In case you missed it, the winter edition of Peaks & Valleys is available here. This issue marks the last for newsletter editor Amanda Peterson, who has accepted a new job that requires her undivided attention. Congratulations to Amanda and thank you for your service to Region 7. Simultaneously, we welcome two new folks to the Region 7 leadership circle. Taking over the Peaks & Valleys editor role is Sharon Tinianow. Also joining our motley crew is Jessie Foster, who is heading up our Membership Services efforts. Both of our new recruits are from Colorado, and you can read a bit more about them in the newsletter and/or on the “What’s New” section of the website.
The perennial topic of Regional Workshops is back on our radar. We know you want them, and theleadership team believes they are important. However, we do have some questions to run by you. Look for a short survey to come your way in the near future specifically aimed at this topic.
We want to remind you that the National Workshop will be held in Region 7 this year. We hope to have a strong presence at the event and we’re looking for volunteers to help organize and run activities. Please get in touch if you’d like to learn more. Region 7 plans to offer at least one scholarship to the national workshop. Visit the scholarships page to learn more. See you in Denver!
Last but not least, this is an election year. The four elected positions (Director, Deputy Direction, Secretary, Treasurer) of the Region 7 Leadership team require nominations. This isn’t a monarchy, folks. Some of us have been in these roles a wee bit too long and could probably use a break or at the every least have the opportunity to try a different role on for size. Besides, competition is good! Get involved and make a difference to the interpretive community that we all love. We encourage you to raise your hand or nominate someone (they will be sooooo flattered!) that you think would be great at one of these jobs.
~William Bevil (Director, Region 7)
Mark Your Calendar!
Monday, November 18
Hosted by Carson Nature Center at South Platte Park
3000 West Carson Drive
Littleton, CO 80120
Bring your own beverage and a potluck dish to share, and join this casual gathering of interpreters from around the Denver Metro Area and beyond. Feel free to invite colleagues who are new to the profession or who want to learn more about NAI.
RSVP by email to Phil Waltz. Questions? Call 303-730-1022 x10.
Region 7’s Deputy Director role is up for election this year and we’re looking for an energetic and enthusiastic person to take on the job. A complete job description can be downloaded here: https://nairegion7.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/deputy-director.pdf
For the veterans out there, this is a great way to ‘give something back’ to the interpretive community and NAI. And for those just entering the field, it’s a terrific learning experience and networking opportunity.
If you are interested, please send a candidate statement and letter of interest to Region Director William Bevil at wjbevil(at)gmail.com no later than Sept. 2, 2013.
And — a huge THANK YOU to outgoing R7 Deputy Director Jacob Wells for raising his hand to serve in the role (including a period as Interim Director) for the last few years.
This is the first of many new and improved member services that we hope to launch in the coming months. Among those will be our new e-newsletter, Peaks & Valleys, which will debut in early 2013. If you are interested in submitting news, information, articles or ideas (or advertising in the newsletter) we’d love to hear from you.
You’ll note that some of our pages are works in progress. The Region 7 leadership team has some great ideas that we’ll be pursuing in the coming months. So, we hope you’ll come back often to see what’s new as well as give us your feedback and suggestions. Region 7 is your organization, so get involved if you’re not already. You can get in touch with us here, or by contacting any member of the Regional Leadership Team.
In addition to this web site, Region 7 utilizes a number of other online tools to stay in touch with our members and friends. You can “like” us on Facebook, “follow” us on Twitter, “connect” with us on LinkedIn, discuss and engage on Shine.net, and see our photo collections on Pinterest.
We Want Your Photos!
Showcase your special places on NAI Region 7’s publications. Please send your photos to us here. Be sure to include the name of the site, pertinent information, as well as any names of Region 7 members that happen to be in the photo(s).