Voting on the Down Under Fan Fund delegate to MidAmericon II has opened and will continue until May 16 at 23:59 AEST. There is one candidate in this year’s race —
I’m a serial committee member and volunteer for fan clubs and smaller conventions in Melbourne, and a collector of SF books, digests and pulps. I’ve attended four Worldcons in four countries and would like to break that one-for-one streak. I love travelling to places I haven’t been, which includes Kansas City! If I have the honour of being the 2016 DUFF delegate I will attend as many cons, visit as many clubs, meet as many people and travel to as many new places as possible. I’m friendly, hardworking and will happily say g’day to everyone I meet.
Nominators: Australasia: Rose Mitchell, Janice Gelb, and Bruce Gillespie; North America: Curt Phillips and Steve & Sue Francis.
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 Julian Warner and Justin Ackroyd in Australia.
John Hertz of Los Angeles has been voted the Down Under Fan Fund delegate to the 2010 Worldcon in Australia.
North American DUFF Administrators Steve and Sue Francis said, “It required all 4 rounds of vote redistribution to determine the winner.”
Hertz began the runoff with a clear plurality, 48 first-place votes out of 131 cast, and maintained a substantial lead until the automatic runoff produced a majority. The voting statistics are given in the Francis’ report: 2010 DUFF Results (PDF file).
Steve and Sue Francis have opened the nominations for the next Down Under Fan Fund delegate. The winning fan will travel to Aussiecon 4 (September 2-6, 2010), then take over administration and promotion of the fund for the next cycle.
The 50-page issue is loaded with stories about the late Forry Ackerman, and photos too. Taral provides insightful commentary about the styles and history of all 10 previous Rotsler Award winners. John Hertz contributes his definitive Denvention 3 report. James Bacon muses on the things fandom could learn from Britain’s cosplay balls. Steve & Sue Francis highlight the 9689-mile road trip they took en route to last year’s Worldcon. And I have a number of pieces, including my Corflu Zed report and analysis of the Hugo ballot.
Snail mail and snail money still work, too. Checks should be made payable to Sue and Steve Francis (in North America) or Norman Cates (in New Zealand/Australasia) in the administrator’s home currency. Their addresses are:
Australasia: Norman Cates, P.O. Box 13-574, Johnsonville, Wellington, New Zealand
North America: Sue & Steve Francis, P.O. Box 58009, Louisville KY 40268, USA