeepSouthCons. The following are dues-exempt: (a) Winners of the Rebel and Phoenix Awards presented at the DSC, (b) Individuals who have performed such service to the organization that the President feels they merit exemption, (c) SFC officers during their term of service.

SECTION 5. {Errata} The official SFC bulletin shall be published on a quarterly basis, though more often as finances permit. One issue shall appear in the month of January. Each issue shall publish as comprehensive a list as possible of active Southern sf clubs, apas, and fanzines. One issue each year shall publish a roster of dues-paid and -exempt SFC members. Other contents shall be left to the discretion of the President, but shall revolve around Southern fandom's history, present activity, and future plans.

Editorial policy: (a) The bulletin shall concern itself freely with controversial matters confronting Southern Fandom. All editorial opinions shall be signed by the author and shall not be considered reflective of the opinions of any officer of the SFC itself. (b) The bulletin shall maintain a neutral position between and among competing bids for DSC, or between and among Southern contenders for a Worldcon. (c) A letter column shall be printed in each issue containing a comprehensive spectrum of opinion on any matter before the SFC. (d) {Errata} The SFC shall promote the candidacy of Southern fans and professionals for national honors such as the Hugo Award.

SECTION 6. This set of by-laws may be amended or replaced by the SFC members in attendance at the DSC meeting. Any amendment proposed in writing and signed by 20 or more SFC members must be brought before this meeting and voted upon. A majority of members at the meeting may cause an amendment to be brought to a vote. A 2/3 majority of members voting shall be sufficient to cause an amendment to pass.

SECTION 7. All previous by-laws, rules and constitutions of the SFC are henceforth null and void. ((As amended at the SFC 1993 meeting. Published for the annual Southern Fandom Confederation Meeting April 28, 1996, DeepSouthCon 34/BeachCon.))

DSC By-Laws {Errata}

Section 1. Paragraph 1. The DeepSouthCon is an unincorporated literary society whose functions are to choose the locations and committees of the annual DeepSouth Science Fiction Convention (hereinafter referred to as the DSC); to attend the DSC; and to perform such other activities as may be necessary or incidental to these purposes.

Section 1. Paragraph 2. The membership of DSC shall consist of (A) anyone paying the membership fee established by the current DSC committee, or (B) anyone upon whom the current DSC committee confers a complimentary membership. Only members attending the DSC will have voting privileges and each person shall have one vote. Absentee and proxy votes are not allowed. An optional class of non-voting supporting membership may be established by the current DSC committee for persons who wish to receive DSC publications but cannot attend the convention and participate in the business meeting.

Section 1. Paragraph 3. No part of DSC's net earnings shall be paid to its members, officers, or other private persons except in furtherance of the DSC's purposes. The DSC shall not attempt to influence legislation or any political campaign for public office. Should the DSC dissolve, its assets shall be distributed by the current DSC committee or the appropriate court having jurisdiction exclusive for charitable purposes.


Section 2. Paragraph 1. The voting membership of DSC shall choose the location and committee of the DSC to be held in the calendar year two years after the current DSC. Voting shall be by ballot cast at the current DSC. Counting of all votes shall be the responsibility of the DSC committee, using the preferential ballot system as it is used in site selection voting for the World Science Fiction Convention.

Section 2. Paragraph 2. {Errata} {Errata} A committee shall be listed on the ballot if it submits to the current DSC, by 6:00 PM on Friday of the current DSC, the following: a list of committee officers, a contract or letter of agreement with a facility adequate to hold the DSC, and a statement that the committee agrees to abide by these rules. A committee may bid any site in the states of Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Texas, and all states both south and east of any of these.


Section 3. Paragraph 1. Any proposal to amend this constitution shall require two-thirds vote of all the votes cast on the question at the DSC meeting held at two successive DSCs.

Section 3. Paragraph 2. DSC meetings shall be held at advertised times at each DSC. The current DSC committee shall provide the Presiding officer for each meeting. Meetings shall be conducted in accordance with Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised, and any Standing Rules the meeting shall adopt.

Section 3. Paragraph 3. The DSC constitution shall be published in the program book of each DSC. Any amendments eligible for ratification at the DSC shall also be published in the program book.


Southern Fandom on the World Wide Web

Tom Feller

[Note: This is an on-going column in the SFC Bulletin.]

If you want to see photographs of prominent Southern fans such as P. L. Caruthers-Montgomery, Larry Montgomery, Guy Lillian, Richard Gilliam, and even your friendly editor, P. L. has created such a web site at: http://users.quicklink.net/~plcm/fan.html. (If you don't want your picture plastered all over the Internet, I'm sure P. L. will remove it in exchange for a large gratuity.) I do warn you that that this site is very graphics intensive, even by the web's standards, so don't check this site if you're in a hurry.

