Posted by: Kathy Temean | May 7, 2012

Announcement

As most of you know, for the past ten years I have devoted my time and energy to building the New Jersey SCBWI Chapter and to helping our members advance their careers. My goal as Regional Advisor has always been to help SCBWI members develop their writing and illustrating skills; to land agents and publishing contracts; and to provide world class workshops and conferences. Although this is a very sad announcement for me to make, I have decided to step down as Regional Advisor in July.

Under my tenure, the New Jersey chapter has grown in membership, programming and reputation. I’m not leaving the chapter or organization—just devoting more time to my own writing, and illustrating, which is why I joined the SCBWI in the first place. I will continue to provide information to help you, keep posting information about your successes, and talk about many other exciting projects on my blog.

As this will be my last conference as Regional Advisor, I hope you’ll consider attending (visit www.regonline.com/njscbwi2012conference  for info). Let me assure you the chapter will continue and thrive. Several members have already inquired about stepping up, so I’m confident the chapter will have a new RA by the time I leave, making it a smooth transition.

I’d like to end by mentioning that I am very proud of how each of you have grown over the years we’ve been together. I will always be a cheerleader for all of you—I believe in you, your writing and your illustrating—and hope we can stay in touch in the future. You have become part of my family and friends and I know I will miss you.

I mentioned I’ll be doing a number of projects in the future. If you’d like to be kept informed, please drop me an email and put “Future List” in the subject.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the June conference or over the summer.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. What I hope and pray for you, Kathy, is that in your life you’re blessed as much as you have been a blessing to others 🙂 oxox

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  2. And a phenomenal 10 years it has been Kathy! Bravo to you for all your hard work in building an incredible chapter for the NJ members and beyond. You deserve that ‘me time’ so kick back, relax and enjoy… congratulations on a job oh-so-well done!!! Thank you for EVERYTHING and happy writing/illustrating! 🙂

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  3. Kathy, Your dedication has given so many members immeasurable opportunities and support. I hope you receive a thousand times all the gifts you’ve given. Thank you for your time, your patience, and all your incredible hard work and dedication. You deserve to be able relax and attend events where the only detail you worry about is what you want to do.
    Happy Writing and Illustrating!

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  4. Thanks for all of your work, Kathy. NJSCBWI has been a huge step in my development as an author. You’ve done a wonderful job of being encouraging, supportive, and helpful. Enjoy your (non-)retirement. Happy writing!

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  5. Thank you Kathy for an amazing job! This June is my first NJSCBWI conference and I have been so impressed at how well organized everything has been. I look forward to hearing about your future projects.

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  6. Best of luck on your new journey, Kathy. I hope you’ll keep blogging, because I love to see your posts in my inbox!

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  7. You have consistently hurtled over the “above and beyond”. Much appreciated, thank you, and very best to you:)

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  8. One thing’s for sure…the Chapter won’t be the same without you at the helm! I can’t imagine anyone being able to fill your shoes! Though the saying that comes to mind doesn’t relate to this directly, it DOES express the feeling I know many of us have with this news; in the words of Alfred Lord Tennyson:

    “Tis better to have loved and lost
    Than never to have loved at all.”

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  9. Best of luck, Kathy. I’ve always been amazed at your endless enthusiasm and how you built up this chapter to be so helpful to all of us. As much as we will miss your leadership, I’m glad you’ll have the time now to focus on your own work. Now NJSCBWI will support YOUR writing career. Thanks for everything. Mary

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  10. I am truly saddened to hear about your announcement, although I absolutely wish you Kathy the very best! I am honored to have attended the last two conferences you organized for the New Jersey Chapter. And I can honestly say that you are truly irreplaceable!!! You have helped so many writers and illustrators kick off their careers, you worked non stop in bringing the best in this industry to dream events one could only hope to attend as a member of SCWBI. Without you, where would we all be????? You will be sorely missed you super woman!

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    • I second, third, fourth and a zillionth that!

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  11. Kathy, having only “met” you recently, I have to say how impressed I am at all the work you do! To be your regional advisor, maintain your fabulous blog, AND be a writer-illustrator is nothing short of amazing! I’m sure you will be missed, but I am happy for you that you will be devoting more of your time to your craft!! Good luck with everything!!

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  12. Kathy, my dear – you have gone above and beyond so often and given blood, sweat and tears to this chapter. I cannot thank you enough for your help, your advice, and your friendship. Now it’s our turn to cheer you on! Actually, I should probably be able to see you and talk to you more often after you pass along the RA baton! For that I say HOORAY!!!! Love ya, Connie

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    • Connie,

      We have so many memories together. They all mean so much to me. I’m on your side and know success for you is right around the corner for you. And I like your thinking that I will have more time to get together and talk.

