I understand you're not able to see the behind-the-scenes work done by our Executive Board, but if you could you would be impressed. They're professional, caring and visionaries. Allow me to introduce you to one of these women: our Treasurer, Phyllis Williams.
Phyllis was born in the Southeastern part of North Dakota, an area where her family has a long history. Her grandparents and great-grandparents homesteaded the Dakota Territory as part of the Scandinavian immigration in the late 1890's. Phyllis' mother was a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse until she married her father.
Phyllis was the oldest of four children and she attended a one-room schoolhouse until 1942 when her family moved to Superior, Wisconsin.
Growing up, Phyllis played in the school orchestra and sang in her church choir.
Phyllis married her high school sweetheart and they raised four children, two girls and two boys. While working as Manager of Office Systems at a large corporate operation she chose to continue her education. She earned her graduate degree in Industrial/Organization Psychology the same year her oldest daughter was married.
Phyllis is one of the founding member of Office Systems Research Group and worked as a Management Consultant until 1992.
Their oldest son, Paul has Down Syndrome and is blind. Following her retirement, Phyllis accepted the position (volunteer) as President of The Arc of New Jersey - a large advocacy organization focusing on a better life for people with developmental disabilities.
After losing her husband of 47 years she was blessed with finding her new true love, Art, whom she met in 2003. Together they joined the Solivita community early in 2005. They love it here and have pursued their numerous hobbies to the fullest. They love music and enjoy singing with Guys and Dolls. They’re avid readers and exchange books with each other on a regular basis.
Phyllis is a bridge player and finds it fits her schedule perfectly. Her all time favorite thing about living here is the wonderful friends she's made. Phyllis says, "It's a great place to live. We love to travel and have spent time on all the continents except one. River cruising is our favorite way to research and explore Europe."
Phyllis has been on the Book Circle Executive Board for three years to date. She’s found her time with us exciting and fulfilling. Her organizational skills and experience were instrumental in filling our increased needs as we grew. Under her watch the by-laws were rewritten, the membership list firmly established to include Friends, job descriptions finalized, dues raised to meet the costs of visiting authors and new programs developed. She says, "It’s my hope that the search for new and exciting cultural programs, author talent and support of local authors continues in the future."
Thank you for letting me introduce and thank our Treasurer, Phyllis Williams. I can say, with confidence, all the women on our Executive Board are dedicated in their accomplishments for the Solivita Book Circle.
Have a great day - Don't forget to check out our Schedule of Events for our lectures, author visits (Marcia Meara) and our Stuffed Animal/Book Drive.
Author News and Book Signing
1. SOLIVITA LIVE AUTHOR EVENT:
MARCIA MEARA: Tuesday , Nov 17th at 1 pm in the Ballroom. Marcia Meara will be sharing insights on her book, Swamp Ghosts. She is a native Floridian, living in the Orlando area with her husband of 29 years, two silly little dachshunds and four big, lazy cats. She’s fond of reading, gardening, hiking, canoeing, painting, and writing, not necessarily in that order. But her favorite thing in the world is spending time with her two grandchildren, ten-year-old Tabitha Faye, and 21-month-old Kaelen Lake.
At age 69, Marcia wrote "Wake-Robin Ridge," her first novel, and "Summer Magic: Poems of Life and Love." Nine months later, she published her second novel, "Swamp Ghosts," set alongside the wild and scenic rivers of central Florida. Her third novel, "A Boy Named Rabbit: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 2" is now available on Kindle, with the print version due soon.
Marcia also has work published in five poetry anthologies published by Silver Birch Press: Silver, Green, Summer, Noir Erasure Poetry, and the May Poetry Anthology.
Her philosophy? It’s never too late to follow your dream. Just take that first step, and never look back.
2. BOOK SIGNING AND PRESENTATION: JAMES PATTERSON AND DAVID BALDACCI
James Patterson: Sunday, November 8th at 1pm in the Vero Beach Book Center, 392 21st Street, Vero Beach, Florida. For more information and directions call (772) 569-2050. No reservation required, but if you want a book signed they will provide tickets to get in line.
James Patterson presents Treasure Hunters 3 and The Murder House published by Little Brown. The Treasure Hunters ~ Secrets of the Forbidden City, is Patterson's children series. The Kidds - treasure hunting family extraordinary - are heading to China, on a journey the will lead them beyond the Great Wall and into the underbelly of Berlin. The Murder House takes us to a house on Ocean Drive with an ocean-front view, a private beach and a deadly secret that won't stay buried. The Murder House is a chilling, page-turning story of murder, money and revenge.
David Baldacci: Tuesday, December 1st at Rollins College, Galloway Room, in Mills Memorial Hall, It's free. Reservations are required - Click here to reserve a seat. (as of today there were 106 seats available)
Sponsored By: Writer's Block Bookstore & Rollins College
David Baldacci published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. A major motion picture adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 30 novels for adults; all have been national and international bestsellers, and several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries; over 110 million copies are in print worldwide. David has also published five novels for younger readers, including the #1 bestseller The Finisher, which is in development for feature film, and its #1 bestselling sequel, The Keeper. Catch him in action promoting his new book, The Guilty (#4 in the Will Robie Series), on Tuesday, December 1st at 6:30 pm at the Galloway Room in MIlls Memorial Hall on Rollins College Campus. Signing to follow! (Note: The author will only sign books purchased from the event sponsor, Writer's Block Bookstore. The Guilty will be available for pucharse at the event or for pre-order on their website.)