Avoiding 'Wind Up' some ideas
The Chairman's Recent Message
Following the Chairman's message to all on-line members, during which he addressed the lethargy that has developed in the group - specifically manifested in a zero reaction to the idea of a Critique Workshop - there was a reaction. Around 20% of the members replied. Confirmation of what was liked, and indications of what was needed came out of this direct contact between Chair and Members. The Chair then asked for, and received, clearance from the Committee to continue further approaches direct to the membership, keeping the Committee informed, but not seeking detailed approval of wording and the like. More recently a close look into our organisation and future was carried out and the results are partly in the information on this site for new competitions and other matters.
If you will, the new approach is close and personal.
An immediate reaction was the Chair's Challenge Competition and an increase to 11 competitions a year - see details on the Competition Deadlines 2019 page and Schedule of Events Page by clicking at top of page.
Several Members suggested that the concentration of events in London was something of a 'put off'. Holding local meetings which has been used many times by the Poetry Group brought up the notion of a BRANCH organisation as might be the case in a 'union'.
Gopinath Chandroth, based in Southampton, suggested the creation of a local branch. This has been cleared by the Committee, Branches to be under the banner of SCPSW. The key principle is that branch members should by default join SCPSW. The main committee will advise and assist when and if needed and the Chair has already offered to go to the Southampton Branch and talk to that group about SCPSW and writing in general. Gopinath has also been made ex-officio member of the Committee to assist in communications.
Frequent Contact from the Chair.
The Chair is also the Webmaster and in contact very regularly with the Committee. This will enhance his direct contacts with the on-line membership. In addition there will be one more general letter, using normal mail, when things are more settled, but from then on all universal contact will be in the form of the four issues of The Author. All members will, of course also be able to follow news on this site.
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