I've found that while things are getting back to normal, they aren't quite the same. My capacity for getting things done has decreased while the demands on my time have increased. I want our chapter to continue to function as it has in the past, and in order to do that, I must be realistic about my own limits.
At the start of my term as RA, I stated that this was your chapter. And it is, very much so; but like the old adage says, the hands of many make quick work. Similarly, my goal has long been to make our chapter resilient against whatever the future holds for us. (Like the plan to move the conference out of the busiest part of hurricane season to the spring.) In that spirit, the addition of new volunteer roles helps to spread the work so that no one volunteer is left with more tasks than can be reasonably managed.
Unfortunately at the time of this writing, there have been no applicants for any of the open previously advertised volunteer positions. I am concerned about the chapter's ability to host larger scale events moving forward. The hard truth is that without one or both of the Co-RA and/or Conference Chair positions filled by July 1st, we will be unable to host an in-person conference in 2023. I simply cannot manage and oversee such a large scale project at this time without additional help.
I am asking again, that each of you consider if you have skills you can contribute to our chapter keep up the programming and content that we've all found so helpful in our creative journeys. These are the open positions:
- Regional Team (RT)
- Co-Regional Advisor (Co-RA)
- Illustrator Coordinator (IC)
- Local Volunteers
- Conference Chair
- Event Webmaster
If you are interested in more information on or how to apply for the RT positions, please email me at email@example.com.
For more information on the Local Volunteer positions or to apply, click here. And please remember that these spots have a large degree of flexibility and can be made into co-chairs if there's a pair that would like to work together. Please reach out to me if you'd like to discuss further.
In the meantime, the Regional Team is working on some upcoming webinars and intensive-type workshops. More to come on that soon!
I hope you all will consider getting more involved with our chapter so that we can continue to have the high-quality programming that we've come to enjoy.
RA, SCBWI Houston