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2006 Meeting Minutes:

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Member News:
Dec. Member News: Roy BirdBarbara BradyEvie Green
      — Judith MillerMyra WilcoxDebra StufflebeanCarol Yoho
      — Max Yoho 1, 2 & 3
Nov. Member News: Mark BoutonRandall Martin
      Judith Miller
Oct. Member News: Debra Brock BatemanMark Bouton
      — Barbara BradyLinda GeffertKen OhmMax Yoho 1 & 2
Sept. Member News: Barbara Brady Barbara Lerma
      Anne McCourtieTrudy McFarlandDon PadyMyra Wilcox
     
Max Yoho
Aug. Member News: Marcene Grimes Max Yoho
July Member News: Debra Brock Bateman Marcene Grimes
      Duane HerrmannRosemary Parsons TorrezMyra Wilcox
      — Max Yoho
June Member News: Duane Herrmann Trudy McFarland
      Carol YohoMax Yoho

May Member News: Barbara BradyMyra Wilcox
Apr. Member News: Griff Argo Debra Brock BatemanRoy Bird
      Gary ClarkeRobert LawsonBarbara Lerma
      Trudy McFarland
Naomi Patterson Loretta F. Ross
      —
Tracy Million Simmons  Carol YohoMax Yoho1
& 2
Mar. Member News: Roy Bird Barbara BradyKaren Sells Brown
      Bob Carey Marshall ClarkMatt Copeland  
      — Myron DunavanLinda Geffert
      — Janice Levering
Judith Miller  Ken Ohm George Paris
      — Naomi PattersonMax Yoho
Feb. Member News:
Max Yoho 1 & 2

Jan. Member News: Griff ArgoMarshall ClarkGary Clarke
      — Matt CopelandJudith MillerElizabeth Nichols
      — Naomi PattersonBob Spear

Minutes: December 16, 2006
   The Kansas Authors Club, District 1, met at Walt McFarland’s Family Restaurant on Saturday, December 16, 2006 at 11:30 AM, there were 18 members and guests in attendance.
    District President, Randall Martin, welcomed everyone before lunch and then opened the business portion of the meeting at 12:32 PM.
   The minutes for the November 18, 2006, which were posted on the website and available in hard copy at the December meeting, were approved.
   The Treasurer’s Report was presented by Anne McCourtie and unanimously approved. A copy is available in the book of minutes for audit.

Announcements and New Business:

  • Washburn University’s literary magazine, Inscape, announced their selections for the 2007 edition this past week. Poems by KAC members Barbara Waterman-Peters and Evie Green will appear as well as one of Barbara’s painting.
  • Evie Green reminded everyone that she is accepting ideas for programs for 2007. Please call, write, or e-mail her with your suggestions.
  • Trudy McFarland won a $40 gift certificate from Dillons for her entry in the “What are you thankful for” essay contest at her apartment complex in November.
  • For those looking for a way to market poems and short stories, Amazon Shorts is selling downloads of $0.49 by authors. To check this out go to www.amazon.com/shorts.
  • The theme and contest rules for the 2007 Literary Contest are now posted on the website. Next year’s convention will be in Wichita.
  • November was National Novel Writing Month and Reaona Hemmingway who participated in the challenge provided results. Internationally, writers who participated wrote 982,495,939 words. The top three regions in word count were Seattle, Los Angeles, and England: Elsewhere. Kansas with 350 participants was number 25 with 6,027,716 words written. In Topeka there were 33 writers who turned in word counts. Reaona turned in the second highest word count for Topeka with over 54,000 words.

   Randall ended the business portion of the meeting by reading “The Tejano Night Before Christmas.”
    Randall then introduced guest speaker Barbara Waterman-Peters who gave a workshop on making handmade books. She reminded everyone that artists need to take time to play.
   The next meeting will be January 20, 2007. The guest speaker will be Debra Stufflebean who will talk about her new book Untold Secrets. The December 2006 meeting adjourned at 2:30 PM

Respectfully submitted: Reaona Hemmingway, Secretary

Minutes: November 18, 2006
    The Kansas Authors Club, District 1, met at Walt McFarland’s Family Restaurant on Saturday, November 18, 2006 at 11:30 AM, there were 32 members and guests in attendance.
    District President, Randall Martin, welcomed members and guests. At 12:20 the business portion of the meeting was opened. Guest speakers Duane Johnson and Matthew Porubsky were introduced as well other guests and newcomers.
    The minutes for the October 21, 2006 meeting were approved. There was no Treasurer’s Report due to Anne McCourtie being absent.

Announcements:

    Next months meeting will feature a handmade book workshop like the one held last year. Members and guests are encouraged to bring a poem or short story to be pasted into their books. Handouts with instruction were available on the table along with examples of the books. For those who were not in attendance or missed picking up the instructions for formatting text, they are as follows:
     There are two different styles of books to choose from. For the Hidden Book: Text should measure 2” wide by 3” long with a maximum of 6 panels (pages). For the Simple Signature Book: Text should measure 3” wide by 4” long with a maximum of 6 panels (pages). Keep in mind that huge fonts will take a lot of space and that fancy fonts are difficult to read. You may want to do a title and your name for the cover as well. Materials and tools will be provided, however, participants are welcome to bring their own photos, lace, stickers, rubber stamps, ink, or other collage materials if they wish.

