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November 21, 2018

December 3, 2018


ATTENDANCE: Vicki White, Kent Reinker, Gail Baugniet, Lana Billman, Lizbeth Hartz, Rosemary and Larry Mild


  1. OCT BLAISDEL SHOW:  We sold 21 books.  The year the fair did not go well.  Most vendors had difficulties while others faired well.

  2. MAYORS ARTS SHOW:  low turnout.  We did have the opportunity to promote Sinster in Crime on the microphone for the event and by video-being made to encourage other seniors to become or stay active. Sold 4 books – one was a Dark Paradise.

  3. MISSION CHURCH EVENT: This Saturday.  Possible only $10 per head.  Opens 9-2.  Set up at 8am.  Who is coming and who can be there at 8.  Also we can only handle 3 people at a time due to space sharing-as we are sharing a booth.  So we can talk about selling others books here.  Want to check this out to see if we want our own booth next year.  Booth 45.  (Dennis, Milds, Gail, Vicki, Pam and Kent)

  4. CONGRATULATIONS JENNY: Her book is out and available on amazon.com.  She will be hosting a book promotional/book signing event at 4 p.m. Feb. 3 at Arts at Marks Garage. 

  5. CONGRATULATIONS DENNIS:  Looks like Dennis is going to be a father!  His wife is pregnant for the 1st time.  The 2 are very excited.

  6. KAUAI WRITERS CONFERENCE: We had some members who attended – anyone care to share their experiences and learnings?  Lana shared

  7. OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII AT MANOA: Interested in us giving talks again in spring.  We need to develop new titles – ones that may not be so geared mostly to those who want to write.  There is also interest in readings from our work.  We MUST remember to stay within our time frame guidelines and not slide into the time for the second speaker.  Students noticed.   From our meeting brainstorming we came up with the following possible titles …

  • AJ Llewellyn --What is Your Core Story?

  • Lizbeth Hartz --Writing as a Form of Activism

  • Laurie Hanan--Writing with Aloha

  • Katharine Nohr--The Making of a Honolulu legal mystery novel

  • Kent Reinker--Making Writing Relevant to the Reader

  • Gail Baugniet--The Story Behind the Story

  • Vicki White--Onions in My Ice Cream – Inspiration for difficult issues

  • Jenny DelosSantos--Falling Perfectly Without Trying – Emerging from Domestic Abuse

  1. GLIMMER TRAIN: Family Matters: 1st place wins $2,500 and publication. Deadline: 1/2/19.  As of Dec 2019 Glimmer Train will be closing its doors.

  2. THE DOROTHY CANNELL SCHOLARSHIP offers $1,000 annually to enable one member of the Sisters in Crime Guppies chapter to attend Malice Domestic.  Deadline: The entry period for the 2019 scholarship is October 15 – December 31, 2018.

    Eligibility: All members of the Sisters in Crime Guppies chapter, both published and unpublished, may submit an entry for the scholarship. Named for the Great UnPublished, the thriving Guppie online community includes hundreds of published and unpublished members. For more information about the Guppies, follow this link: http://www.sinc-guppies.org/

How to apply: Guppie members should send a statement via e-mail of no more than 200 words about how attendance at Malice Domestic will support their writing goals. Address the entry to Sisters in Crime at admin@sistersincrime.org. The subject line must be “Dorothy Cannell Scholarship.”

  1. MEETING TIMES: We can still meet at 6 unless majority prefers otherwise.  Meeting at 6 lets us leave early sometimes.  Meeting at 630 will not give us the opportunity to stay later than 8

  2. ELECTION FOR OFFICERS: See rules below.  Who is interested - please say something

  3. WRITER SPEAKING ARTICLE – want to write an article regarding or speaking engagements.  Everyone who participated –please write a 2-3 paragraphs.  Submit to Vicki no later than Dec 31.

  4. Kent remarked on the Maui Writers Conference being a good conference.

  5. Lana gave us a talk on her experiences at the Kauai Conference.

  6. VICKI RECOMMENDS that the members submit possible speakers for 2019.  Please submit ideas via e-mail with details on how to reach this person.



The Board of Directors Bylaws:

Section 1. The Board of Directors shall consist of the Officers of Sisters in Crime, Inc., and six

Members-at-Large, who shall serve on standing committees (to include Publicity, Monitoring Project,

Bookstore and Library liaisons, Chapter Liaison, or others so designated by the Board.) The outgoing

president will serve on the Board as a voting member and  in an ex-officio capacity.


Section 2. Qualifications and terms of office for Officers shall be as set down in Article VI.


Section 3. Members-at-Large shall be active members of Sisters in Crime, Inc. Their terms of office

shall be for one (1) year.


Section 4. Officers and Members-at-Large shall be elected by the professional membership of Sisters in

Crime, Inc.


Section 5. The Board of Directors shall have the right to decide by majority vote to add a memberat-

large to its number..