      Kathy

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  13. Kathy,
    You are a superstar organizer and so caring about everyone. Thank you. Many blessings your way for your own writing and illustrating and may all that you’ve given be multiplied and flourish in your life.
    Pam B

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    • Pam,

      Thank you for leaving me a note and showing that you care about me. I did care about everyone, but I don’t see that changing in anyway. Make sure you keep in touch.

      Kathy

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  14. Kathy, I wish you all the best in your new endeavor. You have truly inspired me to get back to my writing and cultivate my ‘career” as a writer. Your blog is fabulous and full of relevant, interesting, insightful and important information. Honestly, I don’t know how you do all that you do. But we have all benefitted from your hard work and outstanding devotion to NJSCBWI. Thank you for your leadership, friendship, and above all, your professionalism. May your days be filled with many quiet hours to devote your own writing and illustrating!

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    • Denise,

      Thank you for leaving a response to my post. I know our paths will still cross in the future and thank you for your good wishes.

      Kathy

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  15. Oh Kathy,
    I will miss you (here online) Your posts are always FULL!!!!
    THANK YOU.
    All the best to.
    Mona
    (ps, won’t change your mind, huh!)

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    • Mona,

      You won’t miss me here. I still plan to post everyday and try to help all of you learn and succeed. Don’t leave me.

      Kathy

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  16. Hi Kathy,

    As I began reading your email this morning, I could sense where it was going and the tears began to well up.

    For some reason, my mind immediately raced backwards to a November morning in 5th grade when my favorite teacher, Mr. Burd, announced that after Christmas break, we would be returning to find a new teacher in his place, as he had been offered another position.

    I knew it was best for him, but the selfish child in me was heartbroken and fearful because I had grown so attached to him, and I was sure no one could possibly replace him. I ran out of the classroom because I couldn’t hold back the tears, and he stood outside the girl’s restroom trying to console me through the door. (It was quite embarrassing, but my heart is under the impression that it belongs on my sleeve.)

    I was right; no one was ever able to replace him.

    Today, it’s like I’m 11 year old me again, and I’m feeling the exact same way. Fortunately, 46 year old me is just a little more mature and can understand that it isn’t about me– it’s about you.

    You’ve worked so tirelessly for all of us and you deserve the kind of rest and time it takes to find inspiration for your own work. I totally respect that and I’m truly happy for you.

    To this day, Mr. Burd holds a special place in my heart, and so will you.

    I know you don’t know me very well, but I feel like I know you because you’ve been so open and shared so much of yourself with all of us.

    It couldn’t have been easy for you, but I wanted you to know how grateful I am. I feel like I owe you so much.

    In the three short years that I’ve been involved with NJ SCBWI, I’ve learned sooo much! I’ve made stupid, rookie mistakes, and you have been so kind and patient.

    You have been a cheerleader for all of us, and you’ve set such a positive example for every aspiring writer and illustrator who has had the honor to cross your path.

    I hope that you will consider keeping me in mind with future projects of yours. You have a kind heart and a brilliant mind, and I’d be honored to be involved in anything that you’re behind.

    I could go on and on (I’m embarrassingly chatty) but I’m sure you’ve got tons of emails to read today.

    Thank you, again.
    With fondest regards,
    Eileen Balesteri

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    • Eileen, I think you have captured, so eloquently, what so many of us feel in our hearts, too. THANK you for writing that! oxox

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  17. Kathy — you’ve done an amazing job! Your hard work has benefited so many people. It’s our turn to cheer you on!

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    • Yvonne,

      Well, I am certainly going to try to get you something to cheer about.

      Kathy

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  18. Everyone seems so worried about Kathy, and I say, what about me? Where am I going to get as great a summer conference as I have been going to for the last three years? How am I going to meet so many editors and art directors on a casual basis as I have with the N.J. SCBWI functions?
    Going off to do your own art work and writing seems a very selfish choice, Kathy, when I need all the help you can provide! All I can say is that you’d better really produce some great stuff since you are leaving us all in the lurch!

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    • Lisa,

      LOL! I think you are developing your writing skills with this comment. I don’t worry about you. You’ve out grown me with all the fabulous artwork you put out and all the successes you’ve been racking up. I think the next RA will try to continue to do a lot of the things we were doing. And we are still going to have a few Summer Dinner before I leave. And I am not leaving the state, so I hope we will still see each other.

      Kathy

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  19. Hi Kathy, It was great to meet you in 2010 and I’ll always be thankful that you asked me to come on your “Illustrator Saturday” as a newbie…! You and the rest of the leadership made me feel so welcome to the chapter! THANK YOU! And I look forward to hearing what your projects are for the future!

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  20. p.s. Kathy, I have learned SO much from you through the NJ SCBWI events and your wonderful BLOG. A million thanks could never suffice for all your hard work!

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