Update from the Board

Greetings Stroll members,

We hope you and your families are well, safe, and continuing to find healthy and creative ways to deal with these unusual times. The gentle turning of the season, with its verdant reminders of summer to come, has certainly been a blessing.

The board and associates have decided to proceed with a virtual annual general meeting, to be conducted on-line using the Zoom video-conferencing platform. The AGM will be held Sunday, June 28 at 2 p.m. The board is prepared to offer technical support for members unfamiliar with using this program. Details will follow.

All Stroll memberships continue to be valid until the AGM. At the meeting, information concerning renewals will be shared. We are still exploring ways of distributing our 2020 anthology. At this time, due to cost and other practical constraints, we are not considering the option of mailing the anthology to members.

Regarding the 2020/2021 Poets’ Haven reading series, we are still planning to launch in mid-September. Whether our readings happen on-line or at the Upper Crust and Audreys remains to be determined. The sign up for the Haven will commence at some point in August. The board and associates would like to invite you to a very special poetry event on Monday, June 22 at 7 p.m. Watch the newsletter and circle the date on your calendars, it’s sure to be fun!

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me (leppardjohn@hotmail.com). In the meantime, we wish you all the very best. Take care of yourselves and each other and enjoy the beauty of Spring!

Yours in verse,

John Leppard

President’s Message – April 24, 2020

Dear Strollers,

I hope this letter finds you heathy and safe. You are regularly in our thoughts, and we send you best wishes. The board had an opportunity to meet on-line recently and we wanted to pass on some information to you.

We discussed the situation regarding the 2020 Annual General Meeting. Ideally, we would like to meet face-to-face to conduct the meeting, but we are prepared to consider alternative means of doing so, such as electronic options. The board will have a clear decision on the AGM particulars available for the membership by the end of June. As far as Stroll memberships go, they will remain in effect and will not require renewal until such time as the AGM takes place.

The board also discussed the status of the 2020 anthology. At this point there is no plan for its distribution, as we are exploring safe and practical options. We’ll keep you informed of developments.

The board will continue to convene through virtual meetings and has voted to extend the terms of directors until our 2020 AGM can happen. It is a great comfort to know that our leadership team remains steadfastly in place through this challenging time. Their commitment, ingenuity, energy and experience are invaluable assets moving ahead. If you have any questions or concerns please contact me at leppardjohn@hotmail.com.

Yours in verse,
John Leppard

Message from John Leppard

Hello my friends,

It is my greatest hope that you are all safe, comfortable and well.

We are certainly enduring some turbulent times right now. For those most dramatically impacted by COVID-19, I am sending an abundance of virtual good wishes and support. Some members of our community may be feeling the emotional effects of social distancing more than others. If you know of a Stroll friend who may be experiencing such a challenge, please consider reaching out to lend some support. We are stronger together, my friends, never more so than now.

Along our thirty-year journey we have had challenges and overcame them, had successes and celebrated them, and always at the heart of our organization continues to be the poems and poets. These will endure regardless of the length of time needed to heal our world and put COVID-19 in the rearview mirror.

I am grateful to the efforts of some of our members for providing creative leadership to keep our poetry flame alive. I encourage you to check out the invitations from Gary Garrison, Trudy Greinauer and our Parkland Poetry friends, outlined in our newsletter and Facebook page. Please let us know of any on-line collaborations you may be involved in that may be of interest to other members. We will do our best to promote and support you. You may contact me at leppardjohn@hotmail.com

The Stroll board is monitoring the ever-unfolding changes this viral event is eliciting. We are confident that when things stabilize we will again meet and share our verse, face to face and heart to heart. Details on a future date for our AGM and anthology release will be made available when we have a clearer picture of what the future holds. We will continue to provide updates in our newsletter and on social media as needed.

Until then, my friends, on behalf of the board and associates, I wish you peace.

Yours in verse,
John Leppard

Stroll AGM and Anthology Update

We have received a few questions regarding the decision to postpone the 2020 AGM and anthology launch. A new date for this event has not yet been chosen. The Stroll board will be meeting in April to discuss alternate arrangements for the AGM and for ways Stroll members can obtain their copy of the 2020 Stroll Anthology.

We will keep you updated through the newsletter, website and social media as new arrangements have been made.

We thank you for your understanding during this difficult time.

Please note that the Stroll/WGA Edmonton office will be closed indefinitely as we participate in the effort to slow community spread of COVID-19. Staff will be working from home and will be checking email and telephone messages regularly.  We ask for your patience if e-mail inquiries and communication take longer than usual. If you have questions, please contact Ellen at ellen.kartz@writersguild.ab.ca.

DEADLINE EXTENSION for THE FIRST STROLL ANTHOLOGY OF THE DECADE!

Hello Strollers,

First of all, my sincere thanks to all those who submitted their poems to me by the original deadline of January 15, 2020. I sincerely appreciate your compliance with the guidelines.

It’s possible that the frigid temperatures of the last few days have taken a toll on all of us. The general tendency is to burrow under the covers and wait it out! But believe it or not, this seems to have had an impact on the Stroll of Poets Anthology 2020. So, due to low submission numbers (whether for this reason or any other), it has been decided to extend the deadline to midnight on Wednesday, January 22, 2020.

The Board, and I as editor, have made this decision in order to allow as many members as possible to see their work in print. Please take advantage of the opportunity. No further extension will be considered.

Stroll guidelines are found at: https://www.strollofpoets.com/stroll-anthology/.

Looking forward to your submission …

Deborah Lawson
Managing Editor
Stroll of Poets Anthology 2020