Candidates Sought for 2018 DUFF Race

The Down Under Fan Fund is taking nominations for the 2018 race that will send a delegate from Australia or New Zealand to San Jose for Worldcon 76 (August 16-20, 2018) or another major convention in North America in 2018.

DUFF, founded in 1972 and supported by donations from SF fans all over the world, brings a delegate from Australia/New Zealand to North America, or vice versa, in alternating years.

Delegates are chosen as active members of the SF community whom fans on the other side of the Pacific would like to meet. The delegate travels as much as possible, makes friends, radiates goodwill, and becomes the administrator until replaced by the next delegate. There is an expectation (not always fulfilled!) that delegates will write a trip report during or after their trip. Delegates’ trip reports are sold to support the Fund.

The current administrators of the fund are Paul Weimer in North America and Clare McDonald-Sims in Australia.

Five nominators (3 Australian/New Zealand nominators and 2 North American nominators) are required for each nominee. A written platform of about 100 words should be submitted by the nominee providing some information about themselves in a fannish context. Nominees are also asked to provide a bond of at least 25 Australian or New Zealand dollars.

DUFF voting is done by secret ballot, and is determined using the instant runoff method.

Nominations will be accepted through January 31. Send your nominations to Clare McDonald-Sims at clare1701@warpmail.net.

Further details about DUFF can be found at: https://downunderfanfund.wordpress.com/

Address DUFF inquiries to:

  • For Australia/New Zealand: clare1701@warpmail.net
  • For North America: jvstin@gmail.com

[Thanks to  Paul Weimer for the story.]

2018 TAFF Race Begins

Voters can now register their choice for the 2018 Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund delegate from among candidates Johan Anglemark, Fia Karlsson, and Helena McCallum (Adela Terrell). The winner will travel from Europe to North America to attend next year’s Worldcon in San Jose.

Voting in the 2018 race is open to anyone active in fandom before April 2016 who donates at least £3.00 (GBP) or $4.00 (USD) to TAFF.

Eligible fans may vote by mail (download the ballot from http://taff.org.uk/ and follow the instructions) or online at http://taff.org.uk/vote.php. Voting continues until Midnight (Eastern US time) Tuesday, April 3, 2018.

Here are the contenders’ platforms:

  • Johan Anglemark

I met fandom in 1983. Soon I was involved in con-running and I’ve never stopped; I’m on two concoms currently. I’ve attended all European Worldcons since 1990, but never one in America; I would love to do that through TAFF, and write a trip report. I’m co-administrator of the Swedish branch of the Nordic Fan Fund and the chair of the Alvar Appeltofft Memorial Foundation, a fannish charity. When not on staff, I flog used books at cons. I live with Linnéa in a house full of cats, games, vinyl records, and books, and earn my living as a tech writer.

Nominated by: (Europe) Caroline Mullan, Ron Gemmell, Eemeli Aro. (NA) Ulrika O’Brien, Diane Lacey

  • Fia Karlsson

You can’t spell FIAWOL without Fia! This wildling born north of the Arctic Circle came south bringing her friendly manners and passion for organizing with her. She lures you in with dill chips, but you stay for her genuineness.

She went from book-blogging to hosting a book circle, which grew into the fandom society in Malm?, Sweden. Fia has chaired two cons, worked as the Social Media Area Head for Worldcon 75, been adopted into the Finnish fandom, and was the 2017 Nordic Fan Fund delegate at Octocon in Dublin. She’s now ready to Take on San Jose! Fia for TAFF!

Nominated by: (Europe) Jukka Halme, John-Henri Holmberg, Gareth Kavanagh. (NA) Lucy Huntzinger, Michael Lee.

  • Helena McCallum (Adela Terrell)

My name is Helena McCallum, originally from Scotland. In 2002 my partner left me at home to attend the San Jose Worldcon with his friend. Now, 16 years and 2 children later, I seek your assistance for revenge. It will also be just before my 40th birthday, which may come as a surprise to some who remember my first forays into fandom in the mid- 90s.

I was told people like me don’t get to run for TAFF, so here I am. I’m friendly, out-going, and a fun person to have at a party, I’ll bring a nice Whisky.

Nominated by: (Europe) Douglas Spencer, James Shields, Tammy Coxen, David O’Neill. (NA) Pablo Vasquez, Tracy Benton.

