April 2016

Post date: Apr 10, 2016 6:50:04 PM

This month's newsletter, written by Holly Hermann:

I have had three family members die and eight other friends and family members lose someone close to them just since the first of January this year. Part of the grieving process is questioning yourself, actually sometimes condemning yourself for what you did or didn't do. I have found my condemnation is that I should have called or dropped them a note when I thought of them. I followed through when I thought I had enough time, but, of course, it didn't happen each and every time.

I still have friends and family that are extremely important to me. I will make sure I have their contact information. Then, when I think of them, I can do a quick note by email, text, or snail mail and simply say, "Just wanted to know I am thinking about you." What better words are there for a reader than ones that are personal?

Plan and prepare come before procrastination in the dictionary. Be prepared to encourage not just another writer, but those who are important to you.

Romans 8:1 - "Therefore, there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." (NIV)

Writing Prompt: Is there someone who comes to your mind frequently? Take a moment to contact them by phone, text, email, or a mailed note.

COMING UP: April 12, 2016 - Join us as we welcome some Members of the Chippewa Valley Toastmasters. They will show us an example of one of their meetings. They will touch on how to stick to the point while improving delivery and demeanor before an audience or in an elevator. Watch them challenge themselves while checking their grammar and charming their colleagues. You have the opportunity to participate or you can sit back and be entertained. Toastmasters has something for everyone.


If you want to receive feedback on your work, come early (5:30 p.m.) to meet with others. Bring 6-8 copies of your short piece (300 words or so) for the group to read along as you share. You could bring what you’ve written in response to the prompt above, or something else you’re working on. It can be a portion of a book chapter, or a short article too.

See you at the April meeting!