AGM 2015: Your Fed, Your Regions, Your Stories

Early-bird rates | Workshops | Proxy Voting | Draft Motions | Green Machine Carpool

The Fed’s 2015 AGM, will be held at the Sumac Ridge Winery in Summerland from May 22 to 24 this year. With just over two-weeks remaining until members from across the province congregate in the sunny Okanagan, members are encouraged to take advantage of early-bird rates in effect until May 4, said First Vice President Coco Aders Weremczuk.

One of the central themes of this year’s AGM will be a focus on the regions and the Fed’s diverse membership. Every region has it’s own unique perspective to bring to our annual gathering, and the Federation is going out of its way to make it possible for those points of view to make it to Summerland, by:

  • Planning travel incentives (to be announced) that will make it more affordable for members from outside the host region to attend;
  • Reminding members who cannot attend the AGM that they can give proxy votes to fellow members, who will be attending.

Early-bird prices (extended until May 11) for the AGM are:

  • Two-day Pass: $70 | Seniors: $45 | Students: $25
  • One-day pass Saturday: $50| Seniors:  $40 | Students: $20
  • One-day pass Sunday: $40 | Seniors: $30 | Students: $10


Regular prices (after May 11) will be:

  • Two-day Pass:  $95 | Seniors: $70 | Students: $25
  • One-day pass Saturday: $85 | Seniors:  $65 | Students: $65
  • One-day pass Sunday: $75 | Seniors: $60 | Students: $60

Your Fed, Your Regions, Your Stories is one of the themes that will run through FBCW’s 2015 AGM. Said Coco: “I invite you to bring your area’s point of view to what will be a really terrific gathering in the Central Region this year.”

Activities & Workshops

Saturday, May 23

9:30 AM – The Secrets of Selling Your Story, Ben Nuttall-Smith – persuading a publisher to publish and convincing readers to select your book. With hands-on exercises, you will learn the secrets of the all-important Synopsis, Elevator Speech and Query Letter.

11:30 AM – Organizing and Pacing Your Story, Elma Schemenauer

1:30 – 2:30 PM – Federation of BC Writers’ AGM

3 PM – All the Winter’s a Stage, Paul Seesequas – is pitching a nonfiction book on Idle No More to a major publishing house.

7 – 9:30 PM Dinner at Zia’s (in Summerland)

Sunday, May 24

9 AM – Identity Theft and Taxes for Writers – George Opacic

10:30 AM – Voice and Performance Skills a hands on workshop
with Ben Nuttall-Smith

Annual General Meeting Notes

Proxy Voting – Of course we’re all hoping members will be able to be there in person and participate in the decision-making of their organization on-the-spot. But there is a next-best thing for those of you who can’t make it. If you know another person who is attending, and feel they can vote for on your behalf, then fill out a proxy form and register it by May 19th at 6 pm. with the Fed (you’ll find instructions on the form itself).

Proposed Draft Motions – The Federation of BC Writers’ Board wants to hear your thoughts on the motions that might be considered at the AGM. So some of the key items up for discussion and voting on May 23rd have been posted on a ‘draft motions’ page, where you can familiarize yourself with the issues and say what you think.

The Federation of BC Writers thinks green – BC is a big place. That’s why the Federation of BC Writers wants to make it affordable for members attending the AGM to get to Summerland in an environmentally responsible way.

The Fed will compensate on fuel costs for one vehicle coming to the host Central region from each of the other regions in BC, provided there are between two and four members sharing the ride, and all register to attend the AGM May 23 from 1:30 to 2:30 PM.

See details below. To find out more or register for the Green Machine Carpool Challenge, contact Craig Spence,

As well, the designated driver of a vehicle carrying three passengers will get a free three-day AGM pass May 22 to 24 as a thank you for organizing the trip and getting three fellow members to the AGM.

The first vehcile from each region to register with the most members (up to four) on board before May 19 will win the Green Machine award.

Compensation for fuel will be paid using a consumption rate of 6.1 litres per 100 kilometres with fuel priced at $1.20 per litre, and based on the shortest trip length as measured by Google Maps from the driver’s home to Summerland BC.

For example, a car with four members on board driven from Prince George to Summerland (725 km) would receive $106 for the return trip and the driver would get a free three-day pass to attend the AGM. A car making the same trip with three members on board would earn a $79.60 rebate; a car with driver plus one passenger would earn $53.

So if you’re thinking of coming to Summerland, for what is sure to be a great meeting, get some fellow members on board and be the one to claim the Green Machine award for your region!

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