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Member News:

Dec. Member News: Max Yoho
Nov. Member News: Sylvia Colombo | Mary Alice Parmley | Max Yoho
Oct. Member News: Max Yoho
Sept. Member News: Duane L. Herrmann | Robert N. Lawson | Max Yoho
Aug. Member News: Barbara Brady | Ken Ohm | Don Pady
Jul. Member News: Errol Anderson | Sylvia Colombo | Ron Feasel|
     Robert N. Lawson | George Paris1 & 2 | Max Yoho
Jun. Member News: Errol Anderson | Sylvia Colombo| Max Yoho
May Member News: Reoana Hemmingway | Carol Yoho | Max Yoho
Apr. Member News: Barbara Brady | Evie Green | Max Yoho1 & 2
Mar. Member News: Mark Bouton | Sylvia Colombo | Max Yoho
Feb. Member News: Ron Feasel | Judith Miller | Ken Ohm
Jan. Member News: Don Pady | Reaona Hemmingway | Robert N. Lawson |
     Max Yoho

A Distant Home, by George ParisKansas Notable Book List logoCongratulations to George Paris, District 1, Topeka, whose novel, A Distant Home, has been chosen as a "2011 Kansas Notable Book" by Kansas Center for the Book! George was also featured in a delightful Seven Question Interview in Topeka Magazine, Summer 2011, p. 44. You can read it on-line!


2011 Meeting Minutes:

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Minutes: December 17, 2011

District 1 Kansas Authors Club met at Walt McFarland’s Restaurant at 11:30, Saturday, December 17, 2011 with 20 people present.

  • Following lunch Vice President Yvonne Evie Green convened the meeting.
  • Randall Martin, former District 1 member, was welcomed home for the holidays from Saudi Arabia, where he teaches English as a second language.
  • The November minutes were made available and approved.
  • Reaona Hemmingway read the treasurer’s report and the report was approved.
  • The following members displayed their books for sale: Fred Appelhanz, Mark Bouton, Max Yoho, Reaona Hemmingway, Annabelle Corrick and Duane Herrmann. Phil Morris also reminded attendees that he has written his memoir of the WWII era.
  • Reaona Hemmingway reminded members of special deals on the remaining books from Dr. Robert Carey’s collection, sold for $1.00 each and $5.00 for six books in December and January. With each purchase, names will be entered into a drawing with the prize, a Kansas Authors Club license plate cover, to be drawn at our February meeting.
  • Yvonne Evie Green introduced our speaker, Thomas Fox Averill, English Professor/Writer in Residence at Washburn University and the author of several novels, collected short stories. His newest book is rode, based on the popular 1950s ballad, "The Tennessee Stud," written by Jimmy Driftwood. Tom discussed his research as to the history of Tennessee, Arkansas, Texas and Mexico near the U.S. border in 1825, and his research trip to locations mentioned in the novel: Jackson, Memphis (TN), Conway (AR), San Antonio (TX), and Monterrey (Mexico). He discussed his method of weaving characters, places and plot and his attention to historical details, including research into the vocabulary of the era. He also read excerpts and an shared his rule for writing historical fiction: "Knowing it cold; writing it hot."
  • Yvonne Evie Green announced next month the speaker will be Mary Alice Parmley, author of the new story for children, Traveler. In February our speakers will be KAC D1 members Don Pady and Ken Ohm, discussing their collaboration on the novel Hidden Gold: Lost Treasure in the Flint Hills. In March our speaker will be Gary Clarke, author of Africa, a book of his photographs taken while leading African safaris. No speaker has been set of April, so contact Evie with your ideas.

Yvonne Evie Green adjourned the meeting at 1:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted: Carol Yoho, Secretary Pro-Tem, District 1  


Minutes: November 19, 2011

District 1 Kansas Authors Club met at Walt McFarland’s Restaurant at 11:30, Saturday, November 16, 2011 with 24 people present.

