The minutes of the 2015 Westercon Business Meeting and the 2015-2016 version of the Westercon Bylaws are now available on the Westercon Bylaws & Business page. No bylaws amendments were ratified at Westercon 68 in San Diego; however, one new amendment, reducing the quorum from 15 to 10 members, got first passage and is passed on to Westercon 69 in Portland for ratification. If ratified, the new quorum rule will first affect the Westercon 70 Business Meeting in Tempe.
Watch the video of the Westercon 68 Business Meeting, including the announcement of Tempe AZ winning the 2017 Site Selection and the newly seated Westercon 70’s first official presentation, below:
There is one bid on the ballot for the 2017 West Coast Science Fantasy Conference, Tempe in 2017. The committee, led by Chairman Gary Swatty and Treasurer Kevin McAloran, is bidding to hold Westercon 70 at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel in Tempe, Arizona. The proposed dates are Saturday, July 1 through Tuesday, July 4, 2017. All members of Westercon 68 in San Diego are eligible to vote on the site of the 2017 Westercon. The ballot will be available at the convention and was distributed to all members in their Progress Report 3.
According to Westercon 67 Registrar Jordan Brown, 636 individual people attended Westercon 67 in Salt Lake City as members of the convention. 98 people bought memberships and did not attend (no-shows). 535 memberships were purchased in advance and 199 at the door. No breakdown of memberships between attending, supporting, and other classifications was available.
In addition to the 636 Westercon membership who attended, approximately 220 people from FantasyCon, a separate event held simultaneously across the street, checked in with Westercon 67 to take advantage of a cross-marketing offer whereby members of either event could attend the other. No figures are available of how many Westercon 67 members attended FantasyCon.
Portland will host Westercon 69, July 1-4, 2016, after the members of Westercon 67 in Salt Lake City voted to award the convention to the Portland in 2016 bid.
The detailed results of the site selection election at Salt Lake City were as follows:
Total Ballots Cast
Total With Preference
Needed to Elect (Majority)
Westercon 69 will be at the Portland Doubletree Hotel at Lloyd Center. The initial slate of announced guests includes John Scalzi (Writer Guest of Honor), David Levine (Fan Guest of Honor), and Charlie Stross (Special Guest).
The minutes of the Westercon 66 Business Meeting, the link to the video of the Westercon 66 Business Meeting, and the updated Westercon Bylaws as of the conclusion of Westercon 66 are now available from the Westercon Bylaws & Business page.
At the Closing Ceremonies of Westercon 66, Co-Chairs Andy Trembley and Kevin Roche announced Westercon 66 had 767 warm bodies in attendance (badges picked up) and 883 total members of all types. After the Closing Ceremonies, they were joined by the chairs of Westercons 67 and 68, Dave Doering and Ron Oakes, for the Feedback Session, where members talked about what worked, what didn’t, and what could be done better at future Westercons.
The Westercon 66 Business Meeting was held on July 6, 2013. The only substantive business was the formal announcement of the results of the selection of the 2015 Westercon. There were no bylaws amendments passed on from last year, nor any proposed this year. The video is below:
San Diego, the only bid on the ballot for the 2015 Westercon, received 92 of the 105 votes with preference. (There were also 5 votes for No Preference, which count as abstentions and are not used in determining a majority.)
I’m very pleased to announce that Westercon67 has a new website and RSS feed. Starting now we will be syndicating entries from their feed. They have some exciting news and we’ll be hearing a lot more from them.