The speaker, Brenda Whiteside, is the author of suspenseful, action-adventure romance who writes stories of discovery and love entangled with suspense.
Obituary for James C. “Bing” Brown III
May 17, 1939 – May 31, 2019
James Carrington Brown III, (Bing Brown), 80, of Payson, passed away in Phoenix on May 31, 2019, following a brief illness. He is survived by his wife, Carol G. Brown, Payson, sons James C. Brown IV and Bryan Lee Brown (Ronda) and grandson Asa, of Los Angeles; brother David Brown (Magaly), of Glendale, sister-in-law Stella Brown, of Elfrida, AZ, and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by parents James Carrington Brown Jr., Virginia, and his brother Tom Brown.
Bing was born in Wilmington, Delaware and the family moved to Prescott, AZ on July 4, 1945. Bing began his career as a teen DJ with a Prescott radio station. He was a reporter with the Prescott Courier, before joining the newsroom staff of the Phoenix Gazette in 1961, where he later served as business editor. A graduate of Arizona State University (ASU), he joined the media and information department of Salt River Project in 1965 and worked there for nearly 25 years in various management roles prior to becoming an information officer for the City of Phoenix Water Services Department. He was an adjunct professor at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and taught writing and business courses at Rio Salado Community College. Bing was president and co-owner of Carrington Communications, a public relations firm. His articles and photographs were published in Sunset, Westways, Arizona Highways and many other magazines and newspapers.
Recognized for giving his time and talents to community groups, Bing received many awards, including ones from the Boy Scouts of America, Western Coalition of Arid States, Recordings for the Blind, Nature Conservancy and the Heard Museum. After moving to Payson in 2001, Bing raised funds to help the Northern Gila County Museum to build a replica of the original Zane Grey cabin. He worked as a docent in the cabin for many years, enjoyed singing with the Payson Choral Society and helped start the Payson Book Festival.
A celebration of Bing’s life will be held at 10 a.m. on August 24, 2019, at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main Street in Payson. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Central Arizona or the scholarship fund of the Payson Choral Society.
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Save the date: Carol Brown and family are planning a Celebration of Life for Bing Brown on Saturday, August 24, 2019. There will be a traditional service at 10 a.m. in the Community Presbyterian Church at 800 W. Main Street, Payson, AZ.
Bing was an award-winning journalist and photographer. He was Business Editor at the Phoenix Gazette, a PR executive at Salt River Project and the City of Phoenix Water Services Dept and a freelance photojournalist. He was an adjunct faculty member of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Telecommunication and taught writing courses at Rio Salado College. Bing helped with many APW conferences and special events for more than 30 years. He also was active in ANA and SPJ. APW members are welcome to share memories.
APW members can honor Bing’s memory by making a donation to the APW Scholarship fund.
Welcome to spring!
Arizona Professional Writers – Rim Country Chapter meeting will be held on 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2019, the second Wednesday of the month at the Majestic Rim Retirement Community on Tyler Parkway in Payson, AZ.
This month we will be sharing our current writing projects with the group. How far have you come? What help do you need? Members and the writing public are invited.
See you on April 10!
Please remember to bring any old magazines for our RMS 6th grade Micropoetry/Microzine workshop in May. We will have Rosemarie Dombrowski PhD from ASU working with the children.
Also check out our website and Facebook. Lots happening on our website and FB page. If you have a new book 2018-19 or a speaking engagement put the info on the website. If you need help contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Marie A. Fasano
APW Rim Country Secretary
Marie Fasano, Rim Country District member and President of APW, won a First Place Award in the National Federal of Press Women’s At Large Communications Contest. The First Place award is for Photographer-Writer, for her article and photo, “Firefighting helicopters gather at Payson Airport by Marie Fasano special to the Roundup May 11, 2018.”
From NFPW: In recognition of your outstanding communications efforts in 2018 you have won a First Place Award in the NFPW At-Large Communications Contest. Your entry was judged and ranked by professional communications experts from throughout the United States.
Winners of the national contest will be announced in Baton Rouge at the national conference in June.
From the National Federation of Press Women, Inc. to Marie Fasano:
In recognition of your outstanding communications efforts in 2018, you have won a Second Place award in the National Federation of Press Women’s At-Large Communications contest in Non-Fiction Books for Adults, Biography . Your entry was judged and ranked by professional communications experts from throughout the United States.
