Presidents News – December 2011
Congratulations to our patron, Kay Danes, who was honoured with the Paul Harris medal, the highest Rotary Distinction, this month. Also thank you to Jeannie for presiding over the meeting in my absence.
For those interested in learning more about the publication of ebooks, this might be a useful set of questions for you to consider bit.ly/sI5vGF (*1) Griffith University is currently offering the Josephine Ulrick Prizes http://tinyurl.com/3lov4fk (*2) (thanks Joan Songaila).
As Christmas rushes towards us with all the associated festive joy and stress, December provides an opportunity to reflect and plan, both personally and at an organisational level, to celebrate successes, and consider opportunities, and to remember to enter and vote in the Christmas competition! It can be a time to think about our families, friends and acquaintances, and those who find the Christmas season a particularly lonely time. We may also ponder the concepts of giving and receiving, what really matters in our lives, and how all of these elements impact our writing. Language has great power, and as writers our words are gifts both to ourselves and our readers.
For me personally, the fragility of life was reinforced by a very difficult entry to the world of my new (now healthy) grandbaby. At the same time I was able to experience the great joy of watching her big sister discover the wonder of words in books written in both Japanese and English, her two home languages, and to see her continue loving her books to death. Introducing babies to reading is one of the most pleasant responsibilities we have as adults.
To you all I hope the holiday season brings an opportunity for you to relax, to absorb a favourite book, to take time with those you most care about, to secretly do something kind for a stranger, and, of course, to enjoy the Christmas party.