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Original Paintings by Constance Jean DuQuette

August 2nd, 2009 by Melissa

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

NOTOCON VII is pleased to offer 6 original watercolor paintings by Sr. Constance Jean DuQuette for silent auction in the Paradise vending room at the Grand Lodge table. Proceeds benefit the Thoth Tarot Restoration Fund.

Priced from $30 to $40, conferencegoers will have the opportunity to bid on the paintings through the vending day on Friday and Saturday, with auction winners being annouced at the formal banquet on Saturday.

All winners must complete their purhase/transaction by the close of vending on Sunday. All proceeds go to the Thoth Tarot Restoration Fund.

Any questions about how the auction works can be directed to the Grand Lodge vending table.

Love is the law, love under will.

Melissa Holm
NOTOCON VII
Onsite Chair, USGL Conference Committee

NOTOCON VII Registration is Re-Opened!

July 20th, 2009 by Melissa

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

Registration for NOTOCON VII, Unity Uttermost Showed, has been reopened until Friday, July 31 or until it is full.

We currently have space for only 25 more registrants. Will you be there?

Love is the law, love under will.

Melissa

Beauty and Strength: NOTOCON VI Proceedings Book

July 13th, 2009 by Melissa

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

The USGL Conference Committee is pleased to announce the release of the NOTOCON VI Proceedings Book, Beauty and Strength, which will be on sale next month in Seattle. It will be available in both paperback and hardcover formats, with prices to be determined as Fr. Richard finalizes the details. After NOTOCON, paperbacks will be available to the general public through Amazon.com, ABE, etc., while hardcovers will only be ordered through OTO (via the BookSurge website).

Many thanks to Fr. Richard for his work on this project.

From the back cover:
“This volume offers a selection of papers from the sixth biennial National Ordo Templi Orientis Conference (NOTOCON) of the United States Grand Lodge of O.T.O., held in Salem, Massachusetts, in 2007 E.V. These papers represent some of the best modern practical and scholarly work on Ordo Templi Orientis, Thelema and Aleister Crowley, and cover diverse topics including ritual, history, symbolism, feminism, popular culture and textual analysis. Highlights include the address given by U.S. National Grand Master Sabazius, and a personal memoir of NOTOCON VI by Crowley’s grandson, jazz pianist Eric Muhler.

“The first NOTOCON took place in 1997 in Akron, Ohio. It has since been held on alternate years in different cities around the United States. This volume for 2007 commemorates NOTOCON’s ten-year anniversary and marks the first time that a selection of papers from the National Conference has been made available.

“Founded in the early 20th century, Ordo Templi Orientis is an international fraternal order of men and women devoted to the pursuit of individual liberty, the study of Magick, and the promulgation of the Law of Thelema. It has been influenced by leading lights such as Karl Kellner, Theodor Reuss, Aleister Crowley, Karl Germer and Grady Louis McMurtry.”

Love is the law, love under will.

Volunteer Spotlight: Vortex Oasis

July 13th, 2009 by Melissa

From the start of our NOTOCON planning Vortex Oasis, led by now past master Sr. Brandy, took on the project of creating our VIP gift “baskets”. This year, rather than baskets, Brandy had the idea to use tote bags, and chose to focus primarily on Pacific Northwest items in addition to a few items donated by local bodies.

Yesterday was the work party to assemble the bags, after the regularly scheduled Gnostic Mass. Vortex members demonstrated their industry and organizational skills by creating an assembly line that had us running in circles! But it also had the bags assembled in no time. Here are some pictures from the day. Enjoy!

Many thanks to the Vortex crew for their hard work and dedication!

Arriving Early Thursday? Field Trip!!!

July 12th, 2009 by Melissa

Sr. Brandy of Vortex Oasis has arranged for a special outing for all interested who are arriving to Seattle/NOTOCON before Thursday afternoon.

Meet Brandy at 2:00 p.m. at the Doubletree on Thursday Aug. 6 to car pool to Seattle’s southern sister, Tacoma, to visit the Karpeles Manuscript Museum, featuring original and facsimiles of important documents. The current show features the Gutenberg Bible.

http://www.rain.org/~karpeles/taqfrm.html.

The next stop, nearby in the same park is a lovely Victorian conservatory, the W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory, http://www.metroparkstacoma.org/page.php?id=21.

If time permits we will stop by the Museum of Glass, http://museumofglass.org/.
The trip will return you to the hotel by 5:30, in time to get your dinner before heading off to the Horizon Oasis open house.

Costs:
Karpeles Museum - free
Seymour Conservatory - $4 suggested donation
The Museum of Glass - $10.
Transportation cost - free!

If you are interested in attending, please contact Sr. Brandy at brandy@brandywilliams.org no later than August 3 to reserve your spot. Your reservation ensures that there are enough car pool drivers/seats for the trip.

Volunteer Spotlight: Brother Ken, King of the Runners!

July 9th, 2009 by Melissa

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

I love this next volunteer spotlight. Brother Ken is a rock star of enthusiasm. His answers to my interview questions are, like him, light, fun, and to the point. They also make me smile! As Runner Coordinator, or as we like to call him, King of the Runners, Ken and his crew will be on hand through the weekend to step and fetch as needed. If you think this is a minimal role, you are mistaken!

How did he answer my questions?
How are you feeling about your upcoming job for the conference?
**Confident, ready to roll babe!

How is the experience comparing to what you thought it would be?
**Not enough to compare to so far, for me this question will be best answered after all is said and done.

