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Member News:

Dec. Member News: Ron Feasel | Robert N. Lawson | George Paris | Max Yoho 1 & 2
Nov. Member News: Sylvia Colombo | Reaona Hemmingway |
      Robert N. Lawson | George Paris | Max Yoho 1 & 2
Oct. Member News: George Paris | Reaona Hemmingway | Max Yoho
Sept. Member News: Reaona Hemmingway | Max Yoho
Aug. Member News: Errol Anderson | George Paris
Jul. Member News: Errol Anderson | Robert N. Lawson | Ken Peery | Max Yoho
       | George Paris
Jun. Member News: Syliva Colombo | Reaona Hemmingway | Ken Ohm |
       George Paris
May Member News: Sylvia Colombo | Denise Hemmingway |
       Glory Hemmingway | Reaona Hemmingway1 & 2 | George Paris |
       Carol Yoho | Max Yoho
Apr. Member News: Reaona Hemmingway | Ken Ohm | Max Yoho
Mar. Member News: Reaona Hemmingway | George Paris
Feb. Member News: Ronald Feasel | Ken Peery
Jan. Member News: Dr. Phil Corbin | Ronald Fease


2010 Meeting Minutes:

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

Minutes: December 18, 2010

District 1 Kansas Authors Club met at McFarland's Restaurant at 11:30 on Saturday, December 18, 2010 with 23 people in attendance.

  • Patricia Bonine , President, convened the meeting at 12:15 p.m. She introduced and welcomed her sister, Esther Bonine, as a guest. The group also welcomed Rylie Hamilton as a new member and Brian Allen as a first time visitor.
  • Patricia Bonine acknowledged the members who had books displayed for purchase: Reaona Hemmingway , George Paris , and R.J. Hamilton . They each gave a brief synopsis. Carol Yoho announced that Max Yoho's new book Wisdom of Owls is on the electronic site of Barnes and Noble.
  • The written minutes of the November were made available and approved.
  • Reaona Hemmingway read the treasurers report and the report was approved as read.
  • The program was presented by 15 writers who chose various forms of prose and poetry for a read around. The participants were: Rosemary Torrez , Joe McFarland, Brian Allen, Errol Anderson, Agnes Kazminski, Phil Corbin, Sam Pierson, George Paris, Barbara Brady, Rylie Hamilton, Carol Yoho, Evie Green, Reaona Hemmingway, Lee Goldstein and Glory Hemmingway.
  • The next meeting will be January 15, 2011 . The program will be given by advisory librarians Valerie Rief and Tanya Walsh on the Maltese Falcon by Daschel Hammet, the library selection for the Big Read.
  • Patricia Bonine adjourned the meeting at 1:40 p.m.

— Respectfully submitted: Barbara Brady , Secretary, District 1


Minutes: November 20, 2010

District 1 Kansas Authors Club met at Walt McFarland's Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 20, 2010 with 32 people present.

Errol Anderson , former KAC President, greeted members and introduced Patricia Bonine , President of KAC District 1. Pat is a retired school teacher who belongs to several writers groups and enjoys writing contests.

  • The meeting convened at 12:30 p.m. and President Pat Bonine introduced R.J. Hamilton , a first time visitor to KAC. Each member in turn introduced him or herself.
  • Donald Pady , KAC State Archivist, recognized Dr. Joe McFarland . Members over the age of 80 years—and members who have belonged to KAC for more than 20 years of active and continuing service will no longer be required to pay annual dues to the club. He announced that Dr. Bob Carey donated over 100 books to KAC to be used to benefit the club. Carol Yoho suggested we consider ways these books can be used to provide income for the KAC. Evie Green announced that Dr. Bob Carey started the WRITE STUFF group in 2001.
  • Max Yoho and George Paris will be doing a book signing at Washburn University Book Store on December 1, 2010 . Bob Lawson will be doing a presentation at the Topeka Shawnee County Library.
  • The following authors exhibited their books for sale: Reaona Hemmingway, Lee Goldstein, Robert Lawson, Bob Woodley, Max Yoho, R.J. Hamilton and Mark Bouton .
  • The minutes of the September meeting were made available and approved.
  • Reaona Hemmingway gave the treasurers report. The report was approved as read.
  • Pat Bonine announced that the next meeting will be December 18, 2010 . The program will be a read around. Members were encouraged to limit presentations to 3 minutes.
  • Pat Bonine introduced KAC member and author Mark Bouton . Using a slide presentation and interacting with the audience, Mark presented a fascinating program with information from his book How to Spot Lies Like the FBI. He answered questions from the audience and stayed to sign books purchased by members.

