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Showing posts with label Nicki Leone. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nicki Leone. Show all posts

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Top Ten Reasons I Have Enjoyed Being Program Coordinator for Netwest

1. I was able to bring onboard a corporate sponsor, United Community Bank, Inc..

2. I have been delighted to give something back to Netwest. We are steadily increasing our membership.

3. I’ve met and discussed Netwest with people throughout NC, and I’ve participated in exciting writing events and spoken to eager audiences of writers.

4. With the addition of Henderson County to our membership, I had the opportunity to meet the writers there, appoint a county representative and play a part in helping them build a writing community.

5. Working with our past and present leaders we revised a set of guidelines, drafted in 2003, which makes Netwest more independent without breaking from the North Carolina Writers’ Network. This was sorely needed.

6. One of the goals I had as Program Coordinator was to reach out to all the counties included in the membership of Netwest and let them know they are Netwest members just as much as members in Cherokee and Clay County.

7. For many years I had heard “we get nothing for our dues” from some members. I was able, in this past year, to give our members several low cost workshops by top writing instructors, to promote the work of deserving writers, to give computer classes to members at low or no cost, to start a Netwest blog and give our members’ work an outlet to the world.

8. I worked as a volunteer at the Spring Conference in Winston-Salem and found that NCWN needs volunteers and will offer an incentive to members who help out. I appreciate Ed Southern and Virginia Freedman giving me the chance to help with registration.

9. I’ve found working with Nicki Leone, President of NCWN, to be a joy and I admire her for her dedication to writers and to writing.

10. In my position as Program Coordinator, I now realize this is indeed a position which requires dedication and commitment. A PC must be visible, be active, and must respond to every phone call and email from members, possible members, writing instructors, from those who have published books, from those who want to publish books, from those who need the address of a fellow writer, from those who failed to check the calendar or just think it is easier to call the PC.

Part of the Program Coordinator’s job is to welcome new members, writers from out of town, make flyers, publicize and set up readings, contact and remind writers of the dates they read. Beg for volunteers to help when needed, work closely with all newspaper editors so they will happily print our news and calendar announcements, raise funds for special projects, and get to know our Indie book stores who are important to us as writers. And do all this with a smile. To many, the Program Coordinator is the face of Netwest.

10. The best part of being a Program Coordinator for Netwest is seeing our image, a mountain writer’s group, become respected and admired throughout the state of NC and beyond.
To see our members succeed and grow as writers, to see their work appreciated by others, to be their voices when they want to share good news, and know that I had some small part in making this happen, this is the best part.

Glenda Beall

Monday, March 10, 2008

NCWN's new website looks great, but Netwest part is lacking

The North Carolina Writers' Network website, ncwriters.org has been sorely lacking for a long time. Almost a year ago, when I took the position of Program Coordinator for Netwest, I told Cynthia Barnett, then Exe. Director, how I felt about the antiquated website. She told me it would take much money to update the site and the Board knew the site needed to be updated. Nicki Leone surprised me with being the geek who created the new site. I am not sure, but I imagine NCWN saved a good bit of cash with Nicki, the president, doing all the work.
I want to apologize to our members of Netwest. Our part of the site did not get much of a makeover, I'm afraid. I did not know until Saturday afternoon that the site was to go live on Monday. Although I practically re-wrote every page of the Netwest link, Nicki didn't have time to change it before the "grand Opening" today. I hope to add photographs and correct some errors in the next few weeks.
I would love for our members to email me with ideas of how to make the Netwest link more interesting and more valuable.
I hope the members of Netwest will use the NCWN site now and not complain that the site has nothing for them. Any member can benefit from the new site. Check out all the possibilities. Let me hear from you, OK?