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January Member News: 
   Karen Sells Brown
Debra StufflebeanMax Yoho
February Member News: 
   Barbara Brady
Marshall ClarkElizabeth Nichols
   Naomi Patterson
Max Yoho

March Member News: Karen Sells Brown Don Lambert
   
Elizabeth Nichols — Naomi Patterson — 
Max Yoho
April Member News:
   Linda Geffert Evie GreenRobert LawsonJanice Levering
   Dorothy Masters  — Ken OhmRosemary Torrez
Max Yoho
May Member News: Errol Anderson 1 & 2Barbara Brady
   Marshall ClarkRon CobbLinda GeffertYvonne Evie Green
   Duane HerrmannRegan MurrayKen OhmNaomi Patterson
   Myra WilcoxDale VaughnMax Yoho 1 & 2
June Member News: Errol AndersonDr. Bob Carey
   Judie MillerNaomi Patterson
   Tonya Marie SmithLinda Rose SpryMyra Wilcox
   Dale VaughnMax Yoho 1 & 2
July Member News: Elizabeth NicholsKaren Sells Brown
     Marshall ClarkeBarbara LermaClaude LeeAnne McCourtie      Ken OhmMary Alice ParmelyDebra StufflebeanCarol Yoho
     —  Max Yoho
August Member News: Errol AndersonRandall Martin
      George ParisNaomi PattersonMax Yoho
September Member News: Errol AndersonDuane Herrmann
       Anne McCourtieKen Olm 1 & 2Dale Vaughn
       Barbara Waterman-PetersMax Yoho
October Member News: Linda GeffertRandall Martin
        Naomi PattersonMax Yoho
November Member News: Karen Sells Brown Marshall Clark
       Matt CopelandYvonne Evie GreenNaomi Patterson
       Tracy Million SimmonsDebra Stufflebean
       Barbara Waterman-Peters  — Max Yoho
December Member News: George Paris Mary Alice Parmley
     Tonya Marie Smith Max Yoho

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Announcing:
2005 Reading Rainbow Wrap-up


Winners of the Lutheran Fine Arts Council Children's Writing Contest 2005.

Minutes for Saturday, December 17, 2005
The Kansas Authors Club, District 1, met at McFarland's Restaurant at 11:30am, December 17, 2005. Our president, Barbara Waterman-Peters, called the meeting to order.
The Business: There was a short business meeting. There was a reminder that $20 dues would be due after December 31, 2005. The meeting adjourned at 12:42pm
Program: Though attendance was low due to the ice and snow, we enjoyed a “crafty” afternoon, lead by Barbara Waterman-Peters, making handmade books from stories and poems we brought.
Respectfully submitted: Tonya Marie Smith, Secretary

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Minutes for Saturday, November 19, 2005
Kansas Author’s Club District 1 met at McFarland’s Restaurant in Topeka at 11:30am, Saturday, November 19, 2005. Our newly inaugurated president, Barbara Waterman-Peters, made announcements and welcomed visitors. There were 44 in attendance.
The Program: Our guest speaker was Thomas Fox Averill, a professor at Washburn University who has published two novels and numerous short story collections. He is also a commentator on the radio program “The Voice of William Jennings Bryan Oleander”. His story “During the 12th Summer of Elmer D. Peterson” won the O’Henry award. He was inspired to write by observing the lives of rural children in Waubunsee, Kansas. He read several stories from his works. He said that good fiction draws in the reader to say ‘no way, this is not happening’. A book signing followed his presentation.
Business: There was a brief business meeting: the minutes of the September 17, 2005 were approved. (There was no meeting in October due to the convention). Treasurer Anne McCourtie gave the Treasurer’s Report including a $100 donation for dinner. President, Barbara Waterman-Peters commented on the convention and the special award to District 1 for hosting the 2004 Convention. She also announced a very long list of District 1 members who received awards at the convention. The complete detailed (very long) list of those recognized is available on the website. Also, Kansas Authors Club is joining as an affiliate to the Kansas Center for the Book. She also requested that members bring two or three copies of a short holiday writing piece to our next meeting, as we will be making little handmade books. Other member announcements were made and there was a call for any new business. The meeting was adjourned at 2:00pm and a brief Executive Board meeting followed.
Respectfully submitted: TonyaMarie Smith, Secretary

