Kansas Authors Club logo Kansas Authors Club
Benefits Officers Membership Districts
 
Contest

Districts
District 1 ARCHIVE 2008

Convention
Hot Links
Home
side bar

 

Return to
District 1 NEWS

Return to
Districts

See also:
D1 Guest
Speakers

2007-08
Officers


spacer


2008 Meeting Minutes:

Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sept | Oct | Nov | Dec

Member News:
Dec. Member News: Barbara Brady | Esther Luttrell | Ken Ohm
Nov. Member News: Dale Vaughn
Oct. Member News: Karen Sells Brown | Duane Johnson | Randall Martin |     George Paris | Doris Peery | Carol Yoho
Sept. Member News: Mark Bouton | Esther Luttrell | Randall Martin |
     George Paris | Doris Peery | Max Yoho
Aug. Member News: Karen Sells Brown | Elizabeth Nichols | Randall Martin
Jul. Member News: Roy Bird | Jack Fredricks | Esther Luttrell | Randall Martin      | Ken OhmRosemary TorrezBarbara Waterman-Peters | Carol Yoho
     | Max Yoho

Jun. Member News: Karen Sells Brown | Esther Luttrell | George Paris |
     David Petesch
| Bob Spear |  Carol Yoho
May Member News: Roy Bird | Reaona Hemmingway
| Barbara Lerma |
     Jancy Morgan | Max Yoho

Apr. Member News: Roy Bird | Dennis Smirl | Max Yoho
Mar. Member News: Mark Bouton | Barbara Brady |
     Karen Sells Brown  | Evie Green | Esther Luttrell1 & 2 |
     Randall Martin | Barbara Waterman-Peters | Carol Yoho
Feb. Member News: Carol Yoho
Jan. Member News: Duane Johnson

Return to Top of Page

Minutes: December 20, 2008

District 1 Kansas Authors Club met at Walt McFarland's Family Restaurant on Saturday, December 20, 2008, at 11:30 a.m. Following lunch the business meeting was convened at 12:30 p.m. by President Errol Anderson. Over 30 member and guests attended. Robert Conroy, M.D. attended as a new member. Don Pady introduced his guest, Sandy Hill, who is secretary of the TSCPL Board.

Old Business:

  • Errol Anderson reported on Esther Luttrell's November, 2008, event at TSCPL --premiere of "The AJ Davis Story," a documentary about A. J. Davis's wartime experiences during WWII that his family commissioned. Esther recognized and thanked Glory and Denise Hemmingway for their assistance at the event.
    (Visit http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4179/is_/ai_n30998540 )
  • Errol Anderson and Mark Bouton reported on convention planning. The 2009 KAC convention will be in Topeka, Oct. 16-18, Capitol Plaza Hotel and Convention Center. Convention schedule and speakers are posted on-line at http://skyways.lib.ks.us/orgs/kac/convention.html
  • The minutes of the November meeting were made available. The minutes were approved.
  • Reaona Hemmingway, treasurer, read the financial report. The report
    was accepted for audit.

Announcements and New Business:

  • Evie Green invites members to attend Write Stuff writers' group weekly meetings, 9:30-11:30 Tuesdays, TSCPL. Bring copies of your writing to share with attendees.
  • Friends of William Stafford will read selected poems from the work of our literary famous native Kansan on Saturday, January 17, 2009, at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Topeka, 4775 SW 21st St., 7:30 p.m.
  • Congratulations to Barbara Brady. Her story is published in a new Chicken Soup book presently in book stores, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Woman to Woman. Her story is "Proud to be a Nurse." This latest Chicken Soup book is in celebration of their 15 years of publication. They have selected 101 of their best stories taken from 27 Chicken Soup for the Soul books (previously published) to make this edition.
  • A screenplay written by Errol Anderson will have a public reading on Sun., Feb. 8, 2009, at Unity Church of Christianity, 9126 S.W. 10th, Topeka, at 1:30 p.m. Errol seeks both readers and critics at that event.
  • Esther Luttrell has been assisting author John H. Rogers with his book for Authorhouse, The Last Hour of Revelations. An event is planned for Sun., January 18, 5 p.m. The mystery of prophecy revealed at last. By confirming prophecies which have come to be, Rogers has been able to determine how much time we have left before the last hour of revelation, by revealing--and explaining in detail--the exact number of prophecies yet to be fulfilled.
  • Dennis Smirl asks that we keep his friend Steve Laird in our thoughts as he deals with health issues. Dennis also reports winning First, Second, and Third Places in the Mystery, Thriller, Suspense Novel categories and also won First Place for "The All-Night Drugstore" and Honorable Mention for "Such a Deal..." in Short Fiction at the Kansas Writers Association's Annual Awards Banquet held at the Airport Hilton in Wichita. The banquet was held in conjunction with the 2008 Scene of the Crime Writers' Conference. One of his winning pieces was also awarded "First of Firsts" in the competition.
  • In 1980, Gene DeGruson, a special collections library curator at Pittsburg State University, established the Little Balkans Review. Its main purpose was to highlight history and arts of the southeast Kansas region. Coal mines attracted immigrants from Italy, France, Wales, and English in the 19th century. This was an area where unions evolved, and where Emanuel Haldeman-Julius (1888-1951) published Little Blue Books and the Socialist periodical Appeal to Reason.
        Ted Watts, Al Ortolani, Jr., Wayne Bockelman, Tom Burns, Mike Hogard, and John Laflen are now calling for submissions of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, photographs, and artwork. They write in their letter of solicitation: "Prime consideration is given to works by Kansans and former Kansans, as well as work set in the Little Balkans. However, consideration is also given to work with similar regional flare. Preference is given for non-fiction subjects related to the Little Balkans. At least half of the poetry of each
    issue will be devoted to poets who have limited previous publication."
    For further information, contact LittleBalkansReview@gmail.com or write c/o 909 S. Olive, Pittsburg, KS 66762.
  • Pat Yee has written a collection of recipes from Topeka's China Inn, a Chinese restaurant with a long tradition in Topeka although
    it closed in June, 2008: China Inn Restaurant and Club Cookbook. The cookbooks are available for $25 at area businesses like Monograms Etc, Hair Maintenance, Meinholdt's Welding, and even Ginger Snips in Holton. See KNST video.
  • Doris Peery reports that she is nearly sold out of copies of her remembrance, Town Between Two Rivers, published in late summer,
    2008. Doris is considering a second printing of her book.
  • Myron Dunavan and his wife Patricia invite KAC members to their Holiday Open House, this evening,5 to 8 p.m., in their home. Baked treats and wassail will be served. The Dunavans invite attendees to bring canned goods to be contributed to the local food pantry.

Errol Anderson introduced our speaker, Barbara Waterman-Peters, who shared work from her new book, Baci. It is a humorous work about her infamous Siamese cat which Barbara wrote, illustrated, and designed. Barbara was well received as she created many funny mental images and lots of laughter. Thank you, Barbara.

Following a brief question and answer session the meeting was adjourned by Errol Anderson.

Respectfully submitted: Carol Yoho, substituting for Secretary, District 1.

Return to Top of Page

Minutes: November 15, 2008

District 1 Kansas Authors Club met at Walt McFarland's Family Restaurant on Saturday, November 15, 2008 at 11:30 a.m. Following lunch the business meeting was convened at 12:30 p.m. by President Errol Anderson. 19 members were present. Errol Anderson introduced his wife and guest, Sarah Anderson.

The minutes of the October meeting were made available. The minutes were approved.
Glory Hemmingway read the financial report for treasurer, Reaona Hemmingway. The report was later explained and approved.

Announcements and New Business:

  • Errol Anderson announced that anyone needing a new identification badge should give him their name.
  • Membership brochures were displayed and offered to members to distribute.
  • Mark Bouton received recognition for his work securing speakers and workshop leaders for the convention.
  • George Paris announced his CD was available for purchase.
  • William Karnowski announced his new book would be coming out in May.

Errol Anderson introduced our speaker, Raylene Hinz-Penner, who has been in the English department of Washburn University for five years. She is a teacher, poet, an advocate/public spokesperson for literature and the humanities, a traveler, and plans to write a book about the terrain's influence on our lives.

