Vandalia Rotary Club member Gary Sosniecki was elected President of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors (ISWNE) at the organization’s annual meeting last week in Durango, Colorado. Sosniecki and his wife, Helen, were the owners, publishers, and editors of The Vandalia Leader from 2003-2007. The Sosnieckis will be hosts of the 2015 ISWNE conference at the University of Missouri’s Reynolds Journalism Institute in Columbia next June. ISWNE’s members are located in the United States, Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, and Scotland.
Gary Sosniecki is a regional sales manager covering a nine-state territory for TownNews.com headquarter at Moline, Illinois. He also was general manager of TownNews’ Creative Services from 2008-2012. He joined the company in January 2008 after a 34-year newspaper career that included owning three weekly newspapers and publishing a small daily, all in Missouri. In addition to The Vandalia Leader, Sosniecki, with his wife, Helen, owned the Humansville Star-Leader from 1980 to 1986, the Webster County Citizen in Seymour from 1988-1999. From 1999-2003, they were editors and publishers of The Lebanon Daily Record and vice presidents of its parent company, Lebanon Publishing Co., in Lebanon, Mo. He also has worked for The Jackson, Tenn., Sun, the Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale, and the Hillsboro, Kan., Star-Journal.