November 7, 2015

National League of American Pen Women–Denver Branch

Meeting Minutes

November 7, 2015

I. Ruthy Wexler called the meeting to order at 9:23 a.m.

II. Members in attendance were: Diane Chambers, Donna Clark, Kelly Ann Compton, Ruthy Wexler, Pat Kennedy, Ann Klaiman, A. Marie Kriss, Juanita Pope, Atlanta Sheridan.

III. Guest in attendance: Mary J Marcus

IV. Updates on members Sheila Wright, Jody Glittenberg, Kathleen Visovatti, and Sophia Baldwin were given. Members were encouraged to send cards. Ann Klaiman offered to send e-cards.

V. Inspirational Reading: Juanita read a piece by Toni Morrison from the book Burn This Book. The book includes entries by several authors written to writers. The theme of the book is on how it is important to not silence our voice, our stories.

VI. The October Minutes will be voted on at the December meeting.

VII. The October Treasurer Report was approved. October’s closing balance was $2,598.75.

VIII. Committee Reports:

A. The Blog Project: Ann suggested we do an actual blog with arts related entries and allow for spontaneous responses—a sort of forum for the arts. She will talk to Virginia about whether this would be possible on our website.

B. Budget: Kriss says we are in good shape financially and that our budget remains healthy. Discussion on the coffee pot situation in relation to our budget occurred with said discussion to continue on a future date.

C. Tapestry: Kriss reported that Philadelphia and New York have peace museums we might look into. We received a no from Boston for the tapestry and have not heard from Indiana yet.

IX. Old Business: None

IX. New Business:

A. Discussion on the Bylaws, especially the one concerning the expansion of what is to be considered “composition” in music. Ruthy will let us know how this turns out.

B. Webinars: Many of the e-mails on Webinars from National are only sent to a few people. Ruthy will talk to the NLAPW president about this. Meanwhile, Diane will forward these e-mails to everyone.

X. Announcements: Because of some situations that have happened with a few of our members, we are asking everyone to send family or other contact information to Kelly Ann. The information will be kept confidential and only used in urgent situations. Sending this information is optional.

XI. The meeting was adjourned at 10:00 am.

Today’s presenter was Melody Jones. She spoke about and guided us through the world of social media.

Respectfully submitted,

Kelly Ann Compton, Secretary