Seeking 2011 DUFF Candidates

The Down Under Fan Fund is looking for Australasian fans wanting to be the fund’s delegate to the 2011 Worldcon in Reno.

Nominations must be received by the administrators by midnight March 31. See eligibility requirements in the press release below.

Once the candidates are announced voting will continue until May 20, 2011.

When this news was posted online John Hertz called to give me three corrections. That’s why in this case I say — darn near the full text of the press release follows the jump.

Since 1972 the Down Under Fan Fund, a fan-supported fellowship, has encouraged closer ties between science- fiction fans in Australasia and North America through an alternating exchange of representatives. DUFF delegates attend the Worldcon or a national convention in the host country and visit fans they might otherwise never meet in person. Delegates are responsible for raising funds and administering DUFF until a new delegate from their continent is elected, and are expected to publish trip reports which can be sold to aid the fund.

This time the race is for an Australian fan to travel to Renovation, 17 August 2011 to 21 August 2011 (See: http://www.renovationsf.org/).

Nominations for the Australasia to US trip must be received by the administrators by midnight Thursday 31 March 2011. This year voting will close 20th May 2011. DUFF is entirely fan/volunteer run by the winning candidates from the previous election.

Nominations can be sent to:

American DUFF Administrator
John F Hertz
236 S Coronado St #409
Los Angeles CA 90057

Australian DUFF Administrator
Emma Hawkes
9/36 Cape Street
Osborne Park WA 6017
Phone: (08) 9443 4581
Email: ehawkes@iinet.net.au

Anyone may nominate who is active in fandom. “Active in fandom” means involved in fannish pursuits such as fanfic writing or reading, convention running or attending, amateur film/video production, or club participation, or online participation in fannish life, or fanzine editing, etc.

For the Australasian-US trip, each candidate must be nominated by three Australasian fans and two North American fans. Each candidate will have a written platform and promises (barring Acts of God) to travel to the 2011 WorldCon, and to serve as administrator of the fund until the next American delegate is elected.

Nominations for DUFF are to be accompanied by a 150 word platform and a donation of of $25 for DUFF. Payment can be made by paypal to ehawkes@iinet.net.au or by cheque to the Australian Science Fiction Foundation P.O. Box 215 Forest Hill Victoria 3131 or to payable to “DUFF” and mailed to  John Hertz , 236 S Coronado St #409, Los Angeles CA 90057.

You can find more information from Emma (ehawkes@iinet.net.au) or John Hertz.

P.S. Murray Moore will accept Canadian DUFF donations in Canadian currency — send to 1065 Henley Rd., Mississauga, ONT L4Y 1C8 Canada.