HTML Writers Guild Member Newsletter
Early July 1998
Volume 4 Number 6
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Governing Board Memberships and Positions
- T-Shirts Are Here
- Your Input is Valuable!
- Frequently Asked Questions about the HWG-News Newsletter
The Guild is entirely volunteer-run, that means there are
many opportunities for active members to become involved
and help contribute back some of what you have gained
from your guild membership. Volunteering is a great way
to gain valuable experience, learn new skills and make
Some of the positions available with the Guild are:
POSITION: Graphic Artist
REPORTS TO: Vice President of Marketing and Outreach, and Lead Graphic Artist
Hours: 5-25 hours per month, as required
To serve as a staff graphic designer/artist on call as required
for various Guild projects. Create new graphics and images as
required for the Guild web site and various Guild projects and
programs; create graphic designs for off-line printed materials
including brochures, advertisements, and t-shirts; produce other
graphical materials as requested; other duties as assigned.
Graphic Artists will be part of team managed by the Lead
- Creative artistic ability
- Proficiency with common graphics programs
- Ability to provide graphics in a variety of formats as required by Guild programs or projects
- Experience with graphical design for the web
- Marketing and advertising (off-line) graphic design experience
- Reliable and able to work within deadlines
Note that this is a _volunteer_ opportunity, not a paid position.
Interested parties may apply by sending a brief resume (text only)
or URL to a web-based resume as well as a summary of relevant
NO ART SAMPLES WILL BE ACCEPTED UNLESS EXPLICITLY SOLICITED.
Under no circumstances should attached images be sent.
POSITION: Book Reviewers
In preparation for the Guild's new online bookstore, we're looking to
establish a list of potential computer/internet book reviewers.
To qualify, you must:
Be at least 18 years of age (document signing required)
Read and write in English at a professional level.
Have moderate to expert level experience in at least one related topic
(graphics, HTML, design, Java, etc), in order to properly judge the quality
of the content and advice given in these texts.
Be able to understand and follow writing style rules and apply templates as
Supply an acceptable writing sample that discusses topics of interest to
web developers that is of no less than 2 pages (but please no more than 4),
single spaced in RTF or MS Word format *only*, sent as an attachment.
Samples of past published *computer related* articles or other writing
With your writing sample, please also submit:
A list of topics you are qualified to write about.
Your full name, shipping address, telephone number (home), any special
This is a volunteer assignment. Copyright on all reviews will be granted to
the Guild, bylines will be given. Texts will be supplied to you, but remain
the property of the Guild and are expected to be returned (postage
Successful applicants will be notified that they have been placed in the
reviewer database. We will contact you via email before shipping any
materials to confirm your availability and level of comfort in the proposed
Please send all materials to site contacts
POSITION: Online Classes Manager
Reports to: Vice President of Member Education
Hours: 5-10 per week after implementation, concentrated effort to launch
program over next 2 months.
In close cooperation with the VP/E, develop curriculum for the Guild's
online training programs, review applications from potential instructors,
assist instructors in producing class materials, supervise instructor
assistants. Coordinate with the Book Store Manager for placement of
required course materials. Coordinate with designated staff member for
upkeep of classes area on eshare. Coordinate with Chat Events Manager for
any events related to online classes. Provide reports and updates as
requested by the VP/E. Other duties as assigned.
- Clear, concise writing style (for providing directions and staff management via email)
- Knowledge of Guild operations and programs
- Ability to work effectively as part of a team
- Ability to complete assignments independently
- Be able to access to email/online connection daily (i.e. access should not be limited to a lab, a work-based computer, or other day/time restricted-access environment)
- Basic spreadsheet and database skills
- HTML proficiency
- Prior management skills desirable
- Prior teaching or administrative experience in an educational environment helpful
Send letter of interest and resume (resume required, ascii text in email or
URL only, no attachments) to: site contacts
POSITION: Grant Researcher
(Contact: Ann Navarro, VP of Finance, site contacts)
The Guild is looking for a volunteer to fill the position
of "Grant Researcher." This individual will report to the
Vice President of Finance and Personnel.
Job duties will include:
- Conduct research to find grant opportunities that the Guild would be eligible for as a 501(c)3 organization from private and public sources.
- Assist the VP of Finance in completing the required application materials for those grants.
- Follow up and interface with granting entities as requested by the VP of Finance or Governing Board.
- Other duties as assigned.
Complete details are available upon request by sending
email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested parties should
forward a letter of interest and a resume (text in email
please, no attachments), to site contacts.
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(Leanne Phillips, Secretary, site contacts)
The Governing Board members are:
The Board would like to extend a 'Welcome!' to Larry, and to thank Char
for once again taking over the VP/Member Education role.
We have one remaining open position on the Board
for qualified candidates at present. If you are interested,
please send a note to email@example.com that includes your resume
(text version please, no attachments) and a vision statement of
how you see the Guild and your role within it.