  • Copies of Write Stuff books were available on the tables for half price with a free bookmark with purchase.
  • Bob Carey’s novel writing class at Lohman Methodist Church started on November 1, there is still room if anyone wants to join.
  • Trudy McFarland’s Coffin Award winning book Diary of a German War Bride is now available at Barnes & Noble.
  • Elizabeth Nichols is offering a Christmas special for CDs of Indian Flute, Coyote Songs & Tales, for $10.00.
  • JoAnn Klemmin’s memoirs titled Leaving is now available. Copies are free with a suggested $10.00 donation to the Literary Foundation.
  • Flyers for Bill Karnowski’s Youth Poetry Contest will be available and mailed out this month.
  • Randall Martin entered two short stories in the Kansas Writer’s Association’s Scene of the Crime contest. One story won second place and the other receive honorable mention.

    The business portion of the program ended with the serving of lunch. After everyone ate, guests and members who won prizes in the 2006 Kansas Author’s Club Literary Contest gave readings. Presenters included:

Duane Johnson
Matthew Porubsky
Trudy McFarland
Bill Karnowski
Judie Miller (Read by Randall Martin)
Naomi Patterson (Read by Barbara Waterman-Peters)
Sam Pierson
Kristine Polansky
Carol Yoho

    After the readings, Randall Martin asked that anyone with program suggestions for future meeting to contact Evie Green. During the March 2007 meeting, Bill Karnowski will give a poetry workshop.
     The next meeting will be December 16. Please see the announcements above for instructions on what to bring for the handmade book workshop.
    The motion was made approved for the November 2006 to adjourn at 1:50 PM.

Respectfully submitted: Reaona Hemmingway, Secretary


Minutes: October 21, 2006
    The Kansas Authors Club, District 1, met at Walt McFarland’s Family Restaurant on Saturday, October 21, 2006 at 11:30 a.m, there were 23 members and guests in attendance.
   Resigning 2006 president, Barbara Waterman-Peters, welcomed everyone and introduced the 2007 president, Randall Martin, before inviting everyone to order their lunch.
   Following lunch the business meeting was called to order at 12:35 by Randall Martin.
   Attendees were reminded that the minutes for the meeting of September 16, 2006 were posted on the website. No vote for approval was taken.
   The Treasurer’s Report was given by Anne McCourtie and the report is filed for audit.
   Guests Joyce Hebert and Dwayne Johnson were introduced.
   The 2007 officers were introduced: President, Randall Martin; Vice-Presidents, George Paris and Evie Greene; Treasurer, Anne McCourtie; Secretary, Reaona Hemmingway.

Announcements:

  • The District 1 – 2006 Literary Contest winners were announced .The J. Donald Coffin Award was awarded Trudie McFarland for Diary of a German War Bride. A full list of literary contest winners can be found on the Kansas Authors Club website. The program for next months meeting will be 5-minute readings by area contest award winners.
  • The next segment of Dr. Bob Carey’s creative writing classes at Lohman United Methodist Church will begin on November 15, 2006 at 4:30 p.m. The class will be on Short Story and Novel Writing. It will run eight weeks.
  • November is National Novel Writing Month. More information is on their web site.
  • For Show & Tell: Carol Yoho brought the medicine bundle, shawl, and other items given to her by the descendants of Chief Burnett.
  • Bob Carey thanked those who attended his and LaDonna’s 60th Wedding Anniversary after last months meeting.
  • Carol Yoho announced the Max Yoho’s books The Revival and Tales From Comanche County are now available in audio format.
  • Randall Martin reminded those who are 65 years and older that Washburn University allows seniors to take classes for free, which is an opportunity to take creative writing classes for those who are interested.
  • The next District 1 meeting will be Saturday, November 18, 2006 at 11:30 a.m. at Walt McFarland’s Restaurant.

    The Guest Speaker, George Paris, was introduced to talk about his experience in attending the 2006 Summer Fine Art Festival in Fairbanks, Alaska in July, 2006. Currently, George is working on his first novel and is a member of the Saturday Night Literary Club. At the Summer Fine Arts Festival, he attended classes by Bill Cliffcorn where he participated in assignments such as writing a dictionary and a song. George shared his “homework” with the club and members sang along to “Home on the Page.”
     The meeting adjourned at 1:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted: Reaona Hemmingway, Secretary


Minutes: September 16, 2006

The Kansas Authors Club, District One, met at Walt McFarland’s Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 16, 2006. President, Barbara Waterman-Peters, welcomed those present and invited each to order and then enjoy their lunch. Following the lunch and delightful conversations, President Barbara called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m.
    Doris Hurd introduced her husband Ron.
    The meeting minutes from the August 19, 2006 meeting were approved.
    Secretary, Kay Kimball, collected the Sign-In sheet at the close of the meeting and found 17 members and guests had signed in.
    Treasurer, Anne McCourtie, made her report and that report was filed for audit.Announcements:

