Up-front disclaimer: I am not in an official position on the Renovation committee regarding the Business Meeting. I am not on the head table staff. I am speaking only for myself, and I am a participant in some of the issues mentioned in the events about which I am discussing in this message. My point of view is not necessarily neutral, and I don't pretend to be impartial. Anyone who thinks I'm speaking officially for anyone or any organization, including Renovation or the World Science Fiction Society, is wrong and is asking to be ridiculed. Got it?
This year's WSFS Business Meeting has a very full agenda. People have asked me (because I've attended a lot of these meetings and chaired quite a few of them) if I can tell them when they have to show up to just vote on the one thing they care about. Unfortunately, that's nearly impossible given the way the meeting works through its agenda. However, starting with this entry I have taken a shot at trying to estimate how long the various pieces of submitted business will take.
My speculations are estimates and the Business Meeting could rearrange everything at the drop of a motion, so if you rely too much on this, you may turn up and discover that your pet subject was pushed to the front and you lost your chance to vote. The Business Meeting procedures, by historical precedent and tradition, are geared to favor those people who make the commitment to spend the entire three scheduled hours in the meeting. I'm not commenting on whether that's a good thing or not; it's just how things are.
Remember that every attending member of Renovation is a member of the Business Meeting and can attend, debate, and vote on business. There's no "visitors gallery," no elected representatives, and you don't appoint proxies or vote in advance. Everyone represents him/herself. (At Westercon, one of the attendees said, "I'm just an attendee, not a member," and seemed surprised when I told him "If you're wearing a membership badge, you're a member and you can vote.")
SF reference: In The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, remember the provisional Congress of Free Luna? The WSFS Business Meeting works a little bit like that. I sort of wondered if Heinlein had attended a WSFS Business Meeting before writing the book.
If you think I was speaking officially for Renovation, the WSFS Business Meeting, or the World Science Fiction Society, go back and read the disclaimer at the top of this post.