TAFF Press Release
8 September 2006

For Immediate Release:
TAFF 2007 Race Deadline Extended

The deadline for candidates for the 2007 North America-to-Europe TAFF race has been extended. Originally set for September 9th, the deadline for those interested in standing for the 2007 TAFF race is now September 30, 2006.

We do now have two candidates, but we hope that a third candidate will stand.

Also, there has been a potential change in the destination convention, originally to be the 2007 Eastercon, scheduled for April 6-9, 2007, in Liverpool, England where the TAFF delegate would be their Fan Guest of Honor. Now, there is some doubt that Eastercon will be held in 2007 (for details, see http://convoy.org.uk/hotel_news.html), so it is possible that the 2007 TAFF delegate may attend another UK/European con.

Our delegate's trip may now be taken in the Fall of 2007 instead of the Spring, so we have extended the deadline a bit to allow other potential candidates to come forward.

To become a candidate for this race you must provide: Five nominations from known fans, three of whom must be North American and two European (nominators should send a signed nomination via postal mail OR if sending the nomination by e-mail, include a phone number for verification); A written platform, not to exceed 101 words; A $20 bond and a pledge that you will take the trip if you win. (Send via postal mail; make checks payable to "Suzanne Tompkins.") All nominations, platforms, pledges, and $20 bonds must reach me at the address(es) below by midnight, September 30, 2006. So long as at least two prospective candidates have satisfied these requirements by that date, distribution of ballots, in both electronic and paper form, will begin immediately thereafter.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. If you plan to run, please let me know as soon as possible.

Suzanne Tompkins
North American TAFF Administrator
PO Box 25075
WA 98165
E-mail: SuzleT{symbol}aol.com

WHAT IS TAFF? The Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund was created in 1953 for the purpose of providing funds to bring well-known and popular fans familiar to those on both sides of the ocean across the Atlantic. Since that time, TAFF has regularly brought North American fans to European conventions and European fans to North American conventions. TAFF exists solely through the support of fandom. The candidates are voted on by interested fans from all over the world, and each vote is accompanied by a donation of not less than US $3 or UK £2. These votes, and the continued generosity of fandom, are what make TAFF possible. More information about TAFF's history, customs, and practices may be found at the unofficial site maintained by Dave Langford at http://taff.org.uk/.