Next District 3 Meeting: Sat., Apr. 26, '14 • 9 A.M.
Our April 2014 meeting will be held at Sirloin Stockade, 104 West 11th St., Coffeyville, starting with a Continental breakfast at 9 a.m.
District 3 includes 12 counties in southeast Kansas: Allen, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Cowley, Crawford, Elk, Greenwood, Labette, Montgomery, Neosho, Wilson, and Woodson
Anyone interested in writing is encouraged to attend District 3 meetings.
D3 Meetings are held at twice yearly .
—All writers are welcome to attend.
Next Night Writers Meeting: Tues., Nov. 26, '13
at Sycamore Landing, 701 Lewark, Coffeyville, at 6 PM.
Our hostess for November is Mary Atkinson. Her assignment is to write and share a "Things I'm Thinking About." He will also talk a bit about writing one.
Night Writers usually meets every fourth Tuesday of each month, 6 p.m., at Sycamore Landing, 701 Lewark, Coffeyville.
Everyone is invited to join our group.
Night Writers: Lois Vail is president and Ursula Turner is secretary/treasurer.
Nov. News: Ursula Turner
Oct. News: Mary Atkinson | Louise Click | Barbara Cooper | Joyce Long | Ursula Turner 1, 2 & 3
Sept. News: Louise Click | Barbara Cooper | Joyce Long |
Ursula Turner1 & 2 | Lois Vail
June News: Donna Hawk 1 & 2
April News: Ursula Turner
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Ursula Turner, District 3, Coffeyville, will talk about her memoir, My German Christmas, read a chapter, and bring along a German-type Christmas tree to give it all the flavor of the season. Here is a list of pre-holiday events where Ursula will speak:
- Thursday, Dec. 5, 10:30 a.m., Chanute Public Library, 111 N. Lincoln Ave.
- Wednesday, Dec. 11, Dearing Coffee & Company, 11:30 a.m., for Triad Club of Independence, 11:30 a.m.
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D3 2013 Writing Contest Results:
PROSE —Joyce Long, prose contest manager
1. "To be a child again" — Ursula Turner
2. "Odd Person Out" — Ursula Turner
3. "Remembering Mom at the Clothesline" — Ursula Turner
Children's Story, any age:
1. "Tony Cares for God's World" — Louise Click
2. "The First Day of School" — Ursula Turner
3. "The House that Olivia Built" — Louise Click
1. "October Wedding" — Ursula Turner
2. "The Stalker" — Frankie Roland
3. "What a Grandma Won't Do" — Louise Click
1. "My Parents, My Heroes" — Ursula Turner
2. "Second Love Is" — Louise Click
3. "Trust" — Frankie Roland
POETRY —Barbara Cooper, poetry contest manager
1. "Under Spring's Full Moon" — Roy Beckemeyer
2. "The Seed" — Louise Click
3. "What Sways in the Wind" — Louise Click
1. "The Old Clock" — Ursula Turner
2. "The Sister" — Ursula Turner
3. "The Mouse" — Ursula Turner
1. "Christmas Anticipation" — Ursula Turner
2. "Little Jimmy's Last Hurrah" — Ursula Turner
3. "Writing Poetry" — Ursula Turner
1. "What If" — Roy Beckmeyer
2. "Autumn, My Favorite Seaso" — Ursula Turner
3. "Memories Here Belong Only to Me" — Louise Click
Past 2013 KAC District 3 Events:
KAC D3 Meeting: Sat., Sept. 28, 2013
On Sept. 28, 2013, Third District of Kansas Authors Club held their fall meeting at Sirloin Stockade. Following some fellowship over a continental breakfast, the meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by Ursula Turner, president.
Minutes from the last meeting were read by Joyce Long, secretary. They were approved as read.
In the absence of Waneta Davis, treasurer, Turner reported that the treasury shows a balance of $3,964.52. Turner also reminded everybody about the state convention in Wichita.
The nominating committee, consisting of Verna Sanders, Nellie Briggans and Louise Click announced their choices of officers. The duly elected officers are: Ursula Turner, president; Louise Click, vice president; Dana Peugh, secretary; and Waneta Davis, treasurer.
