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Penguicon 2020 Has been Canceled

Penguicon Family, We bring bittersweet news today. As you know, we have diligently kept our eyes on the situation surrounding COVID-19 in order to determine what we should do about Penguicon this year. It is with sadness, but also hope, that I am able to announce that the Westin has offered to move our contract to April 2021. This means that Penguicon 2020 has officially been cancelled. We think this is in the best interest of our community, our organization,…

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Board Statement for March 22

Penguicon Family, We continue to monitor the situation in the world and, in particular, Michigan.  As of March 22nd, the Governor has extended the ban on public gatherings until April 13, 2020 – 11 days before Penguicon. We are in the process of reaching out to the Westin executive staff to see if we can work with them on a compromise that is equitable to everyone involved; that is being sent out this week.  The event staff that we were working…

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Board Statement

Penguicon Family, some of you joined us at the virtual Board meeting on Saturday, March 14 and we appreciated your time and your input. Thank you for being thoughtful and understanding as we navigate these uncertain times.  As discussed, we are currently bound by our hotel contract to hold Penguicon unless required by law to cease. Canceling the event now will mean almost certain dissolution, and end Penguicon in its current form. As you can imagine, we are not planning…

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ConCom Meeting Location Change

Given the present circumstances, our regularly scheduled ConCom meeting for Sunday March 15th will be held virtually instead of at the hotel. Please join us via Zoom meeting at 1pm – the link will be made available on our Facebook Event, or you can email jessica@penguicon.org.

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Board Meeting Update – Online Only

Penguicon Family, given the recent circumstances the board has had to make a few pivots regarding the upcoming board meeting to ensure that we are focusing on the right things at the right time.  Please, be understanding as we navigate these uncertain waters in the days and weeks ahead. The board meeting on March 14, 2020 will be via virtual stream only.  While we will not be hosting a meet and greet with the board at 11am, I will open…

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Interim Statement from the Board

Penguicon has been closely monitoring information related to COVID-19. We understand that this is a serious situation and we are treating it as such. The board is meeting on March 14th to discuss all alternative paths moving forward as we continue to monitor the circumstances. Please know that we hear your concerns and we will do what is best for our community and the future of Penguicon.

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2020 Penguicon Shirts now available!

Offworld Designs is ready to offer our Penguicon 2020 shirts for pre-order and pick up at the convention, and we are so proud of them! The art was created for this year by Crystal Mielcarek – this pile of penguins know the difference between HTML and XHTML, no doubt. Thank you, Crystal! A similar graphic will be on the cover of our souvenir book! Shirts are available up to 5x in unisex style and up to 3x in “ladies cut”,…

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Chair and Board member needed!

Penguicon is looking for you!  We are recruiting for the 2021 ConChair and for the Penguicon Board of Directors – two positions that are essential to the future success of Penguicon. We are looking for you to step up and fill one of those positions. The Convention Chair (ConChair) has the initial vision for what direction to take Penguicon for their year, and brings in a volunteer team to make it happen. (Don’t worry, we have a deep field of…

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Room Party Space Limited

One of the great things about Penguicon is the night life! Attendees of all varieties host room parties, from small “Stitch and Gabs” to enormous 80’s night DJ’d dances, from Dinosaur or Harry Potter themed events to Linux chat rooms, interactive party adventures, and more. All of the best rooms on the party floors at the Penguicon hotel are reserved for the room parties that ask for them specifically, so if you’d like a Jr Suite in the middle of…

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Staff Needed

Have you thought about contributing your time and energy to make Penguicon happen?  We are an entirely community-run, all-volunteer event, and would not happen without people like you stepping up to do what they can to make Penguicon awesome. Staff pays a reduced rate to attend, gets unique swag, is listed in the Souvenir Book, and gets the feeling of being a part of a great team. Here are some positions in which we could use your help! Signage: The…

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