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2007 Meeting Minutes:

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Member News:
Dec. Member News: Alice Bertels Randall Martin
      Elizabeth Nichols
Max Yoho
Nov. Member News: Roy Bird Marshall Clark Esther Luttrell
        Max Yoho

Oct. Member News:
Debra Brock BatemanRoy Bird
        Duane Herrmann
Randall Martin Trudy McFarland
       
Max Yoho
Sept. Member News: Roy Bird Carol Yoho
July Member News:
Debra Brock Bateman Duane Herrmann
        Robert N. Lawson 1 & 2
Eric A. McHenryJudie R. Miller
        Naomi B. Patterson
Rosemary Parsons Torrez
        Barbara Waterman-Peters Max Yoho 1 &2
June Member News: Mary Jo AmiraultDebbie Brock Bateman
        Roy BirdDuane HerrmannJudith A. MillerKen Ohm
        J. Scott O'SheaDonald Pady Linda SpryDebra Stufflebean
        Max Yoho
May Member News: Elizabeth Nichols
Apr. Member News: Roy BirdRon CobbDuane Herrmann
       
Judith McCoy Miller Trudy McFarland Dennis Smirl
Mar. Member News: Roy Bird 1 & 2Duane L. Herrmann
        Barbara LermaJudith McCoy MillerTrudy McFarland

        Debra StufflebeanCarol Yoho 1 & 2Max Yoho

Feb. Member News: Mark Bouton Duane Herrmann
        Trudy McFarland
Max Yoho
Jan. Member News: Trudy McFarland 1 & 2Max Yoho 1 & 2


Minutes: December 15, 2007

The Kansas Authors Club District 1 met at Walt McFarland’s Family Restaurant on Saturday December 15, 2007 at 11:30 a.m. There were 17 members and guests in attendance. District 1 President Randall Martin greeted everyone before lunch at 11:35 a.m. and then began the business portion of the meeting at 12:38 p.m. The minutes for the November 17, 2007 meeting, which were posted on the website and available in hard copy at the December meeting, were approved. Reaona Hemmingway presented the treasurer’s report.

Announcements and New Business:

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with Naomi Patterson and Errol Anderson as they recover from illness.
  • Trudy McFarland celebrates the birth of her first great-granddaughter, Regan Alena, in Albuquerque, NM.
  • January 19, Trudy McFarland will participate in a discussion of the book “How to Be an Outrageous Older Woman” at McFarland’s, and The Unitarian Fellowship will host a reading of William Stafford poems in honor of his 94th birthday at 7:00 p.m.
  • District 1 is hosting the 2009 convention. Those interested in helping to plan this event should e-mail or call Randall Martin. Top of the list is meeting with the Topeka Visitors and Convention Bureau to start the planning process on contacting and booking a location, most likely the Capitol Plaza, to hold this event. We need one or more members who is/are off during the day to volunteer to do this soon, because the dates will book up quickly. We also need to decide on a theme.

We held a Read Around during the December meeting. Among the readings were award winners from the 2007 KAC Literary Contest.

Our next meeting will be January 19, 2008. Vice President Evie Green is trying to contact Rosemary Cutrer, re-enactor, to invite her to present in costume.

Respectfully submitted: Reaona Hemmingway, District 1 Secretary/Treasurer


Minutes: November 17, 2007

The Kansas Authors Club District 1 met at Walt McFarland’s Family Restaurant on Saturday November 17, 2007 at 11:30 a.m. There were 32 members and guests in attendance. District 1 President Randall Martin greeted everyone before lunch at 11:33 a.m. and then began the business portion of the meeting at 12:35 p.m. The minutes for the October 10, 2007 meeting, which were posted on the website and available in hard copy at the November meeting, were approved. Reaona Hemmingway presented the treasurer’s report.

Announcements and New Business:

  • If you wish to read during the Read-around at the December meeting, please e-mail Evie Green with your poem length or prose word count.D 1 member Liz Nichol’s 85th birthday party was held at the Art Guild Gallery in Fairlawn Plaza from 4-6 p.m. on November 17.November is National Novel Writing Month, and at midmonth the NaNoWriMo scoreboard showed that Topeka’s average word count was the 16th highest in the world.Washburn University is offering a playwriting course in the spring. Seniors 65 and older can audit this class for free if space is available.
  • The Kaw Valley Senior Monthly featured an article on Marshall Clark. Other articles included an interview with Max Yoho and a movie review by Esther Luttrell.

