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<ul><li> 1. Belizean Poets SocietyBelizean Poets Society Report 2005-2006Report 2005-2006 </li></ul><p> 2. Belizean Poets are importantBelizean Poets are important they wrap her bodythey wrap her body in poetic versein poetic verse and soothe her painand soothe her pain With they lyrical rhymesWith they lyrical rhymes -- Poets Healing BelizePoets Healing Belize 3. MISSIONMISSION To enhance and harness poeticTo enhance and harness poetic skills among Belizean poets,skills among Belizean poets, foster the development of the artfoster the development of the art of poetry, and promote itsof poetry, and promote its appreciation among Belizeans.appreciation among Belizeans. 4. VISIONVISION To become the leadingTo become the leading promoter of Belizean poets andpromoter of Belizean poets and their work.their work. 5. GOALSGOALS To address and promote the interests of Belizeans.To address and promote the interests of Belizeans. To generate great poets in Belize, fostering readingTo generate great poets in Belize, fostering reading and writing skills of Belizeans, young and old, whileand writing skills of Belizeans, young and old, while uniting them for one common goodpoetry.uniting them for one common goodpoetry. To promote awareness on issues affecting ourTo promote awareness on issues affecting our country by being an active voice in the community,country by being an active voice in the community, to bring about positive change.to bring about positive change. To collaborate with other societies, organizations,To collaborate with other societies, organizations, agencies and/or groups relating to poetry, bothagencies and/or groups relating to poetry, both locally and internationally.locally and internationally. 6. OBJECTIVESOBJECTIVES To have workshops and poetry contests, in order toTo have workshops and poetry contests, in order to attract and highlight creative and talented Belizeans.attract and highlight creative and talented Belizeans. To raise funds, solicit sponsorships and financing, andTo raise funds, solicit sponsorships and financing, and conduct business in the name of and for the benefit of theconduct business in the name of and for the benefit of the society and its cause.society and its cause. To actively promote the use of poetry as a positiveTo actively promote the use of poetry as a positive alternative to vent frustration and as a means ofalternative to vent frustration and as a means of empowering individuals to express themselves.empowering individuals to express themselves. To acquire and preserve any form of poetic and literaryTo acquire and preserve any form of poetic and literary works.works. To support authors in the production and publication ofTo support authors in the production and publication of their works, and in the promotion and sale of their works,their works, and in the promotion and sale of their works, both regionally and internationally.both regionally and internationally. 7. Our OriginOur Origin The Belizean Poets Society is aThe Belizean Poets Society is a registered nonprofit organizationregistered nonprofit organization formed for the advancement offormed for the advancement of Belizean poets and poetry inBelizean poets and poetry in Belize. Several poets hadBelize. Several poets had expressed the idea of establishingexpressed the idea of establishing an organization for poets. Thean organization for poets. The idea came to life in Septemberidea came to life in September 2005, when a group of 6 poets2005, when a group of 6 poets formed the Belizean Poets Societyformed the Belizean Poets Society (BPS).(BPS). 8. Our FoundersOur Founders 1.1. Adele Ramos-Daly, presidentAdele Ramos-Daly, president &amp; secretary&amp; secretary 2.2. Ansel West, first vice presidentAnsel West, first vice president 3.3. Margaret Arana, second viceMargaret Arana, second vice presidentpresident 4.4. Edward Broaster, treasurerEdward Broaster, treasurer 5.5. Erwin X, vice treasurerErwin X, vice treasurer 6.6. Orson Elrington, vice secretaryOrson Elrington, vice secretary 9. BPS Organizational PyramidBPS Organizational Pyramid Executive (6 Directors) Standing Committees (4 Chairpersons) All BPS members 10. Standing CommitteesStanding Committees EVENTS COMMITTEEEVENTS COMMITTEE Role:Role: To organize BPS poetry andTo organize BPS poetry and poetry-related events, such aspoetry-related events, such as shows, workshops, etc.shows, workshops, etc. In charge of making logisticalIn charge of making logistical arrangements, such as bookingarrangements, such as booking venues; arranging for presenters,venues; arranging for presenters, performers, emcees; ensuringperformers, emcees; ensuring technical requirements are met; etc.technical requirements are met; etc. 11. Standing CommitteesStanding Committees FUNDRAISING COMMITTEEFUNDRAISING COMMITTEE Role:Role: To raise funds either via sale ofTo raise funds either via sale of tickets, BPS products, membertickets, BPS