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2009 Member News:

Dec. Member News: Ronald Feasel | Christine Hollenbeck |
         Debra Guiou Stufflebean | Max Yoho
Nov. Member News: Barbara Brady | Esther Luttrell | Randall Martin |
         Max Yoho
Oct. Member News: Reaona Hemmingway | Ken Peery | Carol Yoho
Sept. Member News: Sylvia Eiker Colombo | Reaona Hemmingway |
         Esther Luttrell 1 & 2 | Elizabeth Nichols | Ken Peery
Aug. Member News: Gary K. Clarke | Reona Hemmingway | Randall Martin |
         Max Yoho
July Member News: Reaona Hemmingway | Esther Luttrell | Randall Martin
Jun. Member News: Reaona Hemmingway | Christine Hollenbeck |
        Esther Luttrell | Jancy Morgan | Ken Olm | Don Pady
May Member News: Duane Herrmann | Randall A. Martin | Trudy McFarland |
         Max Yoho1 & 2
Apr. Member News: Mark Bouton | Max Yoho
Mar. Member News: George Paris
Feb. Member News: Bob Spear | Max Yoho
Jan. Member News: Esther Luttrel


2009 Meeting Minutes:

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

Minutes: December 19, 2009

District 1 Kansas Authors Club met at Walt McFarland's Family restaurant on Saturday, December 19, 2009.

Following lunch the meeting was convened at 12:30 by President, Errol Anderson.  20 people were present.  Errol Anderson introduced visitor, Roger Droz, and recent new member Carol Feierabend

The minutes of the November meeting were made available and approved. 

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

Announcements and Business:

Errol Anderson thanked the members who sent e-mail to member Trudy McFarland who broke her hip and now resides at Midland Hospice.  Members signed a card to be sent to Trudy.

Evie Green is working on a program for January and will accept ideas for future programs of interest.

Errol Anderson recognized Evie Green and Carol Yoho who received service awards at the convention.  He expressed appreciation to them for their well-earned, well-deserved awards.

Carol Yoho reminded the members of the 2010 Sampler Festival which will take place in Leavenworth the first weekend in May.  For the first time in the history of the festival they will be hosting a Kansas Authors Tent and space will be available for authors to have a table for a fee.  Detailed information can be found online at Kansas Sampler Foundation. 

The program was a read-around.  A variety of prose and poetry was shared by members.  Presenters included: Robert Lawson, Phil Corbin, Lee Goldstein, Carol Yoho, George Paris, Duane Johnson, Rosemary Torrez, Evie Green, Myron Dunavan, Barbara Brady, Reaona Hemmingway, Glory Hemmingway, and Gary HemmingwayRobert Lawson closed with a Christmas poem.

Errol Anderson adjourned the meeting at 1:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted : Barbara Brady, Secretary, District 1


Minutes: November 21, 2009

District 1 Kansas Authors Club met at Walt McFarland’s Family restaurant on Saturday, November 21, 2009.

Following lunch the meeting was convened at 12:30 p.m. by President, Errol Anderson. 31 people were present. Errol Anderson introduced first time visitors, Carol Feierabend and Lee Goldstein. Also visiting for the first time were new members Mary Dormer and Chris Hamilton. Carol Yoho welcomed her friends Joy Thompson and her son Niel Thompson.

The minutes of the September meeting were made available and approved. The minutes are also available on the web site.

Reaona Hemmingway, treasurer, read the financial report. The District no longer has funds in the Topeka Community Foundation. The report was accepted as read.

Announcements and Business:

Evie Green reported that Trudy McFarland wasn’t able to attend the meeting due to health reasons but would appreciate notes.

Reaona Hemingway and Errol Anderson received praise and applause for a job well done at the annual convention hosted by District 1. Errol Anderson thanked all the members who helped toward making the convention a success.

Carol Yoho reported on the success of the youth flashlight tour of the Capitol building. She announced that several future tours will be offered and then the dome will be closed for two years of repairs.