Pat Bonine adjourned the meeting at 1:40 p.m.

— Respectfully submitted: Barbara Brady , Secretary, District 1


No October Meeting. District 1 members attended the 2010 KAC Convention in Lawrence, KS, Oct. 1-3, 2010.


Minutes: September 18, 2010

District 1 Kansas Authors Club met at Walt McFarland's Family Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. on Sat. September 18, 2010 with 22 people in attendance.

  • Errol Anderson, president, convened the meeting at 12:30 p.m. and welcomed everyone. Errol then expressed his appreciation for the support the members have given his during his 2 year tenure as president.
  • Evie Green reminded us that Errol presided over one of the best KAC Conventions in 2009, and did it all in spite of a serious hospital scare, and did it without a hitch, congratulating him on a great two years when our district has shown growth and new interest through his leadership. The twenty-two in attendance gave him a standing ovation for his service.
  • Minutes of the August meeting, (available on line) were approved.
  • Reaona Hemmingway gave the treasurers report. The report was approved as read.
  • Reaona Hemmingway presented the slate of officers for 2010-2011 prepared by Glory Hemmingway. The slate of officers is as follows:
         President--Pat Bonine
         First Vice President--Evie Green
         Second Vice President--George Paris
         Treasurer--Reaona Hemmingway
         Secretary--(open)
    The slate was accepted unanimously.
  • Errol Anderson acknowledged the members books for sale on the back table. There were books by Dr. Phil Corbin (several titles), Reaona Hemmingway (4 titles), Max Yoho (new book, With the Wisdom of Owls + 3 titles), Mark Bouton (new book, How To Spot Lies Like The FBI + 2 titles), Bob Lawson (4 titles), Ken Peery (Desires of My Heart), and Errol Anderson (Vivid Hues 1-4).
  • Carol Yoho announced that Dr. Bob Carey has offered to donate about 100 books about writing and publishing for sale at the KAC Convention, with proceeds going to Dist. 1.
  • Errol Anderson introduced our speaker, former KAC Dist.1 President Barbara Waterman-Peters. She spoke about NOTO, the North Topeka Arts Organization, and how writers may become a part. Discussion included questions and ideas from the group.
  • Next Meeting: November 20, Mark Bouton's power-point program on his new book, How To Spot Lies Like the FBI.
  • No meeting in October: Let's all go to the KAC Convention in Lawrence Oct. 1-3

— Respectfully submitted: Evie Green, Secretary (Pro tem)


Minutes: August 21, 2010

District 1 Kansas Authors Club met at Walt McFarland 's Family Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 21, 2010 with 30 people present.

George Paris entertained the group with a clever recitation of Little Red Riding Hood while members dined.

Errol Anderson , president, convened the meeting at 12:30 p.m. and welcomed everyone. Carol Yoho introduced her guest Nancy Sargent.

Minutes of the July meeting were made available and approved.

Reaona Hemmingway gave the treasurers report. The report was approved as read. She reminded members of the August 27, 2010, deadline to receive the discount for the convention.

Several writers gave a brief synopsis of their books. Those who had books available for sale were: Robert Lawson, Dale Vaughn, Reaona Hemmingway, Errol Anderson, George Paris (and CD), William Karnowski, Sylvia Colombo and Ken Peery. Max Yoho has a new book available for order online.

Dale Vaughn shared information about the latest bargain in e-books. The Augen is available at K-Mart for $100.00.

Errol Anderson announced the need for a slate of officers to be voted on for the coming year. Glory Hemmingway volunteered to be a nominator.

Errol Anderson introduced the speaker, George Paris. In addition to being an active District 1 member, George is an artist, actor, clergyman, teacher, craftsman, poet, and writer of plays, fiction and non-fiction. George explained that his book A Distant Home is part factual and part fiction. He expressed how his characters became as live people to him. He shared two poems about his story, “A Plot to Kill,” and his First Place KAC winning poem “ Amelia 's Hands.” After reading excerpts from his book he concluded with questions from the audience.

The next meeting will be presented by Barbara Waterman-Peters who will speak about NOTO, the North Topeka Arts District and its relationship to writers.

— Respectfully submitted: Barbara Brady , Secretary, District 1


Minutes: July 17, 2010

District 1 Kansas Authors Club met at Walt McFarland’s Family Restaurant on Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 11:30 a.m.

