From the President – March 2017
Five years ago, a group of authors answered the call to establish a chapter within RWA with the mission of supporting writers of cultural, interracial, and multicultural romance. CIMRWA's road to success has not been met without challenges. Just this past year we were led to the crossroads of voting to keep our beloved chapter. Our membership responded during that critical time with outpouring support, and determined the beacon of light ignited by our founding members would not go dark.
In fact, as your president, I am proud to report we are shining brighter than ever. Our chapter's infrastructure has been strengthened through reorganization, implementation of programs to advance professional interests and increase engagement, and revitalization of chapter resources. Fiscally, we are in much better standing than the previous year. We have incurred cost savings through streamlining processes to ensure best business practices. Additionally, we have been successful in creating programs to generate untapped streams of revenue. The upturn in our financial situation will ultimately help to decrease our reliance on membership dues as a means to fund an entire year of chapter programming.
Many of the decisions being made are shaped utilizing a strategic focus which encompasses Rebranding, Programming, and Engagement, as announced by the newly elected board in January 2017. The launch of Push to Pub, along with the 2017-2018 Workshop/Events schedules reaffirms our commitment to advancing and sustaining the future of CIMRWA—and of course diversity in Romance.
A host of items are in the works for this year—so stay tuned! If anyone thought our chapter couldn’t, we are proving them wrong. There is much to be excited about as we prepare to celebrate our 5th Anniversary! Our chapter’s future is full of hope. Let’s continue to aim high and blaze new trails of diversity in romance. We all know what CIMRWA has to offer the literary world, and I can’t wait to accomplish it with all of you!