Raylene Hinz-Penner gave background information about her book, Searching for Sacred Ground: The Journey of Chief Lawrence Hart, Mennonite. She read a poem included in the book called "Ceremony" about the burial of her Aunt Ruth. After a brief explanation about each poem she shared the following poems she has written:

  • “Once in Santa Fe”
  • “Some of Us Could Never Leave”
  • “Creed”
  • “Kennedy's Election”
  • “A Sonnet of Home”
  • “Thanksgiving Eve”

Following a brief question and answer session the meeting was adjourned by Errol Anderson.

Respectfully submitted: Barbara Brady, Secretary District 1

Return to Top of Page

Minutes: October 18, 2008

District 1 Kansas Authors Club met at Walt McFarland's Family Restaurant Saturday, October 18, 2008 . At 11:30 a.m. There were 20 members and 2 guests present. Following lunch the business meeting convened at 12:40 p.m.

Errol Anderson, President, welcomed the group. Guests were introduced. Doris Hurd introduced Pat Yee and Evie Green introduced Gwen Funston.

The minutes of August 16, 2008 were made available and members reminded the minutes are also posted on the website. The minutes were approved as corrected.

The group was advised that the secretary will record the business as presented by the president and information about the program. Announcements by individuals should be written and handed to the secretary if the comments are to be added to the website. In addition, information may be sent directly to Carol Yoho.

Reaona Hemmingway, treasurer, gave a financial report. The report was approved as read.

Errol Anderson reported on the visit to the Plaza Hotel to check on rooms and meal requirements for convention next year. When District 1 hosted the Centennial Kansas Authors Club Conference 174 people attended the banquet. The estimate for 2009 is about 100 guests. The committees will try to coordinate activities regarding donations and gifts for the convention so there won't be duplicate requests.

A news release was sent to the Topeka Capital Journal and area radio stations about the past convention and contest winners along with information about the upcoming convention. There was no response or publicity.

Mark Bouton reported on speakers and workshop leaders for the convention.

  • Tom Averill: novels and creative writing
  • Karen Barron: poetry and short stories
  • Lisa Harkrader: writing for young adults
  • Angela Johnson: romance writing
  • Joel Goldman: mysteries

The keynote speaker is Max McCoy who has published 14 novels, including Westerns, Trillers and Indiana Jones books.

The group was also told of a docudrama which was eight months in the making and was created by our own Esther Luttrell. It's the story of 95 year old WWII veteran A. J. Davis, a Topeka resident, who was a witness to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor from Wheeler Field on December 7 th , 1941. The video will be shown at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library on November 8 as part of the Veteran's Day program.

Evie Green introduced the program. The winners of the Kansas Authors Club Literary Contest shared their stories and poems.

  • Sam Pierson, winner of the J. Donald Coffin Award, wearing a crown, read her 3 rd place short story, If Only .
  • Gwen Funsten, 1 st HM in Classic Form read Matching Wings.
  • Evie Green, 1 st HM for Inspirational Prose read Tiny Miracles.
  • Judie Miller, 4 th place Memoir read Daddy's Hands .
  • Barbara Brady, read 1 st place Haiku, Eggplant on a Vine, and 1 st place Themed Poetry, Words I Want .
  • Steve Laird, read 1 st place short story, The Magnetic Personality of Fella.
  • Kristine Polansky, read her 1 st place Free Verse poem, The Prairie is Burning , 2 nd place Classical poem, Graduation , and 2 nd place Narrative Verse, You've Got to Blame Somebody.
  • Duane Johnson read his 2 nd place Story for Children, The Prophet of the Forest .

Following the program the meeting was adjourned by Errol Anderson.

Respectfully submitted: Barbara Brady, Secretary District 1

Return to Top of Page

Minutes: September 20, 2008

The Kansas Authors Club, District 1, met at Walt McFarland's Family Restaurant on Saturday, September 20, 2008 at 11:30 a.m., there were 38 members and guests in attendance. District 1 President, Randall Martin, greeted everyone before lunch at 11:30 a.m. and then began the business portion of the meeting at 12:46 p.m. The minutes for the August 16, 2008 meeting, which were posted on the website and available in hard copy at the September meeting, were approved. Reaona Hemmingway presented the treasurer's report.