More information is available in TAFF News #2.

For comprehensive Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund information, visit Dave Langford’s TAFF website here.

Update 12/05/17: TAFF co-administrator John Purcell has issued a ballot correction:

There was an error in placing one of Helena McCallum’s nominators on the wrong continent: Tammy Coxen is an American, not a European, fan. Oops! Fortunately, David O’Neill had also nominated Helena since he is a European fan (David spends part of each year living in his home in the UK, and attends European events), so Tammy’s name was replaced on the European side of the ballot with David’s name as a nominator.
I apologize for the error: neither Anna Raftery (the European TAFF Administrator) nor I caught this initial mistake, so mea culpa. However, this was caught over the weekend, then everyone was notified of the slip-up and agreed to the fix, so now Helena has Tammy Coxen as a backup North American nominator.

[Thanks to Dave Langford and John Purcell for the story.]

Worldcon 75 Ends With Some Interesting Numbers

Those who expected the Helsinki Worldcon to be a small con (I anticipated one the size of Winnipeg, 1994), are surprised by the announcement

Attendance included over 2,000 First Worldcon members.

Now you know why it was crowded.

Speaking of records, Kevin Standlee posted a closeup of the Guinness World Record certificate presented the other night:

Hugo Award Record

Closing ceremonies audience

Closing Ceremonies

Photos of Closing Ceremonies and final words from Guests of Honor

Gavel handoff — Kevin Roche (left), Jukka Halme (right)

Official Handover

San Jose committee

And Anna Raftery had the results of the Fan Fund auction

 

The 2017 Down Under Fan Fund Report

Paul Weimer’s 2017 Down Under Fan Fund report, detailing his adventures in New Zealand and Australia, is now available here for a donation to DUFF.

Paul Weimer details, with numerous pictures, his adventures in New Zealand and Australia as the 2017 Down Under Fan Fund delegate, as he visits Lexicon, Continuum 13, and more. All proceeds from the sale of this report support the Down Under Fan Fund.

Here’s the way Paul launched his report on Twitter.

Sir Julius Vogel Awards Photos

Sir Julius Vogel Award set. Photo by Paul Weimer.

Paul Weimer’s DUFF trip took him to Lexicon in New Zealand this weekend, where he shot these photos of the 2017 Sir Julius Vogel Awards presentation.

  • Back row: Dan Rabarts, Lee Murray, Octavia Cade, Keith Smith, Lynelle Howell, Publisher Marie Hodgkinson accepting for Emma Weakley, and AJ Fitzwater
  • Front row: Jean Gilbert, Eileen Mueller, and Lynelle Howell’s daughter dressed as a “Living Sir Julius Vogel Award”.

Here are links to some more good photos in public posts on Facebook:

Hanson Wins 2017 GUFF Race

Donna Maree Hanson is the Get Up and Over Fan Fund (GUFF) winner 2017. GUFF exchanges delegates between Australasia and Europe. Hanson will represent Australasian fandom at Worldcon 75 this year.

Alexandra Pierce, Sam Hawke, and Belle McQuattie were the other candidates.

Gillian Polack announced the result on Twitter and the voting results are at the Ozfanfunds site.

2017 GUFF VOTING DETAILS

Total number of eligible voters: 62

 

Hanson

Hawke McQuattie Pierce Hold Over Funds Write-in No Preference

Total

1st Round

25

6 10 16 0 1 4 62
2nd Round

26

6

10

16

      58

3rd Round

30

 

10

16

      56

4th Round

33     18      

51

In the fourth round Hanson received more than 50% of the total number of eligible votes in the race, making her the winner. One write in vote was received, for Davina Watson

[Thanks to Paul Weimer for the story.]

Paul Weimer Wins DUFF

Congratulations to Paul Weimer on being officially named the 2017 Down Under Fan Fund Delegate. Co-administrator Lucy Huntzinger announced that he received virtually all the first place votes. Weimer was running unopposed. Full voting statistics will be released later.

He will travel from Minnesota to Continuum, the 56th Australian National Science Fiction Convention in Melbourne this June.

Update: Huntzinger has posted the voting figures:

There were 21 valid ballots submitted in North America and 19 in Australasia for a total of 40. Paul received 37 first place votes.