  • Following lunch President Patricia Bonine convened the meeting.
  • Patricia Bonine welcomed returning visitor Lesa Brosa and Anne McCourtie’s daughter Kate Arrogo.
  • The September minutes were made available and approved.
  • Reaona Hemmingway read the treasurer’s report and the report was approved.
  • The following members displayed their books for sale: Phil Morris, Reaona Hemmingway, Max Yoho and Madeline Shea Cowell.
  • Reaona Hemmingway announced that in December and January the remaining books from Dr. Robert Carey’s collection will be sold for $1.00 each and $5.00 for six books.  With each purchase names will be entered into a drawing with the prize being a Kansas Authors Club license plate cover.
  • Patricia Bonine announced the need for people to do a presentation for seniors who want to learn how to write stories for their grandchildren.  Interested people may contact Elaine Eggold at 232-9708.
  • Carol Yoho told of a poetry book titled Begin Again published by the Woodley Press of Washburn University.  The collection of poems has entries by KAC members Max Yoho, Bob Lawson, and Bill Karnowski.
  • Duane Herrmann shared his experience of being featured on the front page of the Abilene  Reflector-Chronicle news about the research he did regarding Enterprise, Kansas which was published in several counties.
  • Madeline Cowell, grateful to be present, related her frightening experience of “books being her downfall” when a heavy bookcase filled with books fell on her. 
  • Patricia Bonine announced next month the speaker will be Thomas Fox Averill, English Professor/Writer in Residence at Washburn University and the author of the new novel, Rode.
  • Patricia Bonine introduced the speaker, Marcia Cebulska, who is an award-winning playwright/screenwriter.  Marcia Cebulska told of writing her play Now Let Me Fly, The Greensburg Project, Touched and other work using her technique of humanity, imagery or visual metaphor, and discovery.  Following the remarkable presentation she answered questions from the audience.

Patricia Bonine adjourned the meeting at 1:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted: Barbara Brady, Secretary, District 1


District 1 had no October meeting. Rather, members were encouraged to attend the state KAC Convention in Coffeyville in Ocotber.


Minutes: September 17, 2011

District 1 Kansas Authors Club met at McFarland’s Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, September 17, 2011 with 22 members present.

  • Following lunch President Patricia Bonine convened the meeting at 12:30 p.m.
  • The minutes of the August meeting were made available and approved.
  • Reaona Hemmingway read the treasurer’s report and the report was approved as read.
  • The following members displayed books available for sale: Phil Morris, Reaona Hemmingway, Max Yoho, Doris Peery, and Duane Herrmann.
  • Patricia Bonine gave information about the Nimrod Literary Awards Conference to be held October 22, 2011 at the University of Tulsa.  She also reminded members of the Kansas Authors Club convention to be held October 7-8, 2011.
  • Barbara Brady suggested having an announcement of the KAC District 1 meetings in the Topeka Capital Journal. No action was taken.
  • Carol Yoho announced the Kansas Book Festival held September 24, 2011 at the Kansas Museum of History.  Information is available at Kansasbookfestival.com. Several Kansas Author Club members will have booths, speak and receive awards.
  • Carol Yoho mentioned that Kansas Author Club members who live in distant districts have difficulty meeting. She suggested our KAC Facebook page as a way to provide information and contact for these members.
  • Patricia Bonine introduced the program as a Read Around by District 1 members.  Those participating were: Elizabeth deFord, Duane Herrmann, Madeline Cowell, Max Yoho, Evie Green, Mark Bouton, Phil Morris, Patricia Bonine, Doris Peery, Annabelle Corrick, Barbara Brady, Glory Hemmingway, Carol Yoho, Lee Goldstein, and Reaona Hemmingway.  A wide variety of prose and poetry was shared to the enjoyment of the audience.
  • Patricia Bonine reminded members that no meeting will be held in October due to the convention.

Patricia Bonine adjourned the meeting at 1:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted: Barbara Brady, Secretary, District 1  


Minutes: August 20, 2011

District 1 Kansas Authors Club met at McFarland's Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 20, 2011 with 19 members present.

  • Following lunch Patricia Bonine , President, convened the meeting at 12:30 p.m.
  • The minutes of the July meeting were made available and approved.
  • Reaona Hemmingway read the treasurer's report. The report was approved as read.
  • Patricia Bonine reminded the members that September is the month to elect new officers and encouraged the group to give consideration to this matter.
  • Carol Yoho announced that she has some remaining books donated by Dr. Carey and needed someone to take them to the convention to be sold. Reaona Hemmingway volunteered to undertake this project.
  • Reaona Hemmingway announced that Hastings Book Store in Pittsburg , Kansas will no longer sell books by local writers. Remaining books should be picked up by the authors.
  • Don Pady told about his novel co-authored with Ken Ohm. The book, Hidden Gold, is available for sale.
  • George Paris displayed a book produced at the Fairbanks Summer Art Festival. The book included poetry and art work by the students and teachers.
  • Errol Anderson made available for sale his series of four books, Vivid Hues
  • Carol Yoho showed the proof copy of Max Yoho's forthcoming book, Me and Aunt Izzy.
  • Barbara Brady has a story in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for the Young at Heart. She can order the books in packages of ten copies and sell them at the reduced rate of $10.00 each if enough people wish to purchase a copy. The book store price is $14.95.
  • Patricia Bonine introduced the speakers, Doris and Ken Peery , KAC District 1 members. Ken's cousin, Maury Pierson , willed him a box of witty writings. Ken and Doris assembled the stories in booklet form entitled: Wit and Philosophy, by an old curmudgeon , Maury Pierson. Doris and Ken entertained the club by sharing some of the amusing and cleverly written stories.
  • The next meeting will be September 17, 2011.

