We Want You!
The Board of Directors of Phandemonium would like to remind you that
Capricon is always looking for dedicated individuals to apply their
skills and efforts to the cause. Currently, the Board is seeking
qualified individuals to apply for Chairperson of Capricon in 2008!
This is a chance for you as a member of the Capricon fannish community
to get involved at a high level.
Are you interested in chairing Capricon 28 in 2008?
Have you ever said, "If I ran this convention."?
Whether you have just helped someone out running a convention
department or if you're a seasoned convention volunteer/runner, we
would like to give you the chance to bid for the Chair in 2008.
Qualifications (not written in stone, but good guidelines) are as
Potential Chairs should have a minimum of 5 years of convention
attending experience, preferably at multiple conventions in different
Chairs should have served on at least three concoms as a department
head, and have run at least two different departments.
The Chair should be willing to commit at least 20 hours a month of their
life during the year working on convention business, and should be
reachable by phone and e-mail at all times.
In the months before the convention, the Chair should expect to have
to take some time during the day (at least once or twice) to get
The Chair should expect to take a full week off of work the week of
the convention, with one of the days being the following Monday for
meetings with the hotel and other last minute details.
One guideline that is written in stone per Phandemonium by-laws, is
that a Chair may not concurrently hold a position equivalent to Chair
or Board member of a similar Science Fiction corporation or
The process involved in bidding for Chair of Capricon is as follows:
1) Prepare a written report of why you want to chair Capricon 28.
Include such things as who you are and the experience you have (see
How will you make Capricon 28 a unique experience for the attendees?
How might your theme/focus/concept be carried out in various
departments, such as programming, special events, gaming, films, etc.?
Who would be some of your possible Guests of Honor?
Then email your proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2) Be prepared to make an oral presentation of your bid on Saturday,
November 12th at the Phandemonium board meeting, which will be held at
the Wyndham Hotel at O'Hare during Windycon. (No you do not have to
have a Windycon membership to attend the meeting.)
3) Shortly after the presentations, the Phandemonium Board will meet
to review and vote on all the proposals made. You will be notified of
the results. If you are chosen as the Chair, you will be given
further instructions at that time.
Running a convention is tons o' fun, great experience, and a way to
meet some awesome people and get to know them really well over the
course of a year. It's a challenge, and not something everyone should
try, but if you've ever said "I could run it better if given the
chance" -- then here's your chance!
Not sure you're ready to Chair, but still want to be involved?
Gretchen Roper, Chair of Capricon 27 (2007) is seeking candidates of
all skill levels to serve on her Concom. Potential Concom members
should have a few (or more) years of con-going experience, preferably
having served as a volunteer in the department you would like to run.
However, if you're really enthusiastic but a newbie to concoms, that's
okay too! You should be willing to make monthly meetings, and spend a
significant amount of personal time before the con to get things
organized. During the con, expect to spend most of the weekend
running your department.
If you aren't sure that you're up for heading a department, but would
prefer to act as a 'second' to a department head and learn the ropes,
please let them know that as well.
General traits of a good concom member are: attention to detail; a
willingness to be 'hands on'; commitment to tasks that you take on;
the ability to meet deadlines and work within a set budget; the
ability to lead small groups of people to complete tasks as a team; a
strong desire to see things "go well"; being willing to take criticism
from people you've never met; and yeah, being a little crazy doesn't
Gretchen can be reached via chair27 @ capricon.org if you're interested
in becoming part of Capricon.
Are you up to the challenge?
Capricon is an all volunteer-run convention.
As a past attendee and a member of Phandemonium, we hope that you will
rise to the occasion and become part of the community that brings you
the fabulous, four-day, fun-filled experience that is Capricon! We
look forward to hearing from you.
President of the Board, Phandemonium, Inc.