The 4th but not yet final issue of Two Year TAFF-Life comes to you from Suzanne Tompkins, the 2005 TAFF delegate and now North American administrator, at PO Box 25075, Seattle, WA, 98165, USA, suzlet at aol dot com. Date: 1/25/08
And now for some news that many of you may have heard something about.
CHRIS GARCIA WINS TAFF 2008
Chris Garcia won the 2008 NA to Europe TAFF race and is in the process of finalizing his plans to visit the UK. He reports that so far he is: arriving on March 15th and leaving on the 30th; traveling to various parts of the UK including Croydon on the 15th/16th, North London for the 17th /18th, and then to Eastercon. After the con, he is planning to visit fans in Birmingham, Manchester, and Leeds.
Chris G. won on the first round by a clear majority of the first-place preference votes cast (62.94%) and was therefore declared the winner automatically with no need for further vote reallocation. There were 126 votes cast on the NA side and 54 in Europe.
Again, I would like to thank Mark Plummer for updating his truly wonderful Excel spreadsheet which makes tabulating the votes practically effortless.
Candidates Europe votes North America votes Rest of world votes (*) Total Chris Barkley 0 13 0 13 Linda Deneroff 4 26 0 30 Chris Garcia 41 66 0 107 Christian McGuire 4 14 0 18 Hold Over Funds 0 2 0 2 No Preference 5 5 0 10 Total 54 126 0 (**) 180
Here are all the voters:
Bond, Neil K
Davour, Anna de
Deutsch Harrigan, Lisa
Durocher III, Bruce
Glassner, Craig A.
Hole, Jr., Robert
Hooper, William E.
Moulton, Fred C.
Nielsen Hall, John
Organ Kean, Margaret
Saoirse Moen, Deirdre
Sapienza Jr., John
Sapienza, Peggy Rae
Strauss, Erwin S.
Taylor D'Allessio, Charlene
Tutihasi, R. Laurraine
(*) As there was only one "rest of world' vote, it has been added to the NA count so as not to reveal the voter's preference.
(**) The administrators both found several valid ballots just after the original TAFF winner announcement was made which listed the vote total as 174. These ballots did not in any way affect the outcome, just the final percentages slightly. In both cases, the cause was traveling -- me to Orycon the weekend of the deadline and Bridget Bradshaw's relocation to Edinburgh.
THE CURRENT STATE OF THE TAFF NA FUND
My final newsletter will have a more complete rundown of income and expenses since September, 2007 prior to my handing the fund over to Chris.
As of today, there is $7,982.23 in the TAFF NA bank account after sending Chris $2,000 in January to get things rolling. He has started his own fund account and will no doubt report on this in his first official newsletter.
For all things TAFF, see Dave Langford's unofficial TAFF web site -- taff.org.uk.