From the National Storytelling Network
November 14, 2009
New officers for 2009 were elected at the October Board Meeting:
Chair Sherry Norfolk (GA)
Vice Chair Judy Sima (MI)
Secretary Roger Armstrong (AR)
Finance Chair M.L. Barron (PA)
At-Large Margaret Meyers (KS)
So much news to report! What follows here is a summary – you’ll find the full stories on the Board Blog (http://sites.google.com/a/nationalstorytelling.net/nsn-board/-3---board-blog).
-- New Directors have been elected in four regions. Taking office in 2009 will be:
Western Region: Sandy Oglesby
Southeast Region: Caren Neile
Pacific Region: Cathryn Fairlee
Northeast Region: Lauretta Phillips
-- The new NSN website (www.storynet.org) is on line! thanks to the generosity of web designer Karen Wollscheid....
-- NSN plans national advocacy for storytelling through the Arts Recognition Task Force (the ART Force!) led by co-chairs Mary Hamilton and Jane Crouse....
-- The HEROES CAMPAIGN is launched, and the first trailblazing Heroes are thanked....
-- NSN has Good Financial News! about the 2008 Conference, the 2009 Budget, and a new accounting system....
-- We congratulate the recipient of the 2009 J.J. Reneaux Mentorship Award, Dustin Loehr of Mesa, AZ....
-- Good news about membership – and some great new-member bonuses from our sponsors August House Publishers and Cherish Bound....
-- 2009 is the Year of the Regions, and NSN will co-sponsor seven events....
-- The new on-line Events Calendar is under way, and you can send listings to Sharon Rogers, our calendar volunteer, at firstname.lastname@example.org....
-- And you can easily send messages to the right person on the Board or Staff by going to the Contact section of www.storynet.org. We want to hear from you!
By the way, we’ve started a new discussion thread, about being a storyteller in these tough economic times, on the NSN Forum (http://groups.google.com/group/tellers/topics?hl=en). Come see a wonderful message from Megan Hicks, “Holding Our Collective Breath,” and share your own experiences and wisdom!
With warm wishes for the Tellabration and Thanksgiving season,
Chair, NSN Board of Directors