Magazine article The Masthead

NCEW Ready for Challenge of Change

Magazine article The Masthead

NCEW Ready for Challenge of Change

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I HOPE 2000 WILL open the door to an era of positive change for the National Conference of Editorial Writers. Not because our organization is broken and needs to be fixed. Quite the contrary, NCEW is alive and well.

However, change will make us stronger. Change will prevent us from resting on our laurels and becoming complacent. Change will help guarantee that America's premier group of opinion writers will continue to grow, teach, motivate, and prosper in the 21st century.

I look forward to this "era of change," and I take great comfort in knowing that our leadership and most of our membership appear to be ready for the many challenges we will encounter.

Our first major test comes this spring in Seattle when a special task force meets formally to begin planning the future of this great organization. It's no secret that Cora Everett and Joan Armour, our very able executive secretary and public relations consultant, respectively, would like to lighten their NCEW workload in a few years. Heaven knows they've earned it!

However, our work is just beginning. We enter this century on a mission to establish long-term goals for NCEW and strategically chart a course for achieving them. That process will be in good hands under the leadership of Futures Committee chair Lynnell Burkett and help from a professional facilitator who comes highly recommended. We'll keep you posted on our progress, and you have my assurance there will be plenty of opportunities for NCEW members to have input in the planning.

Seattle convention is September 13-16

Speaking of planning, mark September 13-16 on your calendar. Those are the dates for the annual NCEW convention in beautiful Seattle, a city on the cutting edge of so many different things. From the future of high technology [ldot] to presidential politics [ldot] to a fascinating look at America's new philanthropists [ldot] colleague Mindy Cameron and her convention planning committee will be serving up a lot more than coffee, salmon, and protests that opinion writers can study in the Emerald City. …

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