  • President Barbara reminded everyone that this year’s convention is in Junction City on September 29 – 30 and October 1st. The theme is “Paint Your Canvas with Words!” Jonathan Holden, Poet Laureate, is to be the keynote speaker. Convention registration forms need to be turned in ASAP. They are available through our website www.kansasauthors.org. She wishes everyone the best of luck in the literary contests. Yearbook submissions should be sent to Tracy Simmons. Deadline is September 30, 2006. The editors of Inscape 2007, Washburn University’s literary journal, are seeking submissions of short stories, poems, literary essays, and artwork/photography that can be reproduced in black and white. You may mail or drop submissions by the English Department’s office. Mailing address is: Dept. of English, Washburn University, 1700 SW College, Topeka, KS 66621. Deadline is October 16, 2006. Be sure to include name and address on each submission. Liz Nichols was featured in a front page article in the TODAY section of the Topeka Capital-Journal on September 12th. We seem to be getting wonderful coverage by KAC members interested in the paper.Myron Dunavan is asking for judges that will be needed for the Children’s Writing Contest in late December and early January 2007. Dorothy Masters visited the Spencer Research Library at Kansas University and found several KAC books on display including those by Raymond Nelson, Anne McCourtie, Sam Pierson, Tom Mach, LeNore Stumpf, and Dorothy’s very own. A number of books have not yet been catalogued, but eventually all will be and then go onto the website of the Spencer Library. Karen Sells stated that the Spencer Library would be glad to schedule tours.Dr. Bob Carey’s classes have begun again at Lawman United Methodist Church here in Topeka, but new registrations will continue to be accepted through this next week due to lateness in disbursement of the information.
  • Dr. and Mrs. Carey’s (Bob and LaDonna) anniversary celebration is this afternoon at Wesley Hall at Aldersgate.

A slate of officers for the 2006 – 2007 year was presented:

President - Randall Martin
Co-Vice Presidents - Evie Green and George Paris
Treasurer - Anne McCourtie
Secretary - Reaonna Hemmingway

    The slate of officers was voted upon by a showing of hands and was unanimously approved. Randall will be installed at convention, and new officers will take over at the October meeting.
     The next KAC meeting will be October 21, 2006. The program will be George Paris speaking on the Fairbanks Fine Arts Festival, in Fairbanks, Alaska which he attended this past summer.
     There were no other announcements.
     President Barbara then introduced our speaker, David Hartley. David was raised in Kansas City, attended Johnson County Community College, received an MA and MFA. He is a painter and historian. A 20 year adjunct professor at Washburn University, his current interest is large landscapes. His topic today is an exploration of Leonardo da Vinci and Dan Brown’s writings.
     David stated that there are alternative views and explanations for everything in Dan Brown’s book. Leonardo da Vinci said that painting was the most important of art forms and the divine way of understanding the world. He used natural observations of the world for use in his art along with transforming it through his imagination. That understanding of Leonardo is supported by da Vinci’s 1473 (his first dated work) drawing at age 21 of the gesturing portrait of John the Baptist and the many works that followed. Leonardo was still working in that method at the time of his death.

At the conclusion of the presentation, there being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 2:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted: Kay Kimball, Secretary


Minutes: August 19, 2006

The Kansas Authors Club, District One, met at Walt McFarland’s Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 19, 2006. President, Barbara Waterman-Peters, welcomed those present and invited each to order and then enjoy their lunch. Following the lunch and delightful conversations, President Barbara called the meeting to order at 12:35 p.m.

  • Reaona Hemingway introduced her mother and guest, Kay Hemingway.
    The meeting minutes from the July 15, 2006 meeting were approved.
  • Secretary, Kay Kimball, collected the Sign-In sheet at the close of the meeting and found 17 members and guests had signed in.
  • Treasurer, Anne McCourtie, reported the following: Following questions regarding the bank costs for the Topeka Community Foundation account, Karen Brown volunteered to gather receipts. The Treasurer’s report was filed for audit.

Announcements:
    President Barbara reminded everyone that this year’s convention is in Junction City on September 29 – 30 and October 1st. The theme is “Paint Your Canvas with Words!” Jonathan Holden, Poet Laureate will be the keynote speaker. Room reservations should be made by August 30, 2006. Convention registration forms are also available through our website www.kansasauthors.org. The registration needs to be turned in ASAP.
    President Barbara reported on the State Board meeting on Saturday, August 5th in Hutchinson. Carol Yoho, Karen Brown, Don Pady and she attended the lively meeting with discussions on everything from entry fees to by-law changes. Sixty-two people have joined KAC statewide since October, 2005. Also, send submissions for the yearbook to Tracy Simmons.

President Barbara then made the following announcements:

  • Rosemary Torrez had a letter to the editor in the Topeka Capital-Journal on August 10th.
  • Marshall Clark was featured in a front page article also in the Topeka Capital-Journal on August 14th.
  • Although already mentioned on the website, Max Yoho’s The Moon Butter Route has been chosen as a 2006 Kansas Notable Book.
  • Trudy McFarland has a book signing scheduled in Leawood, KS and is planning a second printing of her book, Diary of a German War Bride. Senior Monthly featured her in this month’s edition.
  • Immediately following the meeting and program today the executive board will meet to discuss nominations for next year’s officers. Those interested in holding office are asked to let us know. Voting for officers will take place at the September meeting and the president must be installed at convention.

