Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

The board is excited to offer a new event at Malice this year. Please join us on Friday afternoon, April 25, in the Fairfax Room on the 2nd Floor of the convention hotel, from 1:00-3:00 for our Flash Training Session and chapter meeting.

Here's the schedule:
1:00-1:15 Creating a Must-Read Chapter Newsletter: Roberta Isleib (NE Chapter), Jane Cleland (NY Chapter)

1:15-1:30 Spicing Things Up with Special Projects: Ruth McCarty (NE Chapter)1:30-1:45 Cover to Cover: Producing a Professional Anthology: Elena Santangelo/Caroline Stafford (Delaware Valley Chapter) and Beverle Graves Myers (Louisville Chapter)

1:45-2:00 Forming and Implementing a Spellbinding Speakers' Bureau: Kate Flora (NE Chapter) and Gigi Pandian (NorCal Chapter)

From 2:00-3:00 we will have an open session where we can ask questions of each other to find out what's going on in other chapters or with SinC National.

I've received some items of interest from chapter presidents including questions like:

What are other chapters doing to increase membership and raise their local profiles?

How are other chapters raising funds, or writing grants?

How can we light a fire under our chapter?

We have a great group,happy to come to meetings, but they aren't big on volunteering, and it would be great to see them more involved with supporting our local mystery authors and having more of a presence in the community.

What have other chapters experienced with having a booth at a booksellers convention?

We can discuss these questions and more...bring your enthusiasm, your concerns, and your creativity, and we'll see how we can help each other out.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

All the best,

Judy Clemens
SinC Vice President

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