2015-2016 Northern California Chapter Board Members

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Upcoming Event

Chapter Summer Potluck!

Summer Social

Please plan to attend our informal—and delightful—summer potluck social. This is a causal event to meet fellow travelers in the world of medical writing and to share experiences, insights, and, of course, laughs. The theme: best summer reading. Come prepared to share your (current) favorite recommendation for summer reading (book title and author).

  • What: Northern California Chapter AMWA Summer Fun Potluck!

  • When: 4:30 to 7 pm; Saturday, July 30th, 2016

  • Where: Caren Rickhoff's home in Sunnyvale (near intersection of 280 and 85, where Sunnyvale, Cupertino, and Los Altos boundaries meet). Address: 1510 Belleville Way, Sunnyvale, CA 94087. Cell phone: 408.373.9458. Map.

  • What: A potluck. Please let us know what you will bring (salads, veggie plates, appetizers, drinks). If you can, let Caren know what you have in mind to share.

  • Requirements: flip-flops (not absolutely required), and the title of your most recent favorite book (definitely required).

  • Cost: $5. A main dish will be provided.

  • Get your tickets now!

    We look forward to seeing you on the 30th!


    Volunteers Needed!

    Summer Social

    We urgently need volunteers. Really.

    The executive team and committee chairs have reviewed chapter activities with the goal of clearly identifying needs and partitioning tasks into discrete activities that foster maximum leadership experience and minimize time commitments—all the while building friendships.

    Various positions need to be filled.

    The most urgent is jobs list administrator. Please review our chapter's list of available positions and let us know if there is something that interests you. Please contact Caren Rickhoff (email or phone 408.730.5743), and either she or a member of our BOD or members at large will contact you to discuss the position further.

    AND, dear colleagues: don't be surprised if one of us contacts you proactively!

    In our efforts to engage more active members over the next several months, we will be reaching out to members in one-on-one contacts. We need your help to build the chapter's list of services, enhance our programs, broaden our outreach to related professional societies, and create fun, interactive—and informal—networking opportunities.


    Vote Now for Chapter VP/President Elect

    Summer Social

    AMWA Northern California is having a midyear election to fill the open position of Vice President/President-Elect on our roster of chapter officers. We are asking for your input. Please use this survey monkey link to cast your ballot for one officer.

    The ballot will be available until Monday, July 25, 2016, at 7:30 am.

    If you have any questions, send them to our Chapter Secretary Barbara Arnoldussen.


    Our Chapter

    The Northern California Chapter is one of twenty regional chapters of the American Medical Writers Association. With almost 250 members in Northern California, Nevada, and Hawaii, it has been an active and thriving chapter for over twenty years. AMWA members are an integral part of Northern California's large and dynamic medical products industry, as well as its eminent medical research and medical education communities.

    If you live within our geographic area, you are automatically added to our chapter membership when you join the national organization. If you would like to learn more about our chapter and opportunities to become more involved, please contact our President Caren Rickhoff.

    Site Mission

  • Help Northern California members keep in touch with the chapter and with each other

  • Represent our chapter in the biomedical and communications communities

  • Help writers find the education, tools, and information they need to use the Internet and other publishing media effectively in their professional lives