President’s News – November 2009
Greetings fellow writers
My thanks to everyone who has welcomed me so warmly to the committee this year and now as president of the association for 2009-2010. I look forward to an exciting year of challenges and hopefully many successes for both the association and our members.
For those who don’t know me well my background is in education, instructional design, marketing, social media, web and graphic design. I write non-fiction, have been published in several print and online magazines and am currently co-authoring a book. I look forward to sharing my experience and using my skills for the benefit of the association.
We were very fortunate to have the entertaining and talented Peter Watt speak at the October meeting. The depth of his research and his passion for Australian history was truly inspiring. Peter also shared exciting news about a TV series based on two of his books, so keep an eye out for ‘Frontier’ in the future… hopefully it will air in Australia as well as the rest of the world.
Please make a note to buy tickets in the raffle at the November meeting as we have two extra special prizes of signed copies of Peter’s books to give away.
We have implemented a new feature for meetings: a mini brainstorm session. At the October meeting the topic was ‘Ideas’ and members were invited to brainstorm their ideas for the association on a large sheet of paper. One of the ideas was ‘do something different’ – I think the brainstorm session qualifies for that! Another idea was to hold a ‘poster design’ competition, and yet another was the GCWA history collaborative e-Book project.
To see the full list of ideas, to comment on them or to add your own, see the Brainstorm topic on the GCWC forum or email me direct if you prefer. A new topic will be brainstormed at the next meeting so please come along ready to share your thoughts and ideas!
Member of the month
A new feature on the GCWA website will be our monthly featured member. Featured members will be chosen for their active contribution to the association: interacting at meetings, contribution to the newsletter, involvement with the online community website, etc. Di Morris has volunteered to interview the recipient of this honour and Ceresse Gardner will take a great publicity shot for you (or you can supply your own image if you prefer). Our first featured member will be announced at the November meeting.
Lastly, I’d like to personally welcome Bill Turkington to the committee as our new e-Writeabout editor. This is a new challenge for Bill and I congratulate him for taking it on.