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Sci-Fi Club, Dublin, Ireland
Issue 36 - 2004-02-02

Dear Sci-Fi Club Members,

This is a general update about the Dublin Science Fiction Club.

The club has been running for three years now, and can be considered a moderate success.

Unfortunately at our Christmas Party in December, we had an unfortunate incident. Someone cut the seating with a knife or a blade in a couple of places. I personally cannot believe that it was any of our regular members, as I have known most of you for years and we have never had any problems in the past. There was a stranger present for a while, and the only rational explanation is that it was him that caused the damage.

Bowes Pub have asked that we pay for the repair of the damage. Since it occurred when the room was in our care, I think this is quite reasonable. Considering the very reasonable rate we're getting the room for (free) it is a small price to pay. Existing club funds will cover most of it, and I expect we will recoup the remainder over the next couple of raffles.

I think there are lessons to learn from the experience. First of all, we are going to have to pay more careful attention to who enters the meetings. I am hopeful that we can do this without having to appear less welcoming to newcomers. I propose that when people that aren't known to us arrive, that they be asked what they're here for, and only admitted if they are already aware of the club meeting.

We will also have a signing-in book. At each meeting, members will be expected to sign their name in a book so that we have a written record of who was present.

I still intend for admission to be free, and that the club will be run from the proceeds of the raffles. We would welcome any donations of prizes for the raffles, particularly over the next couple of months.

I have spoken to a number of potential speakers for the next few meetings. Unfortunately I have been unable to find anyone to speak at the February meeting, so we're going to try something a little bit different. We're going to ask people to speak for a few minutes about anything in science fiction that they feel passionate about. We also have the Star Wars "Clone Wars" animated series and will be screening it.

In May we will have the second annual Sci-Fi Club Awards ceremony. A voting form will be available on the website soon.

I look forward to seeing many of you at the meeting tomorrow. Please bring prizes for the raffle and ideas that raise your passions.

Kind regards,

James Shields
Meetings Organiser
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