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Westercons 73 and 74 Postponed One Year Due to COVID-19

JOINT STATEMENT FROM WESTERCON 73 AND WESTERCON 74

Due to government orders prohibiting large gatherings having been extended into July 2020, Westercon 73 in SeaTac WA has been obliged to postpone their event. After consultation with Westercon 74 in Tonopah NV and with the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society, the two conventions have agreed to postpone both of their events for one year. Westercon 73 will now be held in 2021 and Westercon 74 in 2022. There will be no Westercon held in 2020.

Sally Woehrle, chair of Westercon 73 SeaTac, said that Westercon 73 could not take place as originally scheduled in 2020 due to Washington state’s COVID-19 restrictions on large group events. The SeaTac Doubletree Hotel has agreed to move Westercon 73 to 2021. Current hotel reservations have been cancelled and can be rebooked after July 20, 2020. Westercon 73’s new dates are Thursday, July 1 through Sunday, July 4, 2021.

Westercon 74’s new dates are Friday, July 1 through Monday, July 4, 2022 at the Tonopah Convention Center, Mizpah and Belvada Hotels, and other area hotels in Tonopah, Nevada. Hotel reservations were not yet open for the convention’s original dates. Westercon 74 will announce plans for hotel reservations later. Membership rates previously announced as increasing in July 2020 will be frozen at their current level until July 2021.

No bids filed the necessary documents to appear on the ballot for Westercon 75 by the original April 15, 2020 deadline. Site Selection for Westercon 75 will now be for the year 2023 and will be still be conducted by Westercon 73. All deadlines for site selection for Westercon 75 will be postponed one year from the originally published dates.

Kevin Standlee, chair of Westercon 74 Tonopah, said that Tonopah’s facilities were very flexible and were willing to reschedule Westercon 74 to take place a year later. He cited the town’s flexibility regarding hosting Westercon as a major factor in allowing both conventions to be rescheduled.

The two seated Westercons consulted with the LASFS Board of Directors (owners of the Westercon service mark), who agreed that the “Westercon Two-Step” was the best plan for ensuring continuity of Westercon operations and minimizing overall disruption to both seated conventions.

Both conventions will contact their members directly with additional details about their respective postponements. For questions about specific impacts upon each convention, contact Westercon 73 through their web site, www.westercon73.org, and Westercon 74 through their web site, www.westercon74.org.

Progress Report 2 Published

Westercon 74 has published Progress Report 2 on our Publications page, with paper copies mailed to those members who requested them or who did not provide us with an e-mail address.

PR 2 contains our official notification to all members that we have postponed Westercon 74 in Tonopah one year, to July 1-4, 2022, as a result of the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the postponement of Westercon 73 in SeaTac WA to 2021.

Membership List Now Online

We have published our current Membership List on the site. We will update this list periodically. It is not dynamically updated when you buy or upgrade a membership. We will include the date of the latest update at the top of the list.

If you do not want your name listed in our membership list either on the website or in our publications, contact Westercon 74 Registration.

Progress Report 1 Published

Westercon 74 has published Progress Report 1 on our Publications page. We mailed paper copies to those members for whom we only have postal mailing addresses, and in a few days we will also send paper copies to those members who do have e-mail addresses but who requested paper copies as well.

PR 1 is a booklet designed to be printed on a double-sided sheet of 8 1/2 x 11-inch paper and folded twice. You are welcome to print and distribute our PR anywhere you think there might be people interested in Westercon 74 in Tonopah in 2021.

Westercon 74 Membership Rates to Increase on March 1, 2020

The cost of an attending membership in Westercon 74 will increase to $50 effective March 1, 2020. In addition, the $10 conversion-to-attending rate for those people who voted in the 2021 Westercon Site Selection in Utah expires at the end of February 2020. Membership rates for Young Adult and Child members remain unchanged.

Effective March 1, 2020, anyone who voted in 2021 Westercon Site Selection who has not already converted their membership to an attending membership may convert their membership to attending by paying the current attending membership rate minus $20.

If you voted in 2021 Site Selection and want to take advantage of the $10 conversion-to-attending rate, we ask that you send your payment by paper mail instead of registering online, due to online payment processing costs. Postmark date applies to memberships send by postal mail.

A full list of membership rates is on our Membership Types page. Online and paper mail registration information is available on our Membership/Registration page.

Tonopah Wins 2021 Westercon

The bid for Tonopah, Nevada in 2021 won the right to host Westercon 74 in voting held at Westercon 72/SpikeCon in Layton, Utah. Westercon 74 will be July 2-5, 2021 at the Tonopah Convention Center, Mizpah/Belvada Hotels, and other hotels to be announced, in Tonopah, Nevada.

As previously announced while bidding, Westercon 74 does not currently anticipate having Guests of Honor. However, the convention will consider inviting special guests through outside sponsorship should the opportunity arise.

Westercon 74 Progress Report Zero is available for download.

If you did not vote in Westercon 74 Site Selection, you can buy a new supporting or attending membership through Westercon 74’s registration page. Please note that Grenadine’s system uses the word “ticket” to refer to what we call a “membership,” and that credit card payments through Grenadine will be processed by Stripe. Credit card payments made in person at our fan table are processed through Square.

Because of online processing fees, we ask that if it is possible for you to do so, if you voted on Westercon 74 site selection at SpikeCon (Westercon 72 in Layton UT) and want to upgrade to an attending membership for $10 through the end of 2019, you download our registration form below and mail your $10 payment to us at the address below.

You can also join by downloading our current registration form and mailing it with payment by check, money order, or credit card to:

Westercon 74
PO Box 61363
Sunnyvale CA 94088-1363

Online upgrades will be available once we have loaded all of the voting records into the database.

Thank you everyone who voted for us and supported us!

Tonopah’s bid received 82 of the 134 ballots cast with a preference, with the other filed bid, Phoenix, receiving 51 votes, and a write in vote for “Both” receiving 1 vote. 68 votes (a majority of the ballots expressing a preference) were required to elect. There were 6 No Preference (abstention) ballots cast, for a total of 140 ballots of all types.

The details results of voting are:

Candidate Mail Thu Fri Total
Phoenix, AZ 3 11 37 51
Tonopah, NV 9 32 41 82
Both 1 1
None of the Above 0
Total With Preference 134
Needed to Elect (Majority) 68
No preference 6 6
Total votes cast 140