Our guest speaker and new member Chris Hamilton presented the program. He is a professor of Political Science at Washburn University. His book, The House Rules, is a historical novel based on the true story of Terry Householter of Concordia, Kansas—a history making high school track star who lost his life during an act of heroism during the Viet Nam War. Chris Hamilton explained how and why he wrote the story and read a selection from the book commending the virtues of Kansas. His presentation was following with a question and answer session. The book was available for sale.

Evie Green announced the December meeting would be a read-around by members of the club who had winning prose or poetry in the literary contest. It was suggested members try their best to limit readings to 3 minutes each.

Errol Anderson adjourned the meeting at 1:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted : Barbara Brady, Secretary, District 1


October, 2009

The 2009 KAC Convention was held in Topeka at the time District 1 would have been holding their October meeting. District 1 members instead played host to the state's convention attendees.


Minutes: September 19, 2009

District 1 Kansas Authors Club met at Walt McFarland’s Family restaurant on Saturday, September 19, 2009.

Following lunch Dennis Smirl and the Write Stuff Players presented an entertaining play, “Ponytail,” in radio/podcast format. The talented cast included Mark Bouton, Randall Martin, Steve Laird, Patsy Sweden, Dennis Smirl and guest artist Karen Hastings.

The meeting following the podcast was convened at 1:10 p.m. by President, Errol Anderson. 28 people were present.

Evie Green introduced guest Patsy Sweden and welcomed Katrina and Marshall Clark. Errol Anderson thanked Karen Hastings for coming to take part in the program.

Reaona Hemmingway, treasurer, read the financial report. The report was accepted as read. Reaona Hemmingway reported 88 people have registered for the convention. Patsy Sweden registered for and paid for the convention while still at the meeting, making the convention count 89.

The minutes of the August meeting were made available and approved. The minutes are also posted on the website.

Announcements and Business:

  • Election of officers for District 1 was held. The following officers were nominated and elected by unanimous ballot.
            President: Errol W. Anderson
            1st Vice President: Evie Green
            2nd Vice President: George Paris
            Secretary: Barbara Brady
            Treasurer: Reaona Hemmingway
  • Errol Anderson asked for volunteers to help with various tasks for the convention. Several members offered their help.
  • Evie Green encouraged members to attend the youth award program. She reminded members to congratulate the winners who work hard to participate.
  • Errol Anderson reminded members to bring a flashlight for the tour of the Capitol Building. If you plan to take the tour, we must have your reservation by October 1.
  • Reaona Hemmingway suggested those not familiar with the Capitol Plaza building meet before the convention on Sat., Oct. 10 to become familiar with the layout and facilities.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:45 p.m. by Errol Anderson.

Respectfully submitted : Barbara Brady, Secretary, District 1


Minutes: August 15, 2009

District 1 Kansas Authors Club met at Walt McFarland’s Family restaurant on Saturday, August 15, 2009. Following lunch the meeting was convened at 12:30 p.m. by President, Errol Anderson. 28 people were present.

Errol Anderson introduced first time visitor Phil Corbin and the guest speaker Rick Bruner.

The minutes of the July meeting were made available and approved. The minutes are also posted on the website.

Reaona Hemmingway, treasurer, read the financial report. The report was accepted as read. Reaona Hemmingway reported that 57 have registered for the convention with 50 of those registering for the full week end.

Announcements and Business:

  • Errol Anderson thanked George Paris for presiding at the July meeting. He thanked members for their concern following his recent surgery and convalescence.
  • Carol Yoho prompted members to register for the convention now to get the reduced rate.
  • Barbara Brady reminded the members to keep in mind the need for items to be collected for the convention goodie bags and door prizes. She thanked those who have been working diligently toward this project.
  • Trudy McFarland suggested that we could collect an offering at each meeting to give members an opportunity to make a donation toward the convention. No action was taken.
  • Errol Anderson announced a flashlight tour of the Capitol Building and a visit to a candle and chocolate shop will be available during the convention for interested guests.
  • Carol Yoho reported that state officers met and considered how to make district meetings meaningful, such as joining a Facebook group open to KAC members as a way of communicating with others who have similar interests.
  • Don Pady, who also attended the meeting of state officers, reported on ways to increase membership. He suggested inviting people from other literary clubs to visit our meetings.
  • Errol Anderson reminded us to properly label submissions to the annual KAC literary contest to avoid confusion of the proper category.
  • Errol Anderson suggested we contact Richard Tanos, publicity chairperson for the state Kansas Authors Club, if we have a speaking engagement or book signing so he can publicize the event. He would like to have several weeks notice before the event.
  • Mark Bouton will be at the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library to promote his books on August 23, 2009 at 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. He has books available today for purchase.
  • Sam Pierson has books available for purchase.
  • Elizabeth Nichols has Haikus available for a donation to be contributed to the club.
  • Errol Anderson announced that Elizabeth Nichols has made a donation of $100.00 to be used for the convention.

