Hello everyone - Wanted to take a brief opportunity to introduce myself to those of you I haven't had the pleasure to meet yet. My name is Jennifer Bagosy (Jennifer Renee on Facebook), I'm the current President of the Order, and I'm also one of the club's original founders. We established the Order to create a place where Whovians of all backgrounds, skill levels, and costuming/prop building experience could come together in a warm, friendly and inclusive online and in-person environment to share our hobby. We have also participated in community events, charity events and conventions, through fan tables and panels.
I started last term with about a million and one goals that I hoped to accomplish as President of the club. I do believe though, that I - and WE, together - succeeded in the most important goal. In a time in which the two biggest nations represented in our club - the US and UK - are experiencing a decline in the civility of public discourse (a rather staggering decline here in the US), and a frightening level of political division, we have maintained, in our little corner of the universe that is the Order of Gallifrey, a civil, friendly, and inclusive environment. And I am super proud of all of us for that - it's no small feat in 2017.
Our membership has grown, through Facebook, to include people who live beyond the borders of our current Sectors. I created a survey and we have over 100 participants, to try to find out where everyone is. I would like to continue this effort going forward by trying to get more sign-ups, and to work with the club membership to figure out if we need additional Sectors, as well as how to grow the ones we have. One way I would go about this is, with the help of the Gold Usher and other officers, to pro-actively reach out to people in areas where there are conventions with a significant Whovian presence. And to see how we can help and support members there in gaining a presence locally, including by doing panels at conventions (we have quite a few PowerPoints already prepared that could be used and revised for cons across the country & world), and fan tables.
Of course, I haven't forgotten the pins for those of you who completed the survey Again, I'd work with the Gold Usher and other officers to get these made for our members.
Thank you for allowing me to serve as President this past year, and thank you for considering me again this year.
There has been an obvious drop in Doctor Who fandom activity in the past few months, evident from the few questions posted here. Do you attribute this to the fact that we have no current episodes coming out? And if not, what will you do to increase the activity here and on Facebook?