There's no stopping us now!

Photo by Rebecca Aguilar
Photo by Rebecca Aguilar

Saturday mornings just seem like a good day to rest and catch up with everything you just didn’t get done during the week.  But on Saturday, July 9th, members of Hispanic Communicators DFW filled a conference room at Univision in Dallas and we were ready to get down to business.

As part of the planning committee, I didn’t expect but maybe a dozen people.  But one by one, members walked in ready to find out what’s next for our organization.  As we sat around this huge conference room table, everyone started jumping in to give their ideas and offer their help for upcoming workshops and a banquet.

Organizations like ours only survive with the help and hard work of volunteers.  The energy and passion of these 27 members was amazing and inspiring.  Everyone was offering their expertise whether in journalism, marketing, social media or public relations.  There was even a certified translator who showed up who wanted to get involved.

We’re in the works of putting together a series of workshops for a September mini-conference.  So we still welcome ideas from members. What workshops would help you become better at your job? We welcome your input, please contact us with your ideas.

Photo courtesy: CW33-Dallas

We’re all excited about the Hispanic Communicators DFW 30thAnniversary scholarship banquet on Saturday, October 15.   Pulitzer Prize winner and Los Angeles Timesreporter,Ruben Vives will be our keynote speaker.   Our member and CW 33’s anchor, Amanda Salinas has graciously agreed to be our Mistress of Ceremonies.  Thanks Amanda!

One of our planning committee members, Magda Salazar is still looking for donations for our silent auction at the banquet.  So start thinking of goods and services you and yourfriends can donate to the scholarship banquet.  Remember, we’re trying to help students pay for their college educations.  Contact Magda with your donation.

We need to give a big shout out and thank you to Becky Muñoz-Diaz, the Vice President and General Manager of Univision, Canal 23.  She donated the space for the meeting and also was gracious enough to give us a tour of the station when our meeting was over.  She’s a class act!

Photo Courtesy: Michael Vega

Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 20th.  We’re having another membership meeting at the Dallas Morning News.  Take it from me, these are more than just meetings.  They are a great place to make new connections and new friends.  I’m about expanding your network professionally and personally, and after Saturday’s meeting, I left knowing—we are not just an organization, we are a network of friends.

Rebecca Aguilar is a freelance reporter based in Dallas.  She’s also the Officer At-Large with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

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