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October Retreat and follow-up from Oct. 6 Meeting

Subject: Elections Report and Gell Center Schedule

 Hello, Just Poets!

It was heartening to see such a large turnout for last Saturday’s By-laws and Board election, and to see so many of you stay to workshop poems. We are pleased to announce that the By-laws were adopted overwhelmingly, and that the new Board of 12 Just Poets members was elected by near unanimity. Following the vote, we held a brainstorming session to  generate “Action Items” for Just Poets. These helpful suggestions will be discussed further at the first Board meeting, prior to our November 3 workshop, in hopes of starting to implement changes and new initiatives. During the break, we had a short meeting of the new Board, who elected David Yockel to the consolidated position of Secretary-Treasurer, and ratified John Roche and Colleen Powderly in their current positions (through June 2013). Sincere thanks to our new Board, and to all of you!

 
In just under 2 weeks, on Saturday October 20, we’ll have an all-day retreat at the Gell Center in Bristol, New York. WE NEED TO KNOW HOW MANY ARE COMING, SO PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE BY CONTACTING COLLEEN POWDERLY OR JOHN  ROCHE. Our emails are below.
 
THE FEE IS $10.00 FOR THE DAY (you can pay in advance or day of). PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH ENTREE/SANDWICH AND A DISH TO PASS FOR THE GROUP.
 
IF YOU CAN HELP BY GIVING SOMEONE A RIDE, PLEASE LET US KNOW. WE ALREADY HAVE REQUESTS FOR RIDES.
 
HERE’S THE SCHEDULE:
9 to 10 : meet, greet, Continental Breakfast (provided)
 
10-11: Tributes to Adrienne Rich and Lucille Clifton(moderated by Colleen Powderly and Almeta Whitis
11 to 11:15: break
11:15 to 12:30: workshops
Option A: David Michael Nixon will present a generative series of writing exercises involving intersections between private experience and public voice. His workshop is titled, “‘the poem at the end of the world’: the personal as political” (based on a quote from Lucille Clifton).
Option B: “Peripatetic Poetry”: Weather permitting, John Roche will lead a leisurely stroll through the Gell Center grounds aimed at generating poetry in and of nature. If it rains like last year, we’ll do it indoors.
12:30 to 1:30:  lunch
1:30 to 2:45:  Member readings with a focus on new members
2:45 to 3:  Break   
3 to 4:   Additional member readings.
 
Colleen Powderly powderly@rochester.rr.com
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