And second, we also have this beautiful new newsletter from our new editor, Lisa Chow. Lisa is a fun and creative author-illustrator with a penchant for rainbows and pastel...perfect for fresh starts!
With this refresh of our newsletter, we thought we'd shake it up a bit--this column, for example. I'm hoping to pop in each month to write a note updating you all on the chapter and upcoming events. And if nothing else, to cheer you on as you make your way along this creative path.
We are also introducing a new regular column: Folk Wisdom and Other Thoughts by Jim Smolski. I've come to know Jim through the fun poems he shares with me via email. Many are about creativity, but also about life. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have!
In that vein, we are also considering two additional columns: one for illustrators where we share a rotation of member work and other craft-based resources; and one for writers that would feature a rotation of topics. Topics and featured artists would be selected from a pool of member submitted proposals. If you would like to voice your support for one or both of these please send me an email at email@example.com.
Lastly, I'm excited to announce our first IN-PERSON SOCIAL! While we work on transitioning back to in-person meetings, we wanted to provide an opportunity to socialize after so much time apart. We're planning casual get togethers every quarter in different parts of the greater Houston area. See the Houston Chapter Events section below for more details.
I'd like to end this first note with a GIGANTIC THANK YOU to member Bruce Foster for his tireless, faithful, and always friendly dedication to our chapter. He retires (at long last!) as newsletter editor and webmaster after eight years of service. Bruce was one of the many welcoming and friendly faces I met when I took on the role of RA, and I would not have had nearly as much success without his support and guidance. Thank you from all of us, Bruce!
Regional Advisor, Houston SCBWI