Patricia Bonine adjourned the meeting at 1:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted: Barbara Brady, Secretary, District 1  


Minutes: July 16, 2011

District 1 Kansas Authors Club met at McFarland's Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 16, 2011 with 18 members present.

  • Following lunch Patricia Bonine, President, convened the meeting at 12:30 p.m.
  • June minutes were made available and approved. No report was given by the treasurer.
  • Carol Yoho's birthday was recognized.
  • Carol Yoho announced that George Paris, District 1 member and author of A Distant Home, was one of 15 authors picked for the Kansas Notable Books List sponsored by the Kansas Center for the Book. Cheryl Unruh, District 2, also made the list for her book, Flyover People.
  • Errol Anderson will do a book signing at Barnes & Noble, 6130 SW 17th, Topeka, on Friday, July 22, 4 to 7 p.m. He'll be featuring book #1 of his series of political thrillers titled Vivid Hues.
  • Myron Dunavan told about “Dragon Dictate” voice recognition software. One may speak into a microphone and the information is translated into a text document by the computer software. He finds this a useful way to save time and avoid sore wrists from typing at his computer.
  • Evie Green announced the August meeting will feature Marcia Cebulski, playwright, as guest speaker.
  • Patricia Bonine introduced the speaker, Max Yoho, District 1 member. Max is the author of The Revival, Tales from Comanche County, Felicia These Fish Are Delicious, The Moon Butter Route, and Wisdom of Owls. He is a two time recipient of the J. Donald Coffin Book Award and the 2011 “Arty” Award by ArtsConnect. Max spoke about the creativity in all of us and advised asking the question: "What If?" He uses the motto: "Never Let Reality Limit Your Life." Speaking with his trademark drollness and humor, he read excerpts from Wisdom of Owls. He closed with information about his most recent book, Me and Aunt Issy, and answered questions from the audience. His books and CDs were available for purchase.

Patricia Bonine adjourned the meeting at 1:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted: Barbara Brady, Secretary, District 1  


June 18, 2011

KAC District 1 President, Patricia Bonine, called the June 18, 2011, meeting to order at McFarland's Restaurant at 12:45 p.m. There were 20 members present.

  • The minutes of the May meeting were approved as presented.
  • The treasurers report was approved as presented.
  • Pat Bonine announced books Sylvia Colombo, Max Yoho, and George Paris have books for sale.
  • Max Yoho's birthday was recognized in song by the group.
  • Glory and Gary Hemmingway will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception Sunday afternoon at Grace Cathedral.
  • Errol Anderson will do a book signing tomorrow from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Hastings Book Store. His latest series, Vivid Hues, consists of four novels.
  • Barbara Brady, KAC District 1 member, presented the program about writing for anthologies. She read 2 published stories as simple examples and encouraged the group to submit their own stories.
  • The July program will feature Max Yoho, District 1 member. Max Yoho writes prose, poetry, and essays. He has published several books and has received numerous awards. Max is a two time recipient of the J. Donald Coffin Memorial Award.

Patricia Bonine adjourned the meeting a 1:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted: Barbara Brady, Secretary, District 1  


May 21, 2011

KAC District 1 President, Patricia Bonine, called the May 21 meeting to orderat McFarland's Restaurant at 12:40 p.m. There were 27 in attendance.

