I have never been one to join associations. For one thing, I usually don't fit in, especially if there is a lot of political wrangling. I just don't care for that sort of thing. Years ago, I kept trying to work in offices since I had many good office skills. I was trained as a good legal secretary which is a very hard job. It always turned out that I could not find a place in their organization that did not require backbiting and competition for position. Those things have never been goals of mine and never will be. I am just not made that way.
The last office job I remember having was in a legal firm in Kansas City. After being there for six months, working for one of the partners of the firm, I discovered a very grievous breach in confidentiality within the firm. I had discovered that a mail room employee was opening the sealed envelopes from human resources to find out everyone's bonuses and new pay raises or job promotions. Anyone who has worked in the legal field knows that a law practice should be based on confidentiality, both the employees and the clients.
When I brought this forward to the partner that I worked for, he just nodded his head and nothing happened. Instead, I received a reprimand in my own evaluation as not being a TEAM player. The problem was that I was not a "player" at all. I left that job extremely disillusioned with humanity. Associations in all it's forms are similar to the corporate world and so I had not found a need to try to join in.
But recently I found a group that I truly thought would be beneficial to my career and i am hoping that this is the case. I joined Women Writing the West. At first I could not think that there could be that many women writing about western cultures, but as it turns out there are a great many. Being on a limited income, I wrote to the membership chairperson, Lori Orser, to ask if I could pay the dues over time. What happened next was a huge surprise to me. After she reviewed what my writing is all about, she made the ultimate sacrifice. She paid for my membership and sponsored me. That was totally out of the blue and so unexpected that it took days to get used to the idea that someone would spend cash money on a writer they only knew from an email to help them join their association.
Now, we will have to wait and see. Time will tell if the entire association is made up of like-minded helpful people. I will keep everyone informed of my progress, but I am here to say now that so far, this group seems to be out of the ordinary and dedicated to the women who struggle to write about the women who helped to settle the west in many different time frames, even pre-historic.
Keep tuned in and I will tell you more as I experience it.
Wado Kitty Sutton - Author of Wheezer and the Painted Frog