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July 2017 Newsletter, Volume 115

I. The Election is Coming

The moment we’ve all been waiting for is almost here! The Board of Directors Election will take place August 11-14. By now, all members should have received voting instructions by email. If you are a paid member and didn’t receive an email with instructions, please contact the Elections Committee.

Elections has spent the past month preparing for the election and providing the public with plenty of information about our six candidates’ platforms and goals. Elections worked closely with Communications to advertise three candidate chats on July 26, 29, and 30 and the publication of candidates’ Q&A responses on five topics, including OTW Changes, Volunteer Management, Volunteer Positions, Personal Interview, and Communication and Outreach. Check out those answers, and be sure to stay tuned to the OTW Elections site, AO3, Twitter, and Tumblr for more Elections news!

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June 2017 Newsletter, Volume 114

I. THE 2017 ELECTION IS APPROACHING

Election season is upon us! The Elections committee was thrilled to announce the six candidates running this year for the three open spots on the OTW Board of Directors. The candidates are (in alphabetical order by given name):

  • Claire P. Baker
  • Danielle Strong
  • Erica Dulin
  • Gimena Calixto
  • Jessie Camboulives
  • Milena Popova

You can view the candidates’ biographies and platforms on the Elections website. Also on the Elections website is the timeline of events for this election.

The voting period will be from August 11-14, 2017. If you were a member of the OTW (what does that mean?) as of June 30, 2017, then you are eligible to vote. That means that, if you began or renewed your membership anytime between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017, then you are eligible to vote, even if your membership expires sometime between July 1, 2017, and August 11, 2017. Check out our voting instructions for more information about how the election will be held.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a question for the candidates to answer. It’s great to see so many people invested in the future of the OTW. Be sure to follow @OTWElections on Twitter and otwelections on Tumblr for notifications of when new candidate answers are posted, as well as for information about upcoming live chats with candidates.

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May 2017 Newsletter, Volume 113

I. OTW IN PERSON

May brought two opportunities for Organization for Transformative Works (OTW) staff to interact with OTW members offline! Legal chair Betsy Rosenblatt and Communications staffer Claudia Rebaza presented “Celebrating 10 Years of Serving Fans: Meet the OTW” at WhedonCon in Southern California. Thanks to the convention organizers and everyone who came out to chat!

Additionally, Legal staffer Casey gave a TedX talk at Colorado University about fair use and remix, entitled “How the Internet and Copyright Fuel Creativity.” You can check out a video of the talk on YouTube and learn about how fanworks fit into US copyright laws.

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