The SF/Media Fan Fund

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a flyer for the fourth Fan Fund, printed in Warped Space #43 (1980)

The SF/Media Fan Fund was created in 1975 by The Halkan Council and originally called the "Star Trek Fan Fund."

The fund raised money to pay for the transportation and hotel fees to allow one fan a year attend a convention.

a flyer for 1993

This is a sample ballot: for 2011

History

The Media-Oriented Fan Fund was founded by the editors of The Halkan Council to financially enable Star Trek fans to attend a convention they otherwise would not be able to attend. The first winner was chosen under the auspices of The Halkan Council. The second year, it was sponsored by T'Kuhtian Press in connection with T'Con, 1978, with Carol Hydeman as coordinator. Carol Armour was the coordinator the third, fourth and possible other years. In 1980, the fund was sponsored by Poison Pen Press in connection with Mos'Eastly Con. In 1981, it was sponsored again by T'Kuhtian Press in connection with MediaWest*Con, 1981. As media fandom grew, the fan fund was extended to incorporate other eligible fans.

The Name Changes

This fund was originally called the "The Star Trek Fan Fund." In 1981, the fan fund was renamed The Media-Oriented Fan Fund to include all media fans. It is unclear when it was retitled to its current name, "The SF/Media Fan Fund".

In a personal statement in 1980, Carol Hydeman explains the first name change.

"The Fan Fund will be held again next year, though under a new name. Many people voiced a concern to me that the name 'Star Trek Fan Fund' seemed to restrict the participants and recipients, to Star Trek fans, thus eliminating many people. I have shared this viewpoint, seeing the name "Star Trek Fan Fund" as being merely a holdover from the time the Fan Fund originated -- before the great rise of Star Wars, Starsky & Hutch, and all the other sub-fandoms that have come into being in the last few years. But I don't want to allow such a simple misunderstanding as this to unduly alienate any possible future participants. Therefore, I have decided to change the name to the 'Media-Oriented Fan Fund,' which should make clear the restrictions on the type of participants I would like to see for the fund. Any objections?" [1]

Some Chairpeople

  • 1977: Shirley Huang/Sandy Yingling, sponsor: Halkan Council
  • 1978: Carol Hydeman, sponsor T'Kuhtian Press
  • 1979: Carol Armor, sponsor T'Kuhtian Press
  • 1980: Carol Hydeman, sponsor Poison Pen Press
  • 1981: Carol Hydeman, sponsor T'Kuhtian Press
  • 1982: Carol Hydeman, sponsor T'Kuhtian Press
  • 1983: Deborah J. Laymon, sponsor T'Kuhtian Press
  • 1984: Deborah J. Laymon, sponsor T'Kuhtian Press
  • 1985: Deborah J. Laymon, sponsor T'Kuhtian Press

