September 7, 2009
I haven’t been able to reach Leah yet. I’m sure she’s OK. She’d have no reason to be on a ferry these days, although she has traveled by ferry in the past. School’s in session and with the +15 hour time change, it’s tricky to catch her outside the classroom.
I remembered her birthday is in August. When I spoke with her recently I asked for her birthdate. She said August 15.
I called her on August 15–the day after our last board meeting–to tell her we’d chosen Marethel Guinsayao as our scholarship recipient. I asked Leah to extend our congratulations to Marethel….and did not wish her a happy birthday.
Last year I sent her a card and a small gift plenty early enough to reach her before her birthday. I enjoy sending cards and good wishes and I’ve always been good at remembering and delivering them. This year, for whatever reason, my calendar has been unreliable.
Talking to Leah on her birthday and not wishing her a happy birthday sent a message loud and clear. Get organized, Cheryl. Get back on track.
I went to my local independent bookstore, Grass Roots Books and Music, and ordered a date book to keep a record of the birthdays and anniversaries of my friends.
I’ll have it this week.
I’m sending Leah a card, a gift and my belated birthday wishes.
Please join me in wishing Leah a happy birthday.
July 9, 2009
I had pitched a story about Isis Initiative to Ms. Mariel Jungkunz, the editor of Ohio Today magazine, earlier this year. We exchanged e-mails and spoke on the phone. She said she liked the story and thought it would appeal to the magazine’s readers. She couldn’t promise it would make the next issue, though. She had a number of strong stories competing for space.
We didn’t get a story; we did get a mention in the back of the magazine in alumni news.
Samanda and I met in 1997 when we both studied at Ohio University in the renowned graduate program in the School of Visual Communication. With committed perseverance, we both completed and defended our thesis projects and received our Master of Arts degrees.
After a long career in photojournalism, I decided to focus on my work with women and education. I took the plunge and I created Isis Initiative, Inc. When I asked Sam if she’d be help me, she stepped up and agreed to be our treasurer.
I will continue to pitch the story and follow up with Ms. Jungkunz. I believe in our story and our mission; I think it’s important to share it. Every story helps generate awareness. Awareness generates interest. Interest generates support.
Help us get noticed. Please feel free to use the contact info below and pitch our story, too. Write: Ohio Today, 102 Scott Quad, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio 45701-2979
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org • Fax: (740) 593-1887 • Phone: (740) 593-1891
June 6, 2009
As I was putting the final touches on our Form 1023 for the the IRS, I discovered that our application would eventually become public record.
As a career journalist, I realized I wanted our documents and our narrative to be picture perfect. At the last minute, I reached out to my friend Martha Anderson, who is a professional copy editor with a long and accomplished career working for the Oregon state legislature.
Martha and I were journalism majors at Oregon State University and worked together at the student newspaper, The Daily Barometer. She was the editor and I was a reporter and photographer. Martha’s daughter, Alice, is on our board of directors. Our friendship spans more than two decades.
Martha has a heavy and demanding workload. Yet, when I asked her if she’d be willing to look over our documents with her keen copy editor’s eye, she agreed. On a Sunday afternoon, when she could have been working in her garden or reading a book…or plain relaxing…she took the time and the care to honor a friend’s request.
Now I feel confident submitting our application. I know it’s been finely polished and handled with care.
Thank you, Martha.