Announcements and New Business:

  • Ken & Doris Peery are taking orders for the posthumously published stories of his cousin, Maury Pearson. The collection is $8. Also, now in print is Doris ' book Town Between Two Rivers , a collection of poems, essays, and musings about her view on life. The book sells for $15 plus taxes and postage. The Peerys are listed in the phone book if you are interested in purchasing copies.
  • Esther Luttrell invited everyone to pick up the current issue of Senior Monthly , which features an article about her client A.J. Davis. The movie she produced about A.J.'s experiences during his military career will be shown at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library on November 8 as part of the Veteran's Day program. Veterans are especially encouraged to attend.
  • Esther Luttrell is currently organizing a writing group interested in learning about marketing and promoting your writing. If you are interested, please contact her.
  • There are several events of interest to writers at Washburn University listed on the events page to the KAC website.
  • Evie Green passed around the committee sign-up sheet. Those who haven't volunteered to help out with the 2009 convention are encouraged contact her about what's available. Those who are signed up are encouraged to start planning.
  • Michael Jamison presented a few of the stanzas of the skit we'll present at the 2008 convention to invite members from across the state to the 2009 convention. Evie Green and George Paris wrote the introductory poem and the song, which will actually be read except for the choruses, was adapted from Gilbert & Sullivan's “HMS Pinafore” by Michael. Handouts will be available at the convention so that everyone can participate.
  • Our guest speaker from July, Dan Jaramillo, lost his wife on September 11. Our prayers and thoughts go out to him and his son, Luke. A sympathy card was passed around for members to sign and Evie will mail it to the Jaramillos.
  • There are still a few of the new KAC pins for sale at $3 each. If you want to purchase one, contact Reaona Hemmingway.

Elections for the 2008-2009 October-September fiscal year were held during the September meeting. Nominees were presented by outgoing president, Randall Martin. Rosemary Torrez motioned to accept the slate of nominees. Glory Hemmingway seconded the motion. A unanimous vote was cast in favor of the nominees. The District 1 officers for this coming year are:
President: Errol Anderson, Vice President: Evie Green & George Paris, Treasurer: Reaona Hemmingway, Secretary: Barbara Brady.

Following the election Randall Martin turned over the meeting to Errol Anderson and presented him with a KAC pin in recognition of his new office.

Our guest speakers were Sam Pierson and Bill Halverson, Senior Special Agent with the KBI. Sam is finishing up her book Without Warning, which chronicles the even in 1998 in which she and her husband were victims of a home invasion. Agent Halverson was one of the investigators in the case who took a special interest when he discovered that the Piersons were “sympathetic” victims, meaning that there was no prior connection between the victims and the perpetrators of the crime. Another unique feature of the case was that it was one of the rare instances when forensics actually solved the crime rather than merely corroborating the hard evidence. Five years after the incident, a forensic DNA sample from a cigarette butt left on the Pierson's property pointed to a man convicted of armed robbery in Georgia . That man and an accomplice are now serving 15 year prison sentences

The program for the next meeting on October 18 will be readings of those who win awards at the 2008 KAC Convention on October 3-5

The meeting ended at 1:55 p.m.

Respectfully submitted: Reaona T. Hemmingway, District 1 Secretary/Treasurer

Return to Top of Page

Minutes: August 16, 2008

The Kansas Authors Club District 1 met at Walt McFarland’s Family Restaurant on Saturday July 19, 2008 at 11:30 a.m. There were 27 members and guests in attendance. District 1 President Randall Martin greeted everyone before lunch at 11:31 a.m. and then began the business portion of the meeting at 12:32 p.m. The minutes for the July 19, 2008 meeting, which were posted on the website and available in hard copy at the August meeting, were approved. Reaona Hemmingway presented the treasurer’s report.

