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2015 Scholarship Program - $1000

Once again we are sponsoring a scholarship for a deserving young person with an interest in writing and/or publishing. This year we are awarding $1000.

Here is a pdf flyer that can be passed out to your local schools: Scholarship Flyer. (PDF)

Here is the Scholarship Application with all the rules and requirements: Scholarship Application. (MS Word doc)

Applications are being accepted until April 10. The winning senior will be notified by April 20 and invited to attend our NCPA Award Dinner on April 26 (see above).

Be A Scholarship Sponsor

This year, NCPA is pleased to award a $1,000 college scholarship to a high school senior who plans to pursue a career in writing or journalism.

Help us to offer this generous scholarship again next year by sponsoring NCPA’s Awards and Scholarship Banquet, to be held on April 26, 2015. Your name & message or full-color advertisement will appear in our Banquet program. See flyer for details. Deadline is March 31, 2015.

April Meeting
April 11, 2015

Maryellen Burns
The Care and Feeding of Book Buyers

It's not enough to get reviews or media attention for your books; you have to put them into the hands of readers. Maryellen Burns will provide tools for getting the word out to the media and your audience— through creating new works, author's talks, social media, and the help of local and national booksellers and press.

Maryellen has worked with over 100 authors to get their works in print and into the hands of book buyers, and has recently launched her own publishing company, Armadillo and Dicker, in partnership with her two brothers.


Maryellen Burns is the author of Lost Restaurants of Sacramento and Their Recipes (now in its sixth printing);  A Taste of Sacramento – Vintage Recipes from Sacramento Community Cookbooks; Whip Up a Cookbook, and a contributor to numerous anthologies, including the hilarious “Too Many Cats in the Kitchen”, in Harlequin’s The Dog with the Old Soul.

She's currently at work on two new regional books: Lost and Found: Classic Recipes & Savory Stories from Sacramento Home Cooks, and The Book Lover's Guide to Sacramento.

Maryellen and her two brothers have recently launched Armadillo and Dicker, a new publishing venture. She has worked off and on in the publishing business for more than 40 years, as a researcher, editor, media consultant and author's rep. A writer, editor, educator, and historian, she serves on the boards of the Sacramento County Historical Society, Sacramento Book Collectors Club and I Street Press.

She's also a member of the Culinary Historians of Northern California, The American Association for State and Local History, Slow Food and other food, wine, and art associations.

Meetings are held at:

7418 Stock Ranch Road (near Greenback & Sylvan)
Citrus Heights, CA 95621

Meetings are held in the "Sun Terrace" room on the third floor, NOT the first floor room we have been using for the past several years.

To get to the third floor room, take the elevator that is to the left of the front desk. The Sun Terrace room is across the hallway from the elevator. Look for signs or someone to greet you and point you in the right direction.

Here are some photos (provided by our Communications Director, Ken Umbach) to help orient you (click to enlarge).

Elevator to Sun Terrace
Elevator to Sun Terrace
Sun Terrace - view 1
Sun Terrace - view 1
Sun Terrace - view 2
Sun Terrace - view 2

Map and directions to Emeritus

Awards Banquet: Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Old Spaghetti Factory ~ UPSTAIRS
731 Sunrise Avenue
Roseville, CA 95661

Cocktails 5pm ~ Dinner 6:30pm

$20 per person DINNER ONLY

We are privileged to have Bitsy Kemper as our Master of Ceremonies.

Banquet entrees come with a crisp salad, hot fresh baked bread and the Old Spaghetti Factory's signature Spumoni ice cream for dessert.  All entrees are served with the finest 100% Durum Semolina Spaghetti, unless otherwise noted.

1st Entrée choice: Manager's Favorite - 2 Sauces in one dish: Mushroom Sauce, from scratch Marinara Sauce, topped with Seasoned, Sautéed Mushrooms AND Rich Meat Sauce, from scratch recipe of ground beef sautéed with onion and celery then simmered with tomatoes and Italian spices.

2nd Entrée choice: The Old Spaghetti Factory's Famous Baked Lasagna: Layers of noodles, Marinara Sauce, ground beef and pork, and four kinds of cheese.

3rd Entrée choice: Fettuccine Alfredo: Fettuccine noodles in a butter cream sauce with shredded Romano cheese.

Milk, coffee, hot tea or iced tea has been included in the price of your dinner. 

If you choose to have lemonade, soft drinks, or any type alcoholic beverage in addition to those included with the meal, those items can be ordered at the table and paid for at the time.

Appetizers and extra desserts (Mud Pie or Chocolate Mousse Cake) may also be ordered at the table, and paid for at the time.

Tickets now on sale in our online store.

March Meeting Minutes Available

The minutes from the March 14 meeting are now available to read on our Meeting Minutes webpage or you can download them as a PDF.

February Board Meeting

Below are the mintues from the February 14 Board Meeting. They can also be downloaded as a pdf.


1. Call to order
2. Book Award Contest and Banquet
3. Scholarship
4. Presidential transition
5. Guest speakers
6. Treasurer’s Report

Present (8): Branco, Darrow, Hoirup, Kando, Meadows, Potter, Thornton, Witt

Immediately after the monthly NCPA meeting, the board met at the Citrus Heights Emeritus Senior Living Center. The following items were discussed and/or decided:

1. Thornton mentioned that we need book holders (stands) for the award banquet. Witt will provide these.

2. The matter of our annual contract with the Citrus Heights Emeritus Senior Living Center: The contract has not (yet) been renewed for 2015. The annual cost was $250 last year. Could we find a less expensive alternative? A restaurant? Location is also part of the problem. Darrow and Hoirup will make inquiries.

3. Witt will be the new webmaster, replacing Collins. The tab for this will remain $270 per quarter.

4. It was moved by Hoirup, seconded by Potter and voted in favor unanimously that Meadows be the communications director.

5. Laurie Hoirup informed us that the current balance in the NCPA account is $8,513.60. This includes $1,000 for the 2015 college scholarship, and $350 left from last year. Income from the award banquet so far is $2281.88, and there are still $330 worth of uncleared checks out

6. It was moved by Meadows and seconded by Potter that all silent auction income go for the college scholarship, none of it for membership development (e.g. subsidizing IBPA attendance by a member). Motion passed unanimously.

7. Meadows will contact Arizona State University to determine how to finalize the $350 college scholarship that was awarded to a Colfax High School graduate last year, but has not yet been claimed.

Meeting was adjourned at 1: 30 PM.

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