Saturday was a terrific day for writers who attended the Netwest Writers Conference in Sylva, NC at the Jackson County Public Library, an indescribably lovely venue.
|Ellen and Paul Schofield|
Many, many thanks to Netwest members, Joan Howard and Linda Smith, who spent an afternoon putting together registration information at my house. A big thank you to JC Walkup, former Netwest Rep and long-time member, who probably had no clue she would be sitting at the registration table all day and unable to attend the conference sessions. So sorry, JC, about that.
A huge thank you to my sister, Gay Moring, who helped me load up the food, take in the food, serve the food, set up drinks and ice for lunch, and to Henderson County Rep, Lana Hendershott, who helped us clean up after lunch. It takes folks who are willing to commit and physically work, as well as those who plan and supervise, to make a conference successful.
Fortunately Kathryn Byer has a vast number of friends in the literary world of NC and she was able to call on two of them to save the day when Judy Goldman had to cancel. We were able to carry on with quality presenters. Kay was an excellent emcee, as well. Thanks, Kay, for being a good friend to Netwest, and for dealing with the extra stress involved in the last minute details.
|Catherine Reid speaks|
Thanks to Newt Smith we had water and cold drinks available all day, and we can depend on him, our treasurer, to take care of the financial aspects of this event. Thanks so much to member, Pat Davis, who volunteered to assist Ellen. If there are other volunteers I have not mentioned it is only because I don't know about you.
Ellen, Kay and I with Newt's help have worked for months to bring this conference to our members. It is a huge undertaking, and made more difficult when the venue is not nearby.
We had to encourage each other when it seemed nothing was going right. We had to pick up the baton when one of us faltered. But, as we have always done in Netwest, we supported each other and worked for our members.
I can't speak for Netwest, but I speak for myself, when I say thank you to all the volunteers who stepped up and helped with this conference.