Announcements and Business:

President, Errol Anderson called the meeting to order at 12:30 He extended a welcome to all the "Fine Friendly Faces" (29 members in attendance) He called attention to the books for sale by members on the back table: Potscrubber Lullabies by speaker, Eric McHenry, George Paris--A Distant Home, Reaona Hemmingway--Mariah, Bill Karnowski--Poetry DispensationDale Vaughn--Black Jack '56, Bob Lawson--Bridge of Dreams (and chapbooks), Errol Anderson--Vivid Hues. 

Errol Anderson mentioned a future program with Barbara Waterman-Peters discussing NOTO, the North Topeka Art District, and how writers might have a role in its programs.  (This program is scheduled for the September KAC Dist. 1 meeting.

Bill Karnowski talked about the deadlines for the Coffin Award, the Nelson Award, And Poetry Book Awards.

Minutes of the June meeting were noted, and Treasurer Reaona Hemmingway read the treasurer's report. Carol Fierabend moved they be accepted as read, and George Paris seconded it. Announcements: 

George Paris has a book signing in the Topeka Room of the Topeka/Shawnee Country Library on Saturday, July 25, at 1:00 pm. 

Errol Anderson announced his book signing at Hastings in St. Joseph.

Errol Anderson introduced our speaker, Professor Eric McHenry, Poet, English Department of Washburn University  He discussed his life in Topeka, as a neighbor of Zula Bennington Greene (Peggy of The Flint Hills), and her influence on his writing.  He read from his book, Potscrubbers Lullabies, and excerpts from his coming children's book, Eat Your Trees (inspired by sayings from his son).  He signed books after his talk.

Next Meeting:  Saturday, August 21, 2010. George Paris will discuss his book, A Distant Home.

— Respectfully submitted: Evie Green, Secretary (Pro tem)


Minutes: June 19, 2010

District 1 Kansas Authors Club met at Walt McFarland’s Family Restaurant on Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 11:30 a.m.

Errol Anderson, president, convened the meeting at 12:30 p.m. 20 people were present.

A welcome was extended by Errol Anderson who congratulated the hearty souls who endured stormy weather to attend. He introduced Jennifer M. Brayton, a first time visitor, Alexander Lawson, Bob Lawson’s grandson, and Annabelle Corrick.

Announcements and Business:

Minutes of the May meeting were made available and approved.

Reaona Hemmingway gave the treasurer’s report and it was approved as read.

George Paris announced a book signing he will do July 25, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the Topeka Room at the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library. He displayed a copy of his book A Distant Home.

Recent and upcoming birthdays were announced for Max Yoho and Jenny Brayton. Glory and Gary Hemmingway will celebrate their 49th wedding anniversary on June 25, 2010.

Carol Yoho suggested we check online for updated convention information.

The Town Crier Book Store, Emporia, Kansas, will sponsor an Author Extravaganza at 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on June 26, 2010. Many local authors, including Reaona Hemmingway, will be present.

Annabelle Corrick told about her book Illusions of Spring based on Topeka.

George Paris announced his murder-mystery play Victim of Vellum Volume will be presented at a dinner at the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library in the auditorium at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, October 9, 2010. Tickets will be available in September.

Errol Anderson announced that his book Vivid Hues should be available next month. It is the first in a series: Vivid Hues, Vivid Hues II, Vivid Hues III, and Vivid Hues IV.

Errol Anderson announced that Carol Yoho will continue doing the on-line work for KAC another year, however, someone will then need to replace her.

Errol Anderson introduced the speaker, Dr. Robert L. Lawson, Washburn University professor emeritus and KAC District 1 member.

Robert Lawson’s presentation centered on his novel, The Bridge of Dreams, published by Woodley Press and his Collected Sonnets and his several chapbooks. He discussed publicizing his books and read portions of his novel and sonnets. The program was enlightening, entertaining and educational.

With assistance from Barbara Lerma, Bob’s novel The Bridge of Dreams will be discussed by the Washburn Book Club on July 1, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. in the Crane Room at Washburn University.

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

— Respectfully submitted: Barbara Brady, Secretary, District 1


Minutes: May 15, 2010

District 1 Kansas Authors Club met at Walt McFarland's Family Restaurant on Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 11:30.

Announcements and Business:

Errol Anderson, president, convened the meeting at 12:30 p.m. 27 people were present.

Minutes of the April meeting were made available and approved.

