By Mike Phillips
Editor
July 10, 2022

“And here are a few positions that we still need to fill ASAP: local government coverage and corporate coverage, marketing and publicity (two positions), and copy/backup stream editing assistant with – and this is essential – strong WordPress software skills.”

Mike Phillips

It’s time for me to give you an update on the Observer transition.

Nonprofit – We have completed the transition from a standard LLC to a nonprofit organization. This required changing the company name (long and boring story) so now we are Nassau Observer Inc., DBA Fernandina Observer.

Financial Situation – We have $20,000 in a business account with Truist Bank. We will soon have a CPA firm, which will take care of the accounting, payroll and quarterly filings.
Expand Coverage Categories – We’re halfway to where I’d like to be in the fall. I present to you the new contributors:

Kaleigh Simmons – who has a BA in Classical Studies from the University of Florida/Gainsville and an MA in Emergency Management from Clemson University. She grew up in Yulee, still lives there, and is (by all accounts) the fireball administrative assistant for the Fernandina Beach Fire Department. She will write about the dramatic growth and change in her hometown.

Christopher Bogosh – who is an RN specializing in end-of-life issues and who also has a degree in theology, will cover churches, focusing on congregational contributions to the community.

Kendra Shafer – who has a degree in journalism from UF Gainsville and, after several years in the profession, returned home to Nassau County to care for her aging father, earned a teaching certificate and taught in college. After her father’s death, she took up freelance writing, tutoring struggling children in school, and volunteering with environmental organizations. It will cover the education of young people in our highly rated schools.

Pat Foster Turley – No she’s not new but wanted to know if I wanted her (and if she wanted me I guess). I happily invited her and her popular Wild Ways column back into the fold, and she accepted.

And here are a few positions we still need to fill ASAP: local government coverage and corporate coverage, marketing and publicity (two positions), and copy/backup stream editing assistant with – and this is essential – strong WordPress software skills.

This will allow a new expanded observer to start up and operate by the fall. I’m targeting casual contributors who might want to be a bit more active – but very interested in hearing from someone new who would like to take on one of the positions mentioned in the previous paragraph.

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