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There was no October 2005 Meeting (deferred to State Convention)

Minutes for Saturday, September 17, 2005
Kansas Authors Club District 1 met at McFarland’s Restaurant in Topeka. President Karen Sells Brown presided.
Program: George Paris spoke about his experience at the Creative Writing Workshop at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks, where he spent two weeks in July. The workshop included all genres together—fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. George read a little writing generated at the workshop, quoted some inspiration from the faculty, and offered a hands-on writing experience from the workshop.
Business Meeting: Treasurer Anne McCourtie’s report was read and accepted.
Election: Myron Dunavan presented the officer nominees for election: Anne McCourtie, treasurer; Tonya Smith, Secretary; George Paris, 2nd Vice President; Evie Green, 1st Vice President; Barbara Waterman-Peters, President. The panel was accepted by unanimous vote.
Closing Announcements: Myron Dunavan announced a January 9 closing date for the Lutheran Fine Arts Children’s Contest. There will be no District 1 meeting in October because of the state convention. Tom Averill will be speaking at the November meeting.
Respectfully submitted: Tracy Million Simmons, acting secretary

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Minutes of the Meeting of August 20, 2005
Kansas Author’s Club District 1 met at McFarland’s Restaurant in Topeka at 11:30am, Saturday, August 20. Our president, Karen Sells Brown, welcomed visitors and the sign in sheet and roster were passed around to verify information. Members introduced themselves. There were 36 members and guests in attendance. Carol Yoho announced a new (easier) domain name for the Kansas Authors Club web site: www.kansasauthors.org
The Program: Our speaker was Ron Cobb, District 1, Holton, author of Memories of Bosnia. As a colonel in the army, Ron served as command chaplain with the 35th Infantry Division. of the Kansas National Guard on a NATO Peacekeeping mission to Bosnia. Ron served in the army from the end of Viet Nam until past mandatory retirement at 60 yrs old. He celebrated his 62nd birthday at our meeting. His book focuses on his work in helping the Bosnian population by setting up faith based programs dealing with post-traumatic stress, alcoholism, drug addiction, and spousal abuse. These programs tried to cross religious and ethnic barriers to bring people of different faiths together. He quoted an Islamic Imam “Bishop” that the Bosnian Moslems view terrorists as using Islam as an excuse to commit crimes and they act more out of Arabic tribal custom than the teachings of the Qur’an.
The Business: Our president, Karen Sells Brown, discussed the State Board Meeting where the amendment on changing policies regarding contest managers was tabled. The motion to limit state board members to one position at a time was defeated. A Prose Contest Manager for 2006 is still needed. A nominating committee for 2006 District 1 officers was assembled (Myron Dunavan, Trudy McFarland, and Tonya Marie Smith). Karen Sells Brown will step down as president, and Barbara Waterman-Peters, currently 1st Vice-President, agreed to be nominated for President. George Paris, 2nd Vice-President; Tonya Marie Smith, Secretary; and Anne McCourtie, Treasurer, agreed to serve again in 2006. Evie Green accepted nomination for 1st Vice-President. Some appointed offices, such as Writers in the Schools Coordinator, still need to be filled. Elections will be held at the September meeting. Membership voted not to meet in October because of the Convention the week before. New officers will take office in November. The Treasurer reported no activity. The meeting was adjourned at 1:50 pm.
Respectfully submitted: Tonya Marie Smith, Secretary

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Nine books eligible for Coffin Award nomination

District 1 authors whose books were considered for the Coffin Award were recognizedFelicia, These Fish Are Delicious by Max Yoho at the beginning of the July meeting. Competition for the nomination was stiff this year. After careful reading and deliberation, the selection committee of three Kansas Authors Club District 1 members has made their choice. Max Yoho’s Felicia, These Fish Are Delicious will represent District 1 at the state level for the 2005 J. Donald Coffin Memorial Book Award, which honors the best book published by a Kansas Authors Club member within the past two years.

