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Denny Dressman to Succeed Mike Madigan as CAL President

Posted on November 17, 2015 | in CAL News | by

Dressman_DennyThe board of directors of Colorado Authors’ League voted unanimously at Monday night’s board meeting to approve Denny Dressman as the next CAL president, succeeding Mike Madigan on Jan. 1, 2016. Denny is currently serving his third term as VP/Programs on the board. Mike’s term as president officially ended last June 30, but he stayed on until a successor could be found, ensuring a smooth transition. Denny has agreed to serve as president the remaining six months of the CAL year and the next full year. His term will end June 30, 2017. In volunteering to step up as president, Denny requested a commitment from the other seven members of the board that will be recorded as the nominating motion and was voted on.

The motion: “ … That we approve Denny Dressman as new CAL president, succeeding Mike Madigan, for a term lasting Jan. 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 with the condition that all current board members commit to remaining in their positions through the term or, in the event that relocation, a serious health issue or family crisis requires them to vacate, they will agree to find their successor.” The vote to approve the motion was 8-0 (Denny abstaining).

Denny joined the board as VP/Programs in 2013. His experience as the author of seven books and editor of four more, and a teacher of writing classes in the University of Denver’s adult enrichment program, aided him in reviving CAL’s writing programs, though attendance continues to be a challenge. As one example, he introduced the CAL Craft Fair last summer, a full day of speakers and breakout sessions focusing on various writing disciplines. In 2013 it was his idea to create a co-op book booth for CAL authors at the Denver Junior League Holiday Mart, and last week in its third holiday season CAL authors sold more than 470 books at the Colorado Country Christmas Show.

Mike Madigan 1Mike succeeded Vickie Bane as CAL president July 1, 2014. He previously served two years on the board as treasurer. It was his suggestion to use the positive financial assets CAL has accumulated over years to subsidize the enhanced programs and purchase equipment for initiatives like the co-op booth and initial attempts to offer podcasts of programs. The podcasts evolved this year, with Denny’s persistence, into the use of Skype to expand the reach of programs for members, a benefit we hope to continue to develop. Behind the scenes, Mike created the slide shows of finalists and their books at the annual Awards Banquet the last two years. Last year he established a series of author’s nights at the Tattered Cover for all thirty contest finalists, which he is currently in talks with TC to continue this year.

The board also announces that it will immediately consider candidates for a new VP/Programs to fill Denny’s former position on the board. Anyone interested or with suggestions to offer should contact him at

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