Our guest speaker was Esther Luttrell who spoke about “Selling Your Story to Hollywood.” On March 1, Esther will be joining a panel discussion at Barnes & Noble with Lisa Harkrader on “If You Can Think It, You Can Write It!” Esther will also be at the Shawnee County Library on March 2 in the Topeka Room giving a lecture on “How to Market, Sell and Promote Your Book – whether self-published or otherwise.” During her presentation she advised to do your homework when you think you have a story to pitch to Hollywood. Be wary of Pitch Mark seminars—the ones she suggests are presented by Ken Rotcop. The most important thing to remember is to treat yourself at all times like a professional.Our next meeting will be December 15, 2007, and will feature a Read-around. The November meeting adjourned at 1:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted: Reaona Hemmingway, District 1 Secretary/Treasurer


Minutes: October 20, 2007

The Kansas Authors Club District 1 met at Walt McFarland’s Family Restaurant on Saturday October 10, 2007 at 11:30 a.m. There were 22 members and guests in attendance. District 1 President Randall Martin greeted everyone before lunch at 11:35 a.m. and then began the business portion of the meeting at 12:30 p.m. The minutes for the September 15, 2007 meeting, which were posted on the website and available in hard copy at the October meeting, were approved. Copies of District 1’s annual report were available on the back table. One copy was placed in the Minutes Book. Reaona Hemmingway reported that the signatories at the bank were changed that morning and then gave a brief treasurer’s report.

Announcements and New Business:

  • Members in attendance recognized Kris Polansky’s birthday.
  • Liz Nichols announced that she will be having an 85th birthday party in November and she will give more details at the next meeting.
  • Max and Carol Yoho are celebrating the first birthday of triplet great-grandbabies today.
  • A dulcimer concert is planned at Our Savior Lutheran Church tonight.
  • Duane Herrmann recieves the 2997 Ferguson History Book Award from Randall Martin, District 1 president.Randall Martin recognized District 1 members who won awards and received honorable mention in the 2007 KAC Literary Contest. District 1 received 22 placements. In addition, Max Yoho won the J. Donald Coffin Memorial Book Award and Duane Herrmann received the Ferguson History Book Award (presented at this meeting). Frequent D1 visitor Sam Pierson, District 2, Lebo, also won awards this year, as did Amy Green, District 2, Eudora, who is Evie Green’s granddaughter.
  • Evie Green ended the announcements by reading her poem “Convention News.”

Our guest speaker was Duane Herrmann who read from his book of poetry, Prairies of Possibilities. Duane’s reading was dedicated in memory of Lois Donohue.

Our next meeting will be November 17, 2007. Our guest speaker will be Esther Luttrell. In December we will have a Read-around for the 2007 contest winners to share their entry pieces. Please contact Evie Green to let her know how many words or lines you intend to read so that we can plan to schedule everyone in. The October meeting adjourned at 1:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted: Reaona Hemmingway, District 1 Secretary/Treasurer


Minutes: September 15, 2007  

The Kansas Authors Club District 1 met at Walt McFarland’s Family Restaurant on Saturday September 15, 2007 at 11:30 a.m. There were 24 members and guests in attendance. District President Randall Martin greeted everyone before lunch at 11:35 a.m. and then began the business portion of the meeting at 12:35 p.m. The minutes for the August 18, 2007 meeting, which were posted on the website and available in hard copy at the September meeting, were approved. Anne McCourtie gave a consolidated treasurer’s report for June, July, and August.

Announcements and New Business:

  • Dr. Bob Carey will no longer be able to attend the club due to personal obligations. We will miss him and hope he will come visit as he is able.
  • The submission deadline for contributing prose or poetry to the 2008 KAC Yearbook is September 30. Submissions may be e-mailed to Tracy Simmons, Yearbook editor.
  • The deadline for registering for the 2007 KAC Convention in Wichita has been extended to September 19.
  • Myron Dunavan reminds us that District 1 will be hosting the 2009 KAC Convention. Those wishing to participate in budgeting, program, etc. should contact a District 1 officer. The question was posed whether we want to put together a poetry and prose calendar as a fundraiser.
  • Carol Yoho announced that Tom Parker, District 4, Blue Rapids, is looking for authors who would like to speak and do book signings at the Blue Rapids Arts Festival. The organizers retain 20% commission on books sold, which is lower than most bookstores. Contact Carol or visit the KAC News for All Members for more information.

