OryCon 18 Regress Report

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Contents

OryCon 18 -- the Last Gasp
Art Show
Lost & Found
Hotel
Variety Show
Treasure Hunt
Hospitality
OryCon 18 Geographic Breakdown
OryCon 18 Budget
OryCon 19 Policies
Volunteers
T-Shirts!!!!
Openings on the OryCon 19 Convention Committee!!
How to Contact Us
Sold Out?

OryCon 18 -- the Last Gasp

Well, we're almost finished putting OryCon 18 to rest -- the Lost & Found list is printed here along with the registration breakdown and a preliminary financial statement. There are still some financial details to reconcile checks that haven't cleared. This year we did have some problems with credit card payments -- there were a few duplicate charges due to a bank error which we made sure was corrected as quickly as possible. We apologize to everyone who was affected and ask that anyone who has a question about a charge to either drop a note to the P.O. Box, Attn: Orycon 18 Treasurer, or send e-mail directly to john_lorentz@planar.com so that he can check it out.

All in all, I'm happy to say that Orycon 18 was a successful convention, thanks to the hard work and participation of many, many people -- 1,626 members. For the first time, Orycon reached its registration limit, an event we hadn't really expected last year, and we had to stop accepting at the door memberships on Saturday. While we really hated to turn anyone away, there is a finite number that will fit safely in our present facility, the Red Lion Columbia River. And, despite the record attendance, there are still some Orycon 18 t-shirts left, featuring the lovely artwork of Patricia Davis. See page 8 for the list of sizes & colors.

Many, many thanks to all the members of OryCon 18 who made it a good con.

-- Ruth Sachter, last year's chair

Art Show

by Lacey Axmaker

The Art Show was enjoyable and successful -- we had a good representation of styles and media from artists in and out of the Northwest. Multimedia art of all types -- stained-glass, quilting, silk painting and stonework -- added depth to the show. Our Artist Guest of Honor, Patti Davis, provided not only her latest Original Paintings on continuous display, but also had many of her favorite prints on display.

As in the last several years there was an enthusiastic response to our reservation mailing: selling out the space by mid-October and establishing a waiting list. We did have more room this year, because of remodeling, but we are still limited by the maximum capacity of our function space.

This year we had more 3D artwork displayed with 146 panels and 20 tables sold. The show had a total, displayed and "printshop", of 1304 pieces from 84 artists. A total of 379 pieces were sold for a total of $7,444 including 38 pieces that went to auction.

Our most significant improvement this year was the room layout, mostly due to the aforementioned remodeling. There was more space for print shop and the control tables.

If you want to be on the artist mailing list, please send your address to Art Show, OryCon 19, PO Box 5703, Portland OR 97228-5703. And remember next year's Artist Guest of Honor is Frank Lurz.

Lost & Found

If you lost that special item at OryCon 18 and see it in the following list, please contact OryCon 19 at 503-231-8952.
Wire rimmed glasses in case
2 keys on plain ring (found in Nehalem)
small brown suede pouch
blue & gold beaded bracelet
black rose pin
lobster earclip
small skull pendant
karaoke machine
Heart & rose pendant (with picture inside)
heart cameo pendant necklace
Pagenet pager
black calf high snow boots
book by Lelia Foreman
folding hunting knife
heart id pendant
light colored hooded denim jacket
red hooded jacket (child's)
purple child's snow jacket
hand-crafted blue ribbon pin
laser pointer
blue CollegeAmerica tote bag with items inside

Hotel

Once again OryCon filled the main hotel, Red Lion Columbia River, and spilled over to outlying hotels. If you are planning to stay at the hotel for OryCon 19, please consider registering early, as our room block fills quickly. For the ultimate in Quiet Wing rooms, consider taking a room in the Red Lion Jantzen Beach, an easy walk across the parking lot.

As some of you may have heard, the Red Lion chain was sold late last year to the Doubletree Hotels chain. If this has any effect on the upcoming convention, we will update our members through the Progress Reports and on the web page for OryCon 19: http://www.orycon.org/orycon19. Currently, nothing has changed, including the name of the hotel(s).