Ron Cobb, Max Yoho, Errol Anderson & Anne McCourtie
These eligible authors attended July meeting and stayed for a photo: Ron Cobb, Max Yoho, Errol Anderson, Anne McCourtie.
Errol Anderson, The Job Coach
Marshall Clark, An Eclectic’s Buffet

Ron Cobb, Memories of Bosnia
Anne McCourtie, Widow's Walk
Ken Ohm, Spatzies and Brass BBs

Linda Rose Spry, Leathery Seasons
Dale Vaughn, The Chance

Myra Wilcox, Living With Out Fear

Max Yoho, Felicia, These Fish Are Delicious


Writing and publishing a book is a major accomplishment, and we are proud to have so many authors eligible.

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Minutes of the Meeting of June 16, 2005
Kansas Author’s Club District 1 met at McFarland’s Restaurant in Topeka at noon, Saturday, June 18. Our president, Karen Sells Brown, made announcements and welcomed visitors. Members and guests introduced themselves. There were 28 in attendance. Announcements included that Linda Geffert was at Paxico presenting a story. Pres. Brown read the list of the nine District 1 authors and their books up for consideration for the Coffin Award. Duane Herrmann announced that his new book of poetry was a great success on his trip to his family in Germany. A hardcover version is now available. John Howell of Wichita is expanding his Poetry of Kansas web site to include contemporary Kansas poets. Contact him if you have a poetry book for consideration.
The Program: Our guest was Amy Fleury, a poet, writer, and Associate Professor at Washburn University in Topeka. Fleury read a number of her poetry selections from her 2004 Crabtree Orchard Award winning collection, Beautiful Trouble. Fleury said growing up in Nemaha County had greatly influenced her writing. The book is divided into three sections reflecting different stages of life one (particularly a woman) will go through. She read several selections from each section. She said she loves poetry because it is “the art of minutiae where each word carries so much weight and each word must earn its place on the page.” Fleury cited Kansas poet William Stafford as her greatest influence. As a professor, she has found the most challenging thing to learn about writing is how to trust yourself.
The Business: Our president, Karen Sells Brown, brought forward the issue from previous meetings discussing the Kansas Authors Club meeting earlier due to a time conflict with Kansas Stories at the Electric Cat in Paxico. It was offered and a motion made that our monthly meeting be moved up to 11:30 a.m. The motion was seconded, voted on and passed for meetings to be held at 11:30 a.m. at McFarland’s Restaurant in Topeka on the third Saturday of the month from now hereafter. The meeting was adjourned at 2:03 p.m.
Respectfully submitted: Tonya Marie Smith, Secretary

