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President’s page – June 2020

Our APW Annual meeting was a success. We had a quorum and were able to make some important decisions. If you were there, thank you, if you missed it, try again next year.

We honored our Arizona APW Communicator of Achievement, Connie Cockrell, and gave her a gift of the Native American Storyteller doll. Connie has done so much for the Rim Country chapter as Chapter Director and coordinating the Payson Book Festival for six years. She started writing novels in 2011 with a NaNoWriNo project and now has 20 to her name! Congratulations to Connie.

We purchased a ZOOM PRO virtual account that members can use for their own promotion. All you need to do is let me know when you want to schedule an event to promote yourself and your work. Since someone had to be the Administrator of the account, I got the job. This is an excellent perk for members. I am willing to schedule a one-on-one with any member if they want to learn the process. It worked really well for the APW Annual meeting with shared documents, a power point presentation and discussion among those present.

We have updated the Bylaws so they are consistent with our current goals. Go to the website to the member-only section. You will need the code to get in and can contact Jaimie Bruzenak, website coordinator, or me for the latest code.

We are promoting our book, Skirting Traditions. The book, written by APW members, has wonderful accounts of early women Arizona writers. It is available on Amazon and from other booksellers. In addition, members can purchase copies for personal use or for resale at a discounted price by contacting your Chapter Director or Marie Fasano. One idea to promote the book would be to give a copy to your local library.

With COVID-19 cases increasing and hospitals ICU’s filling up, please stay well, wash your hands, wear a mask and encourage others to do the same. A friend gave me a button that I wear. It says,” I wear my mask TO HONOR AND PROTECT YOU.”

Enjoy your summer and keep writing.

Marie A Fasano
President
Arizona Professional Writers

Rim Country meeting February 12

Arizona Professional Writers Meeting guest speaker Pete Alshire.

Arizona Professional Writers Meeting
Date: Wednesday, February12, 2020
Time: 1:00-2:00 pm
Location: Majestic Rim on Tyler Parkway Payson.
Members and Guests are welcome.

Our speaker Pete Alshire, is the former Editor and current Consulting Publications Editor of the Payson Roundup. He edited the prestigious Arizona Highways magazine for many years. Pete is an accomplished historian and investigative writer who has published four books on the history of the Apache Wars and the book The Eye of the Viper, The Making of an F-16 Pilot. He spent several years as a science and medical writer with various newspapers before joining the faculty at Arizona State University. Alshire has won numerous awards for his magazine and newspaper pieces.

Rim Country Chapter January 8, 2020 meeting

An Arizona Professional Writers meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 from 1:00-2:00 pm at the Majestic Rim on Tyler Parkway in Payson. Members and guests are welcome. Our guest speaker is Andy McKinney who will be speaking on the history of storytelling and will give some examples of first paragraphs that do or do not grab the reader.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Andy lived for thirty years in Alaska. The long winters gave him plenty of time to watch movies. He now lives in the Great American Southwest in retirement. He writes a regular newspaper column on current movies for the Payson Roundup. This is his second nonfiction work. He loves the flickers and finds zombie films fascinating and loads of fun. His book, A Gross of Zombies is his second non-fiction book after The Armed Forces of Iran.

DATE: Wednesday, January 8, 2020
TIME: 1:00-2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Majestic Rim at 310 E Tyler Parkway, Payson
SPEAKER: Andy McKinney, author, columnist and movie buff

Note: If you haven’t paid your 2020 dues you can bring your check to the meeting.

First APW event of 2020! – Central Chapter presents Jody Sharpe

Author Jody Sharpe

Saturday, January 11, award-winning author Jody Sharpe will be speaking to members and guests of Arizona Professional Writers in Phoenix on “The Angels On The Writer’s Shoulders.” A light lunch will be served.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, January 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
WHERE: the Fireplace Room of Shepherd of the Hills Church, 5524 East Lafayette Blvd., Phoenix, AZ., 85018.
COST: $15, which includes a light lunch. Pay at the door.
RSVP: by January 7 to Barbara Lacy- lacyarts@gmail.com or 480-620-1358.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Jody had a rewarding career as a special education teacher. Writing about angels became healing after losing her daughter. The valuable lessons learned about moving forward have set her on a mission to tell stories with love and spiritual awakening.

Says Jody about her writing, “I believe angels have always been guiding me. After my daughter’s death, experiencing messages in dreams, meeting a man who might have been a real angel set me on the spiritual journey of writing novels where angels live as humans, and no one knows the secret.” Books in her Mystic Bay Series are: “The Angel’s Daughter,” “To Catch an Angel” and “Town of Angels.”

