Special CAMP preview edition: OCT. 22, 2013 
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JAWS Maryland

Nov. 7
5:30 - 7 p.m.
Ayse Meze Lounge (6 N. East St., Frederick, MD 21701). 
Students and new potential members encouraged to attend.

JAWS Southern CA

Nov. 11
7:30 p.m.
Zocolo event: Did Rupert Murdoch Save Journalism?
NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik, author of "Murdoch’s World: The Last of the Old Media Empires."
Reserve a seat at the link. Contact So Cal Regional Captain Megan Sweas with questions. 

Have an upcoming event? Host a lecture, potluck or happy hour in your region and publicize your local gathering in the next newsletter issue. Email details to Karen Cheung-Larivee.
Board of Directors
Becky Day, 
Executive Director
Kat Rowlands, 
Lauren M. Whaley, President-Elect
Sandra Fish, Vice President
Jessica Rettig, Secretary
Andrea Stone, Treasurer
Karen Cheung-Larivee
Mary C. Curtis
Jennifer DePaul
Gwyneth Doland

Kimberly Johnson 
Sarah Pollock
Peg Simpson
Lisen Stromberg

Regional Captains 
Emily Beaver, Bay Area CA
Karen Cheung-Larivee, Greater Boston
Megan Sweas, Southern CA

Advisory Board 
Jill Geisler
Diana Henriques
Dori Maynard
Geneva Overholser
Lisa Stone

Karen Cheung-Larivee, Editor 
Merrill Perlman, Copy Editor
Ankita Rao, Social Media Manager
CAMP 2013 supporters Thank you for your commitment to the advancement of women in journalism.


Has it been a while since you've been to CAMP? Will this be your first time? Either way, we've got you covered! Check out our Frequently Asked Questions to get the scoop on what to pack, where to find the schedule, and how to share your CAMP experience with others. 

Getting to and from CAMP

By Karen Cheung-Larivee, Board Member


Many attendees choose to carpool to and from CAMP. To help facilitate that, we’ve created a shared document. If you’d like to carpool (have room in your car or need a ride), please fill out the form as completely as possible. If you have questions about filling out this form, please contact Karen Cheung-Larivee or Becky Day. If you do not wish to share your phone number or email on this public document, please coordinate transportation via the listserv instead.

Airport shuttle

The Essex Spa and Resort offers a courtesy shuttle. As a courtesy to the resort, please call (802) 878-1100 and let the front desk know your flight time so they can plan the bellman’s trips to the airport. Once you arrive at the Burlington airport and can turn your cellphone on, call (802) 878-1100 and ask for the shuttle to pick you up. Please note: JAWS is not coordinating the shuttle, but the resort is happy to help!

A note from
our CAMP
Cruise Directors

By Sarah Shemkus and Molly Connors


You come to CAMP for the amazing women and insightful sessions. Oh, and let's be honest, for the gorgeous and entertaining locations as well. On that score, the area around Essex, Vt., does not disappoint.

Feeling a little more adventurous? You could go zip-lining at the rock-climbing center next door, hike a nearby mountain, or set off on a bike ride along Lake Champlain. If you want a slower place, you can browse bookstores and boutiques and take in the street performers on Church Street in Burlington or wander the Shelburne Museum.

And if you're feeling peckish, your choices include Neapolitan style pizza, farm-to-table fare featuring local and seasonal ingredients, and some seriously astounding tacos. And we would be remiss if we didn't mention the world-class doughnuts available just a short drive away in Winooski.

Can't wait to see you all there!

Sign up for one-on-one tech sessions

By Sandra Fish, JAWS Vice President

We've got some great tech training coming up next month in Vermont. Check out our sessions.

We're also organizing some one-on-one sessions Friday afternoon, Sunday afternoon and potentially other times when we can match people up. Would you like one-on-one tech training at CAMP? Or can you offer one-on-one help? If so, please fill out this Google form, and I'll match you up!  

Looking forward to seeing folks in Vermont!

JAWS online auction NOW OPEN

Make your bids today!

By Lisen Stromberg,
JAWS Board Member

The first-ever JAWS online auction is now live! You only have a few days left to win the vacation of your dreams, the fun-filled dinner, or that unparalleled professional advice.

Here are just a few of the items we have available for you: The bidding has already started, so don't miss out! Here is an FAQ to answer all of the important question you may have about our first-ever online auction.

Bidding is open to all JAWS members. Auction closes on Oct. 27.
Make a bid now!

Silent auction keeps CAMP tradition

By Peg Simpson, JAWS Board Member

We hope you CAMPers will be culling your collections to bring to our Silent Auction some dazzling jewelry, signed art pieces, special journalism memorabilia and more. This year, we are inaugurating an online auction — but the hands-on Silent Auction remains an essential part of CAMP. And we depend on all of you to bring potential treasures ... for other CAMPers. 

