March 2010

Newsletter of the Denver Branch
National League of American Pen Women
March 2010
• See on this website an outstanding portrait of ALICE MARIAN LAURENT painted by her son Richard. (See News and Notes, below.)
• IMPORTANT CHANGE: Our April business meeting will begin at 9:45, 15 minutes earlier than usual. And our guest speaker is Ed Stein! (See Upcoming Meeting, below.)

President Paula Pahl CALLED THE MEETING TO ORDER at 10 a.m.

IN ATTENDANCE were twenty members and guests. Lorrie Reed offered an Irish Blessing, as our INSPIRATIONAL READING, to complement our green decorations. February MINUTES WERE APPROVED, and Gwen Scott as TREASURER REPORTED A BALANCE of $1891.59.

Marie Kriss as Membership Chair INTRODUCED OUR GUESTS, today’s presenters at our special critique session: Abby Angell, Kelly Ann Compton, Cheryl Eckl, Laura Haley-McNeil, Carol Hoeping, Liz Mund, and Sarah Zook

MEMBERS REPORTED recent activities: DIANE CHAMBERS presented in Atlanta at the Young Women’s Cancer Survivors. Both of her titles (Words in My Hands, A Teacher, A Deaf-Blind Man, An Unforgettable Journey AND Hearing the Stream, A Survivor’s Journey into the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer) were unexpectedly listed in the program, which resulted in an interesting story about a young woman attending who is both a cancer survivor and studying to be an interpreter. NANCY PETERSON will be presenting at the Bemis Library (Littleton) this month. LAURIE BECKER has been accepted as a member of the Denver Women’s Press Club. GWEN SCOTT displayed newspaper coverage of her presentation at Midland College during Black History Month. ANN KLAIMAN won first prize in the 3rd quarterly contest of the Poetry Society of Colorado.

Paula encouraged everyone to look at the UPDATES ON OUR WEBSITE ( and asked members to send her new biographies, projects, and photos to be posted there. Paula also called for a member to offer her home for our JUNE PLANNING MEETING; otherwise, we will meet at the library or a similar venue. Lastly, Paula announced that she and Virginia Small will be writing a job description for the paid position of Website Manager. Members will vote on this job description in April.

The Nomination Committee (Nancy Hegan, Ann Klaiman, Marie Kriss) announced the following slate for DENVER BRANCH OFFICERS, 2010-2012: President, Diane Chambers, Vice-President, Ann Klaiman, Secretary, TBA, and Co-Treasurers Gwen Scott and Paula Pahl. Paula will “train” with Gwen next year and take over the position the following year. The slate of nominees was accepted and the officers elected. Ann reminded members of the election of NATIONAL NLAPW OFFICERS now in process. Members should have received two ballots, one with information about write-in candidates. Either ballot, due March 15, may be used, and members were advised to talk with other members about the national candidates.

The business MEETING ADJOURNED at 10:30 a.m.
Respectfully submitted, Ann Klaiman, Co-Secretary


The critique session was facilitated by Diane Chambers and Jane Carpenter. Our seven guest presenters (Abby Angell, Kelly Ann Compton, Cheryl Eckl, Laura Haley-McNeil, Carol Hoeping, Liz Mund, and Sarah Zook) were divided into two groups, with half of our members assigned to each group to offer feedback.

Each presenter had approximately ten minutes to present her manuscript, followed by about ten minutes of feedback. The critiquing session was followed by a buffet lunch at the library.

Please note that Kristin DeFazio-Schmidt, who was unable to make this meeting, will be presenting her manuscript to our group in April, before our guest speaker. She has nearly finished a new children’s book.


At, see an outstanding portrait of ALICE MARIAN LAURENT painted by her son Richard. You all received word of Marian’s passing on March 4 and of services in Golden on March 12. On our website, go to the left-hand column and choose “News and Announcements.” The headline and first couple lines of the story will pop up. Below them, find and click on the green type, underlined, that begins “Continue reading……” You’ll be able to read the entire story and see the painting.


NOTE CHANGE OF TIME: 9:15: socializing and set up, 9:45: business meeting, 10:10: Kristin DeFazio-Schmidt, 10:30: Guest Speaker Ed Stein.

WHERE: Virginian Village Branch of the Denver Public Library, located at 1500 South Dahlia Street. It is at the corner of S. Dahlia and E. Florida Ave. Dahlia is eight blocks east of Colorado Blvd.

PROGRAM: Join us for slides, philosophy, and stories from Ed Stein, Cartoonist of the former Rocky Mountain News.
Respectfully submitted, Ann Klaiman, Newsletter Editor