Room rates for OryCon 19 are $83.00 per night, for up to four guests. If you request a river view, the hotel charges ten dollars additional per night. Rollaways are fifteen dollars per night.

The following hotel policies are in effect this year:

The main number for the Red Lion Columbia River is 503-283-2111, and the Red Lion Jantzen Beach is 503-283-4466. If you have any questions and concerns about your hotel accomodations, please let our Hotel Liason know. Ruth Sachter can be reached at 503-283-0802.

Variety Show

by Ann Hoffert, Tracy Bailey, Vicki Harrison, Janet Borkowski, and Barbara Hoffert

As the designated Variety Show producer (and regress report writer), I want to thank everyone who made the Variety Show such a success. To all of you volunteers who worked so hard behind the scenes, to those who have supported the idea of a Variety Show over the past two years, to the participants and the MC (William Sadorus) who gave the audience their all, you have my heartfelt gratitude and appreciation. Although we never promised to bring the audience talent, that is certainly what we got in abundance. You performance artists were fabulous! A special thanks to the amazingly talented and versatile Tech Crew -- the show would have been dark and silent without you! Finally, I want to especially thank those incredibly dedicated people who have been a part of this endeavor for two years running (I guess we're all just gluttons for punishment)! Tracy Bailey, Janet Borkowski, Vicki Harrison and Barbara Hoffert -- This never could have happened without your dedication, imagination and organization. By the way, there will be a traditional Masquerade for OryCon 19, so if you're interested in competing in it (or running it!), start thinking about those costumes now!

-- Ann Hoffert

Treasure Hunt

Congratulations to Tech(nicolor), the winner of OryCon 18's Treasure Hunt. He is now the proud owner and soon to be possessor of an OryCon 19 membership, a "Derf" from Hippogryff Armory, and an OryCon 18 T-Shirt proclaiming him "Master of the Hunt, OryCon 18".

The Treasure Hunt Committee (me!) would like to thank "Ghost" for volunteering to be the "treasure" this year.

Also, thank you to everyone who participated in the Hunt. I hope you all enjoyed the chase and I look forward to leading you on another merry one at OryCon 19.

-- Debra Stansbury (Treasure Hunt Committee)

Hospitality

This convention was a bit larger than I had originally conceptualized before being there, and I could not have pulled it off without all of my wonderful volunteers -- not to mention my assistants Randy and Tris, who were godsends.

If you just can't tear yourself away during the con, I will need people who want to cook/bake before con. This is a great way to help out without missing any of the amazing con activities. That's all for now, have a great year and I'm looking forward to seeing all of you again.

-- Ethan

OryCon 18 Geographic Breakdown

Unknown.........................6
Alaska..........................2
Australia.......................2
British Columbia...............11
California.....................90
Colorado........................3
Connecticut.....................1
Ireland.........................2
Florida.........................1
Hawaii..........................2
Idaho...........................4
Massachusetts...................1
Montana.........................4
Nevada..........................3
NewYork.........................3
Ontario.........................1
Oregon........................876
    Albany.................11
    Aloha..................22
    Beaverton..............57
    Corvallis..............15
    Eugene.................47
    Forest Grove...........12
    Gresham................15
    Hillsboro..............20
    Keizer..................3
    Lake Oswego............12
    Milwaukee..............10
    Oregon City............11
    Portland..............436
    Salem..................27
    Tigard.................27
    Tualatin...............13
    West Linn..............10
    Other.................124
Pennsylvania....................2
Texas...........................5
Utah............................3
Washington....................603
    Battle Ground..........13
    Bellevue...............30
    Kent...................12
    Kirkland...............14
    Olympia................11
    Renton.................18
    Seattle...............163
    Spokane................13
    Tacoma.................26
    Vancouver.............100
    Other.................174
Wisconsin.......................1
GRAND TOTAL..................1626

OryCon 18 Budget

EXPENSES (Actual)