Our guest speaker was Rick Bruner. His topic was “Inspiration, Deadlines and Creativity.” He began his program by using lines written by members to create a song he put to guitar music. He performed some of his original songs interspersed with his theme. He reminded us that inspiration can be known, unknown, invited or created. He suggested that deadlines can be our friend and creativity takes time to gather, reflect, organize and germinate. The completed project charges the creative battery. Following a question and answer period Rick Bruner made his CDs available for sale.

Errol Anderson adjourned the meeting at 2:05 p.m.

Respectfully submitted : Barbara Brady, Secretary, District 1


Minutes: July 18, 2009

District 1 Kansas Authors Club met at Walt McFarland’s Family restaurant on Saturday, July 18, 2009. Following lunch the meeting was convened by 2nd Vice President George Paris in the absence of President Errol Anderson and 1st Vice President Evie Green. George Paris reported that Errol Anderson is recovering nicely from surgery and Evie Green is out of town.

George Paris called the meeting to order at 12:20 with 19 people present. George greeted Sylvia Colombo who attended for the first time. Sylvia was given a membership form and invited to become a member of District 1. Mary Sanders Cox, visiting from District 4, was greeted

The minutes of the June meeting were made available and approved.

Reaona Hemmingway, treasurer, read the financial report. The report was accepted. Reaona announced she has 14 reservations for the convention with 6 of those being from District 1. She reminded people the deadline for the reservation discount ends August 15, 2009.

Announcements and New Business:

George Paris announced a workshop will be offered at the Topeka Shawnee County Library on Haiku writing from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. this Sunday, July 19, 2009. There is no fee.

George Paris recognized Elizabeth Nichols. Liz is moving back to Colorado Springs, Colorado. She has been an active member of KAC and will be missed. Her “Grandmother Flute Player” has been a hit in Topeka, as have her haiku workshops and her general support of writing and writers.

George Paris announced Randall Martin had published in the August 2009 issue of Readers Digest a “Slice of Life” vignette. “One Dead Sucker” was published in Everyday Weirdness, July 14, 2009. Whispering Spirits—Digital Magazine published “Bridge of No Return” in a Flash Fiction contest.

Sam Pierson was congratulated on the news report she received in the Topeka Capital Journal about her latest book, Without Warning. She has this book and others available for sale today.

Other books and/or CDs available for sale today are by Trudy McFarland, Reaona Hemmingway, George Paris and Liz Nichols.

Barbara Brady thanked Rosemary Torrez and Trudy McFarland for their generous support of the convention. Rosemary Torrez offered to donate several gift certificates to be used as door prizes at the convention. Trudy McFarland will donate table decorations for the convention that will also be used as door prizes. The KAC voted to accept these significant gifts.

Barbara Brady announced that we still need gifts to be used as door prizes, silent auction, goodie bags or monetary gifts to help sustain the cost of the convention. She asked for volunteers to help secure these gifts. Prepared letters on KAC letterhead were handed to volunteers. She also suggested members save their used books. These books would be available in the book store for a donation as a way to gain extra income.

Since Liz Nichols will no longer be able to attend meetings, it was unanimously agreed that KAC should pay for her lunch today.

The program was presented by members and received with enthusiasm. The following people read prose and poetry they had submitted to the annual KAC literary contest: Sam Pierson, William Karnowski, Trudy McFarland, Mary Sanders Cox, Barbara Brady, Reaona Hemmingway, Glory Hemmingway, Elizabeth Nichols, Barbara Lerma, and George Paris.