Election of 2008 Officers for District 1: The slate of nominees was as follows: President—Randall Martin, Vice Presidents—George Paris and Evie Green, Secretary—Reaona Hemmingway, and Treasurer—Reaona Hemmingway. When the floor was opened for additional nominations, a motion was made to close nominations, seconded, and approved. The nominees were then elected to office for the coming year.

Our guest speaker was Mark Simmons, District 6, Hutchinson. Mark commiserated over the challenges of overcoming the prejudices of well-meaning friends & family who don't fully understand what we do. The difficulties in being a writer come from it being a schizophrenic business; that is, to have something to write about we need to live a real life and be social, but in order to write we have to be anti-social. When joining a writing group, Mark follows his 48-Hour Rule in that he doesn’t accept or reject suggestions about his work until two days after receiving a critique. He also suggests that you keep track of editors’ names when you submit because you never know when an editor who rejected you at one publishing house will show up at the next one you submit to.

Our next meeting will be October 20, 2007. Our guest speaker will be Duane Herrmann, District 1, Topeka. Upcoming programs include guest speaker Esther Luttrell in November and a Read Around in December where members are invited to read their entries to the 2007 Literary Contest or other work. The September meeting adjourned at 1:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted: Reaona Hemmingway, District 1 Secretary


Minutes: August 18, 2007  

The Kansas Authors Club District 1 met at Walt McFarland’s Family Restaurant on Saturday August 18, 2007 at 11:30 a.m. There were 21 members and guests in attendance. District President Randall Martin greeted everyone before lunch at 11:33 a.m. and then began the business portion of the meeting at 12:35 p.m. The minutes for the July 21, 2007, which were posted on the website and available in hard copy at the August meeting, were approved. In the absence the treasurer, Randall Martin reported that there was a $35.00 check from the State Board to be deposited.

Announcements and New Business:

  • Evie Green announced that Sam Pierson, District 2, is progressing well at her home. Her address is in the yearbook for those wishing to send cards or flowers.
  • Those who are 65 years or older who still wish to audit classes for free from Washburn will need to contact an instructor to gain admittance into a class. Apparently, classes are full.
  • Dennis Smirl announced that cjonline is looking for bloggers. There is no compensation, but community blogging is a way to get recognized. Myron Dunavan reminded everyone that journalists often get into event for free, another perk of being a blogger.
  • A Kirk Meecham opera on John Brown will be premiering at the Lyric Opera on May 3.
  • The Kansas Center for the Book will be holding their Book Festival in Wichita on the same weekend as our convention. More information on the schedule can be found on the Internet at http://www.kansasbookfestival.ks.gov/.
  • Kansas Writers, Inc. is holding their annual workshop on September 8. The registration fee is $35.00, which includes continental breakfast and lunch. Contact the library or go to http://kswritersinc.com/annual_workshop.htm for more information.
  • The State Board approved the new Kansas Authors Club logo designed by Carol Yoho. There will be items on sale at the convention featuring the new logo.
  • The convention registration deadline is September 17. The hotel rate is $79.00 per night and those needing a refrigerator can request one for an extra $5.00.
  • Errol Anderson, last month’s speaker, confirmed with Hastings that the person to contact to set up book signings is Randall Hamm.

Our guest speaker Mark Bouton spoke about "How to Start a Novel." Some of the key things to begin with are:

  • Having an intriguing title.
  • Developing your plot idea.
  • Outlining or mapping out your scenes.
  • Knowing your characters from appearance, dialect, and even disabilities.
  • Know how the props your characters use work.
  • Creating a setting that includes key details relevant to the story.
  • Writing a beginning that grabs the reader.
  • Backstory should be kept short.

Our next meeting will be September 15, 2007. Our guest speaker will be Wm. Mark Simmons. Mark is a novelist who writes Science Fiction/Fantasy.

The election for officers will also be held during the September meeting. E-mail Randall Martin if you have someone you want to nominate for an office.

