SCOD 2012 – Report 12

SCOD Facebook Group Report 2012 – December (Year in Review)

Fellow SCOD Members, as predicted (Chinese Zodiac) 2012 was a successful Year of the Dragon for me, and the world did not end (yet). As far as individual member news, for me the highlight was when I was asked to help brother Cordite to marry his partner MB in Wisconsin. Best Wedding Ever. As far as SCOD business goes, we are still entirely tribal, with no legal status or license; but that is ok because we have never had enough active members to need such things (yet). Also SCOD has no treasury funds, but again that is ok, as we still need to develop by-laws for investments and related fiscal functions. Which brings me to the main SCOD news for 2012; we now have a SCOD Council!

Yes in 2012 we democratically voted to form a Council! This will help to elect SCOD Presidents, and make all major decisions; including by-laws, restructuring, and additions to the Constitution. Alternative methods of motivation will help to keep SCOD alive, healthy, and active. Alternative motivation techniques are important, since we do not have main-stream methods like funds for pay, or membership dues.

In years past, we have tried to have regular SCOD meetings, and regular SCOD newsletters. The newsletters were more successful, because I was able to write and send a plethora of reports over the years. Meetings were less successful, as there have been only a few official SCOD meetings since the Pipedream was founded in the 1990’s.

Facebook is currently the largest forum for all SCOD Members, and it is those Active Members that will form the first SCOD Council. Those that do not attend regular meetings to vote, cannot be on the Council; but those unwilling and those unable to attend can remain SCOD Members as they wish. The purposes of having a Council are several. One reason for a Council is to develop organic and sustainable cooperative projects, and refining existing ones. Another reason is to reward Active Members with a resume title, and train them to be a SCOD President.

SCOD Political Responsibilities should be kept easy, to allow SCOD to continue to function on a volunteer level. Suggestions include having a monthly meeting, group reports, and group projects. The monthly meeting would be held by using our FB Group Chat. Group reports can be kept simple (based on this format). Projects include whatever we can get around to at the time.

One new project is designing a Victorian Pipedream Pub. The “SCOD Victorian Revival Tavern” could either be an urban townhouse pub style, or rural mansion. Victorian styles are obviously more popular, and several people have suggested because of steam-punk, and the high technology and design (relative to my former medieval based project). I feel at home with Victorian style, since I have been surrounded with Victorian style all my life. We will need volunteer writers and illustrators, but if all you have is a penny’s worth of ideas, that will do too. We are more likely to find investors to manifest a Victorian SCOD, here is to a more abundant future!

Note:  In 2012 we also established SCOD Music: Creative Collaborative, and published numerous projects online.

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