George Paris adjourned the meeting at 1:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted : Barbara Brady, Secretary, District 1


Minutes: June 20, 2009

District 1 Kansas Authors Club met at Walt McFarland's Family restaurant on Saturday, June 20, 2009 . Following lunch the business meet was convened at 12:30 p.m. by President Errol Anderson. 18 people were present.

Errol Anderson called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. He greeted the members and thanked the presenters of last month for their program.

The minutes of the May meeting were made available and approved.

Reaona Hemmingway , treasurer, read the financial report. The report was accepted as read. She encouraged members to register early for the convention and presented a list of the number of registrations.

Announcements and New Business :

Carol Yoho shared information about an upcoming Topeka Writers Workshop to be held June 30, July 7, July 21, August 18 and September 1 at Warehouse 414 E. 2 nd St. The cost is $20.00 and will include having work considered by peers, interacting within the community of local writers, guest authors, group readings and chapbook, literary activism and information about publishing opportunities.

Reona Hemmingway announced she still has old KAC pins for sale.

Errol Anderson announced the agenda would be a convention planning session. He reported on the meeting he and Glory Hemmingway , Carol Yoho and Barbara Brady attended with personnel of Visit Topeka to discuss how the organization will assist District 1. Visit Topeka will provide materials for name tags, maps, and coupon booklets along with other information about Topeka . Glory Hemmingway brought name tag samples.

A discussion followed about providing for the youth a flashlight tour of the Capitol building following the Youth Awards program. The club voted to host this event. It was suggested the refreshments for the evening with the youth come from state funds.

Agnes Kazminski and Trudy McFarland worked with the Capital Plaza to plan three meals for the convention. The menus were printed for our information. Carol Yoho announced that the convention program will be printed beforehand and handed out at the convention. Evie Green suggested we keep convention guidelines to pass on to the districts for future use and the club agreed. It was discussed if KAC should charge a higher convention fee for non-members. The club voted to keep the fee the same for members and non-members since is already printed on the web site.

Don Pady , archivist, announced that a presentation will be made at the convention to award certificates to people who have been members of KAC for 10, 15, or 20 years or more. If a member is 80 years or older they will no longer be required to pay dues. He suggested that long time members should meet with newer members at an informal session to learn more about KAC and writing. It was agreed that this could be done during the read-around.

Errol Anderson announced that publicity about the youth writing contest has been posted at the library and various places around town.

The following people will make contacts to secure donations to be used in goodie bags or as gifts:

  • Mark Bouton —to contact authors to provide books, bookmarks, etc.
  • Evie Green —to contact for notepads, pens or pencils
  • Rosemary Torrez —to contact Spangles for gift coupons
  • Denise Hemmingway —to contact Dillons for grocery list pads and candy bars
  • Trudy McFarland —to contact McFarland's Family Restaurant for gift coupons for dinners and Merle Norman for gifts
  • Barbara Brady —to contact Hy-Vee and Walgreens for reusable grocery bags

Evie Green suggested the July meeting be a read-around with members reading a short poem or prose submitted to the literary contest. She emphasized the presentation should be short. Her proposal was accepted.

Errol Anderson adjourned the meeting at 2:05 p.m.

Respectfully submitted : Barbara Brady, Secretary, District 1


Minutes: May 16, 2009

District 1 Kansas Authors Club met at Walt McFarland’s Family Restaurant on Saturday, May 16, 2009. Following lunch the business meeting was convened at 12:30 p.m. by President Errol Anderson. 31 people were in attendance.

Errol Anderson greeted members and recognized guests. Tracy Million Simmons from District 2 introduced daughters Evie and Maddie Simmons and her sister Diane Million from Illinois.

The minutes of April meeting were made available and approved.

Reaona Hemmingway, treasurer, read the financial report. The report was accepted as read.

Announcements and New Business:

Errol Anderson introduced Walt McFarland. A plaque was presented to Walt McFarland in appreciation for hosting the monthly Kansas Authors Club meetings and closing the restaurant last month, despite losing business, so the meeting could be held in the main dining room. Walt thanked the group and expressed his appreciation for the honor.