Chair
    Art Show              2,014.72
    Chair                 2,223.15
    Dealers               1,311.92
    Hotel                 2,463.60
    Treasury                 75.10
    Registration          1,874.57
TOTAL                                9,963.06

Events
    Dance/Events/Tech     2,533.64
    Opening Ceremonies        0.00
    Variety Show            487.02
TOTAL                                3,020.66

Member Services
    Child Care            1,306.73
    Fanzine Room             35.00
    Hospitality           5,036.95
    Internet Cafe/TBA       397.00
TOTAL                                6,775.68

Operations
    Logistics               348.72
    Office                   54.54
    Rangers                 353.00
    Volunteers               10.00
TOTAL                                  766.26

Programming
    Gaming                  110.67
    Guests of Honor       5,961.07
    Program               1,506.96
    Writers Workshops        29.45
    Video                    15.00
TOTAL                                 7623.15

Publications
    Publications          5,593.49
TOTAL                                5,593.49

Contingency Fund                     1,631

TOTAL EXPENSES                     $35,175.65

INCOME (Actual)

Memberships
    Through 12/31/95      4,762.00
    Through end of prerg 14,833.00
    At the door          15,400.26
TOTAL                              $34,995.26

Dealers                             $2,600.00

Art Show                            $1,701.86

Other Income                          $372.20
Funds used for OryCon 19              $860.58
OryCon 16 (Gardner Fund)            $1,000.00

TOTAL INCOME                       $41,529.90

NET BALANCE

                                    $6,354.25

OryCon 19 Policies

Weapons Policy

The carrying and wearing of weapons will not be permitted, except as part of a Masquerade contestant's costume, or as part of other designated events, and then only during the event, or in transit to and from the event. The use of a weapon as part of the Masquerade must be approved by the Masquerade Director prior to the event. Failure to comply is grounds for immediate expulsion from the convention.

Any weapons purchased in the Dealer's Room must be securely wrapped.

In case this was not clear, no guns, blasters, swords, knives, spitwads, flame throwers, nuclear or non-nuclear devices, squirt guns, slingshots, peashooters, rubber bands, or unpleasant-looking devices are allowed. Keep them in your room. Period.

Children

Children must be accompanied by an adult in order to purchase a membership, and all children must be registered with the convention. Those five and under will receive a hospital-type ID bracelet. At all times, these children must be under the supervision of an adult, or in the day care. If a young child is found unattended, that child will be delivered to the day care and the parents billed. Children 5 and under will still be admitted free to the convention.

Children 6 to 12 are admitted at half the adult price, and may operate independently as long as they cause no problems. However if they are not capable of independence, then theymust be under adult supervision or in the day care.

Volunteers

Can you imagine a world without science fiction Cons? Orycon is a nonprofit organization -- all work done before the convention or at the convention is done by volunteers! Get your feet wet, work in the Art Show, Tech crew, Talent Show, etc. -- meet new people, and be eligible for the volunteer-only raffle where you can win memberships and more!

T-Shirts!!!!

OryCon 18 T-Shirts are still available. The OryCon 18 T-shirt had custom artwork by Artist GOH Patricia Davis. While not all sizes in all colors are available, there are shirts from medium to XXXX. (We have green, blue, red or white shirts printed with black ink -- there are no medium or XXXX in white.) The price is still $15 with no additional S&H. To order send check or money order to OryCon 18 T-Shirts, PO Box 5703, Portland, OR 97228-5703. It's first come, first served, this offer is also on our webpage.

Openings on the OryCon 19 Convention Committee!!

Show us your talents, and help us fill the following committee spots!

How to Contact Us

OryCon 19
PO Box 5703
Portland, OR 97228-5703

http://www.orycon.org/orycon19/index.html

Sold Out?

Remember, Orycon 19 will be limited to 1600 attendees, and last year at the door we had to turn people away. Send in your Orycon 19 registration now. Just fill out the flyer, mail it, and you will be all ready for the next con.


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