By the end of June 2016, the Hudson Valley Writers Guild had 118 active members, people who’d paid their membership dues in 2015 and 2016. Of them, 50 (42%) paid their 2016 dues by mid-year, contributing $1,870 to the Guild’s coffers. There were seven new members (half of last year) and 34 renewing members during this period, plus nine people who’d paid two-year memberships last year. But only two people have paid two-year memberships so far this year. During the first half of the year, 88 membership letters were mailed out (seven new member welcomes, 34 renewal thank yous and 47 membership dues reminders).

The Guild is especially pleased to welcome the following new members so far in 2016:

  • Lann Bell
  • Pat Berger
  • Robert Generali
  • Peggy Kowalski
  • Cheryl Rice
  • Lynn Seftner
  • Amber Thornton

The Guild had an honor roll at mid-year of three members who made extra financial contributions in addition to their membership dues. They were:

  • Anne Decker
  • Phyllis Hillinger
  • Kathleen O’Brien

The Guild’s membership efforts have slowed somewhat so far in 2016 compared to the last three years. That’s why the Guild’s Board is especially grateful for those new and renewing members who did express confidence by their support in the Hudson Valley Writers Guild and the work we do for writers in New York’s Hudson Valley.

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