I hope this series of posts isn’t becoming like the Rocky series, peaking with the first entry and gradually heading downward into utter absurdity.
I can say with confidence that this will be the final entry, so we’ll definitely avoid the Rocky VI scenario of my coming back in three decades to write again!
In any case, I’m getting very excited about Saturday’s fundraising bike ride, which will take Dunreith and me up to Glencoe and back, and then will see me head south from the northernmost point of the Lake Shore Bike Path all the way to the South Shore Cultural Center and back home.
I’ve already written about the three other organizations for which I am raising money.
Today’s focus is on the Dart Society, on whose board I am honored to serve.
The Society is an outgrowth of the Dart Center Ochberg Fellowships in which I participated almost two years ago. Started by a group of former fellows, the Society seeks to create a community of, and give support to, journalists who cover issues of trauma and violence.
After this year’s fellowship class meets in Montreal in November, there will be a little more than 100 members, and we are starting to expand our ranks by having former fellows invite other journalists to apply.
It’s a remarkably talented crew of people.
Naming these folks is by no means intended to slight any of the other classmates or any other talented Society members.
This year at the Society we started a blog in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, and next year we are planning to launch a magazine dedicated to covering issues of trauma and violence. We are doing this in the midst of the growth plan that will require significant fundraising work on our end.
The bike ride is part of this campaign. Even if you don’t donate to the Society, I hope you consider learning more about our work.