These can go well beyond jewelry or scarves; think of what you bid on in the past but lost out to another CAMPer. That's the sign of a good auction item! Remember these need to be packable. You can fill out an auction form once you're at CAMP and then can begin to bid early and often!

Dress code for CAMP: Casual

By Becky Day, Executive Director 

CAMP is a time to build career skills, enrich the spirit and relax with colleagues. We also schedule ample free time for CAMPers to explore the area, mentor each other and catch up with old friends. Dress is casual. Leave the power suits behind! Pack your jeans, your favorite T-shirt (maybe a sweatshirt, as well, because it’s October in Vermont) and comfy shoes. Veteran campers will likely be sporting this year's CAMP T-shirt. Bring your hiking shoes if you want to hit the trail; bring your walking shoes if you want to hit the great shops in Burlington. Be comfortable and ready for a great weekend.

Support our fellows!

By Jessica Rettig, JAWS Secretary

Before you meet this year's impressive group of JAWS Fellows in Vermont, make sure to donate to our now extended GoFundMe campaign to show your support! We're getting close to the halfway point for our $10,000 goal, so any contribution you can give -- from $10 to $100 -- could still go a long way in helping JAWS cover the costs of bringing the fellows to CAMP. We've already seen a wonderful response to our first-ever crowd-funding campaign. Help us keep the momentum strong up to Friday! And many thanks to all of you who have already donated and helped to spread the word! 

Also, when you get to Vermont, make sure to introduce yourself to the fellows and help us in welcoming them into the JAWS community!

Support the 2013 JAWS Fellows!

Vote on bylaws changes 

Board terms could be extended

By Kat Rowlands, JAWS President

As you have been reading on our listserv and in the JAWS newsletters this year, we have two important issues pending your vote at the general membership meeting at the Conferencing and Mentoring Project (CAMP) on Oct. 27.

New slate
We have a terrific slate of candidates for the 2013-14 Board of Directors, to be voted on by the membership. These JAWS members will all have attended at least two CAMPs, have had their applications for the job reviewed by the nominating committee (Kat Rowlands, Lauren Whaley, Becky Day, Jen DePaul, Karen Cheung-Larivee, Ankita Rao and Peg Simpson), and earned an endorsement by the current board. 

The slate of candidates is:

  • President Lauren M. Whaley
  • Vice President Susy Schultz
  • Deputy Vice President Nancy Day
  • Treasurer Jessica Rettig
  • Secretary Kimberly Johnson
  • General Board Member Adrienne Lawrence
  • General Board Member Judy Miller
  • General Board Member Donna Myrow
  • General Board Member Hilary Powell
  • General Board Member Erin Siegal
  • General Board Member Rachel Louise Snyder
  • General Board Member Kira Zalan

Remaining on the board to complete their two-year terms are Karen Cheung-LariveeJennifer DePaul, Sarah Pollock and Lisen Stromberg.

Going off the board, with many thanks for their service, will be Andrea StoneMary C. CurtisGwyneth DolandSandra FishPeg Simpson and Katherine Ann Rowlands.

Proposed changes
The current board has endorsed some proposed changes to our organization's bylaws that allow for greater flexibility and continuity in the future by allowing board members to serve successive terms. We will still put an emphasis on recruiting new members to the board, but we want to benefit from the institutional knowledge and wisdom of board members for more than the current maximum of two years when possible.

These changes were recommended by a committee (including Kat Rowlands, Becky Day, Amy Resnick, Julia Kagan and Jessica Rettig) after studying other organizations and reviewing several options. Read more details of the amended document.
The key updated section is in boldface below:
1. There shall be a Board of Directors to consist of at least eleven (11) members, including 5 (five) officers of the organization: president, vice president, president-elect or deputy vice president (in alternate years), secretary and treasurer; and at least six (6) general board members.
2. The president, vice president, secretary and treasurer serve two-year terms. General board
members may be elected for a two- or one-year term (see 4, below). The president-elect and deputy vice president serve one-year terms, with a deputy vice president elected to serve when there is no president elect. General board members are eligible to seek successive terms. The secretary and treasurer shall be elected in alternating years.
3. No person shall serve more than four (4) consecutive years on the board except officers, who may serve more than four (4) years.
4. The board must include a minimum of three (3) new members each year. A new member is one who has never served or one returning after at least a year off the board. The nominating committee shall place priority on recruiting new board candidates and on diversity. General board members are usually elected for two-year terms. In order to maintain the correct number of rotating board members, the nominating committee, at its discretion, may nominate general board member(s) for a term of one (1) year.
Any member in good standing who is present at CAMP may vote on these matters Oct. 27 at the general membership meeting.
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