A word from the Director. . .
I know many of you have been curious about the fate of Fantasia Fair. Last year’s director was convinced there would not be a Fantasia Fair 2018. Of course there will be.
Despite predictions we would wind up in the red, we left Provincetown with all obligations met and a healthy balance in the Fair checking account. Because of the rumors we chose not to collect early bird monies and paid our bills entirely with Fantasia Fair 2017 funds. We are now taking registrations and holding the monies in a separate account. They will eventually be used to execute Fantasia Fair 2018. We have created a certificate of deposit in the amount of $5500, to be used only in the event of emergency.
Our 2017 taxes are now in the hands of Lyn Meyers, CPA, our accountant of long standing, and we are prepared to send him years 2012-2016. Getting the books in order required a huge amount of work. Kerri Reeder was kind enough to enter our bank history from 2010 to present in QuickBooks.
We have sent a packet to the state of Massachusetts to form a new 501(c)(3) corporation, as Real Life Experiences somehow wound up a (c)(4), which does not allow us to write tax letters for charitable donations.
Meanwhile, a planning committee has formed for FanFair 2018. Members are Dee LaValle, Karen Jandro, and myself. Temperance Duwitt and Miqqi Gilbert have been kind enough to run reservations. We have reserved the housing we will be using and will be going to Provincetown in early May to negotiate meals at restaurants and make other arrangements. I’m happy to say there will be a late-night meeting space this year!
The RLE Board selected Aaron Devor as the recipient of the 2018 Transgender Pioneer Award. Dr. Devor is Transgender Research Chair and Academic Director of the Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria.
Five of our six keynote speakers have been chosen. They are our own Audri and Robyn Bazlen-Weglarze, owners of the Admiral’s Landing guest house; Dr. Devor, Gerri Cannon, who is running for office in her native New Hampshire, Provincetown’s Hera Navassardian, who will be talking about her experience as the spouse of a crossdresser, and Mason Dunn of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition. Mason will be talking about the Massachusetts’ anti-trans ballot referendum. Serious stuff. We are, as usual, holding the sixth slot open.
The Fantasia Fair Planning Committee is on the job. We are on tract and up-to-date with arrangements. You can rest assured; the Fair is in good hands. And remember, it’s YOUR Fantasia Fair.
See you in Provincetown on October 14th!