  • The minutes of the April meeting, and the treasurer's reports were approved as read.
  • Patricia asked if there were any guests, and Ron Cobb introduced his wife, KathyDr. Bob Conroy also introduced his wife, Carolyn.
  • Carol Yoho announced that the books donated by Dr. Bob Carey were on the back table to be sold for $1.00.  Kudos to Carol and Agnes Kazminski for storing and hauling these books to each meeting.  Money collected for the books will go to  District 1.  Errol Anderson pleaded for members to buy them as he helped to carry the boxes of books. 
  • Mark Bouton had books for sale, How To Spot Lies Like The FBIDr. Phil Corbin announced that his books will go to Wichita State Library.
  • Carol Yoho announced the celebration of Agnes Kazminski's 80th Birthday on June 12, 1:00 to 3:00 pm. at shelter house #6 at Lake Shawnee.  A map to the shelter is available.  She also told about Max Yoho receiving the Literary Artist Award, at "Arts Connect."
  • Bob Lawson reminded all that Eleanor Bell's Memorial Service would be May 27, Friday, at 11:00 at the Unitarian Church.
  • Mark Bouton announced The Kansas Book Fair will be held in Topeka this Fall. Past fairs have been in Wichita and Osborne, KS. The Tallgrass Writers Workshop will be held at Emporia State University on June 4 and 5.
  • President Patricia introduced the guest speaker, Dr. Jim Hoy, Professor of English at Emporia State University. He spoke about traditions of American folklore: myths (folk religion), legends (folk history) and tales (folk literature). He also spoke of researching his newest book, Cowboy's Lament: Frank Maynard, A Life on the Open Range, published in 2010 as part of Voice in the American West series, Texas Tech University Press, Lubbock, TX. Maynard was a Kansas cowboy, living in Towanda throughout the 1870s, and writer of "Cowboy's Lament," the folk song edited into, and better known as, "Streets of Loredo."
  • June 18 speaker will be District 1 member Barbara Brady.
  • July 16 speaker will be District 1 member Max Yoho.

Patricia Bonine adjourned the meeting at 2:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted: Evie Green, Secretary Pro-Tem, District 1  


Minutes: April 16, 2011

District 1 Kansas Authors Club met at McFarland's Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 16, 2011 with 14 people present.

  • Following lunch Evie Green, Vice President, announced Pat Bonine, President, was absent due to illness. Evie Green convened the meeting at 12:30 p.m.
  • Due to medical reasons the planned speaker, Sylvia Colombo, was unable to present her program. In her place members participated in a Read Around.
  • Evie Green recognized Dolores Granger from Wichita and a guest of Lee Goldstein.
  • Evie Green introduced Elizabeth deFord a first time visitor and member of The Write Stuff group.
  • Used books donated by Dr. Robert Carey were on display for purchase at the bargain price of $2.00 each.
  • Evie Green announced the 2012 Convention to be held in Salina, Kansas, will use the theme “Encouraging Words.”
  • Contest judges who are not KAC members are still needed for the 2011 convention.
  • Members over 80 years of age still need to fill out the membership application yearly, marking the appropriate box on the renewal form and provide their age. Yearly contact information is needed for inclusion in the Yearbook.
  • Reaona Hemmingway will sign books at Hastings Entertainment, Fairlawn Plaza, Topeka, on Sat., April 30, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Max Yoho will sign books at Lloyd Zimmer Used Books and Maps, 117 SW 6th Av., at May's First Friday Art Walk, May 6 th , 5:30-8:00 p.m.
  • The minutes of the March meeting were approved.
  • Reaona Hemmingway gave the treasurer's report. The report was approved.
  • The speaker and performer for the May meeting will be Jim Hoy.
  • Evie Green began the Read Around with a poem by Naomi Patterson .
  • Those who participated in the Read Around with a variety of prose and poetry were Madeline Cowell, George Paris, Lee Goldstein, Agnes Kazminski, Dolores Granger, Elizabeth deFord, Rylie Hamilton, Carol Yoho, Sam Pierson, Glory Hemmingway, Gary Hemmingway, Evie Green, Reaona Hemmingway and Barbara Brady.

Evie Green adjourned the meeting at 1:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted: Barbara Brady, Secretary, District 1


Minutes: March 19, 2011

District 1 Kansas Authors Club met at McFarland's Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 19, 2011 with 18 people present.