products, member performances; or soliciting fromperformances; or soliciting from donors and sponsors.donors and sponsors. Can do dances, bake sales, etc., toCan do dances, bake sales, etc., to generate continuous revenue streamgenerate continuous revenue stream for BPS.for BPS. 12. Standing CommitteesStanding Committees Publicity/PR COMMITTEEPublicity/PR COMMITTEE Role:Role: To publicize BPS events; toTo publicize BPS events; to publicize the work of BPS in thepublicize the work of BPS in the community; to promote the work ofcommunity; to promote the work of Belizean Poets, especially members;Belizean Poets, especially members; to foster a strong relationshipto foster a strong relationship between BPS and the media; tobetween BPS and the media; to foster a strong relationship betweenfoster a strong relationship between BPS and the community.BPS and the community. 13. Standing CommitteesStanding Committees MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEEMEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE Role: To keep members abreast of theRole: To keep members abreast of the happenings inside BPS; to ensurehappenings inside BPS; to ensure members receive notification of meetingsmembers receive notification of meetings and events; to encourage strongerand events; to encourage stronger participation of members; to keep track ofparticipation of members; to keep track of the standing of members and remind themthe standing of members and remind them to keep dues are up to date; to review theto keep dues are up to date; to review the contributions and performance ofcontributions and performance of members; to grant awards and sanctionsmembers; to grant awards and sanctions where applicable.where applicable. 14. Standing CommitteesStanding Committees Events CommitteeEvents Committee Chairperson:Chairperson: Ritamae HydeRitamae Hyde Other members:Other members: Jahseed XJahseed X Jamie YearwoodJamie Yearwood Wilford XWilford X Delanni ThurtonDelanni Thurton Ansel WestAnsel West Erwin XErwin X Adele Ramos-DalyAdele Ramos-Daly 15. Standing CommitteesStanding Committees PR/PublicityPR/Publicity Chairperson:Chairperson:Orson ElringtonOrson Elrington Other members:Other members: Jahseed XJahseed X Kalilah EnriquezKalilah Enriquez Wilford XWilford X Ian CachoIan Cacho Ansel WestAnsel West Carolyn WilliamsCarolyn Williams Adele Ramos-DalyAdele Ramos-Daly Ruth ReneauRuth Reneau 16. Standing CommitteesStanding Committees FundraisingFundraising Chairperson:Chairperson: Ruth ReneauRuth Reneau Other members:Other members: Kevin EverettKevin Everett Ian CachoIan Cacho Ansel WestAnsel West Carrie FairweatherCarrie Fairweather Carol MartinCarol Martin Dr. Corinth Morter-LewisDr. Corinth Morter-Lewis Rachel Sedacy.Rachel Sedacy. 17. Standing CommitteesStanding Committees MembershipMembership Chairperson:Chairperson: Rita SedacyRita Sedacy Other members:Other members: Ansel WestAnsel West Erwin XErwin X Carrie FairweatherCarrie Fairweather Dr. Corinth Morter-LewisDr. Corinth Morter-Lewis Leonora FlowersLeonora Flowers Kalilah EnriquezKalilah Enriquez Rachel SedacyRachel Sedacy 18. FRAMEWORK OF THE BPSFRAMEWORK OF THE BPS Scope of Work:Scope of Work: ApoliticalApolitical Encourage and award excellenceEncourage and award excellence among both new and establishedamong both new and established poetspoets Address freedom of speech issuesAddress freedom of speech issues Educate people on ConstitutionalEducate people on Constitutional RightsRights Create and expand networks:Create and expand networks: regional and internationalregional and international Pursue fellowship opportunitiesPursue fellowship opportunities 19. FRAMEWORK OF THE BPSFRAMEWORK OF THE BPS Activities:Activities: ConferencesConferences Contests/CompetitionsContests/Competitions FestivalsFestivals BPS StoreBPS Store Annual Awards CeremonyAnnual Awards Ceremony Poetry ReadingsPoetry Readings SeminarsSeminars DisplaysDisplays Presentations by distinguished poetsPresentations by distinguished poets Membership meetings and forumsMembership meetings and forums 20. FRAMEWORK OF THE BPSFRAMEWORK OF THE BPS Radio Show/TV ShowRadio Show/TV Show Poetry journal/newsletterPoetry journal/newsletter WebsiteWebsite Establish National PoetryEstablish National Poetry Week/MonthWeek/Month Establish a vast repository ofEstablish a vast repository of Belizean poetryBelizean poetry Poetry in schools program freePoetry in schools program free lessons for teachers, for example.lessons for teachers, for example. 