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!
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
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.)
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!