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2012 Member News:

Dec. News: P. Arden Corbin | Agnes J. Kazminski | Max Yoho
Nov. News: Sylvia Colombo | Madeline Cowell | Duane Herrmann |
     Agnes J. Kazminski | Charlotte Ostermann
Oct. News: P. Arden Corbin | Agnes J. Kazminski | Max Yoho
Sept. News: Mary Alice Parmley | Esther Spradling
Aug. News: Agnes J. Kazminski
Jul.
News: Sylvia Colombo
Jun.
News: Reaona Hemmingway | Duane Herrmann | Don Pady | Max Yoho
May News: Barbara Brady | Annabelle Corrick | Carol Yoho | Max Yoho
Apr. News: Duane Herrmann 1 & 2 | Robert Lawson | Max Yoho
Mar. News: Reaona Hemmingway
Feb. News: Agnes J. Kazminski | Anne McCourtie | Max Yoho
Jan. News: Mary Alice Parmley | Max Yoho

2012 Meeting Minutes:

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

Minutes:December 15, 2012

District 1, Kansas Authors Club met at McFarland’s Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. on December 15, 2012 with 21 people present.

  • Following lunch vice president Evie Green convened the meeting at 12:30 p.m.
  • Visitors William Weuster, Debbie Roberts and her grandson Michael Roberts were introduced.  Also present was Dorothy Masters, District 4 member.
  • Max Yoho, Jeremy Deckard, Reaona Hemmingway, Agnes Kazmanski, and Debbie Roberts told about their books and offered books for sale.
  • The November minutes were made available and approved.
  • Reaona Hemmingway read the treasurer’s report and the report was approved.
  • Carol Yoho announced the annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest for kindles.  Information is on the internet. 
  • Evie Green announced the next meeting will be Debbie Roberts telling about her book Heart of Harveyville: Surviving the Tornado.

 The program was a read-around with writers sharing their stories in creative prose and poetry.   Many of the selections pertained to Christmas.  The following people participated: Roger Jones, Debbie Roberts, Barbara Brady, Mark Bouton, Annabelle Corrick, Evie Green, Reaona Hemmingway, Glory Hemmingway, Agnes Kazminski, Doris Peery, and Max Yoho.

Evie Green wished everyone a Merry Christmas and adjourned the meeting at 1:30 p.m.

—Respectfully submitted: Barbara Brady, Secretary, District 1.

Minutes: November 17, 2012

District 1, Kansas Authors Club met at McFarland’s Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday November 17, 2012 with 19 people present.

  • Following lunch president Patricia Bonine convened the meeting at 12:30 p.m.
  • Patricia Bonine introduced visitor Jeremy Deckerd, who told about his book, Capital City Cubbs.
  • Fred Appelhanz told about his books of poems, Whispered Words, Midnight Musings, and Mind Dancing
  • Agnes Kazninski introduced her latest book, The Poor Shepherd Boy, illustrated with batik illustrations done by her sister, Trudy Gasser.
  • Along with Agnes Kazminski’s other book, Sunrise Hill, Mark Bouton displayed books: The Second Savior, How to Spot Lies Like the FBI, and Sacrifice. The books displayed were available for purchase.
  • The October minutes were made available and approved.
  • Reaona Hemmingway read the treasurer’s report. The report was approved as read.
  • Patricia Bonine read several suggestions for a theme to be used at the 2015 convention sponsored by District 1. 
  • Carol Yoho announced the death of Grant William’s wife, Bernice. Grant is an active member of District 3.
  • Agnes Kazminski and Jeremy Deckard have upcoming book signings scheduled.
  • Patricia Bonine introduced the speaker, Mark Bouton, KAC member and author of several novels: Max Unlocks the Universe, Max Conquers the Cosmos, Cracks in the Rainbow, The Second Savior, The Sacrifice and How to Spot Lies Like the FBI. Mark gave an informative presentation on ways to successfully use plot, character and dialog in writing. He answered questions from the audience. Much to the delight of the audience, he concluded the event with original songs accompanied by guitar music. 
  • The next meeting, December 15, 2012, will be members sharing stories and poems they have written about Christmas. Everyone is encouraged to invite guests.

Patricia Bonine adjourned the meeting at 1:35 p.m.

--Respectfully submitted by Barbara Brady, Secretary District 1

Minutes: October 20, 2012

District 1, Kansas Authors Club met at McFarland’s Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 20, 2012 with 23 people present.