What are you looking forward to at the conference itself?
**Meeting with and talking to brothers and sisters from outside the valley.

Do you have any advice for those who might wish to host NC?
**Cozy up to Soror Missy, listen and learn!

Anything else about NOTOCON that you’d like to share?
**The palpable atmosphere of warmth, caring and acceptance in gathering leaves one rejuvenated and joyful.

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Thanks Ken!

And a word to you all. Brother Ken is the only one of you who can call me Soror Missy and get an answer.

Love is the law, love under will.

Melissa Holm
Onsite Chair

Volunteer Spotlight: Brother Jon, Man Friday (through Thursday)

July 8th, 2009 by Melissa

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.

I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that I might be a little biased bout my next volunteer spotlight. Jon is always there for me, through all of my crazy big ideas. He has seen me through the preparations for this conference like nobody else. And probably for the perfectly obvious self-preservation it brings him! Nevertheless, it is he who helps me solve my notobeast problems that keep me (and him) awake in the dark of night, and I am profoundly grateful.

The best advice I can give to the NOTOCON VIII Onsite Chair? Have a support system like Jon!

But what’s on Jon’s mind regarding the conference? Here’s what he said:

Let’s see, you are Stage and A/V Manager, have helped out with Media, are building Mass shrine pieces, and are giving your first ever national audience presentation for the Order that weekend. How are you feeling about your upcoming job(s) for the conference?

I would have to say I am feeling pretty confident. There is a great deal to do, but most of the preparation has been taken care of. We’ve planned for most of the issues we could foresee, and I know that our Brothers and Sisters will help us should any unforeseen trouble arise. There are still a few areas to iron out, but these are more polish than superstructure. The bones have already come together.

How is the experience comparing to what you thought it would be?

Bigger. I am definitely doing more than I signed on for. But I am looking forward to the conference, and I am pleased with the roles I have been given, and with my ability to meet the challenges, as well as the times I have had to ask for help. I’ve learned about my limitations.

What are you looking forward to at the conference itself?

Everything after I present. Before that, I will be nervous. Afterward, I will just chill and enjoy the rest of the ride.

Do you have any advice for those who might wish to host NC?

Pick a good team. There are many large jobs, and what you really need is a good team. Once you have a good team, communicate with them. They will see when you are under pressure, and they will step forward and share the load without being asked. That is the best. That is what builds a community.

Anything else about NOTOCON that you’d like to share?

To be honest, I would like to share everything about NOTOCON with the members of the Order who have not experienced it. To be in such wonderful company and to share fellowship that transforms into real friendships is the type of experience that people thrive on. It is a genuine opportunity to grow through service and interaction with an educated and illuminated cross section of humanity.

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Thanks Jon!

And now, just arrived from the vendor today, I give you…the NOTOCON VII t-shirt, modeled by it’s designer.

Available only at NOTOCON VII! One week left to register!!!

Love is the law, love under will.

Melissa Holm
Onsite Chair

Independence! And the Number 11

July 4th, 2009 by Melissa

Carae Sorores et Fratres,

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

Happy Independence Day. Today, as you are celebrating your Independence, and the rights of man, what better way to do it then by buying a ticket to NOTOCON for yourself, a loved one, or even someone of less independent means? There are only 11 days left to register, after which the there will be no more tickets, nor discounted room rates. Don’t miss out.

Love is the law, love under will.

The USGL Conference Committee

Seeking Proposals for NOTOCON VIII

June 29th, 2009 by Melissa

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

My dear brothers and sisters,

It is my pleasure to introduce myself as, effective August 10, 2009, your new USGL Conference Committee Chair. Many thanks to Sister Kim for honoring me with the job that she has perfected to an art. May I do half as well as she!

In the interim, I have effectively taken on the duties of the role as a trial by fire.

Since NOTOCON VII is nearly upon us, I see that most of you are registered to join us here in Seattle! I look forward to seeing all of you there, and meeting many for the first time.

The conference coming up so soon however means that it is time for me to start thinking about 2011! The work that your team does to make manifest our amazing biannual weekend begins this September and our work as the Conference Committee begins now in sending out requests for proposals.

I am opening up the proposal process now to give you time to get a great proposal together and to give us time to give quality time in considering each proposal that we look at.

If you think it might be a something your local body would like to do, but need more info, here’s some basics:

-Any well organized Lodge or Oasis can put on NOTOCON. You will need 12-15 dedicated folks to manage the various aspects of organization with a fearless leader to head them up. Financial support, seed money etc., is available for your use.

-The outdoor temperature is not a determining factor! We spend 98% of our time within the air conditioned hotel for the weekend and so please do not think you cannot do it because of your location in
August. A chance of hurricanes, however, is a deal breaker.

-Yes, August is fairly set for a time.

-We’ve done east coast, we’ve done west coast. It would be ideal to have one of our bodies “in the middle” represent for 2011.

If you are that fearless leader and are interested, please do the following:

1. Email me offlist to start a dialogue about your proposal.

2. Show up at NOTOCON this year and come to the Conference Committee presentation/panel to get more information. I will happily accept your proposal then as well and if you put your proposal in at that time, we can sit and have lunch and discuss in person.

Deadline for proposals will be October 1, 2009.

Feel free to email me offlist with any questions you might have.

Love is the law, love under will.

Melissa
USGL Conference Committee Chair to be

30 days and counting!!

June 15th, 2009 by Melissa

Be warned!

There are only 30 days until NOTOCON VII registration is CLOSED!

That’s right, the deadline is July 15th. Don’t miss it!!


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