Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society Board Chair Karl Lembke issued a statement posted on Westercon 73’s Facebook page on April 12 and quoted on File 770 regarding the decision by SWOC, the parent organization of the Seattle committee that was originally organizing the 2021 Westercon, to shut down. LASFS, as the owner of the Westercon service mark, is responsible for organizing alternative arrangements for a Westercon in case of a committee failure under section 1.9 of the Westercon Bylaws.
The Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society (LASFS) is aware of the situation with respect to Westercon 73, and we regret that the Seattle Westercon Organizing Committee (SWOC) who won the bid for Westercon 73 has experienced the troubles it has.
LASFS will host the functions mandated in the Westercon Constitution for Westercon 73 at Loscon 47, held over Thanksgiving Weekend, 2021. This includes the Business Meeting and Site Selection voting.
Individuals who decline to get their memberships of Westercon 73 refunded from SWOC are welcome to attend Loscon 47. Those keeping their supporting memberships will be able to vote as well, but have no other participation. If the supporting members wish to attend Loscon 47, they may pay the difference, for the current attending rate and the supporting rate for Westercon 73. All attending badged members at Loscon 47/Westercon 73 will be able to participate in Westercon 75 site selection. LASFS undertakes no other obligations for Westercon 73. All contracts and agreements made by SWOC in the name of Westercon 73 remain the responsibility of SWOC. Please watch for further statements.