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District #3 of the Kansas Authors Club has a fundraising project to help defray the costs of the writers' convention to be held in Coffeyville in October 2011. Members of District #3 and the Nightwriters writing group in Coffeyville have written two collection of short stories by authors including Ursula Turner, Frankie Roland, Ruth Ames, Margie Marang, Carol Murphy, Louise Click, Mary (Pinkie) Atkinson and Grant Williams. The Family Next Door Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 tells stories about famous people of Southeast Kansas. Books cost $7.00 each, and all proceeds go to District #3 toward convention expenses. Contact any District 3 member about purchasing copies. updated 11/17/2010
Past 2010 Events:
Fall KAC meeting: Sept. 18, 2010
The Kansas Authors Club Third District fall meeting was held Sept. 18, 2010 at Windsor Place Campus Center with 12 members and one guest, Bernice Williams, attending.
- Social time started at 9 a.m. with coffee, juice, muffins and sweet rolls.
- The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by Lois Hendrix, district president, who asked Frank Marang to sing a song, “Mister in Between.” Members were then asked to introduce themselves and name the project they are working on.
- Hendrix mentioned there will be a writing contest held for the spring meeting. There will be four prose categories: Fiction, memoir, inspiration and children’s story, up to age 16, with a 2000 word limit for all entries. Prose: Free verse and rhymed verse, 40 line limit; whimsy and Japanese form. You don’t have to be a member to participate. The spring meeting is scheduled tentatively for April 16. Deadline for contest entries is March 15.
- Hendrix talked about the Kansas Authors Club state convention in Lawrence to be held from Oct. 1 to 3, 2010.
- The nominating report naming new officers for the district is: Lois Hendrix, president; Ursula Turner, vice president; Grant Williams, treasurer; and Joyce Long, secretary. New officers for Night Writers are: Ursula Turner, president; Pinky Atkinson, treasurer; and Cordilia Jones, secretary.
- Turner talked about her soon to be published book: Not in Our Town.
- Grant Williams talked about volunteering, especially at senior centers. He advised to be an inspiration for others.
- Margie Marang handed out goody bags.
- A group picture was taken. Thumbnail links to a larger version.
The meeting concluded with the winners of the silent auction being announced, and the covered-dish luncheon being served. Frank Marang said grace by singing “Amazing Grace.”
—meeting minutes by Ursula Turner
Spring KAC meeting: April 17, 2010
The Kansas Authors Club Third District spring meeting was held Apr. 17, 2010 at Windsor Place Campus Center with nine members and one guest, Tera Clark, attending.
- Social time started at 9 a.m. with coffee, sweet rolls and muffins.
- The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by district president, Lois Hendrix, who asked members to state their name and to tell what they liked to write about.
- Secretary notes from the last meeting were not available, but Grant Williams gave the treasurer’s report.
- Hendrix announced the next KAC convention will be held in Lawrence from Oct. 1-3, 2010. The theme is: One Free Nation, Many Voices. It was suggested Margie Marang should enter her book of poems in the Nelson Poetry Book Awards.
- Hendrix mentioned that more stories are needed for the second fund raiser book: The Family Next Door and Other Stories, Volume II.
- Several names were suggested for workshop presenters. In this connection, Ursula Turner, president of Night Writers, gave an approximate expense report for the 2011 convention.
- Three people were needed for the nominating committee for the fall meeting. Those who volunteered were: Turner, Ruth Ames and Barbara Cooper.
- Hendrix talked about the book she is working on: My Life in Burma.
- Turner gave a program about publishing her books and showed these to the group. She also mentioned her book: Sirens II. Letters from the Heart, which is currently at the publisher’s, and the book she is working on right now: Not in Our Town. Coffeyville’s Response to the Dalton Gang’s Bank Robberies, which tells about the defenders instead of the Daltons.
- The meeting concluded with the winners of the silent auction being announced and the covered-dish luncheon being served.
- The D3 fall meeting will be held at 9 a.m., Sept. 18, 2010, at Windsor Place Campus Center. Bring a covered dish and a white elephant.
—meeting minutes by Ursula Turner
Night Writers News:
Night Writers of Coffeyville met Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, at Sycamore Landing with nine members attending.
Ursula Turner, president, opened the meeting by stating that she and Joyce Long had been interviewed by Lance Allred on KGGF radio about their recently published books. The two authors also had a book signing at the Coffeyville Public Library.