Reaona Hemmingway gave the treasurer's report and it was approved as read. Since the club's charge card must be used monthly, Reaona suggested paying the meal ticket for the guests. There was no objection.

Ken Peery made available copies of a fog index and writing check list.

Guests Susan Jones and Jane Perdue were introduced.

Errol Anderson announced his office of chairperson of the nominating committee for the state officers.

Reaona Hemmingway will be doing a book signing in Auburn , Kansas on June 5, 2010. Town Crier in Emporia will feature an Author Extravaganza on June 26, 2010 .

Mark Bouton will be a leader at the 25th Tallgrass Writing Workshop.

George Paris announced the publication of his novel, A Distant Home . Phil Corbin also announced the publication of his book Harvesting Gold.

The program in June will be presented by Dr. Robert Lawson who will speak about sonnets and his Bridge of Dreams publications .

An entertaining program was presented by members and guests reading samples of their prose and poetry.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:00 p.m. by Errol Anderson.

— Respectfully submitted : Barbara Brady, Secretary, District 1


Minutes: April 17, 2010

District 1 Kansas Authors Club met at Walt McFarland’s Family Restaurant on Saturday, April 17, 2010 at 11:30 a.m.

Prior to the meeting District 2 met at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library and accepted the invitation to join District 1. Following a greeting by President Errol Anderson, District 2 members introduced themselves. Those present were: Liz Black, Susie Nightingale, Cathy Collen, Jean Grant, Tom Mach, Norm Ledgin and David Ledgin. A total of 29 people were present.

Business and Announcements:

Minutes of the March meeting were made available and approved.

Reaona Hemmingway gave the treasurers report. The report was approved as read.

Errol Anderson announced that Kansas Authors Club is now a non-profit organization after years of diligent work by members of the club.

Ken Peery made available a Writing Checklist and Fog Index information, both written with a humorous touch.

Carol Yoho announced that Book Nomination Forms (kslib.info/kansas150) are available from Kansas Center for the Book. They are preparing a list of 150 Kansas Books for the Kansas Sesquicentennial. The purpose of the list is to celebrate outstanding and memorable books by Kansans and about Kansas. Nominations are accepted through Oct. 31, 2010. The list will be publicized in honor of the state’s 150th birthday, Jan. 29, 2011.

Reaona Hemmingway announced she, along with Max Yoho and George Paris will have a booth at the Kansas Sampler Festival. Several members from District 2 will also have a booth.

Glory Hemmingway announced that an ad will be in the Topeka Capitol-Journal this Tuesday to advertise Reaona Hemmingway’s book signing at Classic Bean on April 22nd and also at Baker’s Dozen on April 24th. CJ Online will run an ad on Wednesday.

Robert Lawson displayed a copy of Inscape 2010, published by Washburn University Department of English. Barbara Brady has three poems in the book. Copies may be purchased at the Washburn University Bookstore.

Evie Green announced the program for May will be a Read Around by members. Members are encouraged to bring a poem to read or a short piece of prose.

Carol Yoho introduced the speaker, Phil Grecian. She told of her early experience in summer theatre with Phil Grecian when both were teenagers. At an early age Phil began as a playwright and actor. Presently he is an actor, playwright, performance reviewer, educator, and mass media specialist.

Phil Grecian gave an entertaining presentation beginning with an imitation of Mark Twain. He spoke of his experiences writing and directing. He has written such plays as In His Steps and A Christmas Story. He explained what a playwright does and the process involved with royalties, along with tips on writing. The program ended with a question and answer time.

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

— Respectfully submitted : Barbara Brady, Secretary, District 1


Minutes: March 20, 2010

District 1 Kansas Authors Club met at Walt McFarland’s Family Restaurant on Saturday, March 20, 2010.

Following lunch the meet was convened by 1st Vice-President, Evie Green. She opened the meeting with a winter poem written by Naomi Patterson. Evie Green thanked the group for their loyalty during the distressing winter months. Member Bob Conroy introduced his wife, Carolyn Conroy. 18 people were present.

Business and Announcements:

Minutes of the February meeting were made available and approved.

Reaona Hemmingway gave the treasurers report. The report was approved and accepted for audit.

Robert Lawson shared information about his books, The Bridge of Dreams and Collected Sonnets. He commented on the difficulties and solutions of obtaining publicity on written material. He requested readers to review his books.

