May 29, 2018 in President's Message
I am very proud to begin another two-year term as president of the BFCA. The confidence that the membership continues to place in me is among the most meaningful things in my life.
To a great extent, that confidence stems from the reliably outstanding performance of the BFCA executive team, starting with the Board of Directors, including new members Sam Rubin and Sean O’Connell, and new BTJA president Ed Martin.
On this team, no one works harder for BFCA and BTJA than Membership Director Sara Voorhees. It is her job to ensure that our membership directories are regularly vetted, which allows studios and networks to rely on our directories as a who’s who of journalists they need to service. What we tell these companies is if someone is a BFCA or BTJA member you can be sure they are legitimate and worthy of your attention. Every member of BFCA and BTJA greatly benefits from her efforts.
In this digital age, Sara is able to do much of her vetting by visiting websites, where many members’ work is continuously on display. In these cases, she does not need to contact individual members. If this is not the case, she will reach out to the member and request links or other evidence to confirm membership qualifications. The vast majority of members understand this important process and happily assist Sara when she reaches out. Occasionally, a member reacts defensively, despite the fact that Sara is simply doing her job for the benefit of our entire organization. If you are able to provide direction as to where she can find your work without having to contact you directly, please send her that info (firstname.lastname@example.org) and she will add it to your listing in our directory. If not, please be appreciative when she reaches out to you for help in confirming that you remain a member in good standing.
Along with EVP (and Mr. Fix-it) John De Simio and long-serving Board members Jim Ferguson and Mark Ramsey, Sara has long played and continues to play a vital role in the smooth functioning of the BFCA and BTJA. I know I could not do my job as effectively without them and the rest of the executive team. They deserve our respect and appreciation. They certainly have mine.