Turner then read a Christmas card from member Beverly Johnson who has not been able to attend meetings recently.
Carol Martin, Third District member from Arkansas City, has done a computer graphic to be used on the back cover of the 2011 Kansas Authors Club Yearbook. It conveys the theme D3 chose for next year's KAC state convention to be held in Coffeyville.
Turner mentioned that she and Louise Click will make reservations for the convention at the Sleep Inn in early January.
After members read their assignments about "Family Christmas Traditions," the meeting was adjourned.
Turner will be hostess for the next meeting to be held at 6 p.m., Jan. 25, at Sycamore Landing.
Night Writers of Coffeyville, the local chapter of the Kansas Authors Club, met at Sycamore Landing in Coffeyville on Monday, Nov. 22, 2010, with 11 members present.
Ursula Turner, president, called the meeting to order and discussed the need of bags to be used as goodie bags for the 2011 state convention. She also gave out the club's tax number to be given to individuals and businesses who contribute money to the club.
Joyce Long talked about her recently published children's book, The misadventures of Zortz: The Real Me, the first in a series of four. She mentioned that the second book, The Misadventures of Zortz: Zortz Saves Black Friday, was scheduled to be released the next day, Nov. 27. The third book will be released in March. A date had not been set as yet for the fourth book.
Turner mentioned that her latest publication, Not in our Town: Coffeyville's response to the Dalton Gang's Bank Robberies, which tells about the defenders, is currently at the publisher's.
Lois Hendrix, district president, introduced a book recently released by Third District member, Grant Williams, Marbles, as well as a volume of poetry which he dedicated to D3 members.
Hendrix, who was observing her birthday, was hostess. She had given as he assignment: "If I Could Change the World," and members read their stories.
The next meeting will be hosted by Ruth Ames on Dec. 21 at Sycamore Landing. Her assignment is: A family Christmas tradition.
Night Writers of Coffeyville met on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010, at Sycamore Landing, with 12 members attending.
Ursula Turner, president, called the meeting to order at 6 p.m. She started the meeting by reading the rules the Sycamore Landing manager had given her about the meeting room.
Turner also discussed aspects of the Kansas Authors Club state convention which will be held in Coffeyville on Oct. 7, 8, and 9 in Coffeyville. The theme of the convention will be “Kansas: Freedom Frontier for 150 Years.
Turner said that the group needs to get started on getting things together for the goody bags for the convention. Barbara Cooper volunteered to be responsible for them. Turner suggested that we should plan on about 100 people at the convention. She also mentioned that the Sleep Inn needs to be booked after the first of the year.
Lois Hendrix, District 3, president, informed the group that KAC has a new president, Prem Bajaj. She had also brought some literature and magazines from the Lawrence convention which she passed around. Members could borrow them if they wished.
The next meeting will be at 6 p.m., Nov. 23, at Sycamore Landing. The assignment will be to write a story or poem on the theme “If I could Change the World.” Lois Hendrix will be hostess.
Members read the current assignment, a story or poem about Halloween.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:30 p.m.
Night Writers of Coffeyville met Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, at Sycamore Landing.
Lois Veil was hostess for September's meeting. Topic was "Describe a character and write a story about him or her."
Night Writers of Coffeyville met Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010, at Sycamore Landing with 13 members attending.
Ursula Turner, president, opened the meeting by reading a letter from Frankie Roland who moved away recently. She also mentioned for members to bring Best Choice labels. In addition she talked about the state convention which will take place in Coffeyville in October 2011. She mentioned that workshop presenters will be needed. She also talked about the new fund raiser book: The Family Next Door, Volume II, and Other Stories.
Lois Hendrix, district president, talked about asking for donations to help finance the convention.
The 3rd District fall meeting will be held at 9 a.m. on Sept. 18, 2010, at Windsor Place. Members are to bring food for the luncheon as well as a white elephant for a silent auction.
Members then read their assignments, given by hostess Barbara Cooper: “Your Favorite Memory.”
Lois Vail will be hostess for the September Night Writers meeting to take place at 6 p.m. Sept. 21, 2010, at Sycamore Landing. Her assignment is to describe a character and write a story about him or her.
Night Writers of Coffeyville met Tuesday, July 27, 2010, at Sycamore Landing, with 21 members and two guests, Bernice Williams and Connie Menefee, attending.
