As I said to you last year, November is one of those complicated months: The challenge is to balance the various demands on our time. We are about to embark on high-intensity tasks in our work places. Admissions officers are reviewing applicants; registrars are preparing for examination season and the particular anxiety that first-year students face. At the same time, we begin a holiday season that gives us time to share joy with our family and friends.
The NNLSO Board has established a new standing committee on Membership and Outreach. GaeLynn Kuchar (Brigham Young) is chairing this committee, whose members are Darcee Espelien (New York Law School), Felisha McCaster (Stetson), Piyada Nonzee (Hawaii), and Sarah Reed (University of San Francisco). They will be reaching out to you for ideas about session topics at future annual meetings, about facilitating regional meetings, about updating your membership lists, so look for communications from them. And don’t hesitate to reach out to them with your ideas and concerns.
It won’t be long before the Nominations and Elections Committee sends out a call for nominations. Jay Ruffner (Case Western), our estimable Treasurer, will chair this year’s committee to elect or re-elect the Executive Director, the Journal editor, and four board positions. Put on your thinking caps about who among your colleagues (including yourself) can serve NNLSO and all its members with energy and ideas.
Remember that NNLSO supports grants for first-time attendance at the annual meeting. The deadline for these applications is January 15. More information will be available in December.
Last, don’t forget to renew your school’s membership for 2015 by December 31. Ask your colleagues about becoming members. The modest annual dues cover as many members as you would like to include from your school.
I hope you all will take some time in the coming weeks to relax, to celebrate, and to renew your spirits for the coming months.