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SPECIAL NOTES:

DINNER NOTE: If you have dietary restrictions precluding you from eating any of our available meal options, please let us know well before the RSVP deadline. Kosher meals can be provided upon request, and we can work with the hotel to address any other dietary concerns if we are given enough notice. 

WEATHER: For any announcements regarding cancellation or postponement in the event of inclement weather, check the chapter email list or the announcement list, or email Donna Andrews at donna@donnaandrews.com.

IMPORTANT: We're now only accepting payment via check. Please remember to bring a check with you when you come to the meeting.

Our meetings are open to the public. You don't need to be a member to attend, but you do need to make a reservation. Please share this announcement with others who love mysteries, as a writer or reader or both.

IWhen someone is taken hostage, lives are at risk, tension is high, and time is of the essence. Who decides how to negotiate a hostage's safe release and analyzes the best course of action to take? What factors go into those decisions? And once a plan has been chosen, how is it implemented? What exactly does a negotiator say to persuade a perpetrator to release the hostage and give up safely?

Russ Hamill, the assistant chief of police of Montgomery County, Maryland, knows the answers to these complicated questions, and he will share his insider's knowledge at our meeting on Tuesday, June 9th. Hamill serves as chief of the Montgomery County Police Department's Investigative Services Bureau, which includes divisions focusing on major crimes, criminal investigations, family crimes, and special investigations. Hamill's formidable experience has prepared him to command and control any type of situation, from crisis negotiations to civilian unrest. His skills have been tested and refined over his nearly thirty years with the Montgomery County police department. He has also graduated from the FBI National Academy and completed the Maryland Leadership Challenge Program.

Hamill will bring all of his knowledge to the table and answer your most challenging questions when he is our guest speaker at our June meeting. Please join us for dinner and what promises to be a fascinating evening.

Tuesday, June 9th
Embassy Suites Hotel at the Chevy Chase Pavilion, Ballroom Level
4300 Military Road, N.W., Washington, D.C.
Garage parking under the hotel. Metro: Friendship Heights.

6:30 p.m.         Reception/Cash Bar

7 p.m.              Dinner (including a complimentary glass of iced tea or soda, warm rolls and butter, crisp salad, coffee and tea): choice of baked chicken, ginger tilapia, or vegetarian pasta, and choice of chocolate cake, fruit sorbet, or a fruit plate.

8 p.m.              Russ Hamill speaks.

RESERVATIONS:Cost is $35 per person. The price is the same for members and non-members. To reserve your seat, either email or call Kathy Lorr no later than 8 p.m. Thursday, June 4th, and let her know your entrée and dessert choices (choice of baked chicken, ginger tilapia, or vegetarian pasta, and choice of chocolate cake, fruit sorbet, or a fruit plate). Kathy's email address is katharinelorr@gmail.com. Her phone number is 301-585-7667. If you reserve your seat by email, you should receive a response confirming your reservation within a couple of days. If you don't receive a confirmation, please email Kathy again to ensure your reservation was received.

PAYMENT DETAILS: We no longer accept cash. Please remember to bring a check made out to Mystery Writers of America with you to the meeting. Payments will be collected at the door. Our in-person payment policy is based on trust, and we want to continue this practice. Please don't be a no-show/no-pay.

DIETARY RESTRICTIONS: If you have dietary restrictions precluding you from eating any of our available meal options, please let us know well before the RSVP deadline. Kosher meals can be provided upon request, and we can work with the hotel to address any other dietary concerns if we are given enough notice.

Our meetings are open to the public. You don't need to be a member to attend, but you do need to make a reservation. Please share this announcement with others who love mysteries, as a writer or reader or both.

Please remember to bring a check with you when you come to the meeting. Thank you.

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