Thanks to our Peninsula Writers’ Club members and guests who joined us for our Annual General Meeting for 2020/21 at Seawinds Community Hub on Sunday 13 Feb, 2022.
We were also joined by guests online as we Zoomed them in as well.
A special thanks to our Patron and guest speaker Wendy Orr Author for an inspirational talk on the topic of ‘Writing, Interrupted’.
Wendy spoke at length on strategies to support and disrupt our interrupted writing moments, acknowledging that “writing is a ‘heart career’ that can be a heck of a way to pay the bills, but one worth innovating tactics for.”‘
Thanks also to our president Andrea Rowe who reminded us in her detailed report how much we have achieved and how much we have to look forward to.
Andrea was re-elected as President, as was our splendid Vice President Rebecca Fraser – Writing & Moonlighting, Secretary Carolyn Nicholson, Treasurer Paul Wattie, Muriel Cooper as General Committee and a new General Committee member Elisa de Little.
Our AGM general business also passed the recommendation for a special Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor’s Writing Award Shortlist Committee was elected – Heather Forbes McKeon, Sue Brown and Sarah Halfpenny as a talented and energised threesome to work alongside us.
Thanks also to Michael Stowers of Mornington Peninsula Arts & Culture for attending and supporting our association with such positivity and insight. We appreciate the support Mornington Peninsula Shire offers us with guidance and grants.
Heartiest of thanks as well goes to our fabulous local bookstores who have given us so much in pandemic times. We are thankful to them and wanted to make sure we recognised their ongoing our support in our tabled report today – special mention to Rosebud BookBarn, Antipodes Bookshop & Gallery, Farrells Bookshop and Petersen’s Bookstore – Hastings Victoria.
Thanks also to our partners Writers Victoria for their ongoing support as a regional writing club member for ongoing initiatives and grants.
Today was also a special gathering welcoming new faces who joined us out of curiosity and enthusiasm – we are honored to welcome those curious to know what we offer the community and a volunteer nfpo.
And we are grateful to our 103 paid members for contributing to our fellowship of writers, and our regional storytelling voice. May you find your scribe tribe and platforms to share your stories. We concluded with a delicious lunch, catered for by Seahorse Cafe at Seawinds Community Hub
You can see all of our scheduled and evolving events for members here.
It’s going to be an exiting year ahead and we can’t wait to share it.