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The 70th World Science Fiction Convention
August 30-September 3, 2012   Hyatt Regency   Chicago
Page Contents 1. Business Meeting Overview
2. Agenda

Business Meeting

Chicon 7 is administered under the rules and auspices of the World Science Fiction Society (referred to by the abbreviation "WSFS"), which has governed Worldcons for the past seventy years. WSFS will have a business meeting at Chicon to consider changes to its constitution, and to announce the results of the site selection vote for the 2014 Worldcon.

WSFS also has a number of standing committees to perform tasks assigned from the business meeting. Among these is the Mark Protection Committee, which protects the service marks of the World Science Fiction Society (including the name "Worldcon") used by Worldcon each year.

Business Meeting Overview
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The World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) consists of every member of the current Worldcon. The WSFS rules, published in the Souvenir Book, consist of a Constitution containing the rules for the Hugo Awards and for the selection of future Worldcons, as well as The Standing Rules for the conduct of the Business Meeting. Every attending member of Chicon 7 can attend the meeting, propose changes, debate those changes, and vote on them.

Changes to the WSFS Constitution, including any changes to the rules for the Hugo Awards, must be approved by votes at two consecutive Worldcons. In addition, there may be new proposals introduced this year. This meeting may defeat and amend new proposals. Meetings are conducted under a relatively formal structure, codified in 'Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised,' and the WSFS Standing Rules.

The deadline for submitting new proposals to the Business Meeting is fourteen (14) days before the first Preliminary Meeting. The Presiding Officer may accept otherwise qualified motions submitted after the deadline, but all such motions shall be placed at the end of the agenda. See the Standing Rules and email

if you have questions.

Business Meeting Times

The Business Meeting is always held on the second, third, and fourth mornings of the Worldcon (rarely, a meeting on the fifth day is required).

For Chicon 7, the Business Meetings will be as follows. All of these meetings will be held in Columbus CD.

Note: the Pocket Program lists different timings with later starts on Friday and Sunday. The times above are the correct ones.

WSFS Constitution and Standing Rules

WSFS has its own website, which you can find at

WSFS is governed by a Constitution and Standing Rules, which ensures that the organisation continues effectively from year to year even though the WSFS membership is changing all the time.

Note: there were no new Resolutions of Continuing Effect from the 2011 Business Meeting at Renovation.

Renovation Business Meeting

Documents passed on from Renovation are as follows.

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The agenda for the 2012 WSFS business meeting is posted below, with links to reports and submitted business where available.

To request new business or contact the Chairman of the Business meeting please contact Donald Eastlake III at


Agenda Section 1 - WSFS Committee Reports

WSFS has a number of committees which are obliged to report to the Business Meeting. Their 2012 reports will be published here as they become available.


Agenda Section 2 - Worldcon Financial Reports

All Worldcons are required to present annual financial reports to the Business Meeting from the time they are elected until they close their accounts. A number of Worldcons are due to present reports at Chicon 7; we will publish them here as they become available.

Agenda Section 3 - Business Passed On from Renovation

The following items are included in Business Passed On from the Renovation Business Meeting to the Chicon 7 Business Meeting.

Agenda Section 4 - New Business

WSFS members may submit new business for consideration by the Business Meeting. Motions submitted prior to the convention will be published here as they become available.