Evie Green requested ideas for programs for June and July. It was suggested we use June to work on convention plans. Evie Green announced that the August program will be guest speaker Rick Bruner who will discuss sources of inspiration and perform some of his original songs.

Trudy McFarland displayed a sample of a table decoration for the convention, a replica of Ad Astra—a fitting symbol of our theme Writing is a Capital Idea. The decorations can also be given as door prizes.

Errol Anderson read an unusual and amusing message used on an answering machine in a school in Queenstown, Australia.

Errol Anderson introduced the guest speakers, Valerie Reif and Tanya Walsh, reader advisory librarians from the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. Their presentation was titled “A View from the Balcony: A Historical Reading of To Kill A Mockingbird.” The multi-media presentation provided a social, cultural, and historical overview of the novel and circumstances surrounding its composition, publication, and legacy.

Errol Anderson adjourned the meeting at 2:15 p.m.

respectfully submitted: Barbara Brady, Secretary, District 1


Minutes:April 18, 2009

District 1 Kansas Authors Club met at Walt McFarland’s Family Restaurant on Saturday, April 18, 2009 at 11:30 a.m. Following lunch the business meeting was convened at 12:30 p.m. by President Errol Anderson. 31 participants were present.

Errol Anderson recognized first time visitor Dave McKinsey and member Gwendolen Funston.

The minutes of the March meeting were made available and approved.

Reaona Hemmingway, treasurer, read the financial report. The report was approved and accepted. The treasurer received a check from District 7 as seed money for our convention in October.

Announcements and Old Business:

Trudy McFarland announced that she and Sam Pierson will represent the National Pen Women to tell about their books on May 1, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Collective Art Gallery at Huntoon and Oakley streets. Trudy McFarland also announced that the Topeka Capital-Journal will do an article on her book, Diary of a German War Bride.

Carol Yoho reported that the Center for Kansas Studies will give a donation to our upcoming convention. Carol Yoho also announced a poetry contest to be judged by Denise Low, Kansas Poet Laureate. Denise Low invites entries and the theme will change weekly. Details are posted on our News for All Members page.

Agnes Kazminski announced her friend Mike Ryan, formerly employed at Topeka Capital-Journal and now living in Augusta, Georgia, has published a book, The Lost Freedom, about Victor Frankel who was in a German concentration camp. He will be at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library on Friday, May 15, 2009, from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Thanks to anonymous donor the membership fees for Kansas Authors Club will be eliminated for members who are over the age of 80 if they so desire. The following members qualify for this achievement: Rosemary Torres, Trudy McFarland, Phil Morris, Robert Lawson, George Paris, Elizabeth Nichols and Gwen Funston.

President Errol Anderson announced that Fred Appelhanz, a KAC member, will play the hammer dulcimer all three days at the convention.

President Errol Anderson asked for a volunteer to be chairperson for table decorations at the convention. He also said it was suggested we have a mixer at the convention for new members.

President Errol Anderson informed the group that the state publicity chairperson, Richard Tanos has offered to help writers publicize their work.

Errol Anderson announced the program, a read-around, in recognition of National Poetry Month. Kristine Polansky began the program by reading a whimsical poem written by Naomi Patterson, a former KAC member. KAC members shared their own work or a favorite poem of another.

Errol Anderson adjourned the meeting at 1:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted: Barbara Brady, Secretary, District 1

   As president, I would like to go on record and say that we heard some wonderful poetry today. I don’t know how many members came to me afterwards and said what a grand meeting this was but it was a bunch. In my opinion, many of the poems should be published nationally. We have such great talent here in District One. I am so proud to be associated with each of you. Thank you so much.
    A further note of interest, there were two groups meeting at McFarland’s this day. Walt McFarland decided to give the other group our normal meeting room downstairs and he put us up in the restaurant area and closed the restaurant off to the general public until after we finished with our meeting. He sacrificed some income in order to properly accommodate us. A special vote of thanks should go to Walt. Whoorah!
—Errol


Minutes: March 21, 2009

District 1 Kansas Authors Club met at Walt McFarland’s Family Restaurant on Saturday, March 21, 2009 at 11:30 a.m. Following lunch the business meeting was convened at 12:30 p.m. by President Errol Anderson. 34 participants were present. Errol Anderson welcomed Kate Arroyo, a first time visitor, and Jancy Morgan, a KAC member who attended for the first time.