Another fan artist who is experimenting with the Web is Teddy Harvia, AKA David Thayer. His site at http://www.cyberramp.net/~artemis/ includes information about the Wingnut Club, reprints of articles from his 8.5 by 11 zine, and illustrations from Opuntia.

At a recent convention, Tim Bolgeo, AKA Uncle Timmy, admonished me for failing to list LibertyCon among the conventions. I've corrected this oversight and wish to mention that LibertyCon also has a web page at http://www.cdc.net/~libcon/. In addition to information about this year's con, there is a detailed report on last year's by Derek Spraker. [...]

If you are interested in the Bucconeer, the 1998 Worldcon in Baltimore, check out their site at http://www.access.digex.net/~balt98. There is information on memberships, hotels, local tourist attractions, and other items of interest. There are also links to other Worldcons.

I checked out a publication listing for The Anvil from Birmingham, but discovered it had nothing to do with the publication formerly edited by Charlotte Proctor and Julie Wall. Instead, it is the clubzine of Birmingham's Starfleet chapter, the Starship Hephaestus. I was glad I visited the web site at: http://www.macconnect.com/~lindsay/ncc2004/ncc2004.html, because it contained one of the most detailed and entertaining reports I've read on the recent Star Trek 30th anniversary celebration in Huntsville.

Speaking of Starfleet, my local Starfleet chapter, the Starship Haise, has its own web page at http://home.teclink.net/~theilman/haise/. The club's logo is a picture of the Voyager superimposed on a magnolia blossom. In addition to club info, there is a map of the Milky Way galaxy showing the borders of the Federation, the Romulan and Klingon empires, and the limits of explored space.

Another Star Trek club, the United Federation of Planets International, has an organization similar to Starfleet. It is headquartered in Orange Park, FL, and its web site is located at http://www.teleport.com/~ufpcomm/index.htm There are a few authors who have followings comparable to Star Trek. One of these is Anne McCaffrey's Pern series. (You may find the listing for Ista Wehr, the international Pern fan club, in the club listing.) The website of a Georgia chapter, Starrise Wehr, is located at http://members.aol.com/starriseml/index.html. In addition to an interesting listing of Pern fanzines, it also links to Anne McCaffrey's official home page at http://members.aol.com/dragonhld/index.html.

Like conventional addresses, web sites change their locations. Kelly Lockhart's Southern Fandom Resource Guide is now at: http://www.concentric.net/~Kellyl/cons/.

CoastCon is now at: http://www.datasync.com/~sotmesc/ccon.html. [For more convention and club web sites, check out individual listings in Part III, Regional Suvey.]

Finally, I checked out the site for the Middle Tennessee Speculative Fiction Society, because Anita Williams is the president. The page at http://members.aol.com/mtsfaweb/index.htm contains club information plus a link to the web site of the Cumberland Science Museum, where the club holds its meetings.

[I have a few to add to this. First off, this fanzine will be available on the web at: http://iquest.com/~ssmith/sfc/handbook.html. Thanks to Official Web Head Sam Smith for making this happen. Another site of tremendous interest to fan historians is Rebel-winner Richard Lynch's humongous outline of fan history in the 1960s at: http://www.fentonnet.com/history/hist.html.

Another fan historian, Joe Siclari, is soliciting suggestions for his production of the Fancyclopedia III. E-mail Joe at: jsiclari@icanect.net.

Finally, I will mention the Baen Books web site at http://baen.com, where you can find bios and news about Phoenix winners David Drake & T.K.F. Weisskopf, to say nothing of Southern authors David Weber (SC), Elizabeth Moon (TX), James P. Hogan (FL), Margaret Ball (TX), Linda Evans (FL), Robert Asprin (LA), and many others. :) -- TKFW]

Southern Library Resources

Texas A&M (Hal Hall) appears on "A List of Known Repositories" compiled by Peggy Rae Pavlat for The Timebinders organization and noted by me in the 2/96 mailing of the Fan History APA. Some of Willy Ley's papers and books are archived in a special room at the University of Alabama in Huntsville library. [Willy Ley was a fan and a rocket scientist and wrote reviews and science articles for Astounding/Analog.] And in Tuscaloosa in the library of the main campus of the University of Alabama is the Al Andrews Amateur Journalism Collection (A3JC), which houses all the back issues of SFPA, a long run of Anvil, and many other fanzines. For more information on A3JC, including how to donate zines, contact Joe Moudry at P.O. Box 1205, Tuscaloosa, AL 35403. Also in Tuscaloosa are the papers of Phoenix winner Mary Elizabeth Counselman and those of early pulp writer S.P. Meek.

