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!
Two of our Citrus Crime Writers will be attending Boucheron 2016 in New Orleans in September–Olive Pollak and Francis Philpott Palmigiano. (bios and photos below) These accomplished writers will be sending us some missives about their experiences at Boucheron. Can’t wait to hear about their adventures!
Olive Pollak is a short story and novel writer and also an avid reader. She has published short stories in FWA Collections “The First Step”, SCWG “Spring” anthology, and Scribblers of Brevard’s “Driftwood XXXIV”. She’s completed two mystery novels, No More Secrets and The Wellsmere Project. A native Floridian, Olive retired from Universal Orlando. She belongs to Sisters-in-Crime chapter of Citrus Crime Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Florida Writers Association, Space Coast Writers Guild, and Scribblers of Brevard.
Frances Philpott Palmigiano is an award-winning mystery and thriller writer. Her work has been chosen as a finalist for Bouchercon 2013, 2011 Florida Writers Association, Royal Palm Literary Contest in Poetry and Short Story, Mystery Writers of America Sleuthfest: Short Story contest 2011 and 2012. Her work also appears in the Florida Writers Association’s Collection #5, It’s A Crime: Cajun Treasure (upcoming publication Oct 2016) and the Collections Anthology 2016, Hide and Seek: Hidden.
On May 21, 2016, a number of local mystery writers got together to discuss starting a local chapter of Sisters in Crime at the Alafaya Branch Library in Orlando. So far, Florida has only 2 chapters–one in Jacksonville and another in Sarasota. But the big middle has no chapter so author Kathleen Lopez thought it was time to get the ball rolling. The group discussed possible by-laws, potential officers, names, logo options and upcoming writing and library events. If you belong or want to join Sisters in Crime and live in Central Florida, please visit our Facebook page to keep you in the loop about future events at https://www.facebook.com/citruscrimewriters/.
Where else can you talk about murder, mayhem, body farms, and autopsies on a Saturday morning and everybody is completely OK with it?