The minutes of the February meeting were made available and approved.

Reaona Hemmingway, treasurer, read the financial report. The report was approved and accepted. Reaona Hemmingway checked with two banks about a service charge. A motion was made, seconded and carried, to continue to work with Bank of America. Since the credit card must be used monthly, it was recommended we use the card to pay for the luncheon of each guest speaker. If there is no guest speaker, it was suggested perhaps one person each month could receive a free meal. No action was taken.

Announcements and Old Business:

Evie Green passed around a sign up sheet for volunteers to help with the upcoming Convention sponsored by District 1.

District l will recognize National Poetry Month by having everyone bring a poem to read at the April meeting. The poem may be the writer’s creation or a favorite poem. There will be a 3 minute time limit.

Errol Anderson announced that Fred Appelhanz, a KAC member, has offered to play his hammered dulcimer at the convention. His offer will be considered by the planning committee.

Errol Anderson thanked Mark Bouton for his program last month, reminding us that conflict, conflict, and conflict is essential in novels.

Errol Anderson presented a game using the 9 letter word STARTLING. Each time one letter was removed, another word remained: L, starting, T, staring, A, string, R, sting, T, sing, G, sin, S, in, and N, I., proving STARTLING is a unique word.

New Business:

Myron Dunavan asked for volunteers to judge prose and poetry for the Arts Night at Christ the King Jr. High. Evie Green and Kris Polansky will judge poetry; Gary Hemmingway and Barbara Brady will judge prose.

Errol Anderson introduced the speaker, Sherry Best.

Sherry Best is Director and Curator, Sabatini Gallery, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. The title of her presentation was “The Best Kept Secrets at the Library,” with a subtitle she called, “Bring Your Own Demons.” She explained the myriad historic references and special collections available to assist writers, and urged writers to let her know of their books so they can be added to the collection. She handed out printed material about services offered along with a map of the library. Her presentation was followed with a period of questions and answers.

The meeting was adjourned by Errol Anderson at 1:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted: Barbara Brady, Secretary, District 1


Minutes: February 21, 2009

District 1 Kansas Authors Club met at Walt McFarland's Family Restaurant on Saturday, February 21, 2009 at 11:30 a.m. Following lunch the business meeting was convened at 12:30 p.m. by President Errol Anderson. 30 participants were present. Errol Anderson introduced Art Campbell and Irving Curtis and invited them to become members.

The minutes of the January meeting were made available and approved.

Reaona Hemmingway, treasurer, read the financial report. The report was approved and accepted. A motion was made to change banks to avoid charges for checks. The motion was approved.

Announcements and Old Business:

Members over the age of 80 years should contact Errol Anderson who will notify the proper person so their dues will be eliminated. This benefit has been made possible through an anonymous donor. Questions concerning membership dues should be directed to Fred Haney at haneyf@aol.com .

Errol Anderson will appear on television again and will provide information about the October, 2009 Convention. He thanked the people who took part in the reading of his movie script and offering suggestions.

George Paris announced that three people will be reading poetry at Lola's Cafe at Fleming place on February 28 at 7:00 p.m.

Errol Anderson presented a short quiz about remembrances from life experiences. After tallying the scores, most of the group proved to be “older than dirt.”

Errol Anderson introduced our speaker, Mark Bouton, a District 1 member. Mark earned degrees in sociology and law, then joined the FBI helping to nab killers, kidnappers, and bank robbers across America for 30 years. He played a key role in identifying the Oklahoma City bombers. He has three published mystery/suspense novels and a fourth novel is due out in July. Mark spoke about creativity in writing and challenged writers to write every day until the next meeting and note the progress. His program on using conflict in writing was informative. He concluded with questions from the audience.