Board members should have the following qualities:
- Familiarity with the way the Guild is managed, and the Guild's bylaws
- Member of the HWG for at least one year
- Any of the following desired types of experience:
- Marketing/Public Relations
- Non-profit Organizations
- Virtual (Internet) Organizations
- Must be at least 18 years of age
As part of the Board, you will be expected to:
- Serve a term of up to three years on the Governing Board
- Invest a minimum of 10 hours per week in Board-related activities, and possibly more if asked to serve as an officer on the Executive Committee
- Contribute to setting the direction of the Guild through participation on the Governing Board's private discussion list, and effectively articulate your vision for the HWG
- Reach decisions based on the best interests of the HWG Inc. corporation as a whole, in cooperation with other members of the Board
- Be willing to travel (if necessary) on behalf of the Guild
Being on the Governing Board is a major responsibility and
commitment, but it can also be very rewarding to shape the
future of this organization. If you have any questions, feel
free to direct them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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(Ann Navarro, VP of Finance & Personnel, site contacts)
You've asked for 'em -- we've got 'em: official Guild t-shirts!
Display your Guild colors with these distinctive tees printed in
full color on high-quality white cotton. Each t-shirt features
the world-famous HTML Writers Guild logo on the front; you, too,
can look like a web page!
These shirts debuted at Spring Internet World '98 in Los
Angeles and were a big hit; now we're making them available as
fundraiser for only $24 (shipping and handling included) within
the U.S. or Canada, $28 overseas. Available in XL and XXL
A copy of the order form is available at:
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(Kynn Bartlett, VP of Marketing & Outreach, site contacts)
Because the Guild is a membership-based organization, and we run
on volunteer labor, it's important that the lines of communication
between you (the membership) and the Governing Board stay open and
To this end, the Guild has created several avenues for members to
voice their opinions on Guild operations and suggest new activities.
* The HWG-Announce mailing list
While hwg-announce is a one-way announcement list, it's also the
primary source of official Guild news besides the monthly HWG-News
newsletter (which you're reading now). You're welcome to respond
to any of the announcement or issues raised on that list by writing
to any of the Governing Board members (previously listed in this
newsletter), especially when 'RFCs' -- requests for comments --
are posted by the Board. For more information, please see:
* The Guild's Online Suggestion Box (new!)
If you have an idea for a new project, a change to an existing
Guild service, or some suggestions on which direction the Guild
should be heading, you might want to use our online suggestion
box form on the web, located at:
This is a general suggestion box for anything Guild-related that
you would like the Governing Board to consider. Please keep in
mind that this goes to all of the current Board, so take care to
not over-burden the system. However, all suggestions will be
acknowledged by the GB.
* Regularly Scheduled Town Hall Meetings (new!)
Each month, the Guild will provide an opportunity for real-time
discussion and chatting via our new HWG Interactive server.
These monthly meetings will be hosted by at least one member of
the Governing Board (and likely most of them in attendance),
and will give you, the members, the chance to voice your views
about the HWG. The scheduling information for this first meeting
- Date: Thursday, 30 July 1998
- Time: 6:30 PDT, 9:30 EDT,
- Hosts: Fred Barnett and Leanne Phillips
- Location: HWG Interactive (TBA)
The details on how to connect to our interactive chat server
(powered by eShare) will be announced at least a week before
the meeting, on both hwg-announce and the Guild's website; these
instructions were not available at the time this newsletter was
* Guild Issues Web Forum (coming soon!)
We will be announcing in the next newsletter our new web-based
discussion forums; one of these bulletin boards will be devoted
exclusively to Guild Issues. More details on this will be
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(Shelly Ross, HWG-News Newsletter Editor, email@example.com)
Some questions you may be asking:
Q: Why did I get this mail?
A: You received this newsletter because you are a member of the
HTML Writers Guild. This message came from hwg-news, the Guild's
mandatory mailing list for all members. If you need more information
about hwg-news, please see the List Charter at:
Q. Why doesn't this newsletter talk about web design or HTML?
A. The newsletter is the Guild's administrative bulletin to the
membership. If you are interested in the topics of Web design
and HTML, then you might want to subscribe to some of our
discussion lists devoted to those topics. More information on
the Guild's offering of discussion lists can be found at:
Q. How can I find out more about Guild activities?
A. The Guild has set up a one-way announcement list, HWG-Announce,
that carries bulletins of day-to-day Guild business. For details
on how to subscribe, please see:
Q: How do I unsubscribe from hwg-news?
A: Since this is a required list in order to maintain your
Guild membership, unsubscribing is the same as resigning from
the HTML Writers Guild.
If you have your Member ID and password, to resign your membership
in the Guild and to unsubscribe to hwg-news, visit:
Fill in the pertinent information, and submit it.
If you don't have a Member ID, or have forgotten your password, send
with a Subject of: Resign membership
In the body of the message, provide the following information:
- Your email address(es)
- Your member ID if you have one.
- The list of discussion lists you are on.
Please remember that unsubscribing to hwg-news automatically resigns
you from the Guild. If you have problems with unsubscribing,
please contact the Database Manager for help.
Q: What if I want to comment on the newsletter?
A: The HWG-News Mailing List is a "Read-Only" list -- please do not try
to reply to this message directly.
If you wish to contact the editor of this newsletter, you may do
so by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Each article begins with
the contact information for the author as well.
This issue was edited by Shelly Ross; minor edits by Kynn Bartlett.
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