Sandi Latimer, author of Poodle Mistress, is a journalist by profession, starting as an area correspondent to the Bucyrus Telegraph-
In 1968, she moved into public relations, working in medical communications at The Ohio State University Medical Center, and later covered state government for Hannah News Service. While working at Hannah News, she also started working part-
In 2001 she left Hannah News and started working at the Columbus Messenger as a part-
In 2002, while looking for routes for her walking club, Olentangy Owls, she took a walk into Green Lawn where she learned Green Lawn was looking for someone to do their newsletter. “I walked in to find a walking route and walked out their newsletter editor,” she says.
After publishing three editions of the newsletter, she was asked to be volunteer coordinator on a part-
She currently holds the two part-
As head of the volunteers, she has created the calendar for Green Lawn using photos from the annual photo contest. She also goes into the community doing historical programs, writes and edits the quarterly newsletter, sets up the popular First Saturday programs and conducts tours of Green Lawn while looking for more volunteers to help out on the grounds..
Her volunteer work has enabled her to be appointed to the RSVP advisory board and she also represents RSVP on the Foster Grand Parents advisory board. As a volunteer coordinator, she is a member of the Columbus chapter of Volunteer Administrator’s Network where she serves as co-
She has been a member of Ohio Professional Writers/National Federation of Press Women for more than 30 years and has won several awards for writing at both the state and local levels. She is also a member of the Ohio Writers Guild and Writers’ Ink where she has learned different forms of writing. Her first book, Poodle Mistress, the autobiographical story of life with nine toy poodles, was published in February 2011.
This book tells the story of Sandi meeting an Ohio Highway Patrol pilot who was raising toy poodles.
“I don’t know who fell in love with whom first – me or the dogs,” Sandi says. But within a year, she married Red, the pilot. During the next 27 years the couple opened their home, their hearts and their lives to nine toy poodles.
Poodle Mistress was independently published by iUniverse with the designation of Editor’s Choice for quality of writing.