Meeting Minutes

December 2022

AGT Monthly Meeting for December 2022


The Authors Guild of Tennessee held their monthly meeting on Friday, December 2, 2022 at Mimi’s Café in Turkey Creek. The dinner started at 6:00 p.m.


The following members and guests were present:

Arlene Anderson, Bill and Marianne Barbour, Vicki Bennett, Linda and Larry Best, Sam and Charlene Bledsoe,  Randy and Cathy Carpenter, Bobbi Chapman, Deana and Jason Charcalla, Patricia Crumpler, Gayle Curtin and spouse, Dave Curran,  Sonja DuBois, Barb Dunn, Russ and Sherry Fine, Linda Fitzpatrick, Kaye George, Leoma Gilley, BJ and Sharon Gillum and Sharon’s mother, Arlene, Wes and Sandra Hibbert, Jerry and Anna Morton, Cheryl and Jim Peyton, Frank and Vickie Snyder, Art and Monty Stewart, and visitors Victoria Winifred and spouse, Joe.


Welcome – Cheryl.  Visitor Victoria Winifred and her husband Joe were introduced. Victoria will be applying for membership in AGT.


November Minutes: Minutes of the November meeting have been approved online.


Treasurer’s report: – Russ

Balance as of November 1 was $1539.16.

Total amount of Expenses in November:

Book Sales Income: American Commissary. $34.45

Cookbooks                  $87.45

Member dues: $455.00

Donations rec’d  $400.00



DiiGraphics                $  8.75

Clearbags                    $47.19

Author Payments        $29.25


Outstanding payments

Leoma Gilley (Website Expense). $397.63


Current balance: $2,589.16


Report on the election of Officers for the Executive Board: Cheryl


President: Cheryl Peyton

Vice President:  Kathy Parr

Secretary:  Leoma Gilley

Treasurer:  Russ Fine

Asst. Treasurer:  Randy Carpenter

Member-at-Large:  Jim Hartsell


Committee Chairs:

Directory:  Barb Dunn

Fairs and Festivals: Deana Charcalla

Library:  Laura Derr

Membership/Vetting: Cyn Taylor

Nominating:  Kathy Parr, a consultant with the president

Program:  Kaye George

Publicity/Marketing:  Linda Fitzpatrick

Retail:  Linda Best

Training:  Sam Bledsoe

Website:  Bill Barbour          


Nominations are now open for the 2023 East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame. You can access the online nomination form by clicking the link below. They are accepting nominations through January 1.

2023 Nomination Form<>

Inductees will be announced in late January and recognized at the annual Hall of Fame Awards Gala on Friday, March 24, at The Foundry on the Fair Site in Knoxville.


Writing Contest: Cheryl.

A brief update on the contest. Five AGT members spoke at the writing class. All reportedly did a great job. Educators will decide on the winners but may not have decisions until early January. Cheryl will write a congratulatory letter. The plaques will come later.

The second semester will begin in January for Middle and High School. We will need speakers again. This will be discussed in our January meeting.


Program: Arlene Anderson, author, teacher, and professional singer and guitarist sang two Christmas songs during the evening: “Jingle Bell Rock” and her own “It’s All Because of Mrs. Claus” for our entertainment.


Calendars and pens imprinted with the Authors Guild logo, purchased by Curt and Frank, were shared from the Christmas show.


Meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled for January 5 at 10:30 a.m. at the Faith Lutheran Church.


Respectfully submitted,

Leoma Gilley (Secretary)