It was decided to use the same categories as last year for the spring writing contest. They are: prose - memoir, children's story, short fiction and inspiration. Joyce Long will be prose contest manager. Poetry categories are haiku, whimsy, rhymed verse and free verse, with Barbara Cooper as contest manager.
On Nov. 9 Third District will hold a rummage and bake sale at Windsor Place Campus Center, 2921 W. 1st St. in Coffeyville, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will also be chili frito pie and dessert for sale. This is open to the public.
Everyone enjoyed Judy Leeds' lesson on writing memoirs. She stressed that everyone has a story to tell, but that one needs to keep a journal so things aren't forgotten.
It was decided that the spring meeting will be held April 26, 1914 at 9 a.m. at Sirloin Stockade.
The meeting adjourned and several members stayed to have lunch together.
KAC D3 Meeting: Sat., Apr. 27, 2013
Third District members gathered at Sirloin Stockade on April 27, 2013, for their spring meeting.
At 9:30 a.m., following a Continental breakfast and a getting acquainted session, the meeting was called to order by Ursula Turner, president. Fifteen members answered roll call by stating what they plan to have published in he near future.
Joyce Long, secretary, read the minutes which were approved as read. Ruth Ames, temporary treasurer, handed out a financial report.
Joyce Long, prose contest manager, announced there had been 22 entries in the 2013 District 3 Writing Contest. Barbara Cooper, poetry contest manager, announced there had been 38 entries.
It was announced that the state contest deadline is June 15, 2013. Deadline for yearbook entries is Oct.6, 2013. Information about either one can be found in the yearbook on pages 45 and 46, and page 146 respectively.
The Third District fall meeting will be held Sept. 14, 2013 at Sirloin Stockade. Judy Leeds of Coffeyville will be the speaker. She will talk about writing memoirs.
A nominating committee was appointed, consisting of Louise Click, Verna Sanders and Nellie Briggans.
Following a short break, June Freisberg, editor of Good News, talked about her life with this newspaper and the struggles to establish it.
The winners of the writing contest were announced and first place winners read their entries.
The meeting was adjourned at noon for lunch and more fellowship.
Past Night Writers 2013 Events:
Tues., Oct. 22:
Night Writers of Coffeyville met Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, at Sycamore Landing with 12 members attending.
Lois Vail, president, opened the meeting at 6 p.m. She mentioned the fund raiser rummage sale that had been planned for Nov. 9, but it was decided to move it to early spring since few members were able to make the Nov. 9 date.
Ursula Turner, KAC Third District president, talked about the state convention in Wichita since she was the only one to attend from D3. She hopes next year a few more members will decide to go.
Host Pete Walterscheid gave a brief talk on writing short stories and gave everybody hand-outs. Then members read their short story that had been his assignment.
Night Writers is always looking for new writers to join the group. If interested, send e-mail to Ursula
Tues., Sept. 24:
Night Writers of Coffeyville met Sept. 24, 2013, at Sycamore Landing with 11 members attending.
The hostess, Elizabeth Webster, was unable to attend as was president Lois Vail. Louise Click, D3 vice president, did hostess duties. Ursula Turner, D3 president, took over for Vail.
Turner talked about the programs and lessons some members had asked for and it was decided not to have one at every meeting, but instead schedule them for only four times a year. She also handed out updated member lists. She then talked about the district meeting coming up in a few days, and urged everyone to attend.
For the program, Barbara Cooper talked about limericks and had everyone write one. Most came out pretty good.
Tues., Aug. 27:
Night Writers of Coffeyville met Aug. 27 at Sycamore Landing with 12 members and two guests, Tommy Amberg and Harry Bruhn, attending.
Lois Vail, president, opened the meeting at 6 p.m. She had no new business to discuss.
Barbara Cooper passed around two cards for members to sign. One was a sympathy card for Joyce Long whose brother-in-law died. The other was a get-well card for Dana Peugh who had leg surgery.
Ursula Turner, Third District President, had brought a number of papers on writing and gave members a chance to give lessons on them.
Vail read an inspirational story she had written and then gave a lesson on writing something inspirational. She pointed out that there are three parts: Perception; Inspiration; and Ecstatics. The lesson was followed up by members reading a story on inspiration they had written in the past.
