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Welcome to 2018 from CCW and a Word from Chapter President Lopez

I hope that everyone had a great holiday season. I wanted to drop a quick note to remind everyone about our monthly meetings. We meet monthly on the third Sunday of the month. While we have plans to be a mobile chapter – meaning we will hold meetings not just here in Orlando, but in our member’s cities – we have not booked or reserved meeting spaces just yet for the upcoming year. Our treasurer Tony has graciously offered his house for our meeting until we start booking locations. The first meeting this year is on January 28 (yes, not the third Sunday of the month, but I had a conflict).
Below is the list of meetings set for this year. Any changes to the schedule will be announced as soon as possible. The time for these meetings are 3-4:30 pm. As of this email, the location for all the meetings is as follows:
Tony Awtrey’s Home
16215 Birchwood Way, Orlando, FL 32828. Gate code: #2820
Once we start booking other locations, I will update you as to location and time.
2018 Citrus Crime Writers Meeting Schedule
January 28 – To discuss formation of committees, meeting topics to cover, desired speakers, upcoming events, chapter dues
February 18
March 18
April 15
May 20
June 17
July 15
August 19
September 16
October 21
November 18
December 16
We will be opening a chapter bank account shortly and will discuss the collection of dues at our first meeting. Our chapter dues will be $10. You must be current with the national organization’s dues as well.
If you have any suggestions as to locations, speakers, etc., please to not hesitate in contacting me! I hope to see you at the next meeting.
CCW Chapter President
Kat Lopez

Sunny Festival of Reading

Hi Sisters and Misters! It was a very warm and sunny day in St. Pete at the Tampa Bay Festival of Reading with the Citrus Crime Writers, a Central Florida chapter of Sisters in Crime. Great day to meet readers, fellow writers and book dealers at USF’s campus. Thanks to chapter president Kat Lopez, social media contributor, Bridges DelPonte, and fellow writer Martha Geaney for helping to staff our booth!

CCW SinC Chapter- July Meeting

A Message from our Chapter President


Our next chapter meeting is scheduled for Sunday, July 16 at the Alafaya Library Branch (Alafaya Public Library, 12000 E Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL 32826) from 4:15-5:15 pm.  This meeting will be an hour as it was last month due to their summer activities schedule.  This means that there will be no guest speaker at this meeting due to the time constraints.  We do have other chapter business to discuss, such as what progress we have made regarding business status, banking information, and marketing/communication channels in the way of promotion of the chapter to include obtaining guest speakers or site visits for the chapter.

It had been discussed at previous meetings about obtaining a chapter booth at this year’s Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading.  This is a large event and one I have gone to for the past two years.  This year I have submitted an application in the chapters name for the event and submitted a grant to the national organization to pay for our attendance.  They have already reviewed the application and contacted me about adding in marketing swag for our chapter as well to our submission.  I would like to discuss those suggestions at our meeting.

Regarding the actual event, the festival is November 11 on the USF campus in St. Petersburg.  All chapter members are invited to participate whether being present at the event or by sending items to represent them if they cannot make it.    I send out a follow up email after our meeting outlining the event information, details of what the chapter discussed regarding chapter swag, as well as participation in any form for the upcoming event.

Please check our Facebook and WordPress pages for updates to the chapter as we continue to grow.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  Hope to see you next week or hear from you soon.  Kat Lopez, Chapter President

May Meeting – Of Logos & Copyright

Hi all.  The Citrus Crime Writers are meeting this Sunday–on a spacious Orlando lanai, of course.  Come help us plan for chapter activities, including finalizing our logo, joining fun committees, and hearing from a local law professor about copyright basics for authors.  Hope to see you there!

Date/Time of Meeting: May 21, 3:30pm to 5:30pm.

Meeting Location – Anthony Awtrey’s home: 16215 Birchwood Way, Orlando, FL 32828. (Gate code: #2820)



– Financial Business – establishing an EIN and bank account

– Formation of committees – generate a plan to actively formalize committee groups

– Create and maintain meeting location list

– Logo discussion – collect all feedback and finalize logo

– Festival participation – generate a list of all potential book festivals; discuss SinC funding opportunities

– Bridges DelPonte presentation on The Basics of Copyright for Authors