Announcements and New Business:

  • Randall Martin has a contest-winning short story in “Whispering Spirits,” published on-line.
  • Next month at the September meeting we will hold elections for 2009 officers. Erroll Anderson has accepted nomination for President. We are still looking for a nominee for Secretary.
  • Randall Martin picked up KAC pins with the new logo designed by Carol Yoho at the state board meeting in Wichita. If you wish to purchase one, they are $3 each.
  • Dennis Smirl passed out ballots for members in attendance to give their preference for whether to solicit popular or academic speakers for the 2009 convention.
  • Evie Green is working on a skit for announcing the 2009 convention at this year’s
  • Trudy McFarland has a poem being published in the fall edition of International Library of Poetry.
  • Carol Yoho’s article “Gage Park: A Park for Our City” and submitted historical photographs were published in the July/August issue of TK Magazine.

Our August Read Around program featured 3 minute reading by members in attendance.

Our next meeting will be September 20. Our guest speaker will be Sam Pearson, District 2, Lebo, who will talk about and read from her book “Without Warning.”

The August meeting ended at 2:10.

Respectfully submitted: Reaona T. Hemmingway, District 1 Secretary/Treasurer

Return to Top of Page

Minutes: July 19, 2008

The Kansas Authors Club District 1 met at Walt McFarland’s Family Restaurant on Saturday July 19, 2008 at 11:30 a.m. There were 23 members and guests in attendance. District 1 President Randall Martin greeted everyone before lunch at 11:33 a.m. and began the business portion of the meeting at 12:32 p.m. The minutes for the June 21, 2008 meeting, which were posted on the website and available in hard copy at the July meeting, were approved. Reaona Hemmingway presented the treasurer’s report.

Announcements and New Business:

  • Evie Green distributed copies of the 2009 conference committee sign-up sheet so that members could see who was on their team and/or what positions are still open.
  • A member’s purse was forcibly taken in the parking lot as she was coming to today’s meeting. Everyone is reminded to keep an eye on their surroundings anywhere they go.
  • Naomi Patterson won two first-places and one third-place in the National League of America Pen Women contest.
  • Rosemary Perez took a third place in Bi-line’s poetry contest.
  • Duane Johnson announced that Trinity Presbyterian Church plans to hold a spoken word fundraiser on October 11 and 12 to raise money for women and children in Iraq.

Our guest speaker was Daniel Jaramillo, author of Fortitude: Without Acknowledgement. Daniel wrote a fictionalized account about the moral courage it took to come forward and shed light on the corruption going on in the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Department in the late nineties. The writing process involved analyzing the psychology, courage, and ethics behind the story as well as determining the “hook.” To effectively tell the story, he needed to shed light on the culture of the organization and develop an understanding in the reader of how moral courage involves principals, pressure, and endurance.

Our next meeting will be August 16. We will have a Read-Around in which members can read their work for three minutes. The July meeting ended at 1:35.

Respectfully submitted: Reaona T. Hemmingway, District 1 Secretary/Treasurer

Return to Top of Page

Minutes: June 21, 2008

The Kansas Authors Club District 1 met at Walt McFarland's Family Restaurant on Saturday June 21, 2008 at 11:30 a.m. There were 19 members and guests in attendance. District 1 President Randall Martin greeted everyone before lunch at 11:32 a.m. and then began the business portion of the meeting at 12:33 p.m. The minutes for the May 17, 2008 meeting, which were posted on the website and available in hard copy at the June meeting, were approved. Reaona Hemmingway presented the treasurer's report.

Announcements and New Business:

  • Not everyone has 2008 membership cards. District 1 members are urged to contact Joanne Williams, state president, to prompt some action toward receiving their cards.

  • The 2008 Inscape is out. George Paris and Karen Sells Brown both have entries published.

  • Bob Spear, who spoke at one of our meetings a couple years ago, has sold his screen play, “You Rock My Galaxy,” to Tipping Point Productions in Arizona. Bob collaborated with Joe Rosenthal from Pittsburg, PA in writing this screenplay.
  • The latest issue of Writer's Digest focuses on writing screen plays. You can also still catch sessions of Esther Luttrell's screen writing workshop.

