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Archive for November, 2014

historian mary unger pictureMary was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. She attended Doane College in Crete, Nebraska and has earned both her Bachelor’s of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Education. In the last 34 years, she has taught from 4 year olds to 14. Her happiest times teaching were spent in the little one-room school house in the middle of a cornfield. Mary began writing about seven years ago and lives in 18th century Scotland through her characters. She is currently the Historian for the Nebraska Writer’s Guild.

Part of Mary’s Historian job is the monumental collection of collecting info about NWG and its members for the Nebraska State Historical Society. Don’t forget to submit new information concerning your writing and NWG to Mary.

Volunteers step up to perform all kinds of duties in our organization and Mary stepped up after Judy Rosenkotter, who  contributed years of honorable service, resigned. When you can, please thank Mary and Judy, plus all our other members who donate their time to maintain our group, for their efforts.

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pen and paper image 3Your NWG board members met in Seward, Ne. 11/1/14 for the quarterly board meeting.

The Board discussed our successful 2014 Fall Conference. A tally of final expenses is yet unavailable but, overall, it seems that NWG broke even with speakers, expenses and attendance. Breaking even for an event is the ultimate goal and, with five speakers and two pitch sessions, the record breaking attendance of Fall Conference did well. Doug is still digesting the surveys for ways to improve but one suggestion is to post the schedule more than one time.

Also discussed was the upcoming Spring Conference in April 2015. NWG has scored five top notch speakers for this event and there will be two pitch sessions. All things are on track for Spring Conference.

The Board talked about future vacant President and Vice-President Board positions. Persons interested in filling these offices, which become vacant in the fall of 2015, please contact any NWG member or Board member. Volunteering for a statewide organization that’s been around since 1925 is a great way to help out and an awesome addition to your writing resume.

NWG is also in need of a Publication Chair. Beginning with this issue of Broadside, Annette volunteered to format the newsletter but, with her regular NWG secretary duties and a real job, she can’t do it permanently. Please submit all Broadside staff notes and member pointers to Annette ASAP. The next Broadside is scheduled for distribution in December.

A Quick Reminder: Get a jump on the busy holiday season by renewing your membership for 2015 now.

A full report of the quarterly NWG board meeting will be published in the December 2014 Broadside.

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