The August meeting adjourned at 1:48 p.m.

Respectfully submitted: Reaona Hemmingway, District 1 Secretary


Minutes: July 21, 2007  

The Kansas Authors Club District 1 met at Walt McFarland’s Family Restaurant on Saturday July 21, 2007 at 11:30 a.m. There were 19 members and guests in attendance. District President Randall Martin greeted everyone before lunch at 11:35 a.m. and then began the business portion of the meeting at 12:35 p.m. The minutes for the June 16, 2007, which were posted on the website and available in hard copy at the July meeting, were approved. In the absence of the treasurer, Randall Martin reported that there were no changes from the previous month.

Announcements and New Business:

  • For women interested in submitting short stories and nonfiction to the Glass Woman Prize, the deadline is September 21. There is no entry fee and the prize is $380. For more information, visit their website.
  • Evie Green has contact information for those wanting to send cards to Sam Pearson. Sam was hospitalized for a stroke and is now staying with her son in St. Joseph, MO.
  • The October convention will be at the Holiday Inn Select in Wichita. Standard rates are approximately $80-$90 per night. You should contact the hotel directly to find out if there’s a convention rate.
  • Bill Karnowski announced that Poetry Jam III will be held at Blackjack Hills, which is four miles west of Wamego and one mile south of Highway 24, on the first Wednesday of each month. This is an open mic opportunity to read poetry.
  • Trudy McFarland announced that the artwork of Barbara Waterman-Peters will be on display at the Mulvane Art Museum on August 3.
  • The next Kansas Writer’s Inc. meeting is next Saturday, July 28, at the Topeka-Shawnee County Library at 12:30 p.m. The topic will be presenting verbal pitches on your writing.

Our guest speaker, Errol Anderson, spoke about how to have a successful book signing. Errol does most of his book signings through Hastings because they pay authors for books sold on the day of the signing. He provided some statistics from Author’s Insider:

In 2005, there were over 172,000 new book titles on the market and in 2006, over 195,000 with over 1.2 million titles on the market. Of these, over 950,000 titles sold less than 99 copies. According to publishers, the critical factors are covers, marketing, price, and review. According to readers, the critical factors are the information provided on the book cover, subject, and author’s reputation.

Another factor to consider is that 70-75% of book buyers are women.

Errol suggests that when you have a book signing:

  • One and a half weeks before the signing, send a confirmation letter along with a flyer that the store can tape to their front door.
  • Set up near the front of the store.
  • Even if the store says that they will provide books, bring some with you. Errol usually brings a couple dozen inside (keeps more in his car) and begins the signing with 14 copies on the table. Keep a tally of how many you set on the table and how many you sell.
  • Provide a handout with information about your book that customers can carry with them as they walk around the store.
  • Don’t sign a book until after the customer has paid for it. (If they ask why, say that it’s store policy.)
  • If you want food at the table, he suggests a bowl of mints. If you want something to drink, he suggests sticking with a bottle of water.
  • To add something unexpected, have colored pens available and let the customer choose which color with which they want the book signed.
  • In addition to having a chair for you to sit in, ask the store to provide a second chair for a customer to sit in.

Our next meeting will be August 18, 2007. Our guest speaker will be Mark Bouton. Mark is a former FBI agent and has published several books. The July meeting adjourned at 1:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted: Reaona Hemmingway, District 1 Secretary


Minutes: June 16, 2007  

The Kansas Authors Club, District 1, met at Walt McFarland’s Family Restaurant on Saturday, June 16, 2007 at 11:30 a.m., there were 29 members and guests in attendance. District President, Randall Martin, greeted everyone before lunch at 11:35 p.m. and then began the business portion of the meeting at 12:35 p.m. The minutes for the May 19, 2007, which were posted on the website and available in hard copy at the May meeting, were approved. Anne McCourtie gave the treasurer’s report for May.

