WriterHouse welcomes new board member, says farewell to two directors

I’d like to repost this announcement from WriterHouse. If you didn’t already know, you’ve probably guessed by my frequent links to their programs that I’m involved with WriterHouse. I’ve served on its board for over 2 years now. The announcement below expresses very well how I feel about the organization and the fine people I’ve worked with and look forward to working with. If you’re looking for a writing community in Charlottesville, please consider WriterHouse. The coming year promises to be very exciting.


News from the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of WriterHouse is pleased to announce the election of Charles Shields as a member of the board, serving a term beginning January 1, 2011 and ending December 31, 2013. Charles has been an enthusiastic supporter of WriterHouse and we are excited to have the opportunity to work more closely with him over the next three years. Charles is the author of the bestselling biography of Harper Lee, Mockingbird (Henry Holt, 2006) and a forthcoming biography of Kurt Vonnegut. He is also the Vice President of Biographers International Organization (BIO).

Beginning January 1, 2011, Rachel Unkefer will serve a two-year term as president.

Two of our founding board members will complete their terms on December 31, 2010, but they will never really be gone. Their accomplishments are embedded in the foundation of this vibrant community. We send our best wishes to Hope Mills Voelkel and Christy Strick and thank them for their service.

We are indebted to Hope Mills Voelkel for her many contributions to the founding and establishment of this organization. Her marketing expertise has been invaluable, as has her willingness to hit up friends and family for graphic design work, Pavilion gigs, and art for our walls. Hope was responsible for shepherding the design of our logo, business cards, and brochures. She pitched in with open hours shifts, cleaning, and helping with all the other invisible tasks that have kept everything functioning. Her enthusiasm, passion for community, and devotion to the mission of the organization have infused it with a certain spirit that cannot be replicated.

Although she no longer resides in Charlottesville, Christy Strick will continue to be involved in a consulting capacity as immediate past president. Christy’s organizational and planning skills are legendary. Those of us who know her well recognize that she is equally talented at inspiring her fellow writers to do their best work and then to get it out into the world. Driven by her dogged faith in us, we have all done more than we thought we could. She brought this same faith and inspiration to WriterHouse at its formation and beyond. At every shaky moment, she was there to push us all ahead, keep us going, and never let us give up. She has also been a leader who rolls up her sleeves and does what needs to be done, whether it’s setting up chairs, plating refreshments, or contacting donors.

WriterHouse could not have gotten this far without these two amazing women. Please help us thank them. Post your tributes to our facebook wall, or send an email and we’ll post it for you.

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