Reaona Hemmingway announced her presentation to learn to format a novel for publication, design the cover, and make books available for sale. The program will be at the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library on Saturday, March 27, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Carol Yoho announced that District 2 members will be at the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library for a tour on April 17, 2010. District 1 members are invited to greet them at 9:30 a.m. at the library. They have been invited to join our District 1 meeting after the tour. Our April speaker will be playwright/actor/media specialist Phil Grecian.

Evie Green introduced Valerie Reif and Tanya Walsh who are Topeka Shawnee County Public Library Reader Advisory Librarians. Using audiovisuals they presented a fascinating program on the life of Truman Capote and research in Kansas pertaining to his book, In Cold Blood.

Following a question and answer session the meeting was adjourned at 2:00 p.m.

— Respectfully submitted : Barbara Brady, Secretary, District

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Vice President Evie Green offers a big "Thank You" for the loyal support we have had from our Dist. 1 members, throughout this "weather crazy" winter.  We have averaged close to 30 members each meeting, and that is fantastic!

Minutes: February 20, 2010

District 1 Kansas Authors Club met at Walt McFarland’s Family Restaurant on Saturday, February 20, 2010.

Following lunch the meeting was convened by President, Errol Anderson. 30 people were present. Errol Anderson welcomed first time visitors Lesa Brose and Carolyn Conroy (wife of member Dr. Robert Conroy), new member Joe McFarland, and returning visitors Patricia Barnes and Naomi Lawson (wife of member Dr. Bob Lawson).

Minutes of the January meeting were made available and approved as written.

Reaona Hemmingway gave the treasurers report. The bills were allowed and the report approved as read.

Announcements and Business:

Errol Anderson gave a tribute to Trudy McFarland, long time KAC member, who died recently. Members George Paris, Dale Vaughn, Evie Green, Joe McFarland and Carol Yoho added gracious comments.

Ken Peery announced his book signing at the Topeka Shawnee County Library on February 21, 2010.

Randall Martin, who moved to Saudi Arabia, is using the same e-mail address published in the 2009 Yearbook.

The program was presented by Gary Clarke, District 1, Topeka, a popular speaker. He told about his most recent book, Hey, Mister—Your Alligator’s Loose! The audience appreciated his humor in addition to learning new facts about animals, venues for book signing and the trials that goes into publishing.

Following the presentation the meeting was adjourned by Errol Anderson at 2:10 p. m.

— Respectfully submitted : Barbara Brady, Secretary, District 1

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Minutes: January 16, 2010

District 1 Kansas Authors Club met at Walt McFarland’s Family Restaurant on Saturday, January 16, 2010.

Following lunch the meeting was convened by President, Errol Anderson. 27 people were present.

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

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

Announcements and Business:

Errol Anderson reported on his visit to Trudy McFarland at Hospice. Evie Green said Trudy welcomes visitors. Carol Yoho reported on her visit with Naomi Patterson at Brewster Place.

Errol Anderson announced that Esther Luttrell has been busy promoting her book about her son. Evie Green announced Sam Pierson’s book promotion at 2:00 p.m. today at the Topeka Shawnee County Library. Carol Yoho reminded members that events involving their books may be publicized on the KAC website.

Randall Martin told of his acceptance of a job teaching English as a second language in Saudi Arabia.

Pat Bonine and Larry Wilson were introduced as guests. Lyndah Wallin, who has renewed her membership in KAC, was recognized.

The program was presented by Dennis Smirl. Volunteers cold read two of his radio plays. The first play was "Roadkill," read by Reaona Hemmingway, Randall Martin, Bob Lawson, Matt Zanders, George Paris, Mark Bouton, Pat Bonine, Gary Hemmingway and Larry Wilson with Carol Feierabend doing the sound effects. The second prize winning play was "Knee Deep in the Big Green Muddy" and narrated by Dennis Smirl. The presenters were Carol Yoho, Doris Peery, Ken Peery, Randall Martin and George Paris with Carol Feierbend doing the sound effects.

Evie Green announced the next meeting will be February 20, 2010. Gary Clarke will speak about his experiences as director of the World Famous Topeka Zoo and his new book, Hey Mister—Your Alligator’s Loose.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:50 by Errol Anderson.

— Respectfully submitted : Barbara Brady, Secretary, District 1

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Officers of Kansas Authors Club, District 1
for 2009-2010:
President:  
1st Vice President:
  2nd Vice President:
 Secretary:
Treasurer:
Errol Anderson  
Evie Green
George Paris

Barbara Brady
Reaona Hemmingway