Femmes & Gentlefurs:
A dark day has befallen us as we have had to make the difficult decision to announce that Califur 2.14 will not be held in 2018. Our Staff has left no stone unturned to research and find a home for Califur this year and although talks were close, they were not able to work out. We nearly secured a new home, but unfortunately, we learned the location had already booked out space that we needed.
We have learned a lot from both Califur 2.13 and valuable feedback from our attendees. And in a sense, Califur 2 has died. This is why we are starting anew with Califur 3, “The Year of the Phoenix”. As a Phoenix is reborn from its ashes and learns from its mistakes, we too plan on rebuilding and learning from our mistakes. Some of our changes include:
- Improved Feedback – A convention is only able to thrive when the convention listens to the fandom. Your voice matters to us, which is why we will open up a year-round feedback Channel. This Channel will be for you to use for any suggestion that you have for us to improve the con from panel suggestions, theming ideas or any complaints you might have about different staff members. So feel free to drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- A New Home– Unfortunately our former home is unable to accommodate us, partially due to the issues that happened last year. We are aware that The Fairplex really did not feel like home. As such we are not just looking for a new host, but a new home. A place that can grow with our con as our con grows and rises again.
- New Staff – Last year proved to be a great challenge for all staff involved. As last year’s convention came to an end, it was also time to find new voices to bring Califur into the new era. So, we have multiple openings for new Furries to step up and become part of the staff family. If you are interested in being part of the rise of a whole new Califur, please let us know your interest at email@example.com.
- New and Improved Panels and Events: – We know some of the panels/events you enjoy attending, and some are not your favorites. Not only do we need feedback from you about what panels and events you want to see here, but we will also be doing online surveys and feedback to see what kind of response each panel or event gets. The more votes, the more likely the panel is to happen.
- New Registration System – As some of you may know, we have been using the current system for almost the entire convention. Due to numerous complaints about the registration department and the way badges are processed, we listened, and want to find a new way to process them. Please send us your feedback on any systems you have USED before, or have had experience with. What they are, and your experiences with them will help us decide what we can use, and some surveys may seal the deal at the end of our research.
All current registrants WILL carry over until next year, we guarantee that. If after hearing what we have planned, you still want to remove your support for Califur 3, you may request a refund of your contribution for Califur 2.14. Truth be told due to convention expenses, and hotel issues last year, not everyone can be refunded. We will do the best we can to get you refunded as soon as possible as long as you request it. To request a refund, Please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org This email needs to contain your UID (located in the confirmation email), your Paypal email address, and your Paypal Transaction ID. Please NOTE that unfortunately due to our impending move we are unable to guarantee that pricing will be as affordable as years past. Those who choose to extend their membership will attend Califur 3 at Califur 2.14 prices. All refund requests will be responded to, and we will work with you to get your refund as soon as possible. Also, note that the oldest payees that request refunds (those who paid at the last convention) will get priority over those who just recently paid.
In mythology, The Phoenix is able to rise from the ashes of its own destruction and be reborn into a smarter stronger being. CF is the Phoenix, from the ashes of ConFurence was born Califur, now from the ashes of Califur 2 we are REBORN as Califur 3 – Year of the Phoenix and we can’t wait to see all of our Southern California furry brethren as we rise again. See you in 2019.
The Califur Phoenix