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DUFF Nominations Now Open

Nominations are now open for a Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF) delegate from Australia or New Zealand to travel to San Jose, California, and represent Australasian fandom at the 76th World Science Fiction Convention, 16–20 August 2018.

To find out more, head on over to the DUFF news site or to the DUFF Facebook page.

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DUFF race now on

The ballot for DUFF for a North American candidate to come down under is now underway. You can find the ballot here.

Nominations for DUFF race

No sooner does one fan fund race finish, than another one comes along. The following message has just came in…

“NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN FOR THE 2017 DUFF RACE!
The Down Under Fan Fund will send one lucky fan from North America to Australia to attend Continuum 13, the Australian National Convention, being held in Melbourne 9-12 June, 2017. 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? Know of anyone who is? Send your nomination to Lucy Huntzinger at downunderfanfund@gmail.com by January 22nd, 2017.”

So if you know anybody in North America you think should come down under next year them give them a prod.

DUFF Ballot – one week left to vote

There is less than one week left to vote in the Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF) ballot to send an Australasian delegate to attend the Kansas City Worldcon later this year.  You can find all the voting details here on the ozfanfunds site.

If you want to find out more about the function, history and mechanics of the various fan funds like DUFF which affect New Zealand, then please take note that there will be a panel on this subject at Au Contraire.

Down Under Fan Fund nominations open

From Julian Warner, acting DUFF Administrator:

Nominations are now open for a Down Under Fan Fund delegate from Australia or New Zealand to travel to Kansas City, Missouri, USA for the 74th World Science Fiction Convention – MidAmericon II – August 17-21, 2016.

The nominee may also undertake to attend other conventions and associated fannish travel in North America. This is not essential but will enhance the overall experience.

DUFF, founded in 1972 and supported by donations from SF fans all over the world, sends a delegate from Australia – New Zealand to North America, or the other way, in alternating years.

The successful nominee, after voting has taken place will then become the DUFF delegate.

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. All the current administrators are past fan-fund winners who were asked to step in and assist when the former administrator suffered some illness.

Three Australian/New Zealand nominators and two 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 make a small donation to the fund as a bond of 25 Australian or New Zealand dollars.

DUFF voting occurs via a secret ballot and is determined using the instant runoff method.

The period for nominations will close on 1 March 2016 at midnight, Western Australian time (UTC +8.00).

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

Any enquiries about nomination or other DUFF matters can be addressed to:
For Australia/New Zealand: Julian.warner@people.net.au
For North America: downunderfanfund@gmail.com

DUFF Delegate visiting Auckland

The 2014 Down Under Fan Fund delegate is paying Auckland a visit on her way through to attend the Aussie natcon. Juanita Coulson is an American fan who will be in Auckland from the 2nd to the 5th June. Her DUFF statement includes the following lines “Have done fanzines, filksinging, pro writing. Happy to make friends and break stereotypes.” If you would like to catch up with this “treasure” of American fandom, please get in touch with Jan Butterworth who is coordinating local fan activities for Juanita’s visit.