Westercon Pass-alongs

The chairs of Westercons 67, 68, and 69 have announced plans to start pass-along funds for Westercons modeled after the system in use by Worldcons since 1987. Since each Westercon is a stand-alone event, pass-along funds will help each Westercon achieve financial viability. Westercons 67 and 68 will start the fund by passing along funds to the 2016 Westercon, to be held in Portland, OR.
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Tempe for Westercon

Tempe, Arizona is the only site that has submitted paperwork to run for the 70th Westercon in 2017. The bid is being headed by Gary Swatty with Kevin McAloran as Treasurer and will take place from July 1-4, 2017 at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel. All members of Westercon 68 are eligible to vote.

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Portland Hosts Westercon

Portland, OR has been selected to host Westercon 69 after running an uncontested bid. The convention will take place the weekend of July 1-4, 2016 and be run by OSCFCI. Chair Lea Rush announced their guests of honor will include Writer GoH John Scalzi, Special Guest Charles Stross, and Fan GoH David R. Levine.

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Westercon 69 Bid

Maria de la Gueparda has announced bid to host Westercon 69 in Portland, OR in 2016. The bid is being chaired by Lea Rush and the convention will take place at the Doubletree Portland.

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Westercon to San Diego

Westercon 68 will take place in San Diego the weekend of July 2-5, 2015 at the Town and Country. San Diego ran unopposed and received 92 votes out of the 110 cast (including 5 for no preference). The guests of honor will be Author: Spider Robinson; Artist: John Picacio; Fan: Seanan McGuire; and Special Guest: William F. Nolan.

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Westercon 67 Site Selected

The Utah in 2014 bid won the right to host Westercon 67 in an unopposed election. The event will take place at the Marriott Downtown at City Creek in Salt Lake City, Utah from July 3-6, 2014. Guests of honor include Cory Doctorow and the team behind the Writing Excuses podcast (Mary Robinette Kowal, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, and Dan Wells). The chair will be Dave Doering.

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Westercon Site Selection

After a write-in bid for Granzella’s Inn in Winters Williams, CA received one more vote that the Portland bid for Westercon 66, the decision of where to hold the Westercon was moved to the Business Meeting, where a 3/4 majority needed to agree on a location. In addition to the Portland bid and the Winters bid, a bid for Utah that was planned for Westercon 67 made a presentation to move up a year and a bid for Maui was also heard. None of the bids met the required threshold and a vote to declare deadlock also failed. On a motion to reconsider the Winters bid, it passed with a vote of 93-27. The con, which still needs to find a location, but likely will be in Sacramento, will be chaired by Kevin Roche and Andrew Trembley.

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South-Western Fan Fund Looking for Candidates

The South Western Fan Fund has been introduced to help send a representative from the Southern US to Westercon and a Western representative to DeepSouthCon on alternating years. The SWFF is based on existing fan funds and will exist through the donations of fans. This year’s fund will allow a Southern fan to travel to the 2011 Westercon. Candidates should declare by March 1. The current fan fund administrators are Christopher J. Garcia and Warren Buff.

Seattle Westercon in 2012

Seattle has won the bid to host Westercon in 2012. The convention, which will be called ConClusion and run from July 5-8, 2012, will be chaired by Bobby DuFault and run by the Seattle Westercon Organizing Committee (SWOC). Guests of Honor include author Robin Hobb, artists Frank and Brianna Spacekat Wu, scientist Art Bozlee, and fan Chaz Baden Boston.

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Westercon 64 in San José

San José has won the right to host Westercon 64 in 2011, receiving 79 of the 93 ballots cast in an uncontested election. The event will take place at the Fairmont Hotel from July 1-4, 2011. Announced guests of honor include Patricia A. McKillip, Phil & Kaja Foglio, and Mike Willmoth.

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