David George becomes CWC President

Our branch is proud to announce that David George became President of the entire CWC, taking over the “gavel” from Bob Garfinkle.Image  David has a long history of volunteering both in our branch and in the CWC at large.  He has held positions as President of our branch, Treasurer of our branch (currently), and in NorCal.  How lucky we are to have him as part of our Mt. Diablo branch.  Congratulations, David.

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Revised Member Web Pages

Over the fall, as promised, I revamped the member web pages, essentially consolidating information for each author into one composite entry.  I have based this revamp on a combination of existing entries and amazon listings (when available).  We now have the following:

  • Members A-D
  • Members E-J
  • Members K-Q
  • Members R-Z

I’ve sent separate emails to a few of you seeking information, seeking copyright authorization/permission to include book cover pictures, or seeking .jpg files.  As you respond to these requests, I will update the pages accordingly.

In addition, some members may not be represented.  If you were not on the previous member pages or if I could not find an entry for you in amazon, I did not include you.  If this is inaccurate, please contact me and we’ll work it out.

As a final note, WordPress sometimes “re-spaces” content when line spaces are blank.  I’ve tried to manipulate the pages to allow appropriate space between author entries, but that is not guaranteed to be stable and entries may shift.  I don’t intend to do anything further at this point because I want to see what content changes are needed first.  That will cause shifts, anyway, and I would like to see the needed corrections settle down before struggling with this aspect of WordPress any further.

Please check your entries by clicking on the appropriate Members’ page for your surname. Let me know of any issues and I’ll address them as much as possible in the new year.

The goal has been to showcase our members’ accomplishments more effectively and I hope this has been achieved.

Aline, Online Coordinator

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Web site update coming — member accomplishments consolidated

The Board has decided to improve how we highlight member accomplishments by consolidating them into a single unit by the end of 2012.   Names will be listed in alphabetic order by last name and listings will include your most significant writing awards, your latest creation, and links to your web page/blog where available.

Your websites can provide other information regarding older titles while the Branch website focuses on newer work; however, additions will include links to Amazon and/or Barnes and Noble (where available) and, depending on copyright and availability, a thumbnail copy of book covers.

Copyright will be confirmed for books covers.  Whether published with a New York house or self-published, the branch can’t know what contracts you have signed with publishers or cover artists and must observe any copyright/contractual limitations.  A form is being developed for that purpose.

If you have questions, please email soulesa (at) yahoo (dot) com.

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Jack London: 20th Century Man

The above is the title of a project by Christopher Million and sponsored by the San Francisco Film Society.  Each CWC branch contributed $50 to the project and each of our branches received acknowledgement of the contribution from Michele Turnure-Salleo, Director, Filmmaker360.  The society’s goal is to educate, entertain, and enrich audiences with programs and events in the areas of Internationalism, Education, Citywide Outreach, Exploring New Media, and Filmmaker Services.  The Jack London project is just one of their many artistic and innovative efforts.  The entire CWC is proud to support the Jack London project and wants its members to know of its commitment to this project.

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