Pete Walterscheid reminded everyone of the "Open Mic Session" on Friday, Sept. 6 at 7 pm. at Coffee & Company in Dearing. He invited the others to come read something they had written or to just listen.
Tues., July 23:
Night Writers let their imaginations soar as Irish dancers, twirled, kicked and leaped at the July 23rd meeting. Hostess, Louise Click had presented a short workshop on free verse. As Olivia and Hannah Redlich from Charlotte, N.C. danced an Irish jig members wrote their thoughts in the form of free verse and then read them.
Pete Waltersheid told of an opportunity for members to read their writings at open Mic Night at Coffee & Company in Dearing, starting in September.
Tues., June 25:
Night Writers of Coffeyville met June 25, 2013, at Sycamore Landing with 14 members and one guest, Pete Walterscheid, attending.
Lois Kay Vail, president, opened the meeting by welcoming everybody and then had everyone introduce themselves to Walterscheid. She had no particular news for the meeting.
Ursula Turner, Third District president, suggested that everybody write something that they can try to have published in a magazine. She had brought several sample copies for people to take so they could tell what publishers are looking for. She also mentioned it would be a good idea to invite speakers to meetings who can give tips on writing.
After the business part of the meeting was over, members read their assignments which was: "Tell about your first significant other."
Tues. May 28:
Twelve Coffeyville Night Writers met May 28 to share stories they had written about cities. Some of the cities were large, some small, some researched and some experienced first hand.
Waneta Davis introduced her guest, Judy Leeds. We welcome her as a permanent member. At the District 3 meeting in September, Judy will present a workshop on writing memoirs.
Ruth Ames reminded members the Kansas Authors Club would be hosting their conference in Wichita at the Holiday Inn, October 4-6.
Mary Mitchell volunteered to be hostess for the meeting. Her assignment is for members to write about their "first significant other."
President Lois Vail suggested it would be helpful if some of our programs focused on a specific type of writing. Louise Click volunteered to be hostess for the July 22rd meeting and bring information about writing poetry.
Tues. March 26:
Night Writers of Coffeyville met Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2013, at Sycamore Landing with 11 members and one guest, Dana Peugh, attending.
Lois Kay Vail, president, opened the meeting by asking Joyce Long to talk about her project of making it known that Frank Bellamy of Cherryvale was the one who wrote the Allegiance to the Flag as opposed to Francis Bellamy of Rome, NY, as some say. Long has written a book on the subject.
Ursula Turner, KAC Third District president, then talked about several items, such as: having short programs at monthly meetings; the fact that D3 has a new member who lives in Iola; and asking members to save Best Choice labels. She then talked about the D3 meeting which is scheduled to be held at 9 a.m., April 27, at Sirloin Stockade.
Turner also had several issues of a poetry book available which members had ordered. It is the last book the late Grant Williams had published before his death. He had named it Poems by a Kansas Yankee.
Barbara Cooper then introduced Jaque Rooks who gave a unique program on writing poetry. Rooks is assistant to Sherri Chittum who teaches a kindergarten class that is imbedded in Windsor Place Nursing Home. She talked about how she combines the writings of the children with that of the elders, asks for rhyming words, and ends up with a poem.
Following the program several members read their assignment “Happiness,” before enjoying the refreshements.
Tues. February 26:
Our February meeting was canceled because of winter weather. The planned meeting has been rolled to March.
Tues., January 22:
Night Writers of Coffeyville met Tuesday, Jan. 22 at Sycamore Landing with 8 members attending.
In the absence of Lois Vail, president, Ursula Turner, district president, opened the meeting. Due to the sudden death of Grant Williams, treasurer of the group, an election for a new treasurer was to be held, however, since so few members had made an appearance, the election was postponed for a couple of months. Ruth Ames volunteered to be interim treasurer.
In other business, Turner brought up a number of items. These included talking about Grant Williams' memorial service. Telling the group that he had published his last book on Nov. 2, 2012, and she passed one around for the others to look at. Turner also handed out the newest list of members to everybody present. In addition, she mentioned the flyers that are to go to all the counties that belong to Third District.
After business was concluded, members read their assignment given by Turner who was hostess for the meeting. It had to be “About Food,” and there were a variety of takes on this.
Officers of Kansas Authors Club, District 3
Ruth Ames, interim