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Minutes of the Meeting of April 16, 2005
Kansas Authors Club District 1 met at McFarland's Restaurant in Topeka at noon, Saturday, April 16. Our president, Karen Sells Brown, made announcements and welcomed visitors. The revised Kansas Authors Club Writing Contest rules were distributed, and they are also available online, in addition to the announcements, at our excellent web site managed by Carol Yoho.
The Program: Our guest speaker of the day was Robert Webb of Topeka, who has researched the works and life of Topeka poet Ronald Johnson. Webb and Susan Marchant, the director of Special Collections, Topeka-Shawnee County Public Library, prepared an exhibit of Johnson's books and poetry. Webb said he met Ronald Johnson and became interested in his poetry when he was in school with Jodi Johnson, Ronald's sister. Webb was the editor of Hemlock, a Washburn University literary journal, when a critical essay was published in its pages about Johnson's poetry in 1967.
   Webb read some of Johnson's poems, including some with Kansas themes. He discussed a book of concrete poems that consists of large silkscreen prints on cardboard and comes in a box, titled "Balloons for a Moonless Night.” Johnson's works were published in at least ten books of poetry; the poem "Ark" was written over a 20-year period and was published in 1996 while he was living in Topeka. Webb compiled a graphic illustration of the influences on Johnson—the schools of poetry of the objective poets, the Black Mountain poets, concrete poems, and San Francisco Renaissance. The book of poems that was written while Johnson was employed at the Ward Mead House and Park, The Shrubberies, was published posthumously and was available for purchase at the meeting.
   Webb said Johnson was born in Ashland, Kansas, in 1935, and he grew up reading Oz books. He was in the U.S. Army, stationed in New Mexico. He credited the GI Bill with making his graduation from Columbia University possible in 1960. He said Johnson's reputation grew after his death at age 62; his obituary was published in the New York Times on March 8, 1998. Please refer to the announcement for the dedication of a plaque in memory of Ronald Johnson on May 25, 2005, under "Upcoming Events."
Business: There was a brief business meeting; the minutes of March 19, 2005, were approved. Treasurer Anne McCourtie gave the Treasurer’s Report for the first quarter of 2005, including a donation to District 3 toward the 2005 Convention. The detailed treasurer's report will be available at the meetings in the Kansas Authors Club District 1 Notebook. The meeting was adjourned at 2:05 p.m.
Respectfully submitted: Barbara Lerma, Interim Secretary

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Minutes of the Meeting of March 19, 2005
Kansas Authors Club District 1 met at McFarland's Restaurant in Topeka at noon, Saturday, March 19, 2005. Our president, Karen Sells Brown, made announcements and welcomed several visitors; those in attendance introduced themselves. Thirty-five people attended the meeting. Announcements are available online at our excellent Kansas Authors Club web site.
The Program: Karen introduced our speaker, Mark Bouton, a retired FBI agent and author of the mystery novel Max Conquers the Cosmos. This was his first published novel, and it won the 2004 J. Donald Coffin Award for the best book published by a Kansas Authors Club member. It is now available in paperback. His next novel, a thriller titled Cracks in the Rainbow, is due out this August. Bouton spoke on "Fun and Fear in the FBI," using overhead projections of newspaper articles and other documents concerning cases he had investigated. The program sparked lots of discussion and questions concerning several news-making cases.
Business Meeting:
The Minutes of the February 19, 2005, meeting were accepted as published.
The Treasurer's Report is being prepared by incoming Treasurer Anne McCourtie and will be presented later. New check signature cards for the bank account have been completed. Anne is setting up a new computerized accounting system.
Nominating Committee Chairman Mark Bouton nominated Barbara Waterman-Peters as First Vice-President; she was elected unanimously by the members present. Anne McCourtie volunteered to work with Mark on the Nominating Committee toward filling the remaining vacancies: 2006 President-Elect, Secretary, and Chairperson for the Writers in the Schools program.
Writers in the Schools: Karen Brown thanked members for helping to judge three recent youth writing contests:
The Lutheran Fine Arts Children’s Writing Contest was coordinated by Myron Dunavan. Judges were Barbara Brady, Myron Dunavan, Judie Miller, Naomi Patterson, Rosemary Torrez, and Carol and Max Yoho. Myron Dunavan, Karen Brown and Rosemary Torrez attended the awards ceremony and presentation of certificates.
KTWU Young Writers and Illustrators Contest judges were Myron Dunavan, Evie Green, Kay Kimball, Marcia Mallott, Anne McCourtie, Elizabeth Nichols, Naomi Patterson, Rosemary Torrez, and Karen Sells Brown. Kansas Authors Club members are invited to attend the Reading Rainbow Celebration at 7:00 p.m. on April 20 at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library.
Dorothy Masters thanked those District 1 members who helped to judge her youth writing contest in District 4: Barbara Brady, Evelyn Davis, Linda Geffert, Evie Green, Barbara Lerma, and Sam Pierson. Barbara Forman, Topeka, who writes for the Doll Federation of America, also served as a judge. There were 101 entries. Discussion: Karen again requested questions for a survey to be distributed to members toward making the meetings as accessible and as useful as possible. Issues that have been discussed included the meeting date and time, and whether members prefer a luncheon meeting. The meeting was adjourned at 2:30 p.m.
Respectfully submitted: Barbara Lerma, Interim Secretary