Other Announcements:

  • Bob Carey announced that he and his wife will have a 60th anniversary celebration on September 16, 2006 from 2 – 4 p.m. at Wesley Hall, Aldersgate Village, in Topeka. He will have a 15 minute DVD presentation of their 60 years for all to see. Everyone is welcome.
  • Carol Yoho reported that Gordon Parks’ book, A Hungry Heart, is also a 2006 Kansas Notable Book.
  • Myron Donovan reported that the Fine Arts Council, Children’s Writing Council, has made some changes. It will now extend to the ninth and tenth grades, will have medal and cash prizes, and the entries are to be in by early January with approximately 3 weeks allowed for judging.
  • Bob Lawson stated that JoAnn Klemmer has just published her memoirs.

President Barbara then announced that our next meeting would be September 16, 2006. The program will be by David Hartley speaking on Leonardo da Vinci and The DaVinci Code. He teaches Art History, so an awesome presentation will be in the offering.

President Barbara then introduced the program speaker, Anne McCourtie.

    Anne was raised in Texas, lived in Oklahoma, and currently resided in Jackson County, Kansas. She has a BS in Psychology from Tulsa University and has taken many creative writing courses. She has published two novels, three children’s books, short stories, poems, and nonfiction articles. Her first work, The Haunting of Emily, was nominated for the 2004 J. Donald Coffin Award. Anne is a member of the Write Stuff, owner of Gypsy Cat Press, serves as treasurer of KAC District One, gives workshops on self-publishing and creates recipes. Anne and her new cookbook, Monday Meals from the Lonesome Duck Ranch, were featured by Lisa Sandmeyer in the Topeka Capital-Journal. Anne’s subject today is “Writing Your Story: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly.” Among many interesting and useful hints provided, Anne urges everyone to write their own story so that:

  1. you can create a legacy for descendants
  2. find inspiration for stories
  3. give information about you to your family – let them know what you survived
  4. self therapeutic—helps you make peace with yourself and with others

    In your book, tell about places you have lived, jobs held, pets, religion, politics, turning points and crossroads, marriages, and family. Avoid putting people on pedestals or damaging them. Step back, write it as a child and then as an adult. Be kind, compassionate and consider the message you want to send.

At the conclusion of the presentation, there being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 1:25 p.m.

Respectfully submitted: Kay Kimball, Secretary


Minutes: July 15, 2006

   The Kansas Authors Club, District One, met at Walt McFarland’s Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 15, 2006. President, Barbara Waterman-Peters, welcomed those present and invited each to order and then enjoy their lunch. Following the lunch and delightful conversations, President Barbara called the meeting to order at 12:40 p.m.
   There being no guests, President Barbara introduced new member Herbert Spohn and provided information on his book, Broken Glass, which is a collection of short stories.
    The meeting minutes from the June 17, 2006 meeting were approved.
    Secretary, Kay Kimball, collected the Sign-In sheet at the close of the meeting and found 29 members and guests had signed in.
    Treasurer, Anne McCourtie, made her report and that report was filed for audit.

Announcements:
President Barbara reminded everyone that this year’s convention is in Junction City on September 29 – 30 and October 1st. The theme is “Paint Your Canvas with Words!” Jonathan Holder, Poet Laureate will be the keynote speaker. Room reservations should be made by August 30, 2006.

President Barbara then made the following announcements:

  • Debra Brock Bateman has a book signing in Hays for her poetry books.
  • Dorothy Masters has been a guest on Channel 49 discussing our upcoming convention
  • Naomi Patterson had her books on exhibit during the Topeka Branch of the National League of American Pen Women’s Summer Exhibition at Freda & Maude’s here in Topeka. Liz Nichols played her flute at the opening.
  • Trudy McFarland was recently featured in an article in the Topeka Capital-Journal with her new book.
  • Marcene Grimes was also featured in the Topeka Capital-Journal and has a book signing August 12th at Barnes and Noble.
  • Rosemary Torrez has a poem, “Bird Song”, on the Kansas Poets website.

   President Barbara announced that there is a State Board meeting on Saturday, August 5th in Hutchinson.
   Dale Vaughn reported that he will be speaking at the Topeka Cosmopolitan Club and that he had a book signing in conjunction with a recent garage sale at his home.
   President Barbara announced that the next meeting would be August 19, 2006 at Walt McFarland’s Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. The program will be provided by Anne McCourtie on “Writing Your Own Story – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.”
   President Barbara then introduced Carol Yoho, a KAC member and adjunct faculty member at Washburn. Carol does free-lance graphics and web-publishing, and beautifully maintains the KAC website. She has a special interest in silent films. Carol then provided interesting information she gathered from Andy Wilkinson at a conference she attended in Texas. There were several books recommended along with magazines that would assist us as writers to “get on with exploring and questioning.”
   At the conclusion of the presentation, there being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 1.37 p.m.

