Kaye's position is equal to mine, and as such, she will be helping to steer the chapter. It will take some time to get her up-to-speed and work out the logistics of having two RAs. In the coming months we will be developing a division of duties which will be shared with membership. In the meantime, please copy Kaye on any email that you send to me. Her email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a very new development, so in order to properly introduce Kaye, we will be publishing an interview with her in the July edition. I'm excited to have her join the Regional Team and thank her deeply for stepping up to volunteer with our chapter. THANK YOU and WELCOME, Kaye!
In related news, we are close to finalizing a new Illustrator Coordinator and will hopefully have an announcement on that front in July!
I want to take a moment to thank everyone who reached out after the last newsletter with offers of help. I have noted your names and we will be reaching out in the coming weeks as we begin to determine where we can best use you.
We're hard at work on this year's programming schedule. We have some exciting events (both in-person and virtual) in the works and will share details once we get things nailed down a bit more.
IN-PERSON MEETING UPDATE
Due to SCBWI's current COVID Policy, we have decided to hold off on resuming in-person meetings. The current SCBWI CCOVID Policy States:
To minimize the risk of Covid-19 at all SCBWI in-person events with more than 25 attendees, event organizers are required to implement the following attendance policy:
- Require attendees to submit proof of vaccination, or proof of a negative PCR test taken no earlier than three days prior to the event, as a condition of attendance.
We understand that members are ready to return to in-person events, but the current policy places a heavy administrative burden on the RT for reoccurring events like our monthly meetings and may further dissuade attendance. To add, we are also booked into the future with out of town speakers. We will continue to look for creative ways to gather (such as our Quarterly Socials!) in the meantime!
SAVE THE DATE
I'm a bit late in planning, but am working on hosting our next quarterly social on June 26th. Due to SCBWI's COVID policy, this event will be limited to a maximum of 25 attendees, so please RSVP once the info comes out. This meeting will be in Katy, so please email me your recommendations for a cool patio where we can hang out and discuss kid lit with a bite and a frosty drink!
RA, SCBWI Houston