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Report of Meeting, February 19, 2005
The Kansas Authors Club District 1 met at McFarland's Restaurant in Topeka at noon, Saturday, February 19, 2005. Our president, Karen Sells Brown, made announcements and welcomed one visitor; members introduced themselves. Twenty-three people attended the meeting.
   The Program: Karen introduced the speaker, William J. Karnowski, a poet and writer from Wamego, Kansas. Karnowski read poems from his two books of poetry, Pushing the Chain and Painting the Train. His poems reflected a lifetime of poetry and contemplation. He has a chapbook titled Glory Days, Hardtails, and Highways. He said he sets aside a time to write every day, and he attributes his published collections of poetry, with another book in progress, to this discipline. Karnowski distributed a collection of his poems, "The Hills of Laclede," as handouts, which had a self-portrait on the back cover. He became interested in poetry in high school because of an English teacher who loved Emerson. He shared his experiences with editors, publishers and self-promoted agents, and discussed the process of publishing through the online I-Universe, a print-on-demand publisher that gets its books listed with the major booksellers.
   Business Meeting: Minutes of the January meeting were accepted as published. Outgoing treasurer Robert Carey provided a detailed Treasurer's Report for 2004. Bob received accolades for his faithful years as treasurer and for keeping the accounts for the annual convention. He turned over the treasury notebook to the incoming treasurer, Anne McCourtie. Treasurer’s reports will be available at the meetings. Discussion: Some members had expressed a desire to consider changes in the time and place of our monthly meeting. No action was taken. Karen requested suggestions for items for a survey to be distributed to the membership in order to solicit ideas for improving the operation of Kansas Authors Club District 1.    The meeting was adjourned at 2:20 p.m.
Respectfully Submitted,
Respectfully submitted: Barbara Lerma, Interim Secretary

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Report of Meeting, January 15, 2005
    Kansas Authors Club District 1 met at McFarland's Restaurant in Topeka at noon, Saturday, January 15, 2005. During lunch, President Karen Brown welcomed visitors, and members introduced themselves. In spite of icy weather, three visitors and 14 members attended.
   The Program: President Brown introduced the speakers of the day. The program opened with Barbara Brady reading her poem, “Thomas Fox Averill: Filled with Taste.” This poem won second place in the Write About a Kansas Author category of the 2004 Kansas Authors Club Literary Contest. After the poem was read, Errol Anderson presented a humorous account of his beginning interest in writing in the mid-1990s. His trial-and-error education in writing and his experience with agents and editors met with nods of commiseration among the audience of writers. He said he created a novel with a Machiavellian twist, The Job Coach, which he self-published in 2004.
   Business Meeting: After the program, President Brown called the business meeting to order. Mark Bouton, the nominating committee chairperson, did not attend the meeting; the elections were deferred until the next meeting on February 19. Vacancies are for the offices of First Vice-President and Secretary. The appointed position of District 1 Coordinator for Writers in the Schools remains open as well. Myron Dunavan was unable to attend the meeting, and had sent the student entries of the Lutheran Fine Arts Council Writing Contest to be distributed among volunteer jurors. The contest was open to students in grades one through eight. The meeting was adjourned at 2:00 p.m.
Respectfully submitted: Barbara Lerma, Interim Secretary

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Officers of Kansas Authors Club, District 1
for the year 2005:

President:
1st Vice President:
  2nd Vice President: 
Treasurer:   
Interim Secretary:

Secretary:

Karen Sells Brown 
Barbara Waterman-Peters
George Paris

Anne McCourtie
Barbara Lerma (interim)
Tonya Marie Smith

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