President Errol Anderson adjourned the meeting at 1:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted: Barbara Brady, Secretary, District 1


Minutes: January 17, 2009

District 1 Kansas Authors Club met at Walt McFarland's Family Restaurant on Saturday, January 17, 2009, at 11:30 a.m.  Following lunch the business meeting was convened at 12:30 by President Errol Anderson.  Over 40 participants were present.  Carol Yoho introduced her friends Joy Thompson and her son Niel ThompsonLinda Funk, author of Roads of Yesterday, was a first time visitor. She brought her books containing short stories about growing up in Topeka and then moving to the country.

The minutes of the December meeting were made available and approved.

Reaona Hemmingway, treasurer, read the financial report.  The report was approved and accepted.

Announcements and Old Business:

Errol Anderson expressed appreciation to Barbara Waterman-Peters for the entertaining program she presented last month.

Errol Anderson thanked Patricia and Myron Dunavan for the invitation extended to members at their holiday open house in December.  In addition to delicious food enjoyed by the guests, Myron reported 210 pounds of food was donated to a food pantry. 

Errol Anderson announced on February 8, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. at the Unity building on 10th St. he will be introducing his screenplay.  He urged KAC members to attend to serve as readers and critics. 

New Business:

The Jr. High at Christ the King is sponsoring a Night of the Arts-Prose and Poetry.  Additional volunteers are needed.  Myron Dunavan commented that since entries are low the date of the event has been changed.

Dennis Beasley announced that Friends of William Stafford will read selected poems at 7:00 p.m. tonight, January 17th at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 4775 SW 21st St.

Elizabeth Nichols announced her book of poetry, A Bird's Eye View, is available for a donation.

Donald Pady, KAC State Archivist, read an important announcement as follows:

District Presidents: Please inform all members in your District that Membership Awards have been approved by the KAC Board and general membership at the convention in Dodge City last October.  The Award program is now effective in 2009. Monetary expenses of this program are underwritten by an anonymous donor; production and distribution costs of these awards will not be charged to KAC's treasury.

  1. KAC members will indicate to their District Presidents that they are eligible to receive awards for active, continuing membership for intervals of 10, 15 and 20+ years. Membership awards will consist of certificates, pins and mementos noting the appropriate number of continuous years in the Club.
  2. District Presidents should first notify the KAC State Archivist of which members are eligible to receive awards for these years of active, continuous membership. The Archivist will verify and record their time-in-membership, then deliver certificates, pins and mementos to the District President for presentation to the awardees along and his/her congratulations.
  3. Membership fees will be eliminated for the 20+ year members who have belonged to and have performed active, continuing service in the Club. Twenty-year members who have served as State or District officers will be specially recognized for their work. In addition, an honorary "no-annual-fee" status is now granted to those KAC members who are over the age of 80 -- regardless of their length of membership in the Club. If, in some cases, the cost-free membership offer is not accepted by an octogenarian, he/she may continue to pay annual dues.
  4. Names of those receiving such membership awards will be publicly acknowledged by the State President at the State convention in October as a short part of the Saturday night banquet. At this event, a reception could also provide a social mixer for newer, older and emeriti members to introduce themselves and to discuss their literary ideas.
  5. News of membership awards should also be published in KAC's State and District newsletters, the annual Yearbook, and on the KAC web page.

Errol Anderson introduced the speaker Dennis Smirl.

Dennis Smirl, District 1, Topeka, is a native Kansan and graduate of Pittsburg State University. A former educational researcher, Air Force officer, salesman, school psychologist, college instructor and small business owner, he picked up a Masters Degree from Appalachian State University, and graduate hours in the field of Computer Science from several institutions.  Dennis has completed seven science fiction novels, two detective novels, and has yet to find a reputable agent for his work.  He has also written more than 40 short stories and collaborated on several more. One of the collaborations was a prizewinner in the Writers of the Future contest and was then anthologized by Donald Wolheim in his World's Best SF anthology.  Dennis gave helpful suggestions on collaboration.  His collection of short stories is available for sale.

The meeting was adjourned by Errol Anderson at 1:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted: Barbara Brady, Secretary, District 1.

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Officers of Kansas Authors Club, District 1
for 2008-2009:

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

Errol Anderson
Evie Green
George Paris

Barbara Brady
Reaona Hemmingway


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