August 2012: Letter from the president – CAMP sites chosen

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By Katherine Ann Rowlands

The JAWS Board has selected the sites for our next three conferences, keeping in mind the membership’s desire for holding CAMP at a beautiful, affordable and accessible location. This is no easy task, especially when trying to get some geographic diversity into the mix of criteria. But we try to please most members most of the time with a variety of selections and knowing in advance should help you — and the board — to plan.

  • 2013: It’s time to return to the Northeast with a chance to experience the lovely autumn colors and beautiful scenery of Vermont with a stay at The Essex, which boasts of culinary delights and beautiful grounds. As long as Becky Day gives her approval after a site visit soon, CAMP will be held here Oct. 17-21.
  • 2014: A chance to take advantage of unusually low rates at a gorgeous resort in West Coast will bring JAWS to La Quinta in Palm Springs, California. The desert temperatures should have cooled enough to make this an enjoyable retreat Sept. 19-23.
  • 2015: Tradition trumps this year as JAWS celebrates its 30th Anniversary with a stay Grouse Mountain Lodge in Whitefish, Montana, a place we have known and loved before. The mountain scenery can’t be beat and the lodge is happy to welcome us back with great rates and hospitality Oct. 9-11.

But first, we have the 2012 CAMP to boast about with a stellar lineup of panels, training sessions and speakers at the Tamaya Resort outside Albuquerque, N.M. Oct. 26-28. Feminist icon Gloria Steinem, Pulitzer winner Sara Ganim, voting rights expert Keesha Gaskins and many other inspiring women are scheduled to speak during a packed weekend. If you have not reserved your room or registered for CAMP, don’t delay. Come early on Oct. 25 to take advantage of ACES editing training and some terrific sightseeing, cultural outings and shopping trips being organized by past president and Albuquerque resident Megan Kamerick. We are keeping the cost of CAMP low but please consider rounding up your $275 fee by $50 or more ifnyou can so that we can help other members who may have had a tough year but want to attend CAMP. Sharing your room or contributing a fabulous auction item is another way to help.

Enjoy your summer and check out for updates on CAMP and news about JAWS.

Katherine Ann Rowlands
JAWS President