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Creative Arts Department Bulletin

Great States Update Photos

On June 11, 2010, 3:00 p.m. the Great States Photo Display will open!

The "Great States Update Photos" will be on display at the GFWC International Convention in Omaha. GFWC state affiliates have each selected a special photo to represent their state in this presentation. Following the close of the 2010 GFWC International Convention, the photos will then wend their way homeward to GFWC Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The collection will be displayed in a room adjacent to the office of the GFWC International President.

Thank you to all who have worked so hard to make the "Great States Update" a success. Congratulations to the GFWC members that have had a photo selected to be a permanent gift to GFWC Headquarters.

Below are the important logistics for this much anticipated display:

  • State Presidents, Junior Directors, Chairmen or someone designated by the state are encouraged to hand deliver the state photo. The photo display will be set up on Friday, June 11, between 12 noon and 3:00 p.m., in the Qwest Center Ballroom C. Photos should be dropped off at this location during these hours.
  • If you must ship your photo to the GFWC Convention site, please make sure that it arrives no earlier than Saturday June, 5 and by Thursday, June 10, and is addressed as follows:

Hilton Omaha

Attn: Kristine Sudyka/GFWC

1001 Cass Street

Omaha, NE 68102

Please note that GFWC will not reimburse for shipping costs to the Convention site.

  • The Great States Photos will be on display in the GFWC Exhibit Center. A volunteer will monitor this area during the hours that the Exhibit Center is open. Security will be on hand to watch this area when closed. The Exhibit Center hours are:

Friday, June 11 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 12 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and Noon to 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 13 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and Noon to 6:00 p.m.


GFWC Photography Contests

Each year the winning photos of the GFWC photography contests are a favorite part of the GFWC International Convention. Congratulations to the state members that have had entries selected to represent their state in these contests this year.

All state winning entries for "The World in Pictures" and "GFWC Volunteers in Action" contests were to be sent to GFWC Headquarters, postmarked by May 24, 2010. Please do not sent photo entries to the GFWC Chairman. Send to: Kari O’Donnell, GFWC Programs Associate, 1734 N St NW, Washington DC, 20036-2990

Thank you to all those who participate in these contests. The winners will be shown during the Celebration of Service Awards Breakfast.

GFWC Poetry and Short Story Contests

Thank you to all the members that entered the poetry and short story contests this year. Reading the entries in these contests has been a highlight of this chairmanship position. The entries have all been judged and the winners will be announced at the GFWC International Convention in Omaha, June 2010.

The youth entries in the poetry and short story contests are delightful to read. These entries also have been judged and winners will be announced at the GFWC International Convention in Omaha. Thank you to the clubs that have and continue to sponsor writing contests in the schools and communities.

Please remember to always follow the deadlines for all contests as listed in the GFWC Club Manual.

GFWC Consent Form

This past year GFWC developed a consent form to be signed and attached to all entries sent to the GFWC contests. Only entries with this signed consent form attached were considered for awards. Very few entries had to be eliminated due to the absence of the signed waiver. The number of entries in the contests at the GFWC level remained close to the same this year.

Explanation of the consent form from Natasha Rankin, Executive Director of GFWC:

The waiver is meant to both protect the original writer as well as GFWC. In this case, the protection of the writer is about confirming that the appropriate permissions and authorizations are in place for a person younger than 18, to allow him or her to enter the contest and have the agreements from a parent or guardian that the writer’s rights are acknowledged and protect. The work of the writer is still his/hers to do with what he or she pleases—to further publish it, share it, promote it, and/or enter it into other contests (as long as the work and writer are in compliance with any terms that a publisher or contest holder might have).

For GFWC, the waiver is intended to protect GFWC from any issues regarding copyright violations (as, unfortunately, we’ve had issues of plagiarism come to light), as well as protect GFWC if the work is later used by the original author in another story, contest, publication, etc. For example, let’s say that a story wins a GFWC award, and we print it in the GFWC Clubwoman Magazine in late 2010. And the story is of such great quality that the author decides to use it as a basis for a future, expanded short story that is submitted to the New Yorker in 2012, and is accepted for publication. What this waiver does is protect GFWC from having to pay the New Yorker any royalties or fees for copyright violations because we have the story in one of our own publications. The waiver in no way states that the author can’t use his or her story or work in the future—it just means that GFWC can also continue to use the original story as well without being in violation of copyright issues.

This waiver made one important positive impact. No entries in the GFWC writing contests had to be disqualified this year because of plagiarism. The creative writing works of the youth and members submitted to the 2009 GFWC contests were all original.

Thank you to the state chairmen that worked so hard to comply with the rules, deadlines and the GFWC consent form.


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