  • Following lunch president Patricia Bonine convened the meeting.
  • Agnes Kazminski introduced her guest Shirley Allen.
  • Agnes Kazminski, Reaona Hemmingway, Phil Morris, Max Yoho, and P. Arden Corbin displayed books for sale.
  • Phil Morris gave a flower to each person present in memory of Naomi Patterson, a long time KAC member who died October 17, 2012. Naomi had requested that friends surprise someone with a single flower in her memory in lieu of memorial contributions.    
  • Carol Yoho reported that Naomi began writing columns for The Topeka Capital Journal in 1997.  Her last column appeared in late September, 2012 titled “Dying to know the answers.” A link to this article is in the District 1 news on the KAC website.
  • Evie Green suggested we contact The Topeka Capital Journal to protest the lack of recognition given Naomi.
  • The minutes for September 15, 2012 were made available and approved.
  • Reaona Hemmingway read the treasurer’s report. The report was approved as read.
  • November is novel writing month and the Topeka Shawnee County Library is sponsoring a kick-off to encourage writers.
  • District 1 will be hosts to the convention in 2015. Patricia Bonine encouraged members to be thinking of a theme.
  • November speaker will be Mark Bouton, who will discuss his fifth suspense novel, The Sacrifice.
  • The program was a read-around with writers expressing their creative talents in prose and poetry. The following people participated:  Patricia Bonine, William Karnowski, Fred Appelhanz, Evie Green, Sheila Dalrymple, George Paris, Reaona Hemmingway, Phil Morris, Steve Laird, Lee Goldstein, Annabelle Corrick, Barbara Brady, Denise Hemmingway, Agnes Kazminski, Shirley Allen, Mark Bouton, Phil Corbin, and Carol Yoho who also shared her favorite poem written by Naomi Patterson

Patricia Bonine adjourned the meeting at 1:50 p.m.

--Respectfully submitted by Barbara Brady, Secretary District 1

Minutes: September 15, 2012

District 1, Kansas Authors Club met at McFarland's Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 15, 2012 with 12 people present.

  • Following lunch president Patricia Bonine convened the meeting.
  • Patricia Bonine welcomed Eileen DeSilva and Bill Isley.
  • Reaona Hemmingway and Agnes Kazminski displayed books for sale.
  • Patricia Bonine reminded members of the KAC Writing Convention and State Conference, October 5-7, 2012, in Salina, Kansas. A conference and workshop is available in Tulsa, Oklahoma October 27, 2012, for those interested.
  • Carol Yoho announced the Aaron Douglas Art Fair to be held at 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on September 22, 2012 located on 12th Street between Lane and Webster.
  • The minutes for August were made available and approved.
  • Reaona Hemmingway read the treasurer's report. The report was approved as read.
  • Patricia Bonine introduced KAC member Agnes Kazminski who spoke about her recent book, Sunset Hill: Memoir of a Marriage. Agnes encouraged members to write down memories, even if not writing a book. She made helpful suggestions about writing memoirs and explained the difference between memoirs and autobiographies. Following a well-received presentation, Agnes answered questions from the audience.
  • The next meeting will be October 20, 2012. The program will be a read-around with members sharing prose and poetry. Winners of the literary contest at the convention are encouraged to read their winning pieces.

Patricia Bonine adjourned the meeting at 1:00 p.m.

--Respectfully submitted by Barbara Brady, Secretary District 1

Minutes: August 18, 2012

District 1, Kansas Authors Club met at McFarland's Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday August 18, 2012 with 32 people present.

  • Following lunch president Patricia Bonine convened the meeting at 12:30 p.m. She introduced the guest speaker Lissa Staley who is a Book Evangelist and Librarian at Topeka Shawnee County Public Library. Her presentation, "How to Write a Novel in 30 Days," was filled with humor and creative suggestions to keep writing. A question and answer period followed.
  • Patricia Bonine conducted the business meeting following the speaker's presentation. The following visitors and guests were introduced: Debbie Roberts, Sid Frieswyk, Bill Isley, Eileen DeSilva, Big H Venkat, Reed Holwegner, Jane McKinley, Annette Billings and Linda Geffert.
  • The following writers told about their books for sale: Max Yoho, Phil Corbin, Agnes Kazminski, Mark Bouton, and Phil Morris.
  • Patricia Bonine reminded members to register for the upcoming 2012 Writing Convention and State Conference held October 5-7. Members will save money if registered before September 5, 2012.
  • It was announced that KAC is a new sponsor of the Kansas Sampler Foundation's "Explorer Research Voyage." The KAC web site is linked by name, under a photo along the ERV site's right column.
  • The July minutes were made available and approved.
  • Reaona Hemmingway gave the treasurer's report and the report was approved as read.
  • The next KAC meeting will be September 15, 2012.
  • Because of the convention in October, the group discussed whether to meet that month. The group voted favorably to meet in October since District 1 is not sponsoring the convention.

