Newsletter- January 2022

Welcome to the January 2022 chapter newsletter.

January is named for Janus, the Roman god of duality and transition. With two faces gazing forward and back, Janus ushers in the new year while shedding a single, solitary tear for times past. He appears at beginnings and at ends: he sparks the flame and smothers the fire; plants the seed and razes the forest; shoots first and dies last. Other, more vainglorious gods take the sun, moon, thunder, or lightning as their symbols. Janus’s symbol is different: an open door. 

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In this issue:




Seeking Candidates for President-Elect, Chapter Advisory Council Repreentative, and Programming Chair

The AMWA North Central chapter is looking for volunteers!AMWA North Central is a volunteer-based organization. If members don’t take an active role, the chapter will cease to function, and members will lose access to programming, news, and networking opportunities. Consider taking your turn to lead (or join) a committee or serve as a chapter officer.

Please submit your interest or nominations for any of the positions to bod (at) list.amwanorthcentral (dot) org

  • President-Elect: The president-elect position is critical to our status as a chapter!  Without a volunteer to fill this vital position, we will not be able to continue as a chapter. Please volunteer! The new president-elect role will serve a one-year term beginning in February 2021 and ideally will transition into the role of president in 2022. As president-elect, you will attend the monthly AMWA NC chapter board meetings, take minutes, and chair the meeting if the president is unable to attend. Other duties may be assigned by the president or board on an ad hoc basis.
  • CAC Representative: The Chapter Advisory Council Representative attends all meetings of the Chapter Advisory Council, either held in person at the annual AMWA National meeting, or by conference call. The CAC Representative then communicate all concerns and questions from chapter leaders and chapter members to the Chapter Advisory Council. 
  • Programming Committee Chair: The Program Committee Chair is responsible for organizing in-person and virtual AMWA events throughout the year, including identifying topics of interest and recruiting speakers. This is an important role in the chapter and is valuable for both member engagement and education.

In addition to keeping our group viable, volunteering with AMWA is a great way to network with your fellow members. It’s also a good way to fortify your C.V. with an extra line showing how you give back to your profession! If you can volunteer a few hours a month, contact bod (at) list.amwanorthcentral (dot) org.


AMWA North Central Chapter Book Club, January 24, 2022 from 6 to 7pm 

We will meet by Zoom (details below). All are welcome, even if you did not read the book:  

  • The End of October by Lawrence Wright 

The book is a thrilling novel about a zoonotic respiratory pandemic that begins in Indonesia and spreads worldwide when a quarantine fails during the Hajj in Mecca. The End of October was published just as the COVID-19 pandemic began and lockdowns were soon to begin. Publication just as an actual pandemic began was an eerie coincidence. 

Please RSVP to paulpat (at) pclink (dot) com  

Zoom meeting link 

Meeting ID: 812 1999 8942 

Passcode: 096416 

Please note that we will be discussing The Premonition at our September 26, 2022, book club meeting, so readers may wish to put it on their winter reading list and join us for a lively discussion.