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CCW Kicks Off 2018

January CCW Meeting Minutes from President Kat Lopez

First off, I wanted to welcome our two newest members, Barbara Silkstone and Jean Macaluso, who attended our first CCW Chapter meeting of 2018 a week ago. I wanted to share with the group the updates and plans we have for the chapter. Below are the items discussed at our meeting.


o The Chapter became incorporated in October and our official chapter name is Citrus Crime Writers, Inc. (Tony)

o We have obtained an EIN via the IRS to obtain a chapter bank account (Kat)


o Establishing a chapter back account Friday, Feb. 2 (Tony, Kat)

o Start collecting membership dues for the chapter – email will announce when we will start collecting the $10 chapter dues

o Add a PayPal button to WordPress chapter page for dues collection (Lucille)


o Create a map of membership showing where our members are located across central Florida (Kat)

o Aim to boost membership to chapter and attendance at meetings


o Arrange “field trips” or visits for chapter membership

o Book special speakers for upcoming meetings

Committee Creation – will be developing committees focused on:

o Membership Committee – to manage chapter items, membership drives, ensure members are current in dues

o Events Committee – track and organize meeting events, inform chapter of community events

o Meeting Committee – coordinate chapter meeting locations, coordinate speakers for meetings, assist with monthly topics

o Communication Committee – handles the web pages, generates the chapter newsletter, sends out communications to chapter

I will also be forwarding some communications from the national organization that may impact the chapter. One such email is for the Speaker Bureau. This application process allows for chapters to apply for speakers for their meetings. Within the email there is a link listing available speakers. I would like for us to apply for the next round of selections. They are done a year in advance, but would still like to get something established if possible for the chapter.

Now that we formally have all the paperwork and set dressings if you will accomplished for the chapter, we are hoping to focus on the business of being a fully-fledged chapter. Anyone interested in assisting with the noted committees, please let us know and we will get you with the other interested chapter members. We are looking at booking other locations at various locations to suit our membership for our monthly meetings. We are hoping to increase the attendance for our meetings and books events as well in the coming year. With that said, we would like to know what topics you would find interesting for our meetings. Please forward topics you would like us to focus on for future meetings. I look forward to your emails and seeing you at the next meeting, scheduled for February 18.

Be sure to contact me at imkathleenlopez@gmail.com to sign up for one of our CCW committees. We can only succeed with your help!


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