Respectfully submitted: Kay Kimball, Secretary


In Memoriam

Edna FergusonEdna Ferguson, District 1, Topeka, passed away on June 19. Edna was a member of both Kansas Authors Club and the Write Stuff writers' group. She had been working on memoirs of her childhood, growing up on a farm, which were filled with warm humor and fascinating accounts of hardships and adventures. Her wit and grace will be missed. Her obituary was in the 6/22/2006 Topeka Capital-Journal. No services were held. 6/20/06


Minutes: June 17, 2006

   The Kansas Authors Club, District One met at Walt McFarland’s Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 17, 2006. President, Barbara Waterman-Peters, welcomed those present and invited each to order and then enjoy their lunch. Following the lunch and delightful conversations, President Barbara called the meeting to order at 12:40 p.m.
   President Barbara first asked if there were guests. Don Pady introduced Mary Jo Amirault who was visiting for the first time. Randall Martin introduced his wife Linda. Jack Fredericks introduced Jackie Lakin of the Department of Education. Ralph Pollock and Janelle Vega introduced themselves.
    The meeting minutes from the May 20, 2006 meeting were approved.
    Secretary, Kay Kimball, collected the Sign-In sheet at the close of the meeting and found 21 members and guests had signed in.
    Treasurer, Anne McCourtie, gave her report.
    The Treasurer’s report was filed for audit.
Announcements:
   President Barbara reminded everyone that July 1st is the postmark deadline for The Nelson Poetry Book Award, The Ferguson Kansas History Book Award and Awards of Merit nominations. Also today, June 17, 2006 is the postmark deadline for KAC Literary Contests.
    President Barbara then made the following announcements:

  • Errol Anderson is on a six week, 23 city, four state book signing tour.
  • An opportunity has become known for a local history writer that involves interviewing a woman in Topeka who played at the old governor’s mansion as a child with an eye for a book containing stories about Kansas and Kansas’ people and politics. See Barbara for details.
  • Regarding the generous invitation from Myra Wilcox to hold our meeting at her home in Nortonville for a cookout, after a brief discussion, it was decided to not travel at this time but that we would appreciate having that venue for a future date. Evie Green, secretary, will send a thank you.
  • Anne McCourtie will make nametags for those without if those in need will sign the list.
  • KAC’s 2006 Convention will be in Junction City, September 29-30 and October 1. The theme is “Paint your Canvas with Words!” Jonathan Holden, Poet Laureate, will be the keynote speaker. Room reservations should be made by August 30th.
  • On June 25, 2006 at the Shawnee County Topeka Public Library, Nancy Pickard will be discussing The Virgin of Small Plains. On July 9, 2006, Marcene Grimes will be at the library for Ill Blows the Wind. On June 21, 2006, Trudy McFarland will speak on memoir writing and her book Diary of a German War Bride at the library.
  • President Barbara then mentioned that several publications were on the tables to the side and rear of the room that were for sale and reading pleasure.
  • Max Yoho has his first two books coming out soon on audio disk.
    President Barbara said that Max was one of the poets on the Poet’s Website.
  • Anne McCourtie asked those needing name tags to see her.
  • Liz Nichols showed, then passed around a copy of her Native American Songs. She said that Anne McCourtie did the cover layout and the artistry was done by Barbara Waterman-Peters.
  • President Barbara reported that the schedule of programs for the 2006 Convention is on the website thanks to Carol Yoho. Our next District One meeting is July 15, 2006.

   She then introduced Roy Bird. From Herrington, Kansas, Roy attended Kansas State and has another Master’s from Emporia State. He is a writer, a former adjunct professor, a columnist and a reviewer. His topic for the day was to be 3 of his books. Roy told us that he focuses on historical events in his writing and speaks on the process of getting published. He said it takes patience and perseverance to get published and that “a good idea (for a book or story) remains a good idea.” Roy provided some great website addresses and marketing ideas then spoke about his interesting works of writing.
   At the conclusion of the presentation, there being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 2:04 p.m.

Respectfully submitted: Kay Kimball, Secretary


Minutes: May 20, 2006

   The Kansas Authors Club, District One met at Walt McFarland’s Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 20, 2006. President, Barbara Waterman-Peters, welcomed those present and invited each to order and then enjoy their lunch. Following the lunch and delightful conversations, President Barbara called the meeting to order at 12:34 p.m.
    The meeting minutes from the April 15th, 2006 meeting were approved.
    Secretary, Kay Kimball, collected the Sign-In sheet at the close of the meeting and found 29 members and guests had signed in.
    Treasurer, Anne McCourtie, gave her report. The Treasurer’s report was filed for audit.
New Business:
   President Barbara asked if there were guests to be introduced. Dorothy Masters introduced Helen Davis who has moved from District 4 to District 1. Doris Hurd introduced her husband Ron.
   President Barbara remarked on the excellence of the April program then she read Evie Green’s “Thank You” poem for the program and for Naomi Patterson’s job well done.
Old Business:
President Barbara gave an update on the Coffin Award Entries, there having been 8 turned in to her to date. Entry forms were made available.
   She also reminded everyone that the KAC contest entries should be in the mail by June 17, 2006 to be timely.
Announcements:
   President Barbara gave the following information:

  • Virginia Reichart, a former member of District 1 and the 1965 State President for KAC, passed away in April.
  • The Kansas Author Database provided by the Kansas Center for the Book is available for use and submission. Go to their website for details.
  • Merit Award nominations are coming up. Refer to online form for more information.
  • TSCPL workshop scheduled for June 10, 2006 entitled “Opening Sentence to Closing the Deal”. See Debra Stufflebean for details.
  • Dr. Bob Carey’s next writing class starts June 7th and runs each Wednesdays until July 26th, at 4:30 P.M., Lowman United Methodist Church. Topic is to be novels and plays. The church will be offering $3 dinners during this period.
  • Myra Wilcox spoke at Community Church in Topeka, basing her talk upon her book, Living Without Fear.
  • Griff Argo’s letter to the editor regarding the DaVinci Code and the Gospel of Judas was published in the Topeka Capital-Journal.
  • Debra Brock Bateman’s book, The Renaissance of the Heart was mentioned in the Hays Daily News.
  • Two District 1 members, Roy Bird and Max Yoho, were invited to attend the KAC dinner sponsored by Kansas Center for the Book at the Tri-Conference of Kansas Librarians in Wichita. Carol Yoho appeared for Max, reading from The Moon Butter Route.
  • Gary Clarke was host for the finale at the Safari Film Festival in Chanute. Barbara Lerma published an article regarding the festival in the Osage County Herald.
  • Bill Karnowski, Bob Lawson and Naomi Patterson each have several of their poems on the Kansas Poets website. Bill was recently interviewed on Channel 49’s “Good Morning, Kansas” show.
  • Trudy McFarland’s book, Diary of a German War Bride, is now out and available for purchase. See Trudy for details.
  • Karen Sells Brown had two articles published in ERC, Now!
  • Dr. Bob Carey was featured on the front page of Kansas Senior Times.
  • Marshall Clarke had an article published in Post Returns.
  • Carol Yoho will be a presenter at the 21st Tallgrass Writing Workshop at Emporia State University, June 24 – 25. The workshop is sponsored by the Center for Great Plains Studies, Division of English and the College of Arts & Sciences, and sanctioned by the Western Writers of America.
  • Naomi Patterson won several Letters Awards at the National League of American Pen Women Biennial.

   Elizabeth Nichols announced that she and a colleague have completed their arrangements of music for the Native American flute. The resulting book is being published.
   Evie Green reported that Linda Geffert would like for those who have items at her home to come get them. Also, Evie announced that she is collecting funds for Gary Clarke’s book and photograph card sales.
   President Barbara announced that the next KAC meeting for District One is June 17, 2006 at 11:30 a.m. at Walt McFarland’s with the guest speaker being Roy Bird.
   President Barbara then introduced Gary Clarke who gave an interesting and informative presentation of his experiences in Africa. From its massive size, 2000 languages and 4000 dialects, Gary’s love of Africa was evident. He offered displays consisting of costumes used, gifts received, animals in miniature and much more. Gary read exerts from his book, I'd Rather Be on Safari, and answered questions.
   There being no further business, President Barbara adjourned the meeting at 1:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted: Kay Kimball, Secretary


Minutes: April 15, 2006

   The Kansas Authors Club, District One, met at Walt McFarland’s Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 15, 2006.   President, Barbara Waterman-Peters, welcomed those present and invited each to order and then enjoy their lunch.  Following the lunch and delightful conversations, President Barbara called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m.
    The meeting minutes from the March 18, 2006 meeting were approved as posted on the KAC’s website.
   Acting Secretary, Kay Kimball, collected the Sign-In sheet at the close of the meeting and found 30 members and guests had signed in.
   Treasurer, Anne McCourtie, gave her report. The report was filed for audit.

Announcements

   President Barbara introduced Don Pady, the State Archivist.  Don invited everyone to come visit the archival files and use the information there for research.  Don asked about the status of KAC’s 501C3 designation.  Carol Yoho stated that it had not previously been completed because youth outreach programs were needed and that she believed the appropriate paperwork just needed to be finished.  Bob Carey said that previously another group paired up with a 501C3 approved group and used the 501C3 status through the second group.  Evie Green said she would be glad to work on it.  President Barbara said that the paperwork needed to go through the State Board of KAC and that she bel ieved that KAC more than qualified and that may be only a minimal cost to obtain it. 
   
Motion: By Naomi Patterson, “I move Evie Green be appointed to gather information and prepare documents to be given to the state board regarding a 501C3 status for KAC.”  The motion was seconded and after further discussion, was carried.
   Evie asked that information be sent to her by mail as she will need hard copies.
   President Barbara next informed everyone that there were changes for the Coffin Award that are listed on the KAC website. Books will be submitted to her along with the completed form by June 1, 2006. She will take them to state. There appeared to be problems with judges in previous years

so a new approach is being attempted. Writers from the community and from the schools are being sought. Convention will be September 29 through October 1 in Junction City.
   