Section 6. No member may serve on the Board of Directors for more than five consecutive years

unless appointed by the Board of Directors to serve in an advisory position.  Section 7. The Board of Directors is authorized to make such rules and regulations as it deems  necessary for the effective management of the organization, including but not limited to its logo, records, & membership mailing lists.


Section 8. The Board of Directors is authorized to use electronic mail to call for votes on issues

between the semiannual meetings. The President will count the votes and forward the motion and vote tally to the Secretary for permanent record in the minutes.




Section 1. The officers of Sisters in Crime, Inc. shall be a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary,

and a Treasurer. They shall be professional members of Sisters in Crime, Inc. These officers shall constitute the Executive Committee. In the event that a decision needs to be made quickly without time to poll the board, the Executive Committee may make that decision. Votes, which may be collected by e-mail, shall be tabulated and recorded by the Secretary.


Section 2. The President shall preside at all membership meetings and call and preside at all

meetings of the Board of Directors. The President sets goals and responsibilities, serves as ad hoc member

of committees, polls board members on major decisions, keeps members informed, serves as group

spokesperson, and performs such other duties as the Board of Directors may from time to time determine.

The President shall be elected for one (1) one-year term, and shall not run for that office or the office of

Vice-President again until at least five (5) years have elapsed from the end of her term. The President will, however, serve on the Board in an ex officio capacity for the period of one year following her term.


Section 3. The Vice-President shall serve in that role for one (1) year and shall then, after

ratification by the membership, succeed to the presidency for a one-year term. The purpose of this is to

insure continuity. The Vice-President oversees the work of the standing committees, obtains progress

reports from committees, sees that progress is reported to membership, and assists or substitutes for the

President as required. The Vice-President shall be elected for a two-year term, during the second term of

which, after ratification by a majority vote at the Annual Meeting, she will serve as President. She shall not run for the office of President or Vice-President until at least five (5) years have elapsed from the end of her term.


Section 4. The Secretary shall keep minutes, handle correspondence in coordination with the

President, keep a file of publications and publicity, and perform such other duties as may be directed by the Board of Directors. A term of office shall be for one (1) year.


Section 5. The Treasurer shall be appointed by members of the Board of Directors and shall serve as

an ex officio member of that body. The Treasurer, or any person or persons designated by the Board of

Directors, shall receive all monies of Sisters in Crime, Inc., and shall deposit the same as directed by the

Board of Directors. The Treasurer, or any person or persons designated by the Board of Directors, shall

make disbursements from these funds as authorized by the Board of Directors. The Treasurer, or any

person or persons designated by the Board of Directors, shall keep accurate financial accounts, maintain a

checking account, and shall prepare and submit at the Annual Meeting and whenever so requested by the

Board of Directors, a complete financial statement. A term of office shall be for one (1) year, with

reappointment by the Board for successive terms. The position of Treasurer, which is appointed, will be

advisory only, and the Treasurer will not be a voting member of the board. The Treasurer will serve in an

advisory capacity on the Executive Committee.


Section 6. Auditor. The books and records will be reviewed annually by a private accountant hired

by the Board.


Section 7. Should there be a vacancy in the Presidency at any time, the Vice-President shall succeed

to the Presidency and shall serve until the next annual election, when she will continue in the office of

President for one (1) year, once her continuing has been ratified by the vote of the membership at the

annual election. Any other vacancy of an office shall be filled by the Board of Directors, and the successor shall hold office until the next annual election.


Section 8. None of the officers of Sisters in Crime, Inc. or any other members of the Board of

Directors shall receive any salary or compensation for services rendered as such officers and/or Board of

Directors members. Salaries may be paid to any employee of Sisters in Crime, Inc. including employees

who have been given official titles, such as Executive Secretary or Assistant Secretary, or to such other

persons as the board may direct. This does not preclude Board members from being reimbursed for

reasonable expenses associated with their service on behalf of the organization.


Section 9. Expulsion of Officers. Board of Directors officers can be impeached from office for

dereliction of duty or malfeasance by a majority vote of the active membership present in person or by

proxy at the vote. Impeachment votes can only occur during one (1) of the two (2) yearly membership

meetings. A full investigation must be made, including (a) notification in writing to the officer of the

charge and by whom made, as well as the filing of said charges with the Board of Directors: (b) investigation of the charges by a committee of active members, none of whom are members of the Board of Directors, and chaired, if possible, by a former President or other former officer of Sisters in Crime, Inc. The committee will be selected by a majority vote of the Board of Directors. Following the investigation, if a majority of the investigating committee votes to proceed, the investigating committee will hold a hearing under circumstances that will give the accused officer ample opportunity to present a defense. If by a two-thirds (2/3) vote the investigating committee recommends impeachment, notification of the call for impeachment must be mailed to all the members, together with a statement summarizing the recommendation of the investigating committee. At the next membership meeting, after a full and open hearing of both sides, the membership will vote on whether or not to impeach the officer.   Other Board members may be impeached by the same process.


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