National League of American Pen Women
January 7, 2017 Minutes
I. Ruthy called the meeting to order at 11:03 am.
II. Members in Attendance: Andrea Antico, Laurel Becker, Kelly Ann Compton, Ruthy Wexler, Nancy Peterson, Virginia Small
III. Guest in Attendance: Regina Connors, Carol Ehrlich
IV. Inspirational Reading: Andrea–“It’s Great to be alive! I’m 74, need I say more?; Virginia– from the Denver Datebook: Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the moment has passed (Cavett Robert); Ruthy–(a) “We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us. (Author unknown) (b)”No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.” (Aesop)
V. Minutes for November and December were approved with three typo corrections in the December Minutes.
VI. Treasurer’s Report was approved. Our current balance is $2405.11.
VII. Committee Reports:
a. Website: Virginia proposed changing the individual bio pages to a single bio page that includes links to members’ web pages.
b. Audit/Budget/Membership: (i) No Audit/Budget Report; (ii) Discussion about what to do should Juanita not be able to continue as Membership Chair.
c. Tapestry for Peace: (a) Ruthy reports that she began calling IB schools rather than e-mail them and feels the calls seem to be working better than the e-mails in garnering interest in the contest. She has three interested schools in California: Farmdale, Sonora, Fresno High School; (b) Andrea suggested we contact George Washington High School and Place Bridge Academy in Denver. She will also contact Lotus, a charter school in Aurora; c) Kelly Ann will contact schools in Chicago through people she knows
VIII. Old Business: No Old Business
IX. New Business: Ruthy shared that we received a thank you note from Julie for the elephant book we gave her in thanks for storing the Tapestry for Peace for us.
a. Laurel Becker has written a 16 chapter children’s book in which all the characters have a dysfunction of some sort and they all learn their dysfunctions become strengths when everyone works together as community. The book is currently being formatted at the publisher. Title: Tales from Weaver Pond.
b. Nancy will be speaking at the Denver Press Club Sunday, January 15 from 2:00-4:00. She will be speaking on Writing Historical Women’s History. The event will be in the style of a salon and will have three speakers.
XI. The meeting was adjourned at 11:00 pm.
Respectfully submitted by
Kelly Ann Compton, Secretary