Our guest speaker was Adrianne Meyer from Visit Topeka who spoke about the services and assistance Visit Topeka can provide for the 2009 convention. Visit Topeka can provide handout items, set up off-site tours and entertainment, help arrange transportation assistance, and assist with press releases.

Following the guest speaker's presentation, committees for the 2009 convention were encouraged to sit together, compare notes, and brainstorm. If you have not signed up for a committee yet, please contact Evie Green.

Our next meeting will be July 19. The June meeting ended at 1:00.

Respectfully submitted: Reaona T. Hemmingway, District 1 Secretary/Treasurer

Return to Top of Page

Reaona Hemmingway, District 1, Topeka, received second honorable mention in the 2008 Kansas Voices short stories writing contest. She received her award and read her story, "Tillie's Marbles," at a banquet in Winfield on May 3, 2008. 5/13/2008

Reaona Hemmingway reads

LEFT: Reaona reads her winning entry.

BELOW: Kansas Voices 2008 winners, including Back Row -- Sharon Black from Smith Center, John E. Cox from Wichita, Christian Woolley from Wichita, William Coleman from Wichita, Kevin Rabas from Emporia (Poety Judge)
Front Row -- Michelle Brown from Wellington, Ashton Burchfield from Wichita, Katherine Vasper from McPherson, Sarah Jensen from Olathe, Reaona Hemmingway from Topeka and May Feitz from Olathe

2008 Kansas Voices writing contest winners


Minutes: May 17, 2008

Kansas Authors Club District 1 met at Walt McFarland’s Family Restaurant on Saturday May 17, 2008 at 11:30 a.m. There were 21 members and guests in attendance. District 1 President Randall Martin greeted everyone before lunch at 11:30 a.m. and began the business portion of the meeting at 12:32 p.m. The minutes for the April 19, 2008 meeting, which were posted on the website and available in hard copy at the April meeting, were approved. Reaona Hemmingway presented the treasurer’s report.

Announcements and New Business:

  • Randall Martin asked if anyone received his or her 2008 membership cards yet. Dr. Bajaj, the state financial secretary, recently suffered a dramatic loss in his family. Everyone should be assured the membership cards will arrive in due time. Our condolences go out to Dr. Bajaj and his family.
  • Members attending the May meeting who serve or once served in the military stood up and were recognized as veterans on Armed Forces Day.
  • The deadline for entries to the 2008 Youth Contest has been extended to June 30. See the website for contest rules.
  • Members are asked to solicit donations and sponsors for the 2008 Annual Youth Writing Contest. For questions regarding the contest, please call Christie Merriman Breault, contest manager, at 316-253-2887 or go to http://skyways.lib.ks.us/orgs/kac/2008youthcontestrules.pdf.
  • The Tallgrass Writer’s Workshop at Emporia State University will be held June 28 & 29. Late registration is $70. Online registration is available at www.emporia.edu/cgps/class.htm.
  • The Karnowski Youth Poetry Contest deadline is June 15.
  • Esther Luttrell, District 1, is conducting a Screen Writing Workshop at 1259 SW Jewell from 7:00-8:30 PM on June 11, 18, 25, and July 2, 9, 16. The six-week workshop includes phone interviews with Donald Gold (producer/writer for “Miami Vice” and “Diagnosis Murder”) on June 18, Barry Perelman (Formerly with Wm Morris Agency “Columbo”, “Rockford Files”, “MASH”, etc) on June 25, Randi Cushnir (Director of Development for Tom Hanks and Matt Dillon) on July 2, and Jack Allen (producer of Alec Baldwin’s “The Alamo”) on July 9. The fee is $75, which includes a copy of Screen Writers Q & A and ongoing counseling at no extra cost. Contact Esther at 785-234-5674 or by e-mail: estherwrites@aol.com to register.
  • If you have ideas for 2009 convention programs, please contact Evie Green.

The business portion of the meeting adjourned at 12:45.

Our guest speaker was Roy Bird, Director of the Kansas Center for the Book, which won the first of three national Borston Awards for 2007. Roy contributes this award to the Center’s programs such as Kansas Reads, Kansas Notable Book List, and Letters About Literature. For information on how to be listed as a working Kansas author or become a fellow, contact Roy.

