2018 DUFF Voting Statistics

A total of 35 valid votes were cast for the 2018 Down Under Fan Fund race. Voting statistics follow. The winner, Marlee Jane Ward, won on the first round.

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2018 DUFF Delegate Winner

We have a winner!

 

The 2018 Down Under Fan Fund Delegate is Marlee Jane Ward. Marlee will travel from the antipodes of Australia to attend Worldcon 76 in San Jose this summer, and hopefully be able to meet fans and SFF folk on the trip outside the con as well. I do hope that you make the chance to meet Marlee on her US Travels.

You can find out more about Marlee on her website.

 

Nominations open for 2018 DUFF Race

Nominations are now open for a Down Under Fan Fund delegate from Australia or New Zealand to travel either to San Jose, California, USA for the 76th World Science Fiction Convention, 16–20 August 2018, or to other major conventions in North America in 2018.

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, and vice versa, 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 other side of the Pacific would like to meet. The delegate travels as much as possible, makes friends, radiates goodwill, and becomes the administrator until replaced by the next delegate. 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 Paul Weimer in North America and Clare McDonald-Sims in Australia.

Five nominators (3 Australian/New Zealand nominators and 2 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 provide a bond of at least 25 Australian or New Zealand dollars.

DUFF voting is done by secret ballot, and is determined using the instant runoff method.

Nominations will close on 31 January 2018 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: clare1701@warpmail.net

For North America: jvstin@gmail.com

Send your nominations to Clare McDonald-Sims at clare1701@warpmail.net.

Passing the baton

I have transferred the fund’s remaining balance to Paul Weimer who is now the North American DUFF delegate and administrator. He will be taking over this site and its administration as the 41st winner of the Down Under Fan Fund.

My profound gratitude to Marty Cantor who acted as fund treasurer for many years before I stepped up as acting administrator in May 2015 after Juanita Colman was unable to fulfill her commitment. He ensured the fund’s continuing ability to function in spite of a few continuity glitches. Thanks also to my Down Under counterpart Julian Warner who stepped in for Bill Wright and administered last year’s race with the help of Justin Ackroyd. Most of all, thank you to everyone around the world who donated, bid, voted, promoted and auctioned on DUFF’s behalf. This fund is a group effort. Well done, group!

Lucy Huntzinger, DUFF NA 1987

Paul Weimer wins 2017 DUFF race

Congratulations to Paul Weimer who will travel from the U.S. to visit Australia and New Zealand in June.

There were 21 valid ballots submitted in North America and 19 in Australasia for a total of 40. Paul received 37 first place votes.

Of the 21 North American votes cast, 19 listed Paul Weimer in 1st place, 2 listed Hold Over Funds in 1st place.

Of the 19 Australasian votes cast, 18 listed Paul Weimer in 1st place, 1 listed No Preference in 1st place.

DUFF received two valid ballots with no votes listed and a request to accept the fee included as a donation only. We also received one ballot with no fee submitted; it was disqualified.

The voting fees and donations came to $203.53 AUD and $207.44 USD. The administrators are grateful to everyone to voted and extend special thanks to everyone who gave more than the minimum.

Voters: Alexandra Pierce, Sam Hawke, Tehani Croft, Kirstyn McDermott, Michelle Goldsmith, Jennifer Bagley, Timothy Walker, Jean Weber, Eric Lindsay, Anne Lyle, Catherine Lundoff, Carey Handfield, Gillian Polack, Helen Lowe, Andrew Robins, Amanda Bridgeman, Simon Litten, June Young, Irwin Hirsh, Martha Wilson, Murray Moore, [name redacted], Michael Kennedy, Curt Phillips, David Axler, Alis Rasmussen, Bart Patton, Steven Silver, R. Laurraine Tutihasi, Courtney Schafer, Donna Marie Hanson, Joel Zakem, Sarah Olsen, Jackie McKown, Dave Robison, Nina Horvath, Naomi Fisher, Patrick Molloy, Grace Molloy, Mark Linneman. Donations received from Janice Gelb and John Hertz.