by Carolyn Martin
President, Board of Directors
This year has already been an exciting one for VoiceCatcher. We attracted over 5,500 first-time visitors to the Winter 2014 issue of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions. We already celebrated the work of our journal authors in six of ten public readings. We just launched the fifth issue of our journal VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions. Later this month we hope to roll out a new website dedicated to our mentoring program.
As you know, none of this would have been accomplished without the passion and commitment of dedicated women who believe that VoiceCatcher plays an important role in our community – and that something would be lost if we disappeared.
To ensure the survival and growth of this splendid organization, we need your help. We are looking for women to share the VoiceCatcher experience of caring, respect and support by filling the following positions:
President of the Board of Directors
According to our bylaws the role of president is simply stated: “The President shall be the chief officer of the corporation and shall act as the Chair of the Board. The President shall have any other powers and duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors.”
Every president to date has brought her own style and passion to this position. At this moment in our history, VoiceCatcher needs a woman who can connect, inspire and empower all the volunteers who dream big dreams and want to turn them into reality as we expand and deepen our mission. While every president has taken on other duties beyond the scope of this position, we estimate this position by itself requires about 10-15 hours a month. There also are 4-6 board meetings per year of approximately two-hour duration each.
Secretary of the Board of Directors
According to our bylaws, the secretary shall perform the following duties: “(a) providing the official recording of the minutes of all proceedings of the Board of Directors meetings and actions; (b) notifying members of all meetings of the Board of Directors; (c) securing the archives of VoiceCatcher documents and anthologies; (d) sending out acknowledgements of donations received.”
There are 4-6 board meetings per year. Approximate time commitment for this position: 2-3 hours per month.
Managing Editor, VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions
This position supports journal editors as they read, rate and respond to submissions between our two annual reading periods: Sept. 1-Oct. 15 and March 1-April 15. She must have a knowledge of – or willingness to learn – Submittable, Dropbox and the Excel spreadsheet. The heaviest investment in time comes toward the end of each reading period when submissions arrive in droves.
The managing editor prepares the final documents to be delivered to the designer and ensures that all feedback letters are sent to authors, usually within six weeks after the close of each submission period. All processes for this position are already documented.
Youth Editor, VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions
The youth editor works closely with English Departments in one or more local high schools. She solicits 10-12 pieces of prose and/or poetry that teachers feel are the best work students have to offer. Then she selects five for publication in our journal. Along the way, she establishes an editor/author relationship with each young voice, offering direction as they get their pieces ready for publication. In the process, students have the experience of working with an editor who takes them and their work seriously. The time commitment varies, but the edited prose and/or poetry is sent to the journal’s managing editor by the end of October for the winter issue and end of April for the summer issue.
Using our easy format on Constant Contact, this position requires about two hours per month. The newsletter communicates the latest news from VoiceCatcher as well as links to the newest articles on our community’s website.
Publishes announcements pertinent to our community on a daily basis. Approximate time commitment: 30-45 minutes per week.
Writers for Our Community Website
Have a how-to article, a personal essay, an idea for a monthly column or a several-part series that would benefit our community? Please contact us attention our VoiceCatcher Community Website Managing Editor Barbara E. Berger, to discuss ideas.
We’re ready to roll out new voices in this publication and would love to hear yours.
We are looking for more talented women to join our team of mentors. Stay tuned for the launch of our new website and, if you think you might enjoy helping other writers or artists as a mentor, please contact us, attention Carol Ellis, for more information.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on any of these opportunities. We’d be happy to chat with you about how you can use your talents, expand your skills, and have a fun experience rubbing elbows with other dedicated women.
If you come, VoiceCatcher will continue to sustain its current projects and grow in new and creative ways. We can’t do it without you. We wouldn’t want to do it without you!