A Letter from the Board of Chicago Women in Publishing

Dear CWIP Members and Friends,

Since 1972, Chicago Women in Publishing (CWIP) has provided networking, mentoring, advocacy, job opportunities, professional education, and innumerable long-lasting friendships to Chicago-area publishing professionals. The creative and dedicated women who formed the organization could not have foreseen the profound technologic, cultural, and business changes that have occurred over the past 50 years. It is therefore with heavy hearts that we, the current CWIP Board members, after careful examination of options, have concluded that it is time to dissolve our distinguished and treasured organization. Please know that it’s been a wrenching time for those of us knee-deep in the recent decision process. It is not a step we take lightly.

The reasons for this action are many and complex. Key among them are the virtual absence of volunteers, board nominees, and other offers of participation or assistance; lack of crucial infrastructure to maintain standard association membership databases and communications resources; and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the dynamic in-person networking and interaction that CWIP has thrived on for 50 years.

With gratitude to all CWIP members and supporters over the past 50 years, we request your attention and response to the following important information and action items that dissolution inevitably requires.

  1. With the assistance of CWIP’s attorneys, the Board has unanimously adopted a consent recommending that CWIP be dissolved pursuant to the Illinois General Not for Profit Corporation Act and that a Plan of Distribution be adopted to effectuate the dissolution. You can review the Board resolution and Plan of Distribution via the link provided.
  2. As described in the Notice of Special Meeting of Members, on August 10, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. prevailing Central time, a special meeting of the full membership will be convened via Zoom to vote on dissolution and adoption of the Plan of Distribution. Linked herein is the member ballot to be cast at the special meeting. The link to the meeting is shown in the Notice of Special Meeting. Any person who was a CWIP member as of July 6, 2022, may attend this meeting and cast a vote. We strongly encourage you to do so. For the dissolution and adoption of the Plan of Distribution to be approved, a quorum of the membership must be represented in person or by proxy at the special meeting. A quorum is 10% of the members. In addition, the affirmative vote of at least two-thirds of the votes present and voted either in person or by proxy at the special meeting is required to approve the dissolution and adoption of the Plan of Distribution.
  3. The Plan of Distribution provides that any treasury funds remaining after dissolution be donated to the University of Illinois at Chicago University Library Fund, where CWIP’s archives are held.
  4. The CWIP membership directory and freelance directory on the CWIP website will remain live for six months. Once the dissolution takes effect, CWIP will be dissolved and email inquiries will not receive responses.

 

Respectfully,

The 2021-2022 Board of Chicago Women in Publishing

Deborah McBride, past president, 1982-83

Judith West, past president, 2xxx

Olivia Voltaggio

Mary Nolan, past president, 2xxx

Kathryn Keil Kerste

Fiona Saltmarsh

Patricia Stahl, past president, 1979-81

George Becht

Thank you to our Corporate Partners who have supported us over the years.

 

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