President’s News – March 2015
Hello Members and Friends
This past few weeks have most certainly held some very interesting moments – from the simplest to the most complex and challenging. What I realise above all, however, is that life is so very precious and every moment is to be valued. We become so caught up in the busy-ness of life that we can easily forget to stop and embrace the moment. I too admit to the first and am becoming more and more conscious of the second. I encourage you to take a moment, be aware of what it holds for you and decide what is really important.
Last month we had to cancel our meeting due to the ongoing weather warnings. As it happened, we were spared the deluge of an ex-tropical cyclone here on the Gold Coast, however the lead up was quite sufficient. I trust that you and your families remained safe throughout. We thank the Gold Coast City Council for waiving hall fees in the interests of public safety. Our booked speaker, Susanne Gervay, looks forward to coming up from Sydney on another occasion.
Festival plans continue to evolve for June. We have had an overwhelming response as expressions of interest (EOIs) in all areas, including 12 schools wishing to host Authors in Schools events. A reminder that EOIs close on March 18. Stay posted on the full festival events schedule as news comes to hand, via our newsletters and updates, by registering on the websites www.goldcoastwriters.org and www.goldcoastwritersfestival.com.au.
I would like to thank a number of people for their ongoing work in the association. Louisa Wright and the team for their efforts towards sausage sizzle fundraisers. We have more sizzles planned at Masters stores around the Gold Coast, so if you would like to help out, please contact Louisa firstname.lastname@example.org. Our Vice President, Gary Ivory, for his ongoing support with both the GCWA and festival – I couldn’t do it without you Gary. Lastly, but not least, I have the utmost appreciation to Jeannie Barker, who has, despite enormous health challenges, continued to help where she can. Wishing you a full and speedy recovery, Jeannie. We really could not operate without a team effort and I am grateful to all on the committee.
On March 21 we have the entertaining and delightful Judi Young as Guest Speaker. Judi looks forward to meeting us and offering some of her insights into taking a journey – sometimes through the quagmires of life – to creating a book and living life to its fullest. I look forward to having you join us for another great meeting.
Until we connect again, I wish you a wonderfully creative month!