7/19/10 Anniversary of Seneca Falls—The First US Women’s Rights Convention with Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Summer is finally official here in the great Northwest where we had clouds and rain well into the end of June but now have sunny days and even some heat. And the beautiful summer issue of CALYX Journal arrives at our offices tomorrow, we can’t wait! Subscriber’s issues have already been shipped in a bulk mailing from Illinois last week. So some of you may have received them by this great Anniversary for women’s rights!

Here at CALYX we are busy completing the selections of the finalists for the Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Award. The finalists are sent to the final judge, poet Fran Adler, at the end of July and notification of the winner and finalists will go out in early October. We have also finished the phone-a-thon! Hooray! Our volunteers and board members called our hundreds of supporters across the country from June to July 1st. It is so inspiring to call our supporters because even those who are not able to give are still supportive and caring of CALYX and continue giving us encouragement for our beautiful publications. We are grateful to our many supporters! Their response so far is over $6,000 in donations. This helps us continue providing women authors and artists a voice for their creative work.

CALYX is also gearing up for our annual Glitterati. This is our annual fundraising event and this fall it is being held at the Corvallis Arts Center on October 21st. So if you live near CALYX hold that date and join us in celebrating 34 years of feminist publishing. There’s food, music, readings, dancing, and a delightful silent auction to pick and choose incredible art, event tickets, coastal rentals, and other items for purchase, often at a great bargain.

My position involves overseeing CALYX’s finances. An important part is writing grants for organizational support. So far this year there are ten grants written. We are very happy to announce we have received support from the Kinsman Foundation and the Spirit Mountain Community Fund. Thank you! Three other foundations have turned us down. And five grant requests are still pending. More grants will be written before the end of the year.

This year with the difficult economy we hear many complaining about not being able to see the effects of the stimulus funds. Well in case you are not aware, CALYX is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Stimulus Grant (and so are 639 other national art groups) and we have certainly seen the results. The grant doubled our staffing level this year with the hiring of Kelsey Connell (Assistant Director) and Becky Olson (Assistant Editor). We are most grateful to the current administration for including non-profit arts organizations in the Stimulus Plan.

Hope you will find the summer CALYX Journal good beach reading!

-Margarita Donnelly