The Recipients

  • Maggie Nowakowska and David and Cindy Manship were two recipients, years unknown (though in the 1980s).
  • Gerry Downes was the 1976 winner, first recipient of the Star Trek Fan Fund. She chose to go to Se*KWester*Con in 1977. (Mary Louise Dodge, Gerry Downes, Connie Faddis, Fern Marder and Eileen Roy were the nominees)
  • Ann Looker went to August Party in 1978 (nominees were Ann Looker, Eileen Roy, Ronni Sacksteder, and Claire Spencer.)
  • Kay Johnson went to Terracon in 1979, a con that took place in England
  • Toni Cardinal-Price went to Star Trek America in 1980
  • Susan Matthews went to MediaWest*Con in 1981 (Rich Kolker, Susan Matthews, Valerie Piacentini, Pat Stall, and Nikki White were the nominees. Bonnie Reitz was also nominated but declined to remain on the ballot.)
  • Valerie Piacentini (of Scotland), 1982, she attended ChiCon IV.
  • Anne Elizabeth Zeek, 1983, she attended MediaWest*Con III
  • Nancy Stasulis, 1984, she attended MediaWest*Con IV
  • 1985? (note: unlike previous years, there is no mention of these awards in the MediaWest program book. It is likely they were not awarded that year.)
  • 1986? (note: unlike previous years, there is no mention of these awards in the MediaWest program book. It is likely they were not awarded that year.)
  • 1987? (note: unlike previous years, there is no mention of these awards in the MediaWest program book. It is likely they were not awarded that year.)
  • 1988? (note: unlike previous years, there is no mention of these awards in the MediaWest program book. It is likely they were not awarded that year.)
  • 1989? (note: unlike previous years, there is no mention of these awards in the MediaWest program book. It is likely they were not awarded that year.)
  • 1990? (note: unlike previous years, there is no mention of these awards in the MediaWest program book. It is likely they were not awarded that year.)
  • As there were not enough nominees to require a 1991 ballot, a cash award was made to Susan Clarke who was the sole nominee, and her name was carried over the the 1992 Fan Fund ballot; she attended MediaWest*Con '91/11.
  • The winner of the 1992 Fan Fund was Rolaine Smoot; she attended MediaWest*Con 12.
  • As there were not enough nominees to require a 1993 ballot, a cash award was made to Johanna Bolton who was the sole nominee, and her name was carried over to the 1994 Fan Fund ballot
  • the winner of the 1994 Fan Fund was Linda Shadle; she attended MediaWest*Con Fourteen.
  • The winner of the 1995 Fan Fund was Carolyn Golledge; she attended MediaWest*Con 15.
  • The winner of the 1996 Fan Fund was Pat Nussman; she attended MediaWest*Con XVI.
  • As there were not enough nominations to require a 1997 ballot, a cash award was made to Martynn (MaryAnn Walther Keisel) who was the sole nominee, and her name will be carried over to the 1998 Fan Fund ballot; she attended MediaWest*Con 17.
  • The 1998 Fan Fund winner was Shirley Maiewski. She attended MW*C 18.
  • The winner of the 1999 Fan Fund was Carolyn Golledge. She attended MW*C 19.
  • The winner of the 2000 SF/Media Fan Fund was Joyce Yasner. She attended MW*C Y2K.
  • Cathie Whitehead was the sole nominee for the 2001 SF/Media Fan Fund (one nominee was ineligible & one declined nomination). She attended MW*C 2001.
  • Martynn Walther Keisel was the winner of the 2002 SF/Media Fan Fund. She attended MW*C 22.
  • The winners (tie!) of the 2003 SF/Media Fan Fund was Jean Coleman and Jean Thrower. They both attended MW*C 23.
  • Elaine Gustainis was the winner of the 2004 SF/Media Fan Fund, and attended MW*C 24.
  • Due to a lack of nominations, there was no 2005 SF/Media Fan Fund recipient.
  • Due to a lack of nominations, there was no 2006 SF/Media Fan Fund recipient.
  • Yum@ was the winner of the 2007 SF/Media Fan Fund. She attended MW*C 27.
  • As there were not enough nominations to require a 2008 ballot, a cash award was made to Barbara Drake as the sole nominee, and her name was carried over to the 2009 Fan Fund ballot
  • The 2009 Fan Fund winner was Barbara (Leanna) O'Rourke-Drake. She attended MW*C 30.
  • Susan Graham was the 2010 Fan Fund recipient and attended MW*C 31
  • there were no nominees for 2011
  • 2012?
  • 2013?
  • 2014?
  • 2015: there was one nominee, and funds were awarded to her: Elaine Batterby

The Rules

From the 10th issue of The Halkan Council, published in September 1975: :"The First Star Trek Fan Fund's purpose is to enable a Trekfan to travel to a ST convention, assumed at this point to be the February 1977 New York Star Trek Convention. The FSTFF exists solely though the support of fandom. The candidates are voted for by interested fans and each vote is accompanied by a donation of no less than one dollar.

A fan must be collectively nominated by five or more active Trekfans. It is the responsibility of these five fans to contact their candidate and to enclose a written expression of interest from the nominee. The five nominators must include a brief explanation of their fan activities and a short description of their candidates fanac. An active fan, for our purposes, is one who edits, publishes, contributes or subscribes to a fanzine, or is on a con committee between 1975 and 1977. Complete nominating instructions will be distributed in zines after December 1, 1975. All nominations must be returned postmarked no later than May 1, 1976.
The FSTFF uses a system with guarantees an automatic runoff and a majority win; you rank the candidates in the exact order you wish to vote. If the leading first-place candidate does not get a majority, the first-place votes of the lowest-ranking candidates are dropped and the second-place votes on those ballots are counted. This process goes on until one candidate has a majority. If is therefore important to vote for second, third, etc. on your ballot. Please make sure to put a different name in each place. Voting ballots will be distributed June 1, 1976 and must be returned with at least a dollar postmarked no later than November 1, 1976.
In the event that not enough money is raised, contributors will have the choice of donating the funds to STW or holding them over to the next fan fund. Results will be annouced December 1, 1976 and the winning candidates will attend the February 1977 New York Star Trek Convention."

A Change in Venue

From the 11th issue of The Halkan Council, published in October 1975: "If we do decide to run the First Star Trek Fan Fund, revisions on dates will have to be made since Devra Langsam has told us that she and her crew are not planning to hold a '77 February New York City Con. We're considering other possibilities."

The Second Star Trek Fan Fund

The Third Star Trek Fan Fund

References

  1. from Universal Translator #5