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HRSFANS Regional Activities and Mailing Lists

Greetings, HRSFANS all–

We’d like to briefly update the body politic on the status of our ongoing efforts to foster local HRSFANS communities:

1. We’ve created regional email-lists for the areas of Los Angeles, San Francisco, the Northwest, Chicago, Boston, Washington DC, and New York, so that people who live in these areas can share information about local events of interest, pursue geeky activities in congenial company, and generally have a good time together. If you would like to join one of these lists, you can sign up at If you’d like us to create a mailing list for your area, please let us know at contact at

2. We’ve begun a search of “regional liasons”, who will work with us to stimulate HRSFANS activity in these areas. We’ve started discussion with several intrepid volunteers, but if you’re interested, we’d still love to hear from you!

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What SIG will you start?

So far we have two SIGs that have flourished via the magic of the Internet — Writer’s SIG meets once a month via Skype, and Magic SIG meets weekly via Teamspeak. But there’s so much more we could do! Will you start the HRSFANS MST3K SIG, and collaborate on writing dialogue for a showing at the next reunion? What about a board game SIG that meets online to play Catan? One popular strategy for HRSFA has always been to call whatever it is you’re already doing a SIG — but maybe you’d like to find out who else is in WoW SIG, or recruit more members for RTS SIG? Float your idea by sending it to Kevin Gold (treasurer at, and the Board will help make it happen.

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HRSFANS Board Appointment

Congratulations to Elizabeth “Quirk” Goodman ’08 on her appointment to the HRSFANS board!

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20th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign Successful

HRSFA now has an endowment, or more precisely a small share (a little over $25,000) of Harvard University’s endowment: approximately half of this money came from the proceeds of the last few Vericons, while the remainder came from generous individualdonations and purchases of HRSFA eternal memberships. This chunk of money will produce yearly returns based on the performance of the general endowment: a smaller percentage will be distributed to HRSFA each year, while the remainder will be automatically reinvested in order to produce greater future returns. While the endowment is currently sized to just about pay for the general annual expenses (munchies for SIGs, subsidized outings, etc.), over time this account will grow and will allow HRSFA to do more for its members than ever before.

Thank you to each and every one of you who donated your time, energy, and money to the recent reunion events and fundraising campaign. We are planning a party in honor of the first disbursement from the endowment at which we will unveil the plaque commemorating our donors. Stay tuned for details.

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