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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

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.

Homicides are up, civility is down, and policing in a post-Ferguson climate has been a challenge for many law enforcement agencies across the United States. Understanding the culture of unrest, the difficulty and danger present for police officers, and solutions that benefit everyone is paramount for Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger, President of the Major Cities Chiefs Association. MCCA represents the largest law enforcement agencies in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Chief Manger will be our guest speaker for our February 9 meeting. He has been the Chief of Police in Montgomery County, Maryland since February 2004 and is the recipient of numerous awards. Chief Manger has reorganized and expanded the department's community policing efforts, and served in many leadership positions and on numerous Boards, including Cardinal Donald Wuerl's Child Protection Advisory Board for the Archdiocese of Washington.

His commitment to the highest ethical standards for policing has earned Chief Manger significant recognition from our community and the nation. We're honored that he will be our guest. This meeting promises to be of interest to anyone who wants a behind-the-scenes account of how 21st century law enforcement works.

Please join us … 

Tuesday, February 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. Chief Manger speaks

RESERVATIONS: Cost is $35 per person. The price is the same for members and nonmembers. To reserve your seat, please email Sandi Wilson ( no later than 8 p.m. Thursday, February 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). You should receive a response confirming your reservation within a couple of days. If you don't receive a confirmation, please contact Sandi 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. 



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