Announcements and New Business:

  • Debra Stufflebean announced that Kansas Writers, Inc. has moved their meeting dates to the fourth Saturday of each month so that KAC members can also enjoy this opportunity to meet other writers in the area. KWI meets at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library at 12:30, starting in July, and offers craft related programs. Their annual workshop is scheduled for September 8. This workshop will also include an opportunity to meet with agents.
  • Liz Nichols will be spending part of the summer in Colorado experimenting with the idea of moving there to be closer to her children and grandchildren. If she indeed decides to make the move, we’ll all miss her.
  • Bill Karnowski, District 2, Wamego, has a new book of poetry, Catching the Rain, now available for sale. Also Sam Pierson, District 2, Lebo, has a new suspense novel, Targets of Rage, available.
  • Carol Yoho says that Max is feeling better, but still house bound. They will be visiting the Mayo Clinic for a health assessment this summer. Be on the lookout for Max’s interview in the Kaw Valley Senior Monthly, July, 2007.
  • Myron Donovan announced that, beginning in August, the Lutheran center will be searching for an intake specialist who is familiar with medical terminology.
  • Evie Green announced that Naomi Patterson will be moving to Brewster Place.
  • Debra Stufflebean is now a staff writer for the new Topeka Magazine. Keep an eye out for issues on the newsstand. If you like what you see, they are anxious to take subscriptions.

Our guest speaker Deb Goodrich was unable to attend, however, her husband, Tom Goodrich, stepped in and spoke about his experiences in researching and writing his books some of which include The Day Dixie Died (a collaboration with Deb), The Darkest Dawn, Scalp Dance, and Black Flag. The best place to find his books available is through Amazon.com.

Our next meeting will be July 21, 2007. Our guest speaker will be Errol Anderson who will talk about how to have a successful book signing. The June meeting adjourned at 1:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted: Reaona Hemmingway, District 1 Secretary


Minutes: May 19, 2007  

The Kansas Authors Club District 1 met at Walt McFarland’s Family Restaurant on Saturday, May 19, 2007 at 11:30 a.m. There were 22 members and guests in attendance. District President Randall Martin greeted everyone before lunch at 11:35 p.m. and then began the business portion of the meeting at 12:35 p.m. The minutes for the April 21, 2007, which were posted on the website and available in hard copy at the May meeting, were approved. Anne McCourtie gave the treasurer’s report for April.

Bill Caldwell, one of Bob Carey’s neighbors at Aldersgate, was among our guests. Bill is 99 years old and remains active in writing short articles that are published in magazines and local newspapers. His wife of 75 years is 100 years old and actively supports his writing, which he does between 4:00 and 6:00 a.m. daily. Bill frequently does presentations for Kiwanis and other organizations.

Announcements and New Business:

  • In honor of Armed Forces Day, veterans and military members were asked to stand and be recognized.
  • Trudy McFarland has KAC pins available for purchase at $1.50 each.
  • Dennis Smirl announced that CJonline is continuing to look for bloggers to write community blogs of 500 words per week. This is a nonpaying opportunity for local writers to get their writing and name out on the web. Contact the editor, Ms. Clark, if you are interested.

Our guest speaker was Amy Fleury, Associate Professor of English at Washburn. Amy read a selection of poetry and encouraged members to enter the next Kansas City Voices competition. She also reminded those over age 65 that they can audit classes for free at Washburn. Among the classes she’s teaching next fall is the Publishing Workshop in which students participate in selecting poetry, short stories, and artwork to appear in Inscape, Washburn’s creative writing magazine.

Our next meeting will be June 16, 2007. Our guest speaker will be Deb Goodrich who will talk about her new book about Mary Todd Lincoln.

The May meeting was officially adjourned at 1:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted: Reaona Hemmingway, District 1 Secretary


Minutes: April 21, 2007

The Kansas Authors Club District 1 met at Walt McFarland’s Family Restaurant on Saturday April 21, 2007 at 11:30 AM. There were 26 members and guests in attendance. District President Randall Martin greeted everyone before lunch at 11:30 AM and then began the business portion of the meeting at 12:40 PM. The minutes for the March 17, 2006, which were posted on the website and available in hard copy at the April meeting, were approved. Anne McCourtie gave the treasurer’s report for January, February, and March. Randall presented the check from the annual board meeting to Anne who will include it with the April balances at the next meeting. A reminder was put forth that 2009 will be District 1’s next turn to host the annual convention.