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

--Respectfully submitted by Barbara Brady, Secretary District 1

Minutes: July 21, 2012

District 1 Kansas Authors Club met at McFarland’s Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday July 21, 2012 with 19 people present.

  • Following lunch second vice-president George Paris convened the meeting at 12:45 p.m.
  • George Paris recognized Shelia Dalrymple, Eileen DeSilva, Mavise Ann Smirl, Brian Tucker and C. Tucker Allen.
  • Books were displayed and made available for sale by Agnes Kazminski, Reaona Hemmingway, Fred Appelhanz, and Mark Bouton.  Mark Bouton will do a book signing at the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library at 2:00 p.m. on August 5, 2012. 
  • The June minutes were made available and approved.
  • Reaona Hemmingway read the treasurer’s report.  The report was approved as read.
  • George Paris introduced the presenter, long time KAC member Dennis Smirl who has received numerous awards for his creative writing.  Dennis wrote two plays and chose District 1 members to “act” the parts.  The thought provoking plays were well received by the audience. 
  • The August 18, 2012 meeting will feature Lissa Staley whose program is titled “How to Write a Novel in 30 days.” 

George Paris adjourned the meeting at 1:35 p.m.

--Respectfully submitted by Barbara Brady, Secretary District 1

Minutes: June 16, 2012

District 1 Kansas Authors Club met at McFarland’s Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 16, 2012 with 10 people present.

  • Following lunch president Patricia Bonine convened the meeting at 12:45 p.m.
  • The May minutes were made available and approved.
  • Patricia Bonine reminded members of the 108th Annual KAC 2012 Convention in Salina on October 5-7. It is past time to submit prose or poetry entries.
  • The speaker for next month will be Dennis Smirl who will include members to participate in his program.
  • Patricia Bonine introduced today’s speaker, Alice Bertels. As a teacher, Alice Bertels worked with students who participated in the Kansas Authors Club literary contest and she thanked KAC for providing this opportunity. Her goal is to encourage people to be interested in art. When she found resources lacking, she first created her own book for children to use about the life of Kansas artist John Steuart Curry. This led her to publish a children’s book John Steuart Curry: The Road Home about our Capitol mural painter. This book won the Kansas Notable Book Award in 2007. The audience participated in a discussion of two large paintings by John Steuart Curry beautifully displayed by the author. Following the delightful and informative presentation, the author answered questions from the audience and held a book signing.  Each member received a commemorative bookmark. 

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

--Respectfully submitted by Barbara Brady, Secretary District 1

SPECIAL NOTICE FROM EVIE GREEN, VICE-PRESIDENT IN CHARGE OF PROGRAMS:

  • Attendance for KAC meetings has been down. In the past year, attendance has never fallen lower than the teens and usually is in the 20-30 range. Today’s attendance of ten is extremely embarrassing to the guest speaker and to the one who invited the speaker, particularly when a guest is expected to provide a program without remuneration. In addition, McFarland’s Restaurant has been generous to provide a meeting place and the staff sets tables for a large group. Poor attendance means a monetary loss for the establishment. This issue is of great concern. District 1 has a history of being an impressive leader in the state. We wish to continue with this tradition. 

Minutes: May 19, 2012

District 1 Kansas Authors Club met at McFarland's Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2012 with 16 people present.

  • Following lunch Vice President Evie Green convened the meeting at 12:30 p.m.
  • The April minutes were made available and approved.
  • Several authors displayed their books: Max Yoho, Agnes Kazminski, and Ronald Lee Cobb. Annabelle Corrick displayed an anthology that included her story about the Coffeyville convention.
  • Phil Corbin introduced his guest Charles Harvey.
  • A memorial service for KAC active member Gary Hemmingway will be Sunday, May 20, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Cathedral.
  • Evie Green announced an invitation from District 7 to attend their spring get-together on Saturday, June 16 at 12:00 noon at the City Limits Café in Colby, Kansas. The program will feature Millie Horlacher and Nancy Larsen Sanders.
  • William Karnowski distributed material about the 108th annual KAC convention in Salina on October 5-7. He promised an exciting schedule of activities and plenty of "Encouraging Words."
  • Carol Yoho reminded the group of an error regarding the poetry contest. Information in the newsletter for the submission address is incorrect. This has been corrected online.
  • Evie Green welcomed back Agnes Kaminski who had a recent hospitalization.
  • Next month the speaker will be Alice Bertels who writes books for children.
  • Evie Green introduced speaker Roy Bird. His presentation was titled, "Every Book has a Back Story," or "How I Moved from Grown Up into Children's Nonfiction." Bird is the author of 16 books about Kansas and the American West. He told of his latest book titled, Little Ike: Dwight D. Eisenhower's Abilene Boyhood. He followed the informative program by responding to questions from the audience.

