Farewell to Arlington Independent Media...From Elaine Coates

From Membership Coordinator, Elaine Coates:

It’s been a great five years here at Arlington Independent Media (AIM), but the time has come for me to move on from the DMV. When I started in September 2012, I was fairly new to the Arlington area.  As Membership Coordinator, I got to immerse myself in many aspects of Arlington Independent Media. I got a lot of inspiration by taking the Introduction to Community Media class because it showed me all the opportunities AIM can offer.   

I appreciated that as Membership Coordinator I could develop new programs to offer to members. I inherited the Cinema-tics program from my predecessor, and I instituted AIM Happy Hours and Karaoke nights, but these events did not bring in great numbers. As such these events were discontinued - but as I said in my previous blog entry “[What] I’ve found fun and inspiring about AIM, there’s always something new to learn or try.” So I decided to try something that would make our Friends of AIM members feel extra special by creating the FAIM SpeakEasy!  

We wanted to offer our FAIM members the opportunity to network, converse, and explore various aspects of filmmaking.  I am sincerely grateful to Jackie Steven for helping me to get the ground rolling on this program. Starting in January 2015 with Jim Bloch discussing Audio Production before the Audio Production Room’s debut was a great way to kickoff the program. The plethora of subjects we covered – DIY Filmmaking, Copyright, Casting, Radio (twice!), Animation, Virtual Reality and Screenwriting. I hope this program continues and presents innovative emerging media to the AIM membership. I want to thank all the staff at AIM for helping to make these events such a success!

During my time here, I was pleased to be part of AIM’s new website unveiling in 2014, the Audio Production Room debut in April 2015, and the WERA Radio Station launch in December 2015.  AIM has certainly made a lot of fantastic changes in the last 5 years. My time at AIM has enhanced my skills at pitching AIM’s Sponsorship Levels to local businesses and, I promise, the 2017 Annual Meeting will be stocked with delicious food from various businesses.  

Working at AIM has enabled me to reach out into the community of Arlington through volunteering for local organizations. For the last four years I have volunteered with the Animal Welfare League of Arlington (AWLA) at their Special Events. My interactions with AWLA volunteers, potential adopters, and AWLA Staff helped promote AIM membership. Another local connection I am thankful I established was with the Arlington Chamber of Commerce. Between joining their Breakfast Connections, participating in their Small Business Roundtable and enrolling in their Community Action Committee – the Chamber is an asset to the Arlington community.

The thing I am most proud of is that I have been with AIM for five years.  I found a community here and people I am glad to know on the staff and in the membership. I have enjoyed being a fixture here and I will miss the wonderful staff and members of AIM.

I appreciate the opportunity AIM has given me to develop my video and audio skills – even getting to produce a few video programs and host my own WERA radio show, Seasons of Poetry.  I have acquired a great many abilities at AIM which will come in handy on my journey across the country – from video production, audio recording, event planning and budgeting.  My husband and I are looking forward to our cross-country journey in our Fleetwood Bounder RV - meeting new people, seeing new places, and sharing new experiences.  We plan to document our journey through video and audio recording, so we will keep AIM informed of our travels. I will never forget all that AIM has given me.


To quote E.E. Cummings and Robert Frost:

“I carry you in my heart” as I embark on “the road not taken.”

Thank you for the great memories and wonderful experiences.