The Corflu Fifty
Not a lot of people know that Corflu has its own fan fund, the Corflu Fifty. There are plenty of better known fan funds, the oldest and best-known being the Transatlantic Fan Fund, or TAFF. For more on TAFF, as well as links to information about other fan funds within SF fandom, go to the unofficial TAFF website.
Perhaps the smallest and most personal of the fan funds, the Corflu Fifty started in February 2007 just after Corflu Quire in Austin. Rich Coad gives this account of its genesis:
Rich then set up an email list and invited fanzine fans to join the Corflu Fifty. The target has been $1,250 (minimum) each year, to help a fanzine fan who has earned the respect of their peers and would be particularly welcome at that year’s Corflu, but couldn’t otherwise make the journey. Though we don’t quite have fifty members (yet!), every year we have achieved that target through both the core donations and extra fund-raising efforts. Though they don’t have to (the minimum is OK), many members give well above the minimum, which shows what wonderful people they are.
Rich Coad set up the group and the e-list; then Curt Phillips took over for a while till his involvement with TAFF led him to hand the role back to Rich. Rob Jackson has been the UK Administrator and co-moderator of the email list since the group started. The Corflu Fifty’s recipients are chosen through discussion on the group’s e-list – firstname.lastname@example.org (note the underlines as separators).
Beneficiaries so far:
We have five times managed to support Transatlantic trips (or Transpacific if Pete leaves from his base in Thailand), and twice supported couples to travel within the US.
If you not only want to help out financially, but also to influence who gets the group’s support next time round, please join! Go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/the_corflu_fifty/ where there should be a Join This Group option.
-- Rob Jackson, December 2016
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