Evie Green adjourned the meeting at 1:45 p.m.

--Respectfully submitted by Barbara Brady, Secretary District 1.

Minutes: April 21, 2012

District 1 Kansas Authors Club met at McFarland’s Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2012 with 19 people present.

  • Following lunch President Patricia Bonine convened the meeting. She reminded everyone who is over 80 years old or a dues-paying member for at least five years and who wish to remain a Kansas Authors Club member to submit names to her.
  • Patricia Bonine reminded members of the Kansas Authors Club convention held on October 5-7, 2012, in Salina, Kansas. The theme is Encouraging Words. More information is available on the web site.
  • Madeline Cowell and F.C. Appelhanz made books, bookmarks or CDs available.
  • Errol Anderson introduced first time visitors Kathy and Drew Markham. Drew, an artist, explained his interest in writing poetry.  Kathy expressed her pleasure at being present and read a poem from a book Drew compiled for family members.
  • Long time Kansas Authors Club member, Agnes Kazminski, is in the hospital. She would welcome cards and notes.
  • The March minutes were made available and approved. 
  • President Patricia Bonine suggested members be thinking about a new officers starting in September.  Elections will be in July or August.
  • Carol Yoho announced that the meeting District 2 scheduled for April 14, 2012 in Emporia had to be canceled due to bad weather and hopefully will be rescheduled.
  • Agnes Kazminski has authored a new book, Sunrise Hill, edited by Karen Brown.
  • Barbara Brady announced that the Washburn University Inscape Journal celebrates 40 years of publication with an event at the Blue Planet Café on April 7, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. There will be refreshments, readings, and Inscape books for sale. The public is invited.  
  • Evie Green announced that Kansas Center for the Book Director Roy Bird will present the May 19th program. His newest book focuses on the boyhood of Dwight D. Eisenhower in Abilene, KS.
  • Patricia Bonine introduced the guest speaker Kyler Carpenter, a staff member in the children’s division of the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library. Kyler presented a lively program on his work with children using his skills as a storyteller and performer. He shared samples of his guitar music and songs used with children followed with questions from the audience.

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

--Respectfully submitted by Barbara Brady, Secretary District 1.


Minutes: March 17, 2012

District 1 Kansas Authors Club met at McFarland’s Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 17, 2012 with 15 people present.

  • Following lunch President Patricia Bonine convened the meeting.  She reminded the group to renew their membership to Kansas Authors Club.  Members over the age of 80 should notify the Kansas Authors Club Financial Secretary to maintain their membership status.
  • Phil Morris had copies of his latest book for sale.
  • President Patricia Bonine made offered information about contests available to interested writers.
  • The February minutes were made available and approved.
  • Reaona Hemmingway read the treasurer’s report. The report was approved as read.
  • Karen Brown announced a meeting by District 2 held on April 14, 2012 in Emporia. All members are invited to attend.  The event will include a visit to Emporia Gazette made famous by William Allen White a former Kansas Authors Club member. Following a pizza lunch, there will be a 7:00 p.m. reading by people who had poems in the book Begin Again: 150 Kansas Poems published in celebration of our Kansas Sesquicentennial.  
  • Ken and Doris Peery cordially invited those going to Emporia to have a tour of their childhood homes at no charge.
  • Evie Green announced the Pen Women meeting on the 2nd Saturday in April will feature Denise Low, Kansas Poet Laureate 2007-2009, as a guest speaker. 
  • Evie Green invited the group to check out her new Kansas Authors Club license plate that she won in a drawing.
  • Kyler Carpenter will be guest speaker at the April meeting of District 1. Kyler works in the children's section at Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library and is known as a storyteller and performer. His presentation will focus on ways the library encourages children to love to read.
  • Thirteen members who shared their prose and poetry provided the program.  The participants were Patricia Bonine, Barbara Brady, Madeline Cowell, Lee Goldstein, Evie Green, Reaona Hemmingway, Phil Morris, Karen Brown, Agnes Kazminski, Annabelle Corrick, Mark Bouton, and Doris Peery.