  • Following lunch Patricia Bonine, President, convened the meeting at 12:30 p.m.
  • Patricia Bonine welcomed visitor Ron Saia.
  • District 1 has two new members: Patsy Sweeden and Joy Thompson.
  • The following authors told about their books and displayed them for sale: George Paris, Melvin Bruntzel, Annabelle Carrick Beach, Mark Bouton and Reaona Hemmingway.
  • Evie Green offered free Inside Out books.
  • Carol Yoho reminded club members of used books displayed and made available for sale. These books have been given to the club by Dr. Robert Carey with the proceeds to go to District 1. Evie Green thanked Carol Yoho and Agnes Kazminski for storing the books.
  • Patricia Bonine gave a call for judges for the upcoming Kansas Authors Club literary contest.
  • February minutes were made available and approved.
  • Reaona Hemmingway read the treasurer's report. The report was approved.
  • Patricia Bonine introduced the speaker, KAC member Reaona Hemmingway, who spoke about the twelve novels she wrote in three years. Using a slide presentation of family photos she explained how her books helped her grandmother who suffered dementia and prodded her to keep writing novels. With visuals she explained CreateSpace for publishing print on-demand books.
  • The next meeting will be April 16, 2011 with speaker Sylvia Columbo who wrote I Danced with Crazy Horse.

Patricia Bonine adjourned the meeting at 1:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted: Barbara Brady, Secretary, District 1


Minutes: February 19

District 1 Kansas Authors Club met at McFarland's Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 19, 2011 with 27 people present.

  • Following lunch Patricia Bonine, President, convened the meeting at 12:30 p.m. She introduced Bill McFarland, son of guest speaker, Dr. Joe McFarland. Also greeted were Joy Thompson and her son Niel Thompson.
  • Patricia Bonine announced new members to District 1: Donavene Liggett, Sue Pruett , and Rylie Hamilton.
  • The following authors displayed their books: Mark Bouton, Joe McFarland, George Paris, Reaona Hemmingway and Ken Peery. Ken Peery offered his book without charge and Evie Green offered Insight Out by The Write Stuff also without charge.
  • Minutes of the January meeting were made available and approved.
  • Reaona Hemmingway read the treasurer's report. The report was approved.
  • Carol Yoho reminded the club that Dr. Robert Carey has offered his collection of books on writing skills for the purpose of making them available for sale with the income to go to KAC. Organizers for the next convention were not interested in using the books. Agnes Kazminski offered to store the books in her basement until the club is able to make them available for sale. The club voted to accept the donation from Dr. Robert Carey.
  • Patricia Bonine introduced the speaker, Dr. Joe McFarland, a member of Kansas Authors Club. With a humorous style he shared information and stories from his autobiography, My Time on the Clock: The Shaping of a College President. Dr . McFarland finished his presentation by answering questions from the group.
  • Evie Green announced the program next month will be presented by member Reaona Hemmingway who will share her experiences writing several books.

Patricia Bonine adjourned the meeting at 1:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted: Barbara Brady, Secretary, District 1


Minutes: January 19, 2011

District 1 Kansas Authors Club met at McFarland's Restaurant at 11:30 on Saturday January 15, 2011 with 30 people in attendance.

  • Patricia Bonine, President, convened the meeting at 12:30 p.m.  She acknowledged the members who had books displayed for purchase:  Reaona Hemmingway, Mark Bouton, Errol Anderson, George Paris, Max Yoho, and Robert N. Lawson.
  • The minutes of the December meeting were approved.
  • The written minutes of the November were made available and approved.
  • Reaona Hemmingway gave the treasurer's report which was also approved as read. 
  • Patricia Bonine announced that Patsy Sweeden won 2nd place for the first chapter of a novel, "Cinderella--Dressed In Yellow" in the Kansas Writers Association contest. Steve Laird also placed with a story in the same contest. 
  • Bill Karnowski, District 4 President, announced the plans for the 2011 KAC Convention in Salina. He said a theme has been decided upon, but did not disclose it yet.
  • Carol Yoho announced a Gathering of Poet Laureates, including Ted Kooser, March 13 & 14, 2011, in Lawrence. There are fees to attend. For more information visit News for All Members on the KAC web site.
  • Ken Peery gave a warm "thank-you" to Don Pady from he and his wife, for receiving their KAC coffee mugs, (given to members who have reached age 80).
  • The program presenters, Valerie Rief and Tanya Walsh talked about Dashiell Hammett, his life and writings, including The Maltese Falcon, the 2010 library selection for the Big Read. Our speakers are TSCPL advisory librarians.
  • The next meeting will be February19, 2011, with Joe McFarland's program about his writing of his biography.
  • Patricia Bonine adjourned the meeting at 1:40 p.m.

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

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Officers of Kansas Authors Club, District 1
for 2010-2011:

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

Patricia Bonine
Yvonne Evie Green
George Paris
Barbara Brady
Reaona Hemmingway