Bi-Monthly Programs

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Meetings are held on the third Saturday in odd-numbered months:
January, March, May, July, September, and November. 
 
The public and PPW members are invited to hear speakers on selected writing or related topics.
 
You may order a box lunch from our Hospitality Director between 9:00 and 10:15 or bring a sack lunch.  Box lunches are $10.
 
Meeting Location:
Amarillo Senior Citizens Center
1217 S. Tyler
Amarillo, Texas
Unless otherwise specified.
 
(Note: We must occasionally switch our meeting location or we may need to change the date to avoid conflicts. So, please check the address and date for each meeting.)
 

 





January 16 Program

Author and Former Bull Rider
Chimp Robertson
to speak at
January Meeting

Chimp Robertson, a former bull rider on the rodeo circuit, has just about seen and done it all.  In addition to being a rodeo contestant, he’s a rancher, private pilot, auctioneer, songwriter, Texas and Oklahoma real estate salesman and broker, skydiver, and U.S. Army Veteran.  He’s also had a long career in marketing and public relations for large retirement centers in Oklahoma.  So, you can pretty much bet he knows a thing or two about life.

Chimp loves the written word and has authored seven books and recently added an eighth—his first western novel, Billy Howard and The Buckskin—to his list of publishing credits.  He’s also had many stories, articles, and poems published by various magazines and newspapers, including the Western Horseman, Cattlemen, Horse Lover's, Hoofs and Horns, Farm Journal, Yamaha World, Paint Horse, and Horseman and has been featured locally in the Access Amarillo magazine. But, despite all of his accomplishments, he’s most proud of the songs he wrote that country singer Chris LeDoux recorded and made into hits.  One was “Re-Ride” and the other was “Jody the Rodeo Clown.”

In his program, Chimp will explain his odd nickname, tell a little of his writing process, and show the challenges (and differences) between writing memoirs, nonfiction, and fiction.  He really stresses writing what you know.  Because he’s adept in multiple genres, all members will benefit from his talk.

Although Chimp is retired and currently resides in Hooker, Oklahoma, he was born and raised right here in the panhandle in the town of Dalhart.  The rodeo is never far from his thoughts, and he continues to compete in championship team roping.  We hope everyone will come out and make him welcome.  Let’s show him some warm Texas hospitality, in case he’s forgotten.

Chimp plans to have books to sell, so make sure you have a little jingle in your pockets.

You can find out more about him on his website: www.chimprobertson.com.

 

Meeting Times:
 
Check-In and
Meet & Greet
9:30 - 10:00 a.m.
 
Business Meeting
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
 
Morning Session
10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
 
Box Lunch
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.
 
Critique Session
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
 

For information regarding how to join PPW and membership dues, see "Membership" link on left side of this page.

Non-members: There is a $10 guest fee to attend our bi-monthly programs.  If you join that day, the guest fee will be credited toward your membership fee.  There is a $1 guest fee for middle school and high school students.  At bi-monthly meetings held at the Amarillo Senior Citizens Association, members of Amarillo Senior Citizens Association may attend those meetings free of charge. If a member invites you attend a program as their guest, the guest fee for that program will be waived.  However, if you attend subsequent programs, we will ask you to either pay the guest fee or become a member.
 


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