This is what the judges had to say about your book: Tessie’s Tales: This was obviously a labor of love. Tessie’s stories helped me visualize a time and place I’ve never been. She describes easily what could have been a very discouraging world, with no anger. You can tell that trials only strengthened her love for her family. The author gave important context to these stories making the book an interesting read.”
Marie is a member of the Rim Country District and is President of Arizona Press Women.
Susan Haught: A member of the Arizona Professional Writers, Rim Country Chapter,Author Susan Haught, has received the 2019 Best Writer Award in the reader’s choice Best of the Rim contest sponsored by the Payson Roundup Newspaper. Susan’s response to the award.”There’s nothing more thrilling and humbling than for your work to be recognized in your home community. I’m forever grateful to those who took the time to vote. ”
Here is a little about Susan in her own words.
Hello, everyone. It’s early morning here in Payson and I’m deathly allergic to morning, so allow me to introduce myself before my coffee gets cold. My name is Susan Haught and I make things up, write them down, and call them novels. Besides being a mom, it’s the hardest job I’ve ever had, yet ranks up there with motherhood as the most rewarding. To hold months of hard work in your hand as a physical book never gets old, even after four novels. That moment makes months of joy, tears, and frustration worth it, and when a reader contacts me to say my words affected them in some way, I know I’ve done my job.
I consider myself a black liquorice connoisseur, coffee addict, wine sipper, and brown-thumb gardener who spends a great deal of time murdering the poor plants unfortunate enough to end up in my cart. I’m also an award-winning author who writes deeply emotional stories of family, friendship, and the healing power of love. I’m somewhat handier with stories than I am with a garden shovel. But I find gardening helps me to decompress and it takes my mind off writing, at least for a little while. Come to think of it, so does Australian or Finnish black liquorice!
I’ve been blessed to have received several awards for my work, the most recent the Rim Country Best Writer award sponsored by the Payson Roundup.
The Whisper of the Pines series consists of four novels and a companion book: A Promise of Fireflies, In the Shadow of Fate (A Promise of Fireflies companion), A Thousand Butterfly Wishes, The Other Side of Broken, and Outside the Lines. Three have gone on to win awards for excellence in independent publishing in women’s fiction and/or romance, are Reader’s Favorite 5 Star novels, and The Other Side of Broken was chosen by Writer’s Digest (judge 17) as “a novel not to be missed.” and Ink & Insight says, “This is what women’s fiction is supposed to be.” Outside the Lines is my newest baby, released Jan. 15, 2019, and I’m in the process of writing Book 5, Christmas Under the Tuscan Stars which will be released for the 2019 holidays.
I’m a member of Romance Writers of America, RWA-Women’s Fiction writers, Women’s Fiction Writers Association, APW, and APW Rim Country Chapter. I’ll be at the Payson Book Festival in July, and if you’re in the area or plan to attend, please stop by and say hello. I’d love to meet you!
Michael Hale was the speaker for “An Illustrator’s Perspective,” Rim Country District’s November 15, 2017 presentation held at Majestic Rim Retirement Community in Payson. As an author and illustrator of children’s books, Michael Hale provided an insider’s view of what it takes to create a book from concept to final production to an interested audience.
The Arizona Professional Writers present: Michael Hale – An Illustrator’s Perspective
Join us! Wednesday, November 15 1:00 PM at Majestic Rim Retirement Community, 310 Tyler Pkwy, Payson, AZ.
Everyone loves children’s books but not everyone knows how they are created. As an author and illustrator of children’s books, Michael Hale provides an insider’s view of what it takes to create a book from concept to final production.
Learn how authors, illustrators and many others come together to put books on your shelves. It’s a great insight into the world of children’s literature.
Michael Hale is the Illustrator Coordinator for the Arizona Region of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. (SCBWI). He has years of creative experience as a designer, writer and Illustrator and was the Creative Director of The Phoenix Zoo.
Now he puts his creative skills to work on writing & illustrating children’s picture books. He loves his work.
Michael illustrated his first picture book, UP UP UP in 2016. It was written by Phoebe Fox and published by First Edition Project Books. He both wrote and illustrated his second book, Bad Monkey Business. It was published by Simian Books in 2017.
You can see more of Michael Hale’s work by visiting www.michaelhale.me