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PAWMA Camp 2017: The World is Our Dojo
Camp Sealth –Vashon Island, WA
September 15-18, 2017
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Lynn Keslar, 2017 Board President
Photo courtesy of Lynn Keslar.
Dear members of the Pacific Association of Women Martial Artists:
The 2017-2018 PAWMA board was convened at the end of last year, after a generously managed transition from the prior board, led by President Sonya Richardson (Sigung) and Vice President Nikki Smith (Sensei). They have remained available to us since then to answer any question and run down any detail. I know that they are committed to our success and the ongoing success of our organization. The long hand-off, the generosity of the prior board, their deep knowledge and love of their arts and fellow practitioners, reminds us that as women we bring connection to the table. We are at our best when we are holding each other up, and out, so that our gifts can deepen and be shared and our desires for the world and ourselves in the world can be realized.
The new board has been fully engaged in bringing to life the many pieces of training camp, from the location and logo, to insurance and the schedule. So far, decisions have been met with inspiration. We are happy to be together and working on behalf of our sister warriors, women of all ages, races, genders, sexualities, abilities, religious beliefs, genetic sequences, and favorite movie references. We are bonded by the firm commitment to, above all, an organization devoted to the dignity and equality of everyone, all enjoying the thrill of a rigorous practice.
The new board is: Lynn Keslar as president, Aminta Steinbach as vice president, Leslie Lippard as treasurer, Restita de Jesus as secretary (continuing from the prior board), Ellen Morrison, Tyler LePard, Gin Yang, and Mary Lynn Morales as fearless, brilliant colleagues. We want our work together to offer opportunities for everyone to develop in leadership, so as much as possible we are sharing responsibilities and sharing knowledge. Our hope is that in the important ways we will speak with a single voice as a Board.
The Pacific Association of Women Martial Artists congratulates
Shihan Dara Masi - 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award
Sifu Joyce Mende Wong - 2016 Martial Artist of the Year