Vol. IV No. 11 6/1/2023
About Volunteer Subscribers
Someone asked what SU needs money for. Good question. I put together a team of volunteers that value community and transparency as much as I do. I am deeply grateful to each and every one. However, as SU approaches three years old, it is not realistic to think people volunteer forever. SU has to plan for the future.
- Ever wonder who writes how-to manuals or government tracts? Jack Trowill, my friend and SU copy editor, did it for General Electric. He was an ace and did a great job for SU, but no longer can. We will miss him, but he did us a last huge favor: he reminded SU that volunteers do not go on forever. New people who do vital tasks may want to be compensated.
- SU is going to have to pay for other things it once got for free. For 2 1/2 years, SU had an angel who paid for Internet services: domain name, web site, and emailing every issue and every news alert. I can report and write SU. Jay, Lionel, Joan. and Dana can make it beautiful. Bruce, Sally, Michael, Darrell, Peter, Rick, and many more contributors, and letter writers can opine, inform and entertain, but we can't get it out to you. Angels don't go on forever either. We have to pay our own bills in the digital world.
- If fewer meetings are recorded on CTSB, more meetings will be attended in person and that requires reporters. I did for free, young reporters will ask and deserve to be paid.
- At this point so will I - note the change in my title — from managing editor to executive editor — that's because my role is expanding.
I love Stockbridge. Updates was born out of a simple idea: inform Stockbridge. Even if it costs more or takes just a bit more work — let's do it!
I remain deeply grateful to all who joined me in establishing Stockbridge Updates and I am deeply grateful to those who are already volunteer subscribers.
I had a good idea: inform Stockbridge. I think it is still good and SU deserves a future. Mail voluntary subscriptions to Box 1072 Stockbridge MA 01262. Help me raise the money to pay SU's bills, and I will work as hard as I know how to deliver the village news to you.
Photo: Lionel Delevingne