by Carolyn Martin, president of the board of directors
While VoiceCatcher is putting the final touches on its plan to move forward into 2015 with new leadership, energy, projects and purpose, I would like to thank three women who have made significant contributions to its growth during the past few years.
Without Ginger Duncan, Deb Scott and Lisa Sudo, the organization would not have been as successful as it is today.
When I first met Ginger Duncan in May 2010, VoiceCatcher had just started to publish its first monthly newsletter. Editor Jenny Chu needed someone to take over the reins when she headed to San Francisco to earn her MFA. She suggested that one of our anthology contributors, Ginger Duncan, would be a perfect fit.
Little did Ginger know that she would go on to edit our newsletter for four years, become a co-editor for the first two issues of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions, help with the art work on both issues, and, finally, become a board member at-Large in 2013.
Ginger is a perfect example of a VoiceCatcher volunteer who goes the extra mile – or, in her case, thousands of miles – to get the job done. For example, she edited issues of the newsletter while all around the country and read journal submissions while traveling through Europe. She emailed her comments back to the editorial team at home – on time! The consummate traveler, Ginger left for Australia this past August to spend a year working and sight-seeing.
It was at a VoiceCatcher art exhibit opening at Stonehenge Studios in May 2012 that Deb Scott, one of the featured artists, mentioned she would be willing to help us design an online journal. We were ready to move from our traditional print anthology to an online format, and none of us knew how to make that happen. Deb not only volunteered to design the beautiful journal we have today, but also offered to help us develop our article-filled website for the community. The result was her becoming the full-time design manager and administrator for both publications for the past two years.
While there’s no way we can calculate the hours Deb invested in these projects, we saw the weekly results on the website and in the past five issues of the journal. Her attention to detail raised the bar for everyone who will follow her. Her vigilance challenged us to be more professional in our approach to each publication.
Lisa Sudo volunteered to be VoiceCatcher’s board treasurer in February 2012, at a time the organization was in transition. Attracted by our mission and eager to help us grow, she became an indispensable contributor to VoiceCatcher’s transformation process. She simplified our banking and accounting practices, ensuring that our end-of-the-year statements were posted for all to see on our community website.
Adding the role of acting secretary to her duties in April 2012, she ensured that all of VoiceCatcher’s important documents were stored on Google Drive. In December 2013, she single-handedly catered VoiceCatcher’s successful end-of-the-year celebration. Then, in the summer of 2014, she created VoiceCatcher’s first mentoring website and helped launch the digital version of this new program. Lisa is another example of a volunteer who went far beyond what was expected of her.
I know I speak for all those who been inspired and empowered through their association with Ginger, Deb and Lisa: Thanks for the opportunity to learn, grow and have fun with you.