Our next meeting will be June 21. Guest speaker will be Adrianne Meyer from Visit Topeka on how her organization can assist District 1 in the 2009 Topeka KAC convention.

The May meeting ended at 1:48.

Respectfully submitted: Reaona T. Hemmingway, District 1 Secretary/Treasurer

Return to Top of Page

Minutes: April 19, 2008

Kansas Authors Club District 1 met at Walt McFarland's Family Restaurant on Saturday April 19, 2008 at 11:30 a.m. There were 25 members and guests in attendance. District 1 President Randall Martin greeted everyone before lunch at 11:30 a.m. and then began the business portion of the meeting at 12:32 p.m. The minutes for the March 15, 2008 meeting, which were posted on the website and available in hard copy at the April meeting, were approved. Reaona Hemmingway presented the treasurer's report.

Announcements and New Business:

  • Dennis Smirl's letter to the editor, "Scarier things out there," was published in the Topeka Capital-Journal today, Saturday, April 19.
  • The sign-up sheet for 2009 convention committees was passed around. Please contact Evie Green to volunteer.
  • Southern HillsMennoite Church's Outreach Committee and the Peacemaking Committee at Trinity Presbyterian Church, both of Topeka, are considering an idea for an Iraq fundraiser that would focus on the spoken word.  Members of both committees say that the idea hinges on whether they can find a project coordinator and volunteers to form a joint subcommittee.  The event, which would be the fourth in a series to raise money for women and children being victimized by the war in Iraq, might include one-act plays and skits; forensics; dramatic poetry reaedings; story-telling, and children's theater.  Presentations would occur over the course of a weekend and might take place at multiple sites.  If you are interested in helping to coodinate a "spoken word" fundraiser for Iraq, contact Rachel Goossen, 862-1933, rachelwg@aol.com , or Duane Johnson, 267-6386, boomerduan@aol.com.
  • Mark Bouton's broken leg is healing well. To send a card or message, consult the 2008 Yearbook for his contact information.
  • Reaona Hemmingway received second honorable mention in the 2008 Kansas Voices short stories writing contest. She will receive her award and read her story Tillie's Marbles at the banquet in Winfield on May 3.
  • Dennis Smirl took several awards at the Kansas Writer's Association's 2008 Scene of the Crime Conference in Wichita this month.

The business portion of the meeting adjourned at 12:45.

Our guest speakers were Jeanne Mithen and Warren Taylor from the Topeka and Shawnee Country Public Library. They introduced us to the library's special collections, which include rare editions by famous authors, fore-edge painted books, leafs from Kelmsott Chaucer , unique pop-up books, and much more.

Our next meeting will be May 17. Our guest speaker will be Roy Bird, District 1, Topeka, Director of the Kansas Center for the Book.

The April meeting ended at 1:37 pm.

Respectfully submitted: Reaona T. Hemmingway, District 1 Secretary/Treasurer

Return to Top of Page

Minutes: March 15, 2008

District 1 Kansas Authors met at McFarlands on Saturday March 15, 2008 at 11:30 am.  There were 26 members and guests in attendance.  Randall Martin, Dist. 1 president, greeted guests: Dennis Bosley (a new member) and Marie McKinney.  The minutes of the February meeting (posted on line) were approved as well as the treasurer's report.  

Announcements: 

  • Deadline for membership in KAC is March 31, 2008                         
  • Statewide KAC Literary Contest begins April 1, 2008 (see 2008 KAC Yearbook for details)                          
  • Also the KAC Youth Writing Contest and William J. Karnowski Youth writing contests begin April 1, (see Contest online and 2008 KAC Yearbook for details).
  • Carol Yoho mentioned that District 1 member Errol Anderson and his wife are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary today.
  • Randall Martin announced his Little Brother's birthday and members sang "Happy Birthday to Alex".
  • Evie Green passed a sign-up sheet for the committees of the 2009  convention.  She asked everyone to get involved as "None of us  is as smart as all of us!"  She also asked for cards of sympathy be sent to Prem Bajaj, PhD, 8108 Greenbriar Court, Wichita,  KS 67226 .

