The final brainstorming session in VoiceCatcher’s reorganization process was held on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, at TaborSpace.
Tonia Twigger McConnell did another masterful job moving the discussion through the critical questions that will shape VC’s future. The group discussed:
- Who is our audience? Who needs and wants who we are and what we do?
- What are our products and services?
- How will these products/services support the charitable, literary, and educational purposes mandated by our bylaws? Which will inspire our community to want to volunteer and participate?
- What are other literary organizations in greater Portland/Vancouver already doing to serve their communities?
The group generated a solid list of priorities to send to the board. The board is already in the process of creating an online survey to tap the community-at-large for its priorities. As soon as results are in, the board will publicize the results, prioritize activities for the coming year, and begin to recruit volunteers to staff them. The board recognizes that unless people step up to team leadership and team membership, all extraordinary ideas will remain on the drawing board. It will take the commitment of time and talent to make them realities.
Finally, group members had researched other local organizations that offer workshops, classes, publications, editing services, public readings, etc. The reports underscored two things VC must do:
1. Discover how it differentiates itself from other organizations;
2. Look for more opportunities to collaborate so that it is not reinventing the wheel. That is another challenge the board will discuss in days ahead.
Are you called to serve?
We still have several key positions that need to be filled no matter what path VC follows. We need a Community Outreach Coordinator and Book Inventory Manager. We are also looking for 1-3 at-large board members to join Mary Kibbe, Carolyn Martin, Lisa Sudo, and Pat West. If you feel a call to leadership, please contact Carolyn at CarolynMartin62@comcast.net.
If none of the above fits you at this time, stay tuned. There will be dozens of opportunities to serve our VC community in the months to come, either as a one-time project volunteer or a short-term project volunteer.
We are committed to engaging as many talented women as we possibly can in this exciting adventure called VoiceCatcher.