President Patricia Bonine adjourned the meeting at 1:40 p.m.

—Respectfully submitted by Barbara Brady, Secretary District 1.


Minutes: February 18, 2012

District 1 Kansas Authors Club met at McFarland’s Restaurant at 11:30 on Saturday, February 18, 2012 with 28 people present. 

  • Following lunch President Patricia Bonine convened the meeting.
  • Visitors Esther Spradling and Mike Brose were introduced and welcomed.
  • Books by Errol Anderson, Sylvia Colombo, Reaona Hemmingway, Ken Ohm and Don Pady were made available for purchase, in addition to the book, Hidden Gold: Lost Treasure in the Flint Hills, co-authored by Ken Ohm and Don Pady.
  • Patricia Bonine reminded the group that dues to Kansas Author Club should be paid.Evie Green, big winner
  • Reaona Hemmingway reported that the annual yearbooks would be out soon.
  • Evie Green won a KAC license plate holder when her name was drawn from those who had purchased books—November, 2011, to January, 2012. Books were donated by Dr. Bob Carey as a District 1 fundraising initiative.
  • Phil Corbin has published a new book to be out in a few weeks.
  • Barbara Brady’s book, Once Upon a Hunch, is available electronically.
  • The January minutes were made available and approved.
  • Reaona Hemmingway read the treasurer’s report. The report was approved as read.
  • Carol Yoho announced that Tom Averill’s book rode received an award for “Outstanding Western Novel, 2011.” This award is given each year in Oklahoma City, home of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Past winners have been James Michner and Larry McMurtry.
  • Carol Yoho asked members who give presentations about writing to let her know so the information may be placed on line. This helps to maintain the non-profit status of Kansas Authors Club.
  • Carol Yoho was thanked for extensive work maintaining the Kansas Authors Club website.
  • Evie Green announced that the next meeting will be March 17, 2012. The meeting will be presentations by members who will read their work. There will be a three minute time limit. 
  • Patricia Bonine introduced the speakers Dr. Ken Ohm and Don Pady, Kansas Author Club members. They each gave a background of their previous books and told how they met and became good friends. This friendship and mutual interest in history prompted them to co-author the book Hidden Gold: Lost Treasure in the Flint Hills. An article written in 1905 by Emporia Gazette publisher William Allen White tells the story of two youngsters who discovered a hidden treasure buried in a mound southwest of Emporia. That story is at the heart of their fascinating novel. 

Patricia Bonine adjourned the meeting at 1:25 p.m.

Respectfully submitted: Barbara Brady, Secretary, District 1


Minutes: January 21, 2012

District 1 Kansas Authors Club met at Walt McFarland’s Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 21, 2012, with 19 members present.

  • Following lunch the meeting was convened at 12:30 p.m. by President Patricia Bonine
  • The following authors had books displayed and available for sale: Sylvia Colombo, Melvin D. Bruntzel, Max Yoho, F.C. Appelhanz, Mark Bouton, and Gary K. Clarke.
  • Mark Bouton has a publisher for his next novel, The Sacrifice.
  • Max Yoho will have a book signing at the First Friday Art Walk, February 3, at the Eclective Gallery in North Topeka.
  • Sarah Anderson has a publisher who is interested in her novel about terrorists in United States.
  • The December minutes were made available and approved.
  • Reaona Hemmingway gave the treasurer’s report. The report was approved.
  • Carol Yoho reminded members to renew their KAC membership for 2012.
  • Speakers for the next meeting will be Kenneth Olm and Donald Pady, co-authors of Hidden Gold: Lost Treasure in the Flint Hills.
  • Gary K. Clarke, Kansas Author Club member and author of his latest book, Gary Clarke’s Africa was introduced by Patricia Bonine. Gary opened his presentation by declaring a BYOB Day also called Bring Your Own Banana Day. He then passed out bananas to the group and followed with a story about carrying bananas on his head in Africa. With his usual humor, Gary explained the book’s subtitle, “Wildlife, Rainbows and Laughter” along with memories and information accumulated during his 140 African Safaris.

Patricia Bonine adjourned the meeting at 1:35 p.m.

—Respectfully submitted: Barbara Brady, Secretary, District 1.


Officers of Kansas Authors Club, District 1
for 2011-2012:

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

Patricia Bonine 
Yvonne Evie Green
George Paris

Barbara Brady
Reaona Hemmingway


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