Since our first anthology pick up was such a success, we’d like to give those who weren’t able to join us a second opportunity on Saturday, October 3, 1-4 pm. If you’re unavailable perhaps it might be possible to have someone else do so on your behalf.
Before coming to pick up your anthology, please make sure you are feeling well and have not had any exposure to the COVID-19 virus. The safety of all our members and their loved ones is paramount. For complete details on location and safety guidelines please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
At this time, we would like to invite Stroll members who are experiencing health or mobility challenges, or members who live outside of Edmonton, to contact us at email@example.com for details on how to receive their anthologies. Plans for future distribution options are currently being developed. Please watch the newsletter for further details.
I hope the summer has provided you some opportunities to enjoy the warmth and abundance of green. Those who enjoy gardening must be truly savouring these bountiful days. Some of you may have experienced Deborah Lawson’s lovely yard and garden when you dropped by her place for our recent anthology distribution. We are grateful to her for offering her residence, as we are to her, Naomi McIlwraith and Audrey Brooks for their efforts to coordinate the event. Thanks also to the volunteers who assisted. Plans for further distribution of anthologies are being developed, and we will be able to share details in the near future.
The Poets’ Haven committee have been meeting regularly to develop a plan for moving our readings to an online format. Unfortunately, our venue partners will not be able to meet our needs for the foreseeable future. The Upper Crust Café can only seat eighteen safely and Audreys Books is limiting itself to pick-up orders of books. As far as the launch of a new Haven season goes, it looks like our original starting date of September 14 will have to be postponed. The challenges of structuring an on-line series have necessitated a longer development process for the volunteers involved. We will keep you posted on a launch date when more details are available.
In the meantime, my friends, take care of yourself and your families. Stay in touch with our weekly newsletter for the most current updates and don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns (firstname.lastname@example.org). All the very best from the board and associates.
Yes, it’s here—the day so many of us have been waiting for! The COVID-19 situation threw its wrench into our works about a week before our AGM, when we would normally have celebrated the launch of the Stroll of Poets Anthology 2020. Thank you all so much for your patience while the board worked diligently to determine a convenient, simple and safe way to get your copy of the anthology into your hands.
First and foremost, before coming to pick up your anthology, please make sure you are feeling well and have not had any exposure to the COVID-19 virus. The safety of all our members and their loved ones is paramount. We do not mind continuing to store your copy for you!
Pick-up Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020 Time: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
We hope that you and your families continue to be safe and well as Summer officially settles into residence. Our 2020 AGM was successfully completed on Sunday, June 28, with 35 Stroll members in attendance. Our abundant thanks to Lisa Mulrooney for her exceptional technical support and Don Perkins for his masterful work as Returning Officer.
John Leppard happily returns as president and we are pleased to welcome Shirley Serviss to our leadership team. She brings her abundant energy, skill and experience to a returning group consisting of board members Alice Major, Anne Gerard Marshall, Janis Dow, Lisa Mulrooney, Naomi McIlwraith and Markus Eymann. They are joined by returning board associates Max Vandersteen, Josh Luukkonen and Audrey Brooks. We are so very fortunate to have such an amazing group of dedicated folks to guide our organization.
The new leadership team will hold its first meeting in July and high on the list of agenda items is consideration of possible strategies for safe distribution of our anthology. We will keep you posted in our newsletter on developments in this area. We are committed to running a Poets’ Haven reading series for 2020/2021. Whether that will be face-to-face or on-line remains to be determined. Our scheduled starting date is Monday, September 14 at 7 pm. We are really looking forward to a strong 30th season of serving poets and poetry, with the most vibrant and passionate membership anywhere!