Website Updates and Upcoming Deadlines

We have made a couple of updates to the website:

There are also a couple of important upcoming deadlines as well:

  • Dealers Room applications are due by March 1.
  • The first of two submission deadlines for sites wishing to run for Westercon 70 in 2017 is on January 1, 2015.  If no site in the northern, central, or other zones files by this date, any site may file before April 15, 2015 and be eligible.  More information on site selection may be found in the Westercon Bylaws page at westercon.org

Upcoming Appearences

Westercon 68 / Conjecture 13 / Conchord 27 will be at the following, for sure, before the end of 2014:

At these events we will have an on site only discount of $5.00 on Attending memberships only. Supporting, youth, and membership upgrades will be at their normal price.

We will also be holding a drawing for one attending membership at both events.

Representatives will be at SMOFCon 32 as well.

Comic-Con International and Westercon 68 / Conjecture 13 / Conchord 27

Comic-Con International, commonly known as San Diego Comic-Con, will be held July 9-12, 2015 (with their preview night on July 8).  This means that Comic-Con International is exactly one week after Westercon 68 / Conjecture 13 / Conchord 27.  We have no official relationship with Comic-Con International (other than shared volunteer staff).

However, there are some arrangements in place to make it easy for individuals to attend both Westercon 68 and Comic-Con International.  First and foremost, The Town and Country Resort and Conference Center will honor our room rate through the night of Tuesday, July 7.

We are encouraging regular Comic-Con International guests, dealers, and artists to come into town early and participate in both conventions.  If we get commitments from any extra special guests we will be sure to let people know.

Additionally, we will be holding our masquerade on Saturday, July 4.  We encourage anyone considering entering the Comic-Con masquerade to also join Westercon 68 and enter into our masquerade.  This could be especially valuable for novice stage performers – allowing them to get experience in a smaller venue before hand.

Pre Convention Registrar Position Filled

We have filled the position of pre-convention registrar.  Thank you for your consideration.

We have other positions open.  Please check out our staff list and if any of the open (or TBD) positions look like something you can do and would be interested in doing, please contact Ron Oakes at chair@westercon68.org

Help Wanted

Westercon 68 is looking for a pre-convention registrar.

Duties:
1: Enter registrations received on paper – either at a fan table, or received in the mail – into our current database system.

2: Provide reports to Westercon 68 staff meetings, including the total number of attending and supporting members, and new members received since the last meeting.

3: Work with convention treasurer to ensure that membership revenue and memberships match.

4: Help with Westercon 68 promotion by helping man fan tables and parties at conventions attended, especially outside of your home area.

5: Work with the at-convention registrar to ensure that all pre-registration data is entered, the correct amount of registration supplies are made available, and any other tasks needed to complete the hand-over of the registration process.

6: Recruit at least one additional person to assist with your duties in case unexpected circumstances temporarily or permanently prevent you from performing all of the above.

Skills Needed:
1: Understanding of convention registration – especially supporting and attending memberships, and membership upgrades

2: Familiarity with using web based systems.

3: Willing to learn how to use our web registration system.

Other Requirements
1: Ability to attend Westercon 68 staff meetings in San Diego, either in person or via Skype. Note that Westercon 68 meetings use a Skype setup that allows remote participants to hear clearly, and participate in, most or all of the discussions.

Benefits: Staff membership in Westercon 68.

Note that this is, current, the pre-convention registrar. However, if you are interested in both the pre-convention and at-convention registrars position, please let us know that as well. The at-convention registrar will be expected to recruit staff to assist them at the convention. It is expected that the minimum of 4 persons be part of the at-convention registration staff, including the registrar.

To apply, send an email to chair@westercon68.org. Include information on your qualifications for this volunteer position.

Westercon 68 Will be at Westercon 67

Westercon 68 / Conjecture 13 / Conchord 27 (“Westercon 68″ for short) will have a distinct presence at Westercon 67, July 3-6, 2014, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

We will be operating a sales table in the fan table area all three days.

We will also be hosting a party in the Con Suite Friday July 4 from 9:00pm to midnight.  The con suite is in the Presidential Suite (1507) of the convention hotel, the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Center.

If you are going to be at Westercon 67, please stop by.

Conchord 27 Interfilk Guests

Conchord 27, which will be held in conjunction with Westercon 68 and Conjecture 13, announces that our Intefilk guests will be Morva Bowman and Alan Pollard

Morva is a retired professional organizer, Alan is an almost retired electrical engineer. They have been attending their local SFF convention in Winnipeg for 20+ years, but only really got into filk music about 8-10 years ago. As with so many things filk related, blame Decadent Dave Clement! However, once hooked, they were committed, and now it seems to be their joint retirement project. They started making music together in choir back in high school, but now devote their energies to parodies and original songs on books and movies and cats and…well…whatever. It’s filk!

Interfilk is a fan fund. Most fan funds raise money to transport a fan to a convention that they would not normally be likely to attend. In our case we raise money from filk fans to transport members of the filk community who have something special to share. More information on Interfilk can be found at www.interfilk.org

Conchord 27

Westercon 68 is pleased to announce that Conchord 27 will be held in conjunction with Westercon 68 and Conjecture 13.

We are also pleased to announce that Vixy & Tony will the Conchord guests of honor.

Conjecture 13 Announces its Guest of Honor

Conjecture 13, which is combined with Westercon 68, has selected Steven Brust as its Guest of Honor.

Steven will join Westercon 68 Guests of Honor Spider Robinson, author, John Picacio, artist, Seanan McGuire, fan, and our special guest, William F. Nolan.

Westercon 68 Will Also be Conjecture 13

On April 13, the directors of The San Diego Speculative Fiction Society, Inc. (SanSFiS) decided to combine Conjecture 13 with Westercon 68.

With the addition of Conjecture, Westercon 68 will include many of Conjecture’s traditions, such as Iron Hack, an improvisational story telling event, usually held late in the evening, and our showcase concert featuring local San Diego musicians.