Hi all. On behalf of the Citrus Crime Writers’ Executive Committee, President Kat Lopez invites you to join us for our first official chapter meeting. We have a lot of introductory information to cover and I have included an agenda here of topics for the meeting. Feel free to invite others to join us as guests are welcome.
Date: March 26, 2017 – Sunday
Time: 1:30 -4:30 p.m.
Place: Maitland Public Library
501 South Maitland Avenue
Maitland, Florida 32751
Fun Book Exchange! For those who would like to participate, we are asking meeting attendees to consider participating in a book exchange. Please bring a copy of a book you either wrote or enjoyed for the exchange. Everyone who brings a book can participate (that goes for CCW members and their guests).
We hope to see you there!
o Welcome and Introductions from the Executive Committee
o Member Introductions
o Ensure all members are current on dues
o Ensure all members are associated with CCW (with SinC)
o A snapshot of membership to let us know who are readers, writers, published, etc.
· Committee Creation
o Membership Committee
o Events Committee
o Meeting Committee
· Monthly Meetings
o Meeting locations
§ Members to find potential location(s) where we can book and develop a meeting calendar
§ Members suggestions and ideas to assist with planning
§ Determine if we meet once a month, quarter, etc.
· Announcements/Chapter & SinC Information
o SinC and CCW updates
§ CCW Newsletter (monthly, quarterly?)
§ CCW Website (subscribe)
§ CCW Emails
o Event Coordination (book festivals, workshops, etc.)
CCW President, Kathleen (“Kat”) Lopez, has been selected as a featured author in the Amelia Island Book Festival’s Authors in Schools program in February 2017. She will be one of 21 participating authors–both indie writers and notable authors, such as R. L. Stine. The program brings published authors to students across each of the 16 Nassau County Public schools. Corporate and private donations along with grant funding help promote this program year-to-year, help buy the books of the selected authors, and gives students a chance to meet the authors. The students keep the books as well as memories of the special event conducted at their school. Kat will be meeting with the students from Hilliard Middle-High School. Congratulations on this terrific honor, Kat!
For more information about the program or the festival itself, check out their website at http://www.ameliaislandbookfestival.org/.
Just prior to the holiday season, Citrus Crime Writers received the paperwork to recognize us as a new Sisters in Crime Inc. (SinC) chapter. Our chapter president, Kathleen Lopez, signed and returned the formalized charter and started the process of getting our new chapter visibility with the national organization. The formation of an Executive Committee has been completed and we will be meeting soon to further outline the fledgling chapter’s goals. We will start to align ourselves with local resources and, with the assistance of the national organization, will begin the business of being a SinC chapter.
Our goal is to be a more mobile chapter. We will be “based” out of Orlando, but plan to reach out to our membership across Central Florida. Central Florida is practically coast-to-coast so that incorporates a lot of ground and people! We are acutely aware that it is hard to travel 1-2 hours to attend a 1-2 hour meeting. To accommodate our membership, we’ll be gathering information from our members about possible meeting locations. We’ll also be working with our members to develop a monthly calendar with various speakers and informational sessions to improve our writing and our craft, in general. So let us know about your ideas so we can get started!
Citrus Crime Writers is officially a chartered chapter of Sisters in Crime Inc. (SinC) for Central Florida! Our President Kathleen Lopez has announced that she has only to mail back a copy of the charter for the final step in the process. We have a few housekeeping items to take care of, like getting a bank account for the chapter, finalizing our official logo, and making sure we are added to the SinC organization page.
Our Executive Board looks like this:
Kathleen Lopez, President
Laura Perez, Vice President
Charlotte Hunter, Secretary
Anthony Awtrey, Treasurer
Lucille Ponte, Web Maven
Congrats to all who have participated in developing our new chapter. Thank you so much for your support and assistance!