Have You Hugged Your Writer’s Organization Officers Today?

Officers who volunteer for writer’s organizations usually do a ton of work. They plan regular and annual meetings, write, edit, and produce bulletins, newsletters, and journals, organize and coordinate contests, maintain websites, attend Board meetings and make policy changes, record Board meeting minutes, maintain membership databases, manage the treasury, file tax returns,  hold Board elections, field members’ suggestions and complaints, do fundraising, apply for grants, publicize to recruit new members, and perform a host of other duties.

Often, it becomes a second job or it takes away from time that one could be spending on a writing project, submitting work to publications, or from leisure and family activities.

For example, I have volunteered for over six years as an officer of The Haiku Society of America. I know the demands firsthand. And, although it’s a lot of work, I have benefitted, too, by meeting great writers who have given me inspiration and ideas, and I’ve made new friends. So, it’s not all sacrifice. I will be retiring my volunteer post as Second Vice President at the end of this year, and I must say it has been rewarding.

For every one person who complains to an officer about something, often beyond his/her control, there are about twenty people who call to support you. So, you learn to relish the positives, rather than a few of the negatives. It always helps, though, if a member goes out of his way to thank an officer of the writer’s organization.

I hope that officers don’t get burned out. I have not burned out, and I don’t like to see any officer who does, but sometimes it’s a reality. I think I didn’t burn out, because I always received some thank-yous when the workload really got heavy.

So give your favorite writer’s organization officer a hug! And, consider being on the other side of the fence and volunteering. It will be a learning experience in more ways than one.

Copyright 2015 by Charlotte Digregorio.


About Charlotte Digregorio

I publish books. I have marketed and/or published 55 titles. These books are sold in 46 countries to bookstores, libraries, universities, professional organizations, government agencies, and book clubs. I am also the author of five non-fiction books: Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All; Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Homes; You Can Be A Columnist; Beginners' Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features; and Your Original Personal Ad. The first four books have been adopted as supplemental texts at universities throughout the U.S., Canada, India, Pakistan, and Catalonia. They are sold in 43 countries, and are displayed in major metropolitan cultural centers. These books have been reviewed, recommended, and praised by hundreds of critics, librarians, and professors worldwide. I am also the author of a poetry collection: "Shadows of Seasons: Selected Haiku and Senryu." Two of my books have been Featured Selections of Writer's Digest Book Club. I am regularly interviewed by major print, radio, and television organizations throughout the U.S. I have signed books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores. I was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize in poetry. I have won thirty-three poetry awards. I have been nominated and listed in "The International Authors and Writers Who's Who" in Cambridge, England and in the "Who's Who In Writers, Editors & Poets U.S./Canada." I am an internationally-published haiku, senryu, tanka, kyoka, haibun, free verse, acrostic, cinquain, etheree, and sestina poet. My poetry has been translated into six languages, and I have done poetry readings at a variety of bookstores, libraries, art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. My poetry has been displayed at supermarkets, art galleries, libraries, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. I've been interviewed on cable television about my poetry. I also hosted my own radio program, "Poetry Beat," on public broadcasting. My poetry has been featured on several library web sites including those of Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana and Cornell University's Mann Library. My background includes positions as a feature editor and columnist at daily newspapers and as a magazine editor. I have been a public relations director for a non-profit organization. I was also self-employed as a communications/public relations/marketing consultant with 111 clients in 16 states. In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give special lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and to those at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and to libraries. I have been a writer-in-residence at universities. There have been about 400 articles written about me in the media. I have served on the Boards of writers and publishers organizations. My positions have included Board Secretary of the Northwest Association of Book Publishers. I served for five years as Midwest Regional Coordinator of The Haiku Society of America. Currently, I am Second Vice President of the Haiku Society.
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2 Responses to Have You Hugged Your Writer’s Organization Officers Today?

  1. haikutec says:

    Great, and useful post, thanks!

    Alan, With Words, THF, BHS, and others 🙂

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