21. IMPORTANT HIGHLIGHTSIMPORTANT HIGHLIGHTS At this event, theAt this event, the winners of the firstwinners of the first ever Belizean Poetsever Belizean Poets Contest wereContest were announced. Five poetsannounced. Five poets were awarded: Erwix Xwere awarded: Erwix X - first place, Kalilah- first place, Kalilah Enriquez - secondEnriquez - second place, Therese Young-place, Therese Young- Belisle - third place.Belisle - third place. Best New Female PoetBest New Female Poet was Frances Richardswas Frances Richards and Best New Maleand Best New Male Poet was NJahPoet was NJah (Jason Daly)(Jason Daly) September 8, 2005 - Youth of the Bay, Lyrical Lounge Special Edition 22. IMPORTANT HIGHLIGHTSIMPORTANT HIGHLIGHTS This show featured over 30 artistsThis show featured over 30 artists from across Belize whofrom across Belize who volunteered their talent to helpvolunteered their talent to help the BPS raise funds. There wasthe BPS raise funds. There was an overwhelming show ofan overwhelming show of support from the artistic andsupport from the artistic and business community. Poetsbusiness community. Poets enjoyed themselves and showedenjoyed themselves and showed Belizeans how diverse andBelizeans how diverse and exciting poetry can be.exciting poetry can be. April 7, 2006 - Lik It! The first annual festival ofApril 7, 2006 - Lik It! The first annual festival of poetry, music dance and drama by BPSpoetry, music dance and drama by BPS 23. IMPORTANT HIGHLIGHTSIMPORTANT HIGHLIGHTS The first trainingThe first training workshop of theworkshop of the Belizean PoetsBelizean Poets Society wasSociety was attended by 11attended by 11 members and 4members and 4 non-members. Thenon-members. The facilitators werefacilitators were excellent andexcellent and participants gaveparticipants gave them andthem and organizers raveorganizers rave reviews.reviews. August 26, 2006 - Creating and Dramatizing Poetry WorkshopAugust 26, 2006 - Creating and Dramatizing Poetry Workshop 24. IMPORTANT HIGHLIGHTSIMPORTANT HIGHLIGHTS WORKSHOP REGISTRATIONS (15)WORKSHOP REGISTRATIONS (15) Who participated?Who participated? Members:Members: 1111 Non-members:Non-members: 44 Have they ever participated a poetryHave they ever participated a poetry workshop?workshop? Yes:Yes: 22 No:No: 1313 How did they learn of the workshop?How did they learn of the workshop? Through BPS (meeting, e-mails, word ofThrough BPS (meeting, e-mails, word of mouth):mouth): 1212 Through the media (radio, television, etc):Through the media (radio, television, etc): 33 25. IMPORTANT HIGHLIGHTSIMPORTANT HIGHLIGHTS WORKSHOP EVALUATIONS (12)WORKSHOP EVALUATIONS (12) 1. Did you understand the presentation by the facilitators?1. Did you understand the presentation by the facilitators? 100% (12 of 12) said they fully understand.100% (12 of 12) said they fully understand. 2. What benefit did you derive from the presentation?2. What benefit did you derive from the presentation? 83% (10 of 12) said they had gained better insight into83% (10 of 12) said they had gained better insight into writing poetry, 7% (1 of 12) said reasonably improvedwriting poetry, 7% (1 of 12) said reasonably improved insight. One person did not mark an option.insight. One person did not mark an option. 4. How effective were the facilitators?4. How effective were the facilitators? 92% (11 of 12) said very effective; 8% (1 of 12) said fairly92% (11 of 12) said very effective; 8% (1 of 12) said fairly effective.effective. 5. Would you attend another training workshop by BPS?5. Would you attend another training workshop by BPS? 92% (11 of 12) said definitely; 8% (1 of 12) said perhaps.92% (11 of 12) said definitely; 8% (1 of 12) said perhaps. 6. Their take on the open forum:6. Their take on the open forum: 92% (11 of 12) said they definitely liked it; 8% (1 of 12)92% (11 of 12) said they definitely liked it; 8% (1 of 12) said they liked it somewhat.said they liked it somewhat. 26. IMPORTANT HIGHLIGHTSIMPORTANT HIGHLIGHTS Event 1: Belizean Poets ContestEvent 1: Belizean Poets Contest and Showdownand Showdown The contest was launched inThe contest was launched in late July and finalists werelate July and finalists were asked to perform in round 2asked to perform in round 2 of the competition, at theof the competition, at the Belizean Poets Showdown,Belizean Poets Showdown, held at the Bliss Center ofheld at the Bliss Center of the Performing Arts onthe Performing Arts on Wednesday, September 6.Wednesday, September 6. There were three winners inThere were three winners in three categories who werethree categories who were judged cumulatively on theirjudged cumulatively on their written work and stagewritten work and stage performance.performance. September 2006 - September Celebrations EventsSeptember 2006 - September Celebrations Events For the first time, the Belizean Poets Society wasFor the first time, the Belizean Poets Society was included on the Official September Celebratiosincluded on the Official September Celebratios Calendar.Calendar. 27. IMPORTANT HIGHLIGHTSIMPORTANT HIGHLIGHTS For one week, the works of aFor one week, the works of a wide array of Belizeanwide array of Belizean Poets, novices and veteransPoets, novices and veterans alike, were featured in analike, were featured in an audio-visual exhibit at theaudio-visual exhibit at the Bliss Centers Rotunda. TheBliss Centers Rotunda. The exhibit was free and open toexhibit was free and open to the p...</p>