|Feb. 14th, 2010 12:56 am Ending My Involvement With DucKon|
Following up on my thoughts expressed on Thursday - and now unlocked for general consumption - and several days of soul searching, I have come to the conclusion that I will have to cut my involvement with DucKon now, rather than waiting until the close of DucKon 19 in June.
I have reached this decision for several reasons, including the difficulty of performing my job from across the country, my increased involvement in fannish activities in the San Diego area as well as the Chicago in 2012 bid and my health. But another reason is that I've lost faith with the leadership of DucKon and the direction that the convention seems to be heading. When I realized that I was starting to look for excuses to NOT attend DucKon this coming year - especially after we had reached the equally hard decision not to go to Australia this summer - and the thoughts that so many of my closest famish friends, who are the ones I look forward to spending time with when I visit the Chicago, area probably wont be there, I concluded that subconsciously I'd already decided that DucKon was moving away from the kind of event I want to attend or be associated with.
I still have a few loose ends to tie up, and I hope to maintain friendships with the friends who are still on the DucKon committee. But, I have sent a letter of resignation to the chair of the convention and the president of the board of directors and so consider my significant involvement with DucKon ended at least for the time being.
I will remain a member and active participant in the Chicago in 2012 bid, and will try to make it to at least one of the Chicago conventions in the next year or two (i.e. something before the extremely likely Chicago Worldcon).
I am also doing multiple jobs for both ConDor the end of this month (helping with registration and serving in an ops-ish category) and ConJecture in October (Webmaster and Registration), as well as planning on running programming operations for the 2011 World Fantasy convention, so I will be involved in fandom, but not with the convention I've been associated with for most of my fannish career.
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