She next reported on the State Board meeting held April 1 in Hutchinson. The yearbook report was given and submissions for the yearbook are needed. Send submissions by email or to the address given in the yearbook.

   Guest, Susan Halland, introduced herself. She had received information from Linda Geffert and decided to come visit. Debbie Bateman, a new member, heard about us from Gale Martin. Deb lives in Leavenworth.

   President Barbara reminded everyone that dues were due.  Also, that there where forms at the back of the room on current events and contests. 

   She updated us with the following: Kansas Poets Shoptalk Series coming up.  Tracy Simmons won an honorable mention from Kansas Voices competition.  Barbara Brady has a book signing at Barnes and Noble on May 11th for her story in the Cup of Comfort for Nurses book. Liz Nichols gave a workshop on haiku at the National League of American Pen Women on April 8th. She will also play the flute at their convention in Denver. Naomi Patterson has some of her poems on  Jonathon Holden’s’ website (poet laureate of Kansas). There will be a Jayhawk theater fundraiser coming up. Myra Wilcox invites all to come to Nortonville for a cookout.

   Bill Karnowski provided information for the Wamego Tulip Fest April 22 – 23.  Deb Stufflebean spoke about the Eileen Dreyer workshop for the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library on June 10th, managed byKansas Authors, Inc.

   President Barbara reported that the next KAC meeting would be May 20th at 11:30 at McFarland’s and the guest speaker will be Gary Clarke.

   Trudy McFarland reported on the status of her book. Liz Nichols asked that if anyone had an extra copy of their poem, she would see to it that Karen Brown, who was injured and unable to attend, would receive it.

   There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 1:05 p.m.

   President Barbara then turned the meeting over to Naomi Patterson, the woman with the hook, for 2 minute poetry readings by our members. Everyone was well entertained not only by the excellent readings but also by the time keeper’s antics.

Respectfully submitted: Kay Kimball, Secretary


Minutes: March 18, 2006

   The Kansas Authors Club, District One, met at Walt McFarland’s Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. President, Barbara Waterman-Peters, welcomed those present and invited each to order and then enjoy their lunch. Following the lunch and delightful conversations, President Barbara called the meeting to order at 12:35 p.m.
   There were no meeting minutes taken for the February 18, 2006 meeting.
   Acting Secretary, Kay Kimball, collected the Sign-In sheet at the close of the meeting and found 20 members and guests had signed in.

Treasurer's Report: Anne McCourtie, treasurer, reported. The Treasurer’s report was filed for audit.

Announcements:
   President Barbara reported that Chester Kazminski, husband of Agnes Kazminski, passed away that week. A visitation and prayer service would be held on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. at the Kevin Brennan Funeral Home in Topeka.
   She also informed everyone that Gordon Parks, an internationally known author, photographer and filmmaker had died. He was born in Fort Scott, Kansas.
   President Barbara then asked new member Judith Miller to introduce herself. Judith has been writing and publishing for 10 years.
   Guest Alice Newfield was introduced by Sam Pierson who claimed Alice as her long-time friend and inspiration. Dale Vaughn introduced his guest and wife, Nancy Jo.
   President Barbara reminded everyone to send dues into Ann Everett, KAC Financial Secretary.
   Carol Yoho informed everyone of forms on the website Youth Contest Flyers and membership brochures are available. Bill Karnowski gave information on the Karnowski Youth Poetry Contest, for ages 5 to 18 with a deadline of June 1, 2006.
   President Barbara then provided news and book signings information:
   Max Yoho gave readings from several of his books at Shepherd’s Center in Topeka, a book signing at Barnes & Noble in Topeka and Watermark books in Wichita. Reviews of his book, The Moon Butter Route, have appeared in the Wichita Eagle Beacon, Fresh Fiction, as well as the Barnes & Noble website.
   Ken Ohm has a book signing at the Toy Store for his book Spatzies and Brass BB’s: Life in a One Room Country School. Judith Miller was at Bible Books and Gifts in Topeka with her two books First Dawn and Morning Sky. Roy Bird talked about his work In His Brother’s Shadow at the Washburn Book Club. Errol Anderson will be on “Good Morning Kansas” on channel 49, March 23rd at 6:00 a.m. Then he has book signings at the Hastings Bookstores in Topeka, Emporia and Manhattan.
   The Lutheran Fine Arts Council of Topeka Awards Ceremony was held at Barnes & Noble the Sunday before the meeting with Myron Dunavan as Master of Ceremonies. Bill Karnowski was the special guest at the event and gave poetry readings. District One members Linda Geffert, Janice Levering and George Paris were the judges. District One received a certificate, awarded by State Representative Ann Mah on behalf of the council, for its participation. Karen Brown also spoke giving a brief history of Kansas Authors Club.
   Dr. Bob Carey has new writing classes forming. He passed out information to everyone interested. Merv Jacob’s illustrations for children’s book are on display at the Sabatini Gallery and Public Library.
   President Barbara asked if anyone has entered “Kansas Voices”. Then she reminded everyone of the KAC Literary Contest 2006. Rules can be found in the yearbook on pages 32-33. The contest opens April 1 and closes June 18, 2006.
   She next announced that the April meeting would be on the 15th . April is National Poetry Month so everyone is encouraged to bring a two minute reading. She suggested that there should be no delay in the task of reading or Naomi Patterson will be using the hook. Readers can share their own work or that of a favorite poet, but 2 minutes is the time limit.
   Trudy McFarland asked President Barbara to give an update on Trudy’s book. Barbara said that her manuscript is in hand and they are hoping to go to the printer on Thursday.
   Anne’s website is gypsycatpublications.com
   Max told everyone that Linda the-master-baker of the Electric Cat restaurant had developed a ‘moon-butter’ pie that will be introduced at his reading there but will only have a limited engagement.
    There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 1:06 p.m. for the program.
   President Barbara then introduced the scheduled speaker, Dale Vaughn. Dale is a member of District One, and a man of many parts. She said that he was a mapmaker for the Kansas Inspection Bureau, an Air Force drill instructor, a boxer, a race car driver, a pastor, a salesman, an office manager, a company president, a warehouseman, a confidential document shredder, a parachutist, and an artist working in oil.
   He is family man and author of short stories and historical novels. His desire is to be remembered as a storyteller. The topic of his presentation to KAC is his book The Chance for which he also did the maps. Dale’s next book is titled Blackjack 56.
   Dale gave a delightful, informative and historical recap of his book, The Chance, using dialogue from the book to assist us in knowing his characters better. Dale was able to provide little known facts about Kansas’ role in the Civil War. It was obvious to everyone that Dale loved his characters and enjoyed sharing his book with the club. Thank you, Dale.