Of the 21 North American votes cast, 19 listed Paul Weimer in 1st place, 2 listed Hold Over Funds in 1st place.

Of the 19 Australasian votes cast, 18 listed Paul Weimer in 1st place, 1 listed No Preference in 1st place.

DUFF received two valid ballots with no votes listed and a request to accept the fee included as a donation only. We also received one ballot with no fee submitted; it was disqualified.

Alisa Krasnostein Drops Out of GUFF Race

Alisa Krasnostein, who had been running as a Get-Up-and-over Fan Fund candidate in tandem with Alexandra Pierce, announced March 11 on Facebook that she has dropped out. Pierce remains a candidate, along with Donna Maree Hanson, Sam Hawke, and Belle McQuattie.

Krasnostein explained:

After a lot of careful consideration and discussion with Alexandra Pierce, I have withdrawn from the GUFF race. It is with a very sad heart that I realise I can’t go to Finland, after having looked forward to their Worldcon since they put in their bid. However, the world has changed since we threw our hat in the GUFF ring and I no longer feel comfortable with being so geographically separated from my kids.

World politics is becoming increasingly scary for many people and I no longer feel comfortable travelling.

Please continue to support the GUFF race. Alexandra Pierce is an awesome candidate and will be an amazing GUFF delegate. We even have talked about some Skype Galactic Suburbia interview options we can do.

The other three candidates are also awesome – and basically the GUFF race is the real winner this year. Vote and support the fan race!

GUFF exchanges delegates between Australasia and Europe. In 2017 voters are choosing the Australasian delegate to Worldcon 75 in Helsinki. In response to the news about Krasnostein, the GUFF voting deadline has been extended until April 17. Candidates’ platforms and general information about voting is here. The updated online ballot is here. A PDF version for printing is here.

2017 DUFF Race Begins

Voting on the Down Under Fan Fund delegate to Continuum, the 56th Australian National Science Fiction Convention in Melbourne, Australia, has opened and will continue until March 10, 2017 at 23:59 PST. There is one candidate in this year’s race, our own —

Paul Weimer

I’m a podcaster for the Skiffy and Fanty podcast, the SFF audio podcast, a noted SF/F book reviewer and a regular panelist at local cons. I am also an amateur photographer. I have only been to one international con, the Worldcon in London in 2014, and would love to broaden my international fandom connections. If I have the honor of being selected, I aim to build the links I already have with Australian fandom (in things like being a prior participant in The Australian SF Snapshot) into face to face interviews, meetings, and more with fans and genre folk at Continuum and elsewhere in Australia. Have camera and recorder and ready to travel!

Nominators: North America: Mike Glyer, Arref Mak, and Jen Zink. Australasia: Gillian Polack and Alexandra Pierce.

It’s important for fans to vote because that’s a source of funds for Paul’s trip. (Votes should be accompanied by a minimum contribution of $5 in US, Australian, Canadian, or New Zealand currency, or an equivalent sum in other currencies. Any contributions in excess of the minimum voting fee will be gratefully accepted.)

You can vote online using this form, or you can print a copy of the ballot by downloading the PDF.

DUFF was founded in 1972 to exchange delegates from Australia, New Zealand and North America.

Delegates are chosen as active members of the SF community whom fans on the visited side would like to meet. The delegate travels as much as possible, makes friends, radiates goodwill, and becomes the Administrator in turn until the next cycle. There is an expectation (not always fulfilled!) that delegates will write a trip report during or after their trip. Delegates’ trip reports are sold to support the Fund.

The current administrators of the fund are Lucy Huntzinger in North America, and Clare McDonald-Sims in Australia.

2017 DUFF Nominations Are Open

The Down Under Fan Fund administrators are taking nominations for the 2017 DUFF delegate who will travel from North America to Australasia to attend Continuum 13, the Australian National Convention, being held in Melbourne from June 9-12.

We are looking for fun, outgoing fans to participate in this 44-year-old fannish cultural exchange by visiting Australia and New Zealand, meeting lots of people, attending cons, and returning home to run the fan fund for the next two years. Are you that fan?

Submit nominations to Lucy Huntzinger at downunderfanfund@gmail.com by January 22, 2017.

[Thanks to JJ for the story.]