Thanks to everyone who answered the call to help try to increase membership to a sustainable level. Unfortunately, there has not been a significant uptick in memberships since then. Therefore, we have no choice but to postpone MediaWest*Con 38 until next year.
We hope people will understand that this is not an easy decision for us, and that it does NOT mean MW*C is dead. Rather, it gives us time to consider what changes may be necessary for MW*C to continue into the future (i.e. location, date, etc.). We are also looking into the possibility of some form of virtual MW*C somewhere online.
Apologies to those who have already made travel plans, etc.. We understand that this may be a major inconvenience for many, but we had little control over the timing as a decision had to be made by the hotel deadline to cancel without incurring very large monetary penalties, which left us with a very narrow window. We have tried to be as transparent as possible that there was an issue so that members were aware that it might be necessary to postpone MW*C 38. It has also been a particularly bad year for staff members, and we lost several due to health, family, and financial issues. Thanks to all those who stepped in to help.
Existing memberships will continue to be valid. Those who are unwilling to wait may request refunds (as usual, you can convert to Supporting and continue to receive Progress Reports, etc., or you can request a full refund). The same goes for Dealers tables. Not requesting a refund now does not mean you can’t request a refund later.
The Fan Quality Awards will continue taking nominations, and voting will be conducted as usual online and by mail, with the final results posted on the MW*C website.
As always, we encourage members to subscribe to the MW*C blog to keep up with the latest updates and announcements. We will continue to maintain the MW*C blog and website as your primary sources of information.
— Lori & Gordon