As I prepare for to hand over the WiVLA reins to Cori Austin in January I would like to thank all of you who helped make my time as president so pleasant and rewarding. A special thanks goes to all our current board members for their service to WiVLA. Without an active and willing board it would be impossible for WiVLA to function. Several deserve specific mention. First, is Alicia Young who has not only provided clear minutes of our board meetings, but has set the standard for form and speed in getting the minutes to us quickly and accurately. Second, is Lane Devereux  our Treasurer who monthly gives us an accurate reporting of our finances and is ever willing to ask, “What was that amount  for?”

Next is Harriet Riley our newsletter editor who for two years has produced the WiVLA newsletter which we have all received at the first of each month. Since I have done the newsletter in the past, I have to say it is one of the most fun WiVLA jobs because it provides an inside view of what is happening at WiVLA. But it is also unrelenting and because of that whenever the newsletter editor is mentioned in meetings – she always receives a welcome round of applause!

And finally, I must single our Visual Co-Chairs Peggy Sexton and Jo Zider  and our Literary Co-Chairs Paige Moore and Mary Harlan for the Library Show and the “Windows” Collaboration Show and for members who participated and helped in making those shows possible. Their extraordinary service cannot be quantified, but certainly can be acknowledged. I also thank Jo Zider for arranging the upcoming show “Abundant” at the Cloisters Gallery at Christ Church Cathedral and our Historian Rona Lesser for helping arrange the upcoming “Renewal” show at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center in August 2017. Having these shows in place will help our new board under the leadership of Cori Austin hit the ground running and provide ample opportunities for our members to be involved and show their work.

Member involvement is critical to keeping WiVLA vital and in the first two months of 2017 you will have an opportunity for direct participation: 

  • Enter the “Abundant” show – entries due by January 27
  • Bring your ideas to the January 17 member meeting at Archway Gallery concerning how you want WiVLA to spend your money to aid young women in our community (see lead story in this issue)
  • Share your work in the February 21 meeting in our ever popular “Circle of Five”
  • And of course, to renew your membership for another year!

Recently I had tea with a WiVLA member and we were discussing WiVLA meetings. I said I thought perhaps my favorite meeting was always the last one I attended.

“I know exactly what you mean,” my friend replied. “Sometimes I look at an upcoming program and think that it really isn’t something I am interested in. Then I say to myself, ‘You have the time – go and it might surprise you.’ I have never been disappointed and I am always amazed at the diversity and depth of all our programs.”

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!

Jane Mulholland

"An ekphrastic poem is like a jolt of electricity surging through a work of art."
- Patricia Smith, ARTLines2

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