President’s message – December 2019

Christmas Luncheon APW RIm Chapter 2019

President’s Page –  December 2019

As we end this year, we want to thank each member who has been participating in all of our monthly meetings with many excellent speakers.

What we have accomplished in 2019

  • We have increased our State and National membership.
  • The PHX Central Chapter is up and running again, thanks to Barbara Lacy. (She will need more help in 2020.)
  • Southern Chapter had a meeting and Barbara Marriot has agreed to be the contact person there.
  • Our Trade Name is current with the Secretary of State.
  • We revised our Bylaws and will be voting on them in May at our Spring Conference May 9.
  • We were involved with ASU for several programs.
  • Our joint fall conference with ANA was a success. Bobbie Bennett helped me with the logistics.
  • We had a successful Payson Book Festival AGAIN thanks to Connie Cockrell and all our volunteers.
  • The website and Faceboook pages are current with interesting information thanks to Jaimie Bruzenak.

The APW Treasury is in good hands thanks to Cheryl Kohout.

Member News

  • Carol Osmon Brown lost her husband and best friend, Bing this year. She had to resign as Secretary and moved with her family to California. I keep her updated about APW happenings.
  • We lost a long time member in 2019 Jane Eppinga and will be having a celebration of her life next year.

The Board of Directors:  We will be having an election in May 2020. In the meantime, we want to thank Joan Westlake for her many years of service on the Board. She is busy with her consulting work. She will be turning over the membership duties to Connie Cockrell as of January 2020. Brenda Whiteside has agreed to replace Carol Osman Brown as Secretary. We thank them for their willingness to help at this time.

Enjoy your Holidays!!

Keep Writing,

Marie A Fasano
President, Arizona Professional Writers

First TypeRider of 2016!

Thanks to editor Lynda Exley, our January, 2016 issue – the first of 2016 – is here! Read about the December holiday parties and an intriguing article, “Do words, gemstones have anything in common?” by Marion E. Gold. Three APW districts are holding meetings this month so be sure to mark them on your calendar. You’ll find several APW members presenting elsewhere and many writing events to inspire you and add to your knowledge coming up this month and beyond. If you are considering participating in the 2nd Payson Book Festival, read more about it and act soon before all available author tables are gone! Information on the NFPW Communication Contest is also included.

November, 2015 TypeRider is here!

Read the information-packed November, 2015 issue of the TypeRider. Lots going on in the districts and many writing events coming up. Catch up with members too. Thanks, Lynda Exley, our hard working editor, for another great issue!

Rim Country District meeting – March 18, 2015

Learn how to use your computer more effectively at a free program presented by Arizona Professional Writers (formerly Arizona Press Women) on March 18, at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road, Payson.

Starting at noon in the community room, the group’s March meeting will feature speaker Ray Baxter, who teaches two computer courses at Gila Community College and is President of the Payson Area Computer Association. Baxter serves as Director of APCUG, an International Association of Technology and Computer User Groups. He also provides consulting services.

Many people encounter computer problems and find it difficult to keep up with changes in technology.  This computer expert will demystify programs, discuss security concerns and offer tips for success in his talk, “Using Your Computer More Effectively.”

This event is open to the public, free of charge. For more information, call 928-468-9269.

 

Time to enter the Communications Contest!

APW Members — Please click on the  2015 Communications Contest flyer with directions and links to the annual Communications Contest. APW is having their own contest but entries will be submitted electronically.

Entry deadline is Monday, Feb. 9. For work that must be submitted in hard-copy format, the entry deadline is Monday, Feb. 2.

Thanks,

Cheryl Kohout

Co-chair, Communications Contest

2015 Student Scholarship Competition announced

Arizona high school students planning to study journalism at an Arizona university or Arizona community college in the fall of 2015 are invited to apply for the $1,000 June Payne Memorial Journalism Scholarship.

Arizona Professional Writers, a statewide organization of professional communicators formerly known as Arizona Press Women, established the annual scholarship with funds honoring the memory of June Payne, a longtime member, journalist and photographer.

Applicants must be graduating high school seniors who intend to major in journalism at an accredited Arizona university or community college. Requirements include filling out an application, a letter of recommendation from a high school teacher, two published [print, online or video] writing/reporting samples and a one-page letter from the student that describes her/his background and the reasons she/he wants to pursue a career in journalism.

Download the application here at APW Scholarship Application for 2015. For additional questions or to receive an application by email, contact the scholarship chair Joan Westlake – 480-968-8902 or jkwestlake@aol.com.