Renewal News: Renewal notices have been emailed to members. Renewing your BATW membership is easy with the new website, and most of us are due to renew by January 1, 2018. Once you log into the site, click on the Member Log tab, scroll to the Renewals tab and you can choose the PayPal or credit card link.

We are ending the year with our annual Christmas gathering on December 9, but it’s not too late to think ahead to our January meeting at the Mechanics’ Institute, where we will share readings from our latest publication, Taste of Travel: Food, Stories & Photos from around the World, 2017. Get your free digital or low-cost print edition by clicking on the link on the Publications tab on the BATW website. This is your chance to share your work with fellow colleagues and/or hear their stories read. A great way to welcome in the first BATW meeting of the New Year.

—Lee Daley