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:

"This idea grew out of the successful funds to bring Bruce Gillespie and William Breiding to Corflu Titanium and to bring Harry Bell to Corflu Quire.  At Corflu Quire, additional names were mentioned for fans we would like to see at Corflu but who are unable to attend for a variety of reasons. Subsequently, Andy Porter came up with the eminently sensible idea of gathering a group of 50 fans, each willing to donate $25 a year (or, to include British fans, £15) to a fund for the express purpose of defraying most, if not all, transportation and lodging expense."

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 – the_corflu_fifty@yahoogroups.com (note the underlines as separators).  

Beneficiaries so far:

Year Winner From To Venue
2008 Steve & Elaine Stiles Randallstown, MD Corflu Silver Las Vegas, NV 
2009 Curt Phillips Abingdon, VA Corflu Zed Seattle, WA
2010 Earl Kemp Kingman, AZ Corflu Cobalt Winchester, UK
2011 Dave Hicks Leicester, UK e-CorFlu Vitus Sunnyvale, CA
2012 Shelby Vick Panama City, FL Corflu Glitter Las Vegas, NV
2013 Rob Hansen London, UK Corflu XXX Portland, OR
2014 Dan & Lynn Steffan Portland, OR Corflu 31 Richmond, VA
2015 Geri Sullivan Wales, MA Tynecon III: the Corflu Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
2016 Grant Canfield Novato, CA Chiflu Chicago, IL
2017 Pete Young Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand Corflu 34 Los Angeles, CA

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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