Okay, it’s always special when I can get together  with Book Clubs for a discussion of one of my books…but this group was beyond special…I was blown away by the energy, enthusiasm, and community involvement of this group. So without further ado, meet the gals from the Coral Gables Women’s Club Book Group…

In Addition to having a lot of fun, which we indeed did, these gals are involved in countless charitable activities – but the one that truly blew me away was their May Van Sickle Dental Clinic. They don’t just contribute to this cause, or run a few annual fundraisers, they own and operate a free dental clinic right there in their own building. They have two chair stations in the clinic, one for the dentist and one for the hygenist. The dentist, is a member of the club and all services are donated. This group provides FREE dental care for community kids whose families can’t afford it.

Since 1939, the May Van Sickle Clinic has helped over 35,000 children in Miami-Dede County, providing over $4,000,000 in FREE dental care.  Many of the children they treat have never visited a dentist. Most of them need extensive cleaning and fillings, some even require root canals. In addition to treating the children, they also teach them how to clean and take care of their teeth.

Oh, and in case you didn’t notice in the photo above, the book they read was Spare Change and the consensus was they loved it. A number of the gals came with a list of the other books they wanted to buy. So as the evening went, we spoke not only of Spare Change, but virtually all of my books, including “Life in the Land of IS” – the 2012 Winner of the Royal Palm Literary Award for a Memoir.

A special thank you goes to Mireya Kilmon, who arranged the evening. I left with a framed “Certificate of Appreciation,” a commemorative figurine that is already sitting on my office bookshelf, and a lot of fond memories.  I can honestly say I loved spending the evening with this group, they epitomize what book club friends are all about.

About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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