September 2010

NEWSLETTER OF THE DENVER BRANCH
NATIONAL LEAGUE OF AMERICAN PEN WOMEN
SEPTEMBER 2010

MINUTES OF THE SEPTEMBER 4TH BUSINESS MEETING:

PRESIDENT DIANE CHAMBERS CALLED THE MEETING to order at 10:20 a.m. We thanked our hostess, Kelly Ann Compton, for welcoming us to her house so cordially.

PRESENT WERE Andrea Antico, Jane Carpenter, Diane Chambers, Patricia Cox, Florence Elliot, Sue Luxa, Debbie McCullis, Lorrie Reed, Gwen Scott, Virginia Small, and Sheila Wright.

Lorrie Reed read an INSPIRATIONAL selection entitled “Peace.” Gwen Scott delivered the treasurer’s report, including a BALANCE of $2,191.18, which was unanimously approved.

Diane entertained a discussion of how we might PRESENT AND PARTICIPATE IN AN ARTS FESTIVAL IN THE SPRING, with an organizational meeting to discuss every aspect of such an event in January. This notion was enthusiastically received. A motion was tabled with further consideration to follow. Comments included the possibility of joining forces with the Pikes Peak Branch, a group as strong on art as the Denver Branch is on writing. We were reminded that music is the third discipline on which we should be concentrating.

We were very happy to welcome the news that Gwen Scott’s book will be out in two weeks. The title is: BLACKS THROUGH THE AYES OF OUR AMERICAN PRESIDENTS: A POLITICAL TIMELINE, in which she explores African-American history through the positive and negative influences of each U.S. President from Washington to Obama.

The Denver Branch is coping with the temporary closing for remodeling of several libraries during the fall and winter months. The prospect of meeting in members’ homes met with enthusiastic response.

Joice Fairchild, our liaison to the TAPESTRY FOR PEACE, INC., met with our officers recently and plans for the permanent placing of the tapestry in a secure place were formed. [See News & Announcements, on this website, for a related story.] We were reminded that POETRY TO GO is now a project of The Poetry Society of Colorado, with Ann Klaiman as liaison.

SEPTEMBER PROGRAM: GUEST SPEAKER AND DENVER BRANCH MEMBER VIRGINIA SMALL, WRITER AND GRAPHIC ARTIST

Those who attended enjoyed Virginia Small’s vivid talk and slide show [utilizing the branch’s new video projector!] about her “Zebracorn.com” series of graphics, which captivated us all. We count ourselves lucky indeed to have so much talent within our group, as evidenced by Virginia.

Respectfully submitted, Jane D. Carpenter, Acting Secretary

NEWS AND NOTES:

1. KELLY ANN COMPTON HAS VOLUNTEERED to be our branch secretary and will begin in October. Please help her out as she takes on the tasks of taking role and minutes at our meetings. Thank you, Kelly!

2. LOOK FOR YOUR NEW, 2010-2011 BRANCH DIRECTORY. Sandy Chapman has completed our new directory and e-mailed it to all members. Thank you, Sandy!
Please print it out (3 pages) and keep it for reference to members’ contact information. If you did not get, or could not open, the directory file, contact Sandy at sandchap39@aol.com.

3. Rather than stockpiling them to be included in this section of the newsletter once a month, IN THE FUTURE, NEWS AND NOTES ITEMS will be posted in appropriate sections of this website as they occur.

UPCOMING MEETING:
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2010
GUEST SPEAKER:
CAROLINE STUTSON, CHILDREN’S AUTHOR AND PUBLISHER

Our next meeting, October 2nd, at 10:00 am, will be held at the CAFE DE FRANCE AT 8081 EAST ORCHARD ROAD, Greenwood Village, CO, 80111-2501. The directions are below.

Following the business meeting, children’s book author and publisher, Caroline Stutson will lead us in a fun interactive of sharing stories and writing that we can turn into picture books!

Come early for breakfast at the Cafe, or just enjoy a refreshing coffee during our meeting.
Lunch is also available at the Cafe for those who would like to stay afterward.

DIRECTIONS: From Hampton Avenue, go South on I-25. Exit at #198 on East Orchard Road. Go west and take the first right. The Cafe de France is located in the Marilyn Hickey building (on the Orchard Rd side of the building), next to Subway, in Suite #101.