December 1, 2012
Dear ALSCW member,
I hope this busy season finds you well.
I am happy to report that the ALSCW is busier than ever. Local meetings and association-sponsored events abound. Literary Imagination is thriving under editors Saskia Hamilton and Archie Burnett. The latest issue of Forum, just out, addresses a recent study by the Council on Foreign Relations that raises fundamental questions about the nature and purpose of education reform. Plans are well underway for the nineteenth annual conference, to be held in Athens, GA, April 5-7 (with a reading and reception the night of April 4). In addition to a stellar slate of panels and seminars, this year’s meeting will feature a top-drawer blues band, Scrapomatic, performing at the president’s reception on Friday night. I do hope you can join us.
We are pleased that you have belonged to the association this past year and hope we can count on your support in the future. Please visit our website (www.alscw.org) for a renewal form that you can either complete online or print and mail in. You will notice that we have reduced the types of membership to four—Premium, Regular, Senior, and Reduced—and that there has been a modest increase in fees across the board. The executive council voted for this change at its October meeting in an effort to meet our ever-increasing financial demands. Since this is the first time in a very long time that our rates have increased, we trust that you will understand the necessity. Membership rates in our association are still one of the best bargains in the business.
Best wishes for a happy and safe holiday season,