November 2011

NLAPW-Denver Branch 11/5/11 Minutes

I. President Diane Chambers, called the meeting to order at 10:04.

II. Members in attendance were: Andrea Antico, Diane Chambers, Kelly Ann Compton, Joice Fairchild, Ann Klaiman, A. Marie Kriss, Sue Luxa, Nancy Peterson, Lorrie Reed and Sheila Phelan Wright.

III. Lorrie Reed read an inspirational reading about 7 points to take care of on Thanksgiving Day written by Helen Price.

IV. No guests were present.

V. The October, 2011 minutes were discussed and approved as written.

VI. Due to the treasurer’s absence, no treasurer’s report was read. However, Kriss reported that our balance as of the end of September was $1,941.95. She also shared that the money made from vendors for the Market Dayz fair in August offset our branch’s expenses.

VII. Committee Reports:
• The tapestry committee was unable to hold a meeting, but Joice reported that much is happening in regard to the Tapestry for Peace. Her Open House in October ended up lasting two days. During this display, two people said that the tapestry should be displayed at Mile High CHurch. Another suggestion was that the tapestry should be displayed at Peace Jam when it comes to Denver. There is also a possibility for display at the Littleton Library and discussion about the possibility of hanging the tapestry at Denver’s downtown public library. Joice called National about the Biennial. They responded by asking Joice to be an exhibitor and want to know if the tapestry could be displayed. A discussion was then held about ways of packing and shipping it. The dream, of course, is to have a permanent destination where lots of people would see the tapestry. A motion was passed giving Joice and the rest of the committee approval to look into the above possible placements for the Tapestry for Peace. Joice will ask National to pay for shipment of the tapestry to Washington, D.C. for the Biennial.

•Membership–Kriss shared that we are still waiting on word from National on Jane Binn’s membership status. A discussion was held concerning sharing our branch Pen Women information with those who have not renewed their membership. It was decided that individuals may share information if they choose, but that it would not be suitable for the branch itself to do so.

•Publicity–Sue asked the group about the possibility of advertising our March open critique in the different Hub’s of the Denver Post. The group approved.

VIII. Outreach
•Bessie’s Hope: Kelly reported that we have two dates (November 18 and December 9, both at 2:00 p.m.) for writing workshops to be held at St. Andrews Village. If anyone would like to participate, they are to let Kelly know AND need to go through orientation with Bessie’s Hope before participating. (Please note: As the minutes are about to “go to press” I want to let you know that the December 9th Bessie’s Hope workshop will take place at 10:00 AM and not at 2:00 PM.)
•Place Bridge Academy: So far, Place Bridge Academy has made no contact with Gwen or Andrea. It was suggested to Andrea that they go ahead and contact the school

•Holiday Bazaar in Conifer: We are signed up. The booth cost was $75, fifty of which we had already paid when we paid for our booth at Market Dayz. Diane paid the remaining $25. Participating vendors need to pay $5.00 payable to Kelly at the fair. Diane will be refunded her $25.00.

IX. No old business.

X. No new business.

XI. Announcements: The Holiday Bazaar in Conifer takes place on Saturday, December 3rd, therefore, our December meeting/party will take place at Gwen’s house on Sunday, December 4th. Critiques will take place beginning at 10:00 am and the Potluck/Book Exchange will begin at 11:00. See below for more information.

XII. The meeting was adjourned at 11:05.

The meeting was followed by a delightful presentation on blogging by Sheila Wright. Afterwards, we had fun with a sack lunch where everyone brought a sandwich in a brown bag with a poem attached to it. The sandwiches were “grab bagged” and the poems were shared as everyone ate.

Respectfully submitted,
Kelly Ann Compton, Secretary


Our festive holiday potluck will be held at Gwen’s house; driving directions will be e-mailed to you. The event is very casual. Guests welcome. There will be a pre-meeting critique at 10 a.m.

Everyone is asked to bring two things:
• A DISH FOR OUR POTLUCK. If you haven’t yet RSVPed, please do so now: contact Ann Klaiman ( ) and tell her whether you are coming, if you’re bringing a guest(s), and whether you’re bring a main dish, side, or dessert.

• EVERYONE IS TO BRING A NEW OR USED BOOK, HARDBOUND OR PAPERBACK, THAT THEY HAVE LIKED. Wrap it so that the title is not visible and don’t use a to/from tag. (Be anonymous:))The books will be put on a table. People will draw numbers and will pick books in that order. The book exchange will work “white elephant style” where chosen books can be “stolen” from another person. Direct questions about the exchange to Ann Klaiman.

• Guests need not bring a potluck item, but, if you bring a guest, please be sure she has a book for the exchange, or she’ll miss out on some obnoxious fun!