Saturday, December 4, 2010

Chapter by Chapter

By Kathie Felix

It’s a busy day for Sisters in Crime members from coast to coast.

The Chesapeake Chapter begins celebrating the holidays today with a meeting and a discussion of blood and d.n.a evidence. The Northern California Chapter gets its festivities underway today with a joint SinC/MWA get-together. And, in between – and to the north and to the south – many other chapters are meeting and celebrating.

As we look toward the new year, this seems like a good time to reflect on our involvement with SinC, both personally and locally.

Do you belong to a SinC chapter? If not, why not?

If you do belong to a chapter, how many meetings do you attend a year? And why do you attend those meetings?

Do you select the meetings you attend because they have a topic or speaker that interests you?

Do you attend as many meetings as you can because your SinC chapter offers a good networking opportunity – one that can help you and enable you to help others?

Do you show up just because you can never tell what’s going to happen when a creative group of SinC members gathers in one place?

Or do you have other reasons to get to your chapter meeting?

Tell us: What takes you away from the pages of a good mystery – or the keyboard – and out to a meeting with your Sisters in Crime?


Anonymous said...

I would love to attend a meeting, I joined several months ago, but there is nothing new since July on the Chicago chapter website, what's the story? Is there anybody in the Chicago chapter?

Kathie Felix said...

Anonymous: Like many professional organizations, SinC is run by a small village of volunteers. Sometimes, there’s a glitch here or there. If you send your name and contact information to me at ccvdc[at], I’ll provide you with a direct contact at the chapter. If you have any web posting skills, or are willing to learn some, you may be just the person your chapter is looking for.

Annie Chernow said...

Dear Anon,
We are here and active in Chicago! Sorry our website has not been current. We've had technical issues at the site which have now been resolved.

Did you join our chapter directly as well as pay dues to National SinC? Unfortunately, our chapter treasurer who keeps member records is out of town and we cannot check with this out with her right now, sorry.

Our next event is our festive Annual Luncheon -- next Saturday, December 11-- at the Greek Islands Restaurant in Chicago at Adams & Halsted. If you will email me directly, we can email you a copy of our most recent newsletter with all the info. If you'd like to attend, we'd love to have you! Please RSVP to me in the next few days if you are interested.

Our upcoming meeting schedule for the next months is being worked out at the moment by our Program Committee. If you will provide me with your contact info, we will add you to our mailing list so you'll receive that info as it becomes available.

Thanks for your interest.



Annie Chernow
President, SinC Chicagoland Chapter

Sandra Parshall said...

If you want to learn about our chapters -- including the two that are entirely online, a boon for SinC members without a nearby face-to-face chapter -- e-mail me at and I'll help you connect!
Sandra Parshall
National SinC Chapter Liaison

Ricky Bush said...

Since I'm a good hour and a half away from the Austin, Texas chapter, I do the online version. Houston's about the same distance, but doesn't have a chapter. Don't know why.

Elise M Stone said...

I don't belong to a local chapter because the closest one is in Phoenix and holds weekday dinner meetings. Since I live in Tucson (1 1/2 to 2 hours each way) and have a full time job, it's impossible for me to attend.

Fortunately, Tucson has a very active RWA chapter that I can attend and talk with other writers in person.

I do belong to the Guppies chapter of SinC, so I'm not exactly adrift here. :-)