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A Resource and Gathering Place for Central Iowa’s Science Fiction & Fantasy Community Since 1989

The Des Moines Science Fiction Society (DMSFS) is a 501(c)(7) organization that seeks to work cooperatively with local individuals, organizations, and media to promote a variety of causes, including: scientific research, space exploration, literacy, and the arts. Basically,we are a gathering of central Iowa science fiction and fantasy fans. Our interests include reading science fiction and fantasy (of course), watching science fiction and fantasy (of course), cutting-edge science and technology (of course), the space program (of… you get the idea), computers, F&SF gaming, alternative philosophies and faiths such as neo-paganism, cyberpunk, overdressing, under-dressing, and many, many, many other cool things.


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The Des Moines Science Fiction Society (DMSFS) is a 501(c)(7) organization that seeks to work cooperatively with local individuals, organizations, and media to promote a variety of causes, including: scientific research, space exploration, literacy, and the arts. Basically, we are a gathering of central Iowa science fiction, fantasy and gaming fans. Our interests include reading science fiction and fantasy (of course), watching science fiction and fantasy (of course), cutting-edge science and technology (of course), playing games (of course), the space program (of… you get the idea), computers, F&SF gaming, alternative philosophies and faiths such as neo-paganism, cyberpunk, overdressing, under-dressing, and many, many, many other cool things.

Persons seeking information on science, science-fiction, or fantasy-related topics, and organizations looking for additional resources (including volunteers) for similarly-related activities, are invited to contact any club officer or member at info@dmsfs.org.

DMSFS is the sponsor of DemiCon, Des Moines’ annual science fiction, fantasy and gaming convention. But we do other things, too. Like getting together twice a month to discuss science fiction stuff. Go to a monthly movie. Hosting DemiCon Lites to learn awesome things and supporting the community like knitting, computer security, listening to live music, costuming, walking for a cause, and the list goes on.  Also for throwing some bodacious parties (oops — excuse me; I meant, “gathering for the semiannual DMSFS constitutional conventions”).  And most essentially like enjoying the company of others that share our interests.

DMSFS currently meets the second and fourth Fridays of each month at the Valley Junction Activity Center at 217 4th Street. It is 2 doors north of the Tavern Restaurant in the Valley Junction district. There is a parking lot off of the 4th Street side of the building with plenty of room. The building is a 2 story sandstone building with burgundy awnings and trim. We meet in the lower level large room.

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By-Laws

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 June 2010

Section I: Intent and Interpretation of By-Laws

1.0 Purpose of by-laws. These by-laws were developed for the following purposes:

1.1 To define the purpose and direction of the Des Moines Science Fiction Society and its sponsorship of DemiCon, an annual science fiction convention.

1.2 To define the duties, responsibilities, rights, and authority of its officers and members.

1.3 To provide a set of guidelines for settling disputes.

2.0 Interpretation of by-laws. Whenever possible, these by-laws should be interpreted by intent first, rather than literal wording.

3.0 Definition of terms. The following are definitions of terms used in these by-laws.

3.1 DMSFS – An acronym meaning “Des Moines Science Fiction Society.”

3.2 Attending member – any person attending a DMSFS meeting.

3.3 Voting member – any member who has met the requirements for voting on various DMSFS issues.

3.4 Attending/voting member – any member who may vote, and is attending a DMSFS meeting in person

3.5 Proxy/voting member – any member who may vote, and who submits his/her vote by proxy.

3.6 Whiffletree – The pivoted horizontal crossbar to which the harness traces of a draft animal are attached.

3.7 Convention – An annual gathering of science fiction fans sponsored by DMSFS.

3.8 DemiCon – The official name of DMSFS’ annual convention.

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