Patricia Myers, long-time APW member, passed away on Thursday, February 2. Readers of the TypeRider will be familiar with her Paris Journal, reports from her summer months spent in the city she loved. She was a jazz aficionado and was involved in writing about it and letting people know about jazz events.
From her obituary at AZCentral.com, “Myers’ column, “RIFFS: News from Out and About,” won several Arizona Professional Writers Awards, as did many of her reviews. She also maintained what Goldenthal call the “bible” of listings of live jazz in Arizona.” She wrote that column for 45 years.
Patricia was active in APW, serving as president, winner of the Communicator of Achievement award and assisted with publicity.
A Celebration of Life will be held sometime in April. Donations can be made to the Patricia Myers Scholarship, payable to Young Sounds of Arizona (a 501c3 nonprofit organization), 1202 E. Oak St., Phoenix, 85006, or by calling 602-254-8838.
Jacquelyn Staats Cobbledick, 91, journalist and former president of APW, died December 20, 2016 in Tucson. Born in 1925 in Wheeling, WV to Edna Morford Staats and Paul Staats, Jackie was predeceased by her husband of 68 years, William Gordon (Bill) Cobbledick. She is survived by sons, Daniel W. Cobbledick (Sheila Wilensky) and Keith G. Cobbledick, of Tucson, and daughter, Beth Kane, of Catalina. She is also survived by grandson, Fenix (aka Connor) Cobbledick, of Philadelphia, and brother-in-law, Dorn Cobbledick of Chagrin Falls, Ohio.
Jackie and Bill met when she was nine and he was 10 in Russell Township, near Chagrin Falls, Ohio. An Ohio Wesleyan University journalism graduate, Jackie wrote ad copy for WREO radio in Ashtabula, Ohio, then was city editor for the Star Beacon newspaper in Ashtabula. In 1969 she moved to Tucson with her family, where she became associate director of the University of Arizona News Bureau. After earning her master’s in journalism, she was an assistant professor of journalism at the UA. She retired in 2008 from the Arizona Daily Star, where she served for years as a city editor. She couldn’t resist marking up almost every publication she read with a red pen! Jackie and Bill enjoyed camping and traveling all over the western U.S. She was well-known for her loving kindness and honesty. No one could ask for a better mom, and we will miss her very much.
No services were held.
A nice article appeared in the Arizona Daily Star about Jackie.
January APW events:
Jan. 10: Noon. APW Colorado River Chapter Regular Monthly Luncheon. Lisa’s Bistro, 1595 Mohave Drive, Bullhead City. Program: Writer’s Roundtable. The “roundtable” program will consist of questions and answers by attendees about writing and related matters. Questions should be submitted in writing to
the chairperson. Open to the public. Free to attend. Attendees order lunch from the menu with separate checks. Info and RSVP: Brenda Warneka.
January 15 – APW Board meeting in Tempe. Also, meeting of Central District. Watch for details.
Our membership year runs the calendar year from January 1 to December 31. If you haven’t sent in your dues, it’s time to do so!
Click on the ABOUT tab and then on Join. You’ll find the link to NFPW website to renew. You must renew by December 31 to be eligible to participate in the Communications Contest. For APW only members, you’ll find a link to download the application for renewal and instructions on where to send your application and check.
Don’t miss out!
The September, 2016 issue of TypeRider is now available for your reading pleasure. Read all about the upcoming State Conference and our exciting program presented by two nationally known speakers, Ric Hinkie and Raleigh Pinskey. If you’re not a member, find out how you can join now and your dues are good through the end of December 2017. You’ll also find information on both upcoming and past events held at the chapter level plus a boatload of upcoming writing events. Also, in this issue, Betty Webb takes a journey though her pen drawer – yes, that’s right – to track her writing journeys. And Patricia Myers shares her Paris Journal from this summer. Liz Mastin tells us about the meaning and value of metaphors in writing poetry.
We are pleased to announce the Arizona Professional Writers State Conference for 2016.
Theme: “Thrive as a Writer, Don’t Just Survive”
When: Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Scottsdale Camelback Resort, 6302 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ
For more information: Call 480-620-1358
Open to the public, conference workshops are targeted to writers and those in the communication field. See Registration form for meals and payment options.
Presented by Arizona Professional Writers (APW), a non-profit statewide organization of professional women and men in the communications field, in conjunction with the APW Annual State Conference and general meeting.
9 – 9:30 Registration and coffee.
9:45 a.m.“Fast Forward Your Career to Thrive as a Writer” by Ric Hinkie, nationally known speaker and senior business leader, author of Fast Forward Your Career, a book based on career success principles gleaned from interviews with 60 highly successful professionals from Apple, T-Mobile, Holmes Corporation and other organizations. Whether an employee or an entrepreneur, discover how to manage your own brand rather than let others determine your future.
10:30 a.m. “How Are You Taking Charge of Your Destiny” by Raleigh Pinskey, author of six books about self-promotion, including 101 Ways to Promote yourself and Creating Gladitude, a life enrichment series. Find out what may be holding you back and how to find a success path to achieving your goals.
11:45 a.m. Lunch, with program honoring success of outstanding APW members, new officers and a brief general meeting.
1:15 p.m. “Maximize your Biz-Ability with Viz-Ability” by Raleigh Pinskey, president of The Raleigh Group, who will show how to use social media and other methods to put your name and products in front of your target audience over and over again. Her client history includes the first Chicken Soup for the Soul book, performers Sting, Paul McCartney, Herbie Mann plus many authors and speakers. ind out how to use effective digital media tools to expand your sphere of influence, boost book sales and create new income streams.
3:15 p.m. Closing comments and networking.
Download and print the Registration form. Reserve your seat by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The print and mail this registration form with check payable to Arizona Professional Writers, to Sheila Roe, 10800 E. Cactus Road, #10, Scottsdale, AZ 85259. If paying by credit card, complete the form, scan and email to email@example.com.
Download and print the APW State Conference 2016 Flyer with the above information and schedule.
The first Betsy Rose Memorial Scholarships were awarded at the a banquet on June 11 for the Arizona High School Rodeo Association. Betsy’s parents attended and her husband, Lt. Colonel Paul Batish (U.S. Air Force), presented the gifts. Both recipients plan to attend Arizona colleges or universities next year.
Betsy Rice Batish was a member of National Federation of Press Women, and won numerous writing awards from this organization between 2000 and 2014. She was an artist, photojournalist, Equestrian and Rodeo Queen and she can be remembered at www.betsyrose.org. She passed away September 2015 from cancer at the young age of 37.
Read the article in the July 8, 2016 Payson Roundup.