Announcements and New Business:

  • Bob Carey had his African mask carving accepted in the Topeka Competition, supporting artists working in three-dimensional media. The competition started as a local arts and crafts contest more than thirty years ago, and is now a juried national exhibition. 77 artists submitted 205 entries to this year’s competition. Bob’s work is currently on display at the Sabatini Gallery at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library.
  • The Kansas Story Telling Festival will be held in Downs, KS on April 27 and 28. More information is available at www.downskansasarts.org.
  • Esther Luttrell invited members to come by the New City Café on May 2 between 4:45 to 6:00 to see her collection of art, Midnight Oil.
  • Anyone interested in purchasing bookcases should contact Myron Dunavan whose son is graduating law school on May 12. Myron also announced that in the fall Thrivent Lutheran will be hosting the display of a collection of old master paintings. He will keep us updated on when and where.
  • Karen Sells Brown announced that Rick Bruner will appear live at The Classic Bean on May 12 at 8:00 p.m. His new CD, Eight Hundred Miles, will be available.
  • Carol Yoho announced that this year’s Big Read will be Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. The Big Read is sponsored by the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library and the State Library of Kansas, in partnership with The National Endowment for the Arts, Arts Midwest and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. A series of seventeen events kick-off on May 11. Visit connectnow.tscpl.org/2007/03/451.html for dates of movie showings, musical performances, lectures, workshops, and book discussions. Bob Lawson announced that the Mabee Library at Washburn University will have free copies of Bradbury’s book available. The Big Read concludes on June 17 with a live interview with Ray Bradbury.
  • Carol also learned that the Kansas Book Festival will be the same Friday and Saturday as the annual KAC Convention. However, both events are in Wichita this year, so members may be able to attend portions of both events.
  • Barbara Brady announced that members who are interested in sending entries for the Cup of Comfort can find more information at www.cupofcomfort.com/share.htm. The grand prize is $500 for inspirational true stories of 1,000 to 2,000 words.

Dennis Smirl was our guest speaker who provided information on how to make your own chapbooks of poetry or short stories. He also read the openings to several of his stories to demonstrate the “hook,” meant to grab readers and keep them reading. Another option for self-publishing your work is to create Pod Casts for iPod downloads. Dennis said that a friend of his does this and earned enough money to renovate his kitchen.

Our next meeting will be May 19, 2007. Our guest speaker will be Amy Fluery. Amy teaches poetry at Washburn University.

The April meeting was officially adjourned at 1:28 PM.

Respectfully submitted: Reaona Hemmingway, District 1 Secretary


Minutes: March 17, 2007  

The Kansas Authors Club District 1 met at Walt McFarland’s Family Restaurant on Saturday March 17, 2007 at 11:30 AM. There were 25 members and guests in attendance. District President Randall Martin greeted everyone before lunch at 11:35 PM and then began the business portion of the meeting at 12:35 PM. The minutes for the February 17, 2006, which were posted on the website and available in hard copy at the March meeting, were approved. There was no treasurer’s report presented.

Announcements and New Business:

  • Myron Dunavan presented a Certificate of Appreciation from the Lutheran Fine Arts Council for the participation of Kansas Authors Club members who volunteered to be judges for the children’s writing contest this year.
  • Duane Johnson has entered the First Chapters Writing Competition. Members can read, judge, and critique his entry, The Boy Who Wouldn’t Dance the Hokey Pokey.
  • For women age 50 and over the Portia Steele Award for Excellence in Poetry and Prose accepted submissions through April 15, 2007. See www.portiasteeleaward.org.
  • If you have ideas for the May meeting program or future programs, please contact Evie Green.
  • If you picked up a pair of sunglasses during the February meeting, Evie Green is looking for hers and the owner of the pair she picked up by mistake.

Our poetry workshop this month was presented by Bill Karnowski, District 4 President, Wamego, whose third book of poetry, Catching the Rain, is due out this spring. The exercise invited members to write a seven syllable per line acrostic natural sonata based on inspiration from the painting Whistler’s Mother. Bill says, “Our tasks as poets is to give people a subjective view of an objective universe.”
     Our next meeting will be April 21, 2007. Our guest speaker will be Dennis Smirl who will show us how to make chapbooks.
    The meeting was officially adjourned at 1:13 PM although members were invited to stay to work on the poetry exercise and visit.

