President’s News – February 2016
Hi Members and Friends,
Now that we’ve all settled into our routines, schools are back, Australia Day has come and gone and we’ve all but forgotten our New Year’s resolutions about NOT overindulging—well some of us anyway—let’s sum up our first meeting of the year for those who were still on holiday…lucky you!
January is normally a quiet month at the GCWA meeting, but did this one turn out to be different! Plenty of new faces as well as a few old friends. Thanks also to Elena for her kind donation of the sandwiches and snacks for afternoon tea, which were a real treat.
We elected to have an open mike session, where members were invited to come up and talk about their works. We were captivated by Hilary Hallett and Gary Ivory, both of whom inspired me to keep writing. Thank you once again for sharing your individual journeys with us.
The adult writing completion for 2016 is once again open and was briefly outlined by Noela, our Competitions coordinator. Please watch out for further information. There are some fantastic prizes up for grabs again this year, but I’ll leave it to Noela to tell you all about it.
A hearty welcome to all our new members who joined us in December. It was also good to meet Emma Zamparutti, one of the new members.
I welcome Mark Wren and Leah Bunn to our committee. It’s great to have you on board, Mark and Leah. There are still a few committee positions open. Please don’t hesitate to contact our secretary, Louisa Wright, at firstname.lastname@example.org or myself at email@example.com if you would like to contribute to the running of the GCWA.
We are pleased to announce that our Guest Speaker for February will be our own Darryl Greer. In keeping with our endeavours to edify our members and visitors, Darryl will be presenting his talk Get Noticed, Get Published. Please join us on Saturday 20th February to learn more.
Our annual Literary Luncheon will be held on Saturday the 23 July this year, so please mark this important date in your calendars.
Finally, how is the challenge for this year coming on? Remember, Steven King said – “The scariest moment is always just before you start. After that, things can only get better.”
Look forward to seeing you all at our next meeting…