This is the Virginia Writers Club's festive and fun year-end social event to network with fellow writers and guests, celebrate the achievements of our members who have been published in 2012, and to announce the winners of our annual Golden Nib Writing Contest.
We also have a special presentation of awards to members who have made significant contributions to the operation of our club. Brief, but essential to the business of running this organization, is our Board of Governors elections.
To add a dash of fun, we raffle gift baskets created and donated by our VWC Chapters to benefit our Education & Scholarship Fund. Culminating after the final bites of our delicious luncheon, is an address from a renowned keynote speaker.
This year, we are happy to welcome Dr. Andrew Kaufman, a Russian literature and language expert, and author of the book Understanding Tolstoy. Finally, we end the day with raffle winners' announced, book signings, and a renewed vision for writing success in the New Year.
This event is open to all VWC statewide members, Chapter members and their guests. Registration is limited due to space constraints, so registration before the deadline is advised. Cost: $40. Registration Deadline: October 22. All payments need to be received in advance via credit card at the VWC website or mailed with check by the deadline. Registration at the door is not available.
9:30 Volunteers & 2012 Published Members selling books arrive to set up
10:30 - 11:45 Meet & Greet - sign in, raffle ticket sales, member book sales, cash bar
11:45-1:00 Business Lunch with Cash Bar - Welcome & Opening Remarks, Invocation & Luncheon, Contest & Membership Awards, Elections & Other Business
1:00 - 2:00 Speaker - Dr. Andrew Kaufman
2:00 - 2:15 Raffle Drawings and winners announced
2:15 - 3:00 Guest Speaker Book Signing & Member Book Sales
LUNCHEON: Our meeting luncheon includes a garden salad, biscuits, tea, coffee, water, and a finishing scoop of Chef's choice sorbet with a cookie. Entree choices include:
1. Grilled Petite Filet Mignon with mashed potatoes, vegetable medley and bearnaise sauce
2. (Vegetarian) Wild Mushroom Raviolis with asparagus, spinach, blistered tomatoes and light parmesan cream.
Note regarding food allergies: The Chef will choose suitable substitutions for individuals with food allergies BUT we need to know in advance and by the registration deadline. Please indicate any food allergies on your registration form in the space provided.
OTHER IMPORTANT NOTES:
AWARD NOMINATIONS needed by OCTOBER 15. Please mail or e-mail JIM GAINES your nomination(s), along with a 100-200 word justification, for the following VWC Awards to be presented during the VWC Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet: OUTSTANDING PERSONAL SERVICE and OUTSTANDING CHAPTER. Contact: Jim Gaines, Awards Chairperson, 17 North Pointe Dr., Fredericksburg, VA 22405
ATTENTION AUTHORS! Did you publish a book in 2012? You are invited to display and sell your new book at our Annual Meeting during the 10:30-11:45 "Meet & Greet" time, and from 2:15-3:00pm following our guest speaker. We will have a limited number of tables, so please RSVP early! (Please, sales are limited to VWC members who register and pay to attend the annual meeting and who have books released in 2012 only.) Contact: Sara Robinson.
BOOKS NEEDED FOR RAFFLE FUNDRAISER. Members are encouraged to donate a new book(s) for our annual meeting raffle to benefit the VWC Education & Scholarship Fund. It can be a member's published book, or any other new book. Books are to be brought on the day of the event and placed on the raffle table for display. Raffle tickets will be sold for $1 each at the sign-in table and during lunch. Raffle drawings will be held after lunch until all raffle items are claimed. Winners go up to the raffle table as their name is announced and pick whichever book they want.
ATTENTION VWC CHAPTERS! Gift Baskets Needed for Silent Auction Fundraiser. Each VWC Chapter is asked to contribute a basket to be auctioned via silent bids to benefit the VWC Education & Scholarship Fund. Baskets can be regional, literary, or just great gifts. Contact Sally in advance of the annual meeting BY OCTOBER 28 with a jazzy title for the basket, a list of contents and approximate values, so she can prepare the bid sheets with those details. Your chapter will be responsible for delivery to the Commonwealth Club on the day of the event. Contact: Sally Honenberger.
The Commonwealth Club, 401 West Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23220. (www.thecommonwealthclub.net) To park, pass the Club on the right and turn right on N. Monroe St. There is a parking lot on the left about halfway down the block. You may also continue on Monroe St. to W. Main St., and then turn right. Turn right again into the Club’s other parking lot.
The VWC event will be on the SECOND FLOOR in the JEFFERSON ROOM.
Accessibility: Individuals requiring wheelchair accessibility and/or have special accessibility requirements should so indicate on the registration form.
Dress Code: Coat & tie for gentlemen; comparable attire for ladies.
Cell Phone Policy: Ringers for cell phones, Blackberries and other PDA's should be in the "OFF" position. Cell phone calls may be made in one of the private phone booths in the club.