The Return of the LASFS

The Return of the LASFS

Way back before the pandemic, LASFS sold its clubhouse.  There were various reasons, one of them being that the neighborhood wasn’t that great and members didn’t feel safe parking on the street.  But LASFS has never missed a meeting in its 90-year history, so the meetings were held on Zoom while they looked for another clubhouse.  Meeting on Zoom became a standard with many groups during the pandemic.

But there is nothing like an in-person meeting.  So, to that end, without waiting for a new permanent clubhouse, LASFS rented a hall in North Hollywood and held its first live meeting in three years.  Kathy Johnson opened the meeting to the cheers of all.

As you can see, it was also broadcast on Zoom for those who couldn’t make it.

And anywhere LASFS meets has to be…

It was a small crowd compared to the old meetings, but that’s to be expected for a first meeting.  Still, the room was packed.  There in the middle of the front row, you can see my I.T. department, Kristine Cherry.

She is also the club’s website designer.

And gave an update on the LASFS’s website.

Other regular business was conducted, such as reading the minutes of the last meeting, announcements from the club and from the attendees and the read of the “hatchings and dispatchings” from member Nick Smith.

Treasurer Elayne Pelz, aside from collecting meeting dues, announced that while rummaging through storage, she found some original membership cards.  All members in good standing were welcome to take one and have it signed by the club President – or a former President that was in office when they joined.  There were several former Presidents in attendance.

The meeting went on with an auction to raise money for the club.  Kris and I didn’t stay for that because it was a school night and I still have a mundane day job.  And afterwards, many members met at a local restaurant to continue socializing.

For now the live meetings will be held once a month with the remainder of the weekly meetings held over Zoom.  If you are interested in checking out LASFS or joining, visit their web page  It’s a great way to meet, socialize and network with other fans.


201st blog completed.

First Steampunk novel:  76,281 words.  <– Past 76,000.  Goal:  80,000.

Second Steampunk novel: 783 words. 

Second Steampunk screenplay:  157 pages.

First Steampunk screenplay:  Need to update with notes from the novelization.

Third Steampunk screenplay:  38 pages.

And my 200th blog is a good excuse to get a tuxedo cake from Costco.

Before the meeting, Kris and I went to an old favorite restaurant of ours that we hadn’t been to in years.

It used to be Los Burritos, now it’s changed owners and is now Hacienda Diaz.  But it still has the same great food we remember, starting off with the cheese-covered avocado chips.

Kris had the enchilada and taco combo…

And I had the tamale and enchilada combo…

We’ll definitely being going back for the next LAFSF meeting.

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