Archive for November, 2010

KCABJ Newsletter for November 2010
November 20, 2010

KCABJ Holiday Party The KCABJ Holiday Party will start at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18 at Danny”s Big Easy restaurant at 18th and Vine across from the Blue Room. Members decided at the November meeting to continue the tradition to bring members together for the holiday season and support a black business.
KCABJ will spring for $100 in cajun chicken wings for those who arrive early to enjoy.
KCABJ President Greg Moore said he wanted to continue a “Drive for Fives” plan he initiated this year to have the organization:
Pick up five new members
Get five past members to renew
Have five members donate $5 to KCABJ.
Get five members to recruit one new member each.
Have five members commit to five volunteer days for KCABJ.
Members discussed the media awards program and looked ahead to 2011. A planning committee will be formed in February for the 2011 media awards because it will be the 20th anniversary of the program, which encourages the Kansas City area media to do more enterprising stories about African Americans and people of color.
In addition, KCABJ in 2011 will celebrate its 30th anniversary. The planning committee will organize a banquet to coincide with the media awards. KCABJ member Sharon Cheers said she would look into whether it could be at the downtown library.
Sharon also agreed to collect the names of KCABJ members willing to run as officers of the organization. The election will be held at the January KCABJ meeting. The positions are president, vice president/print, vice president/broadcast, secretary and treasurer.
KCABJ members agreed to have a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 17. KCABJ Secretary Anita Parran said she would look into members going to Harvesters to volunteer on that day.
Greg said he wanted KCABJ to reach out in 2011 to young professionals seeking journalism careers to draw them into the organization.
Also during the meeting, Sharon announced that members were invited to an open house for Christmas at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral on Dec. 26 from 2 to 5 p.m.

NABJ News Kathy Times, president of the National Association of Black Journalists, announced that Maurice Foster has been selected as NABJ’s new executive director. Foster had been deputy executive director with the National Bar Association for seven years.
He has experience as a fundraiser and in grant management. Times also picked KCABJ Vice President/Print to lead the election of national officers in 2011. The election will occur at the convention in August in Philadelphia.
NABJ is still offering a Caribbean Cruise from June 26-July 3, 2011, for members. Registration is due Dec. 15. For more information go to
NABJ is holding a conference on health disparities on March 24-26 at the Barbara Jordan Conference Center at Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington, D.C. For more information to to
To members who are unemployed, NABJ is offering a six-month membership extension.

Time to Renew Membership dues for 2011 is due. The application is below.
Print this application and mail it with your $20 check to KCABJ, P.O. Box 32744, Kansas City, Mo. 64111 to cover your annual membership dues. KCABJ maintains the lowest dues among all of the affliated NABJ chapters.



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(Membership in KCABJ runs from January through December. Annual dues of $20 in the organization has not changed since the organization was founded in 1981. It is the lowest of any of the affiliates of the National Association of Black Journalists.)