PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – JANUARY 2016
Happy New Year to You, One and All!
For those of you who were not able to attend our Holiday Party, we successfully
tied up 2015 with a lovely bow, a lively party and the launch of the latest Fault Zone,
Transform! I want to thank you, one and all, who were able to make the fête and to those who gave of their time and energy to make it a success!! And in the role of transforming, Michele Jessen, our new Hospitality Chair, worked her holiday magic on the Dining Room at our new facility and it was truly something to behold. Thank you!
Speaking of ‘Transform’, our thanks go out once again to Tory Hartmann, who pulled another rabbit out of her hat as she ‘transformed’ and published the latest volume,
Transform, of the Fault Zone making it available in time for our holiday party. Our gratitude, also goes out to Ann Foster and all those on the editing team who worked tirelessly on your behalf! Thank you! Thank you!
Now that 2016 is upon us, get ready for a fast uptick in activities. We are preparing to bring some new and renewed energy to our monthly meetings—like member readings and, for the first time, the organization of critique groups for new members. We will be taking names for volunteers to help in several areas, like leading a critique group, signing up to work the San Francisco Writers Conference CWC booth in
February, gearing up for the San Mateo County Fair Literary Stage, opening a new chapter for the Fault Zone, participating in the Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley in June . . . and oh, there is so much more, like . . . .
The 50th Anniversary Celebration of our SF/Peninsula Branch
February 20, 2016
Put this date on your calendar and gear up for a grand celebration. This is our opportunity to take a look back into the past to see from whence we’ve come! We hope to meet at the original meeting place—the Sequoia Yacht Club in Redwood City—and have a special luncheon which will honor those folks who served our SF/Peninsula Branch over the course of so many years. We will listen to our ‘elders’ regale us with stories of success and near success, so expect laughter and tears as we look back and thank our lucky stars for the vibrant Branch we have become!! Look for updates on this event and volunteer to be a part of this
Speaking of volunteers, I want to take this opportunity to thank those folks on our Board, who tirelessly have given of their time to help this branch move forward. It takes more than a village to bring programs to you and Darlene Frank, your Vice President, has worked diligently for the past two years to make certain that you have an array of powerful speakers. Lisa Meltzer Penn, too, continues as your board secretary along with managing so many other jobs along the way; Bill Baynes continues to buoy us up with his handling of our publicity needs and acts as our website overseer. Pratibha Kelapure, a brand-new member, is embracing those very website needs and is our new web
manager. Bette Houtchens, our membership chair is Johnny-on-the-spot to answer any questions regarding membership. he also fills a myriad of roles which only she can do and do well. Maurine Killough has taken on the role of newsletter editor and Elise Miller is continuing on the Board as Member-at-Large, as is Bardi Rosman Koodrin. When you see any of these folks wandering around, please thank them for a job well done! So much work goes on behind the scenes to make this Branch work, and you, too, can be a part of it.
Just let us know your interests and we will happily ‘plug’ you into the Branch’s inner workings! Again, Happy New Year!!
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