Ursula Turner, president, opened the meeting by speaking about the convention District 3 will be holding in Coffeyville in October 2011. The theme will be: “Kansas: Freedom Frontier for 150 Years.” She asked for more stories for the fund raiser book “The Family Next Door II and other stories.”
Lois Hendrix, district president, gave the treasurer’s report and the sales from the first fund raiser book.
The meeting was dedicated to Frankie Roland who is leaving us to move, with her husband Arnold, to Colorado Springs to be near their two daughters. Frank Marang sang a song in her honor. Gifts and a cake were presented to her. She will be sorely missed by all.
Members then read the assignment given by Turner who was hostess for the meeting: Whatever happened to...: with everybody mentioning an old object that is no longer in use such as galoshes and Studebaker cars.
Barbara Cooper will be hostess for the next Night Writers meeting to be held at 6 p.m. August 24, 2010, at Sycamore Landing. The assignment is to write down your favorite memory.
Night Writers of Coffeyville met Tuesday, June 22, 2010, at Sycamore Landing with 11 members and two guests, Hannah and Olivia Redlich, granddaughters of member Louise Click. Both girls belong to a dance group and performed a dance routine for the entertainment of Night Writers.
Ursula Turner, president, opened the meeting by asking for more stories for the fund raiser book the group is working on right now. It is to follow The Family Next Door and will be titled The Family Next Door II and other stories.
Turner gave a lesson on how to interview and write about a person. She also asked members to bake cookies for the Red Cross blood drive. They are due June 28 and 29 and should be delivered to First Baptist Church on Ninth Street.
Frankie Roland informed the group that she will be moving to Colorado Springs on Aug. 1. She asked that someone take over collecting Best Choice labels and work on the scrap book both of which she has been taking care of for several years.
Turner informed the group they can participate in a contest which asks each member to write a picture of themselves as a writer at work. Deadline is June 15. The stories will appear in the next KAC newsletter.
Members then read the assignment given by hostess Pinky Atkinson which was to write a poem.
Turner will be hostess for the July meeting to take place at 6 p.m. on July 27 at Sycamore Landing. Her assignment is to write: Whatever happened to... and passed out slips of paper that listed a different old-time item for each person, such as a fox fur with head and feet, wax bottles with sweet goo in them, the Boogie Woogie, etc.
Night Writers of Coffeyville met Thursday, April 26, 2010, at Sycamore Landing.
Carol Murphy was hostess. Her assignment:
"Compare two disparate things or contrast two entities, in either prose or poetry form."
Night Writers of Coffeyville met Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at Sycamore Landing with 20 members in attendance.
Ursula Turner, president, opened the meeting. She introduced Lois Hendrix as the new Third District president of the Kansas Authors Club, Rik Tanos having resigned from that position.
The group discussed the 2011 KAC state convention which will be held in Coffeyville. Members are currently selling a book The Family Next Door to which most have contributed stories. It will be sold as a fund raiser to cover expenses of the convention. A follow-up book is in the works. Other aspects of the convention were discussed as well, including coming up with a theme.
Hendrix brought up the fact that the group did not have a date for the spring meeting. It was decided to meet at 9 a.m. on April 17 at Windsor Place, with the business meeting starting at 9:30 a.m. Members are to bring a covered dish and a “white elephant” for a silent auction.
Members then read the assignment given by Ivan Pfalser, the host for the meeting. It was about families and Coffeyville connections. These stories will be part of the next fund raiser book.
Night Writers of Coffeyville met Tuesday, Feb. 23, at Sycamore Landing, with 16 members and two guests attending.
Rik Tanos, district ex-president, discussed the Kansas Authors Club state convention to be held in Coffeyville in October 2011. Preparations have to be made early so everything will run smoothly.
Members then read their assignments: “My favorite food, and why.” Some of the stories were quite interesting.
Night Writers of Coffeyville met Tuesday, Jan. 26 at Sycamore Landing with 17 members and five guests, Elizabeth Webster, Wayne and Margaret Scott, Joyce Long and Mayo Davison attending.
Ursula Turner opened the meeting. She announced that Rik Tanos, District 3 president, had intended to discuss the 2011 convention but was unable to attend due to illness. The visitors were asked to introduce themselves. Members followed suit.
Turner then did talk about the convention. The theme will be: 150 years since the end of the civil war, 150 years since the birth of Kansas.
Members then read the assignment: “New Year’s Resolutions.”
Officers of Kansas Authors Club, District 3
| Lois Hendrix