Respectfully submitted: Reaona Hemmingway, District 1 Secretary


Minutes: February 17, 2007  

The Kansas Authors Club District 1 met at Walt McFarland’s Family Restaurant on Saturday February 17, 2007 at 11:30 AM. There were 25 members and guests in attendance. District President Randall Martin greeted everyone before lunch at 11:35 PM and then began the business portion of the meeting at 12:40 PM. The minutes for the January 20, 2006, which were posted on the website and available in hard copy at the February meeting, were approved. There was no treasurer’s report presented.

Announcements and New Business:

  • The TV broadcast of Through Martha’s Eyes, written by Topeka playwright, Marcia Cebulska will be aired Monday, February 19 at 9 PM on KTWU.
  • Max Yoho’s novels, The Moon Butter Route and The Revival, were included on the list of twelve “Kansas Favorite Books,” compiled by the Kansas Center for the Book at the State Library of Kansas. Contributions to the KCFB were solicited from librarians, educators, writers, booksellers, publishers, and others in the Kansas book community. A total of 113 titles were submitted.
  • Marvin Donavan offered his appreciation to the judges of this year’s poetry and prose contest of the Lutheran Fine Arts Council. Most of the contestants were 4th through 6th graders with one 1st grader and a few 7th graders. Recognition of the winners will be on Sunday March 11 at 3:00.
  • For those looking for a research opportunity for characters with mental illness, the Kansas Conference on Social Welfare will be held next month. The cost is $70 to attend. Details can be found online at the KCSW website.

The next meeting will be March 17, 2007. Our guest speaker will be Bill Karnowski, District 4, Wamego, who will hold a poetry workshop. Please bring paper and something to write with.

The January meeting adjourned at 1:40 PM

Respectfully submitted: Reaona Hemmingway, District 1 Secretary


Minutes: January 20, 2007  

The Kansas Authors Club District 1 met at Walt McFarland’s Family Restaurant on Saturday January 20, 2007 at 11:30 AM. There were 24 members and guests in attendance. District President Randall Martin greeted everyone before lunch at 11:45 AM and began the business portion of the meeting at 12:45 PM. The minutes for the December 16, 2006—which were posted on the website and available in hard copy at the January 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:

  • Bob Carey’s third creative writing class session will begin February 7 at 4:30 PM at Lowman Methodist Church. This session will be on play writing.
  • There will be a reading of William Stafford’s poetry at the Unitarian Fellowship tonight at 7:00 PM.
  • There is a Kansas Poets Shop Talk 2-way videoconference coming up with Kansas Poet Laureate Jonathan Holden as guest. There needs to be at least 6 people interested in joining the conference for a location to be set up in Topeka; so far there isn’t one scheduled. Anyone interested in participating should call the toll free number 866.379.2279. More information is available on our News for All Members page.
  • Trudy McFarland’s book has been reviewed online by Tracy Simmons, District 2, Emporia. To read the review go to Tracy's website.
  • In the January 22 issue of Newsweek, an essay on personal writing by Anna Quinlan was published, which includes a reference to the book and the movie Freedom Writers.
  • The Lutheran Fine Arts Council is still looking for judges for this year’s children’s writing contest. They expect 40-45 entries and would like to have 5-6 judges. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Myron Dunavan.
  • Carol Yoho announced that Kansas City Voices is opening submissions to their yearly publication statewide. The deadline is January 31.
  • It’s January and dues are due.
  • The Poet Laureate of the United States, Donald Hall, will be speaking in Kansas City Jaunary 24 and 25 at UMKC and the Kansas City Public Library.
  • Seniors 65 and older are reminded that they can audit classes for free at Washburn University on a space-available basis.

    The next meeting will be February 17, 2007. The guest speaker will be Marshall Clark, District 1, Topeka, who will be speaking on "An Eclectic Life: Who Am I?"
    During the March meeting, we will have a poetry workshop led by Bill Karnowski, District 2 , Wamego.
    The guest speaker for the January 20 meeting was Debra Stufflebean, District 1, Topeka, who talked about her newest book Untold Secrets, which is now available at Barnes & Noble.
    The January meeting adjourned at 1:45 PM.

Respectfully submitted: Reaona Hemmingway, Secretary


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Officers of Kansas Authors Club, District 1 for 2006-07:

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

Randall Martin  
Evie Green
George Paris

Anne McCourtie
Reaona T. Hemmingway