Our Speaker was Shannon Reilly, Artistic Director for Topeka Civic Theatre and Academy.  His talk was about plays, playwrites, and what it takes to put a production together.  His enthusiasm for his work, came across very clearly.  He answered questions following his talk.

Our next meeting will be April 19.  Our speakers will be Jeannie Mithen, and Warren Taylor, with the Rare Books of the Topeka Room, of the Shawnee County Public Library.

Respectfully submitted: Evie Green, District 1 Reluctant Substitute Recording Secretary

Return to Top of Page

Minutes: February 16, 2008

Kansas Authors Club District 1 met at Walt McFarland’s Family Restaurant on Saturday February 16, 2008 at 11:30 a.m. There were 20 members and guests in attendance. District 1 President Randall Martin greeted everyone before lunch at 11:30 a.m. and began the business portion of the meeting at 12:41 p.m. The minutes for the January 19, 2008 meeting, which were posted on the website and available in hard copy at the January meeting, were approved. Reaona Hemmingway presented the treasurer’s report, which was approved.

Announcements and New Business:

  • A reminder was made that 2008 dues are due. A renewal form can be printed off from the KAC website.
  • Randall Martin, Evie Green, and Reaona Hemmingway met with Kim McPherson at the Capital Plaza on Monday, February 11. The dates for the 2009 convention have been set for October 16-18, 2009. Evie is making a committees list. Everyone is encouraged to contact Evie regarding which committee you would like to be on.
  • The Kansas Voices Short Story Contest deadline is March 15. Submission guidelines and entry form are posted on their web site.
  • The Poetry Rendezvous Celebration of Wm Stafford will be held April 12 at the Flying W Ranch near Clements, KS from 10:30 am to nightfall. Among those reading are Kim Stafford, Harley Elliott, Tom Averill, Amy Fleury, Kevin Rabas, Bill Sheldon, Jonathan Holden, Steven Hind, and Denise Low.

The business portion of the meeting adjourned at 12:50.

Our guest speaker was storyteller Rosie Best-Cutrer. Upon taking questions, she confirmed that she does need to check copyrights when adapting pieces of work for storytelling. In March, Rosie will be in Valley Falls on St. Patrick’s Day, in Kansas City doing an Ethno Tech workshop, and Sterling College teaching classes and doing performance. She will appear at the Choctaw Festival in Oklahoma in April and May, and has been asked to appear at a family reunion and rodeo in Pretty Prairie in July. You can visit her website at www.rosiecutrer.com.

Our next meeting will be March 15, 2008. Our guest speaker will be Shannon Reilly, the Artistic Director for the Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy.

The January meeting ended at 2:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted: Reaona Hemmingway, District 1 Secretary/Treasurer

Return to Top of Page

Minutes: January 19, 2008

The Kansas Authors Club District 1 met at Walt McFarland’s Family Restaurant on Saturday January 19, 2008 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 12:35 p.m. The minutes for the December 15, 2007 meeting, which were posted on the website and available in hard copy at the January meeting, were approved. Reaona Hemmingway presented the treasurer’s report.

Announcements and New Business:
It’s time to renew your membership in KAC. The cost this year is $25. Renewal forms can be printed from the website.

  • George Paris presided over the William Stafford poetry reading at the Unitarian Fellowship later on Saturday evening at 7:00.
  • Carol Yoho has updated the website. Be sure to go to the Events page and review the upcoming activities such as the Top City Poetry Reading Series at Lola’s Café in Fleming Court.
  • Bill Karnowski’s three book poetry series is being featured and displayed at the Kansas Tourist Information Center at the Goodland rest area on I-70. Copies can be ordered online.

The business portion of the meeting adjourned at 12:45.

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

Our next meeting will be February 16, 2008. Our guest speaker will be Rosie Best-Cutrer, storyteller.

The January meeting ended at 2:00.

Respectfully submitted: Reaona Hemmingway, District 1 Secretary/Treasurer

Return to Top of Page
Officers of Kansas Authors Club, District 1
for 2007-2008:

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

Randall Martin
Evie Green
George Paris

Reaona Hemmingway


Return to Top of Page