Respectfully submitted: Kay Kimball, Secretary


Minutes: January 21, 2006
    President Barbara Waterman-Peters called the monthly meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. with 28 members and guests in attendance.
    Invited guest, Susan Marchant, TSCPL head of Special Collections and the Kansas Collection, talked briefly about library support and encouragement of young peoples' writing interests. Susan announced "The Big Read" program at TSCPL, featwring Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston.
    Minutes of the Decanber 17, 2005 meeting were approved as published.
    Anne McCourtie, Treasurer, gave her report for month ending December 31,2005. The report was approved.
    Announcements included:

  1. Obituaries: Alice Flower (D4) died December 25,2005; Dr. Eugene C. Bovey (D2) died October, 2005; Margaret "Louise" Yuille (D2) died October 3, 2005; L. Wanda Barnett (Dl) died December 22, 2005.Dues: Annual dues of $20 should be made out to the Kansas Authors Club and sent to Ann Everett, KAC Financial Secretary, 302 Sarah Lane, Haysvifle, KS 67060, Phone (316) 522-6814.Contest judges: Myron Dunavan disclosed that three or more judges are needed for determining winners among young contest winners. Barnes & Noble Bookstore will sponsor a reception for winners sometime in April.Kansas Center for the Book: Carol Yoho noted that the Kansas Center for the Book will sponsor a booksale, and volunteers are needed to organize and direct the sale.Socrates Circles: District 1 member Matt Copeland talked abut his book, Socratic Circles, which describes his teaching methodologies, on Sunday, January 15 at Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library.Youth contest fliers: Karen Brown emphasized need for wide distri'bution of youth contest fliers and membership brochures. Roy Bird, a new D1 member, is with the Kansas Center for tbe Book, and will pass out awards at the Kansas Statehouse on January 29th (Kansas Day). The KAC website
    (www.kansasauthors.org) lists rules for the contests. Karen also noted that some statewide KAC members have already talked with school teachers, who, in tum, will discuss requirements with their students.Booksignings: Various KAC members announced times and places where their future booksignings will take place.
  2. Recently-published materials: Guest Bob Spear, co-owner of The Book Barn, in downtown Leavenworth, and publisher of Heartland Reviews, outlined purposes, practices and benefits of his editorial work in publishing book reviews. He wants new authors to consider his help in publishing their books. His phone number is: (913) 682-6518

    With no other business to come before the Club, President Waterman-Peters announced that next month's meeting would feature Pete Goering, editor of the Topeka Capital-Journal, on February 18, 2006 at McFarlands. The Business meeting closed at 1:05 p.m.
    Program: Tom Parker (D4) of Blue Rapids, KS, a free-lance writer, talked about his new book, Dispatches from Kansas (2005, $17.95). In it., Parker describes rocks “as the bones of the earth,” and his adventures “depict things that other people might pass by.” He is “frightened” by deadlines even though he has worked in pressure-cooker jobs such as heating and refigeration, burglar-alarm installation, and journalistic photography. Parker's personal vision is “other directed,” and his writing for the benefit of others is easy for him to do—as opposed to his marketing of his talented prose, which is the hard part. He has won many writing awards, and he read tree chapters of his book written in fiictual, humorous and straightforward style.
    Tom then answered questions fom the floor about his work, to the delight of the appreciative members.
    The meeting was adjourned at 1:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted: Donald S. Pady, Secretary (Pro tem)


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Officers of Kansas Authors Club, District 1 for 2005-06:

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

Barbara Waterman-Peters
Evie Green
George Paris

Anne McCourtie
Kay Kimball