The Masquerade

Maurine Dorris

My first con (Kubla in '79) was fun, but the thing that made the biggest impression on me was the costumes. The idea of being able to finally dress as all my favorite SF and fantasy characters was too much to resist. So the next year I entered the Masquerade in my first of many costumes.

After being in a few masquerades I got involved in running them, having found out that there are a lot of things that people in costumes need. For anyone that is thinking of running a masquerade, there are some things you really need to know. Masqueraders (of which I am one) are not smart and they really suffer for their art. They will spend lots of money--from $50 to $300 or more for a hall costume and from $100 to $5,000 for a Worldcon costume--and take up to 3 years making a costume. They will pack themselves into a costume they can't see or breathe in, that they can't sit or pee in, and that are uncomfortable and hot. And they do it all for their one minute on stage. So as you sit there watching please be kind, if you think you can do better, we would love to see you up there on the stage with the rest of us. We love it.

Southern fandom has always had good costumers; they win awards where ever they go. Sadly, as of late with the economy the way it is, costuming has taken a back seat to things like rent and food. But hopefully as things get better, so will the masquerades.

If you are interested in costuming, please ask any of the many costumers in the South if you need help. They are always happy to give any advice they can. For those of you new to fandom, a hall costume is everyday wear in your alternate universe. It is a costume that you can wear comfortably for hours at a time--can sit, stand and pee just like you do in your everyday clothes. It is usually well made because it will be seen close up. Do not hesitate to ask to take the picture of a hall costumer to get an illustration of how they did some thing. (99% of the time they will tell you all you need to know and more.) A masquerade costume is a costume that is usually only worn for a masquerade. They are hot, bulky, uncomfortable, hard to see out of, etc. After a masquerade the contestants will usually stay around and let people take picture--this is a good time to see who was in the alien. You can ask them to talk to you the next day about costuming, but please don't ask them to talk right then; they are hot and tired and all they want to do is get out of those costumes. Masqueraders are very nice people who happen to be able to take what they see in their minds and fix it so you can see it, too. Please support your local masquerade with your attendance and your help (they always need backstage people), and most important, with your talents.

There are many people in the South who through the years have given of their time and energy in running and supporting masquerading. The masquerade is often the most attended function at a convention and is usually the least funded. The following people have kept costuming alive for all of us to enjoy: Steve & Sue Francis, J.J. & Beth Willinger, Ken Moore, Bill Payne, Sue Thorn, Susan Stringer, Sue Phillips, and Jan Woosley. There are many more who have worked behind the curtains. Thank you from all of us--costumers and audience alike.

[IMAGE: Anvil #41 Cover Art]


Year Name          City     Location      Guests            Chair    Attendance
~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~
1951 Nolacon I     New      St. Charles   Fritz Lieber      Harry B. 190       
                   Orleans, Hotel                           Moore              

1977 SunCon        Miami    Hotel         Jack Williamson   Don      2050      
                   Beach,   Fontainebleau (pro)             Lundry             
                   FL                     Robert A. Madle                      

1986 ConFederation Atlanta, Marriott      Ray Bradbury      Penny    5811      
                   GA       Marquis       (pro)             Frierson           
                            & Atlanta     Terry Carr        Ron                
                            Hilton        (fan)             Zukowski           
                            & Towers                                           

1988 Nolacon II    New      Marriott,     Donald A.         John H.  5300      
                   Orleans, Sheraton &    Wollheim (pro)    Guidry             
                   LA       International Roger Sims                           
                            Hotels        (fan)                                

1992 MagiCon       Orlando, Orange Co.    Jack Vance        Joe      5452      
                   FL       Convention    (pro)             Siclari            
                            Center & The  Walter A.                            
                            Peabody Hotel Willis (fan)                         

1997 LoneStarCon 2 San      Henry B.      Algis Budrys      Karen    tbd       
                   Antonio, Gonzalez      (pro)             Meschke            
                   TX       Convention    Michael Moorcock                     
                            Center,       (pro)                                
                            Marriott      Roy Tackett (fan)                    

[IMAGE: LoneStarCon 2 Logo]


Year  Location           Chair                          
~~~~  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
1978  Ft. Worth, TX                                     
1987  Nashville, TN      Maurine Dorris & Patrick Molloy
1992  Pine Mountain, GA  Ed Kramer                      
1994  New Orleans, LA    Tom Hanlon                     

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