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Kansas Authors Club
A Brief History

History of the Kansas Authors Club

by Donald Stuart Pady, MLS, MA
KAC State Archivist 2006--2015

This book includes:
History, Reports, Illustrations of the Kansas Authors Club from
January 1904 through December 2014

Non-Copyright Notice:
The KAC Executive Board, April 1, 2000, voted that opyrighting the KAC Yearbook serves no necessary or practical purpose.

The contents of this book follow the same decision.

Please note:
The 1993 KAC Assembly voted to change the fiscal year to the calendar year. For financial purposes, and because the Yearbook includes information for the current year as well as reports of the past year, the Yearbook carries the current year’s date. For that reason there is no yearbook designated as 1993.

The logo depicted on the cover was voted on and adopted by the 2007 Executive Board. Official copies of this logo for print and online use are available to download.

The Kansas Authors Club is tax exempt as a public charity under IRS code 501(c)(3), effective March 6, 2010.
Kansas Authors Club
P.O. Box 296
Kechi, Kansas 67067

www.kansas authors.org

Many thanks to Peter John Pady, for computer design and illustration assistance, and to Carol Yoho, for transferring this work into a digital edition.

NOTE: A PRINTABLE VERSION of this 161-page document can be downloaded for free here as a PDF file.

Dedicated to:

All the Kansas Authors Club Yearbook Editors who preserved the records,
And the Archive Committees 1904 –1971,
And the Appointed Archivists:
  Lola Crum, District Seven, 1973 – 1982
  Virginia Reichart, District One, 1983
  Jean Evans, District Five, 1984 – 1988
  Elinor Elliott, District Four, 1989 – 1995
  Gail Martin, District Five, 1995 – 2005
  Donald Pady, District One, 2006 – 2015
...who maintained these records so this summary was possible

...especially to former KAC Archivist Gail Martin, who wanted so much to write a KAC history before she passed.


History of the Kansas Authors Club
Biographies of State Presidents
Pictures of State Presidents
KACs Club’s Logos
KAC’s Library
KAC Internet Website
KAC Historical Calendar
KAC Awards of Merit
J. Donald Coffin Memorial Book Awards
Ferguson Kansas History Awards
Nelson Poetry Book Awards
Ruth M. Lyon Kansas History Book Award
St. Kitts Press Prize
Youth Writers Theme Contest
Write About a Kansas Author Award
Kansas Hearth Book Competition
Capper Award Contest
Henry S. Blake Memorial Award
Doster Award Contest
William Allen White Award
Rosemary Award
Rosemary Time
Governor’s Award For Writing
Young Poets Contest
Membership Awards
Writers in the Schools/Writers in the Community
KAC Annual Writing Contest
KAC Yearbook History
KAC State Recording Secretaries
KAC Corporate Board
KAC Honorary Advisory Board
KAC Executive Board
KAC Titles in the Kansas State Historical Society (Not Indexed)
KAC Titles in Washburn University’s Mabee Library (Not Indexed)
KAC Titles in Fort Hays State University’s Forsyth Library (Not Indexed)
Name and Subject Index
About the Author


In 2014, the Kansas Authors Club had the distinction of being one-hundred-ten years old. This marvelous accomplishment “should deceive no one into believing that moss grows on the north side of our collective members’ literary efforts. We are going forward,” wrote Virginia L. Reichart, former KAC resident, writing in the 1966 Yearbook. Moreover, she added:

“Flaming on our roster alongside the names of our illustrious founders are those of youth and high hopes, freshly published and dedicated to the task of kindling the fire of a freer word and newer, literary styles. Here, spreading warmth into cold, dark corners is the promise of tomorrow. Inscribed also are the names of our more established literati, some ablaze with enviable credits in definite fields. Others flash now and again in random accomplishment, and press onward toward that personal niche in the arts. Also inscribed are the names of our top writers-- those of the “sacred” themes and the “golden” phrases. These are the glistening embers, lending us the heat of inspiration, and the joyous expectation of fulfillment. Thus we have the Kansas Authors Club, with one common denominator, and all share the same dream.

“Looking backward, we have come a long way since those of winsome spirit first explored the dream. As we come forward, it becomes increasingly evident that something special binds us together now as it has these many years. Not for purely selfish reasons have we held together for so long a time! It takes warmth of vision toward attaining that something greater than we have been…the combined hope of becoming that something greater than we have become. In the unselfish atmosphere of sharing the ideal, a kindlier and more constructive spirit will germinate, and our dream of excellence will become fulfilled.

“As members, we are the instruments for promoting that dream. We hold the power to preserve our club’s image, we who handle its public relations, and determine what others will think of us. On receiving membership, we assume the responsibility of conducting our public behavior in a way that brings no unfavorable criticism to the Kansas Authors Club.

“Maintaining high standards in each area of operation places the Kansas Authors Club on a level commensurate with its vision, and on a plane with the other highly-respected organizations of our state. High standards prove no discouragement to the truly dedicated writer. Conversely, they become a challenge that inspires us to reach with our talent toward that something really tall, and worth struggling for, to attain.

“We live in an era of spectacular change. During these exciting times, with civilizations’ phenomenal growth in knowledge and achievement, we cannot afford to remain static. We must
attune ourselves to the age in which we live.

The Book

The history of the Kansas Authors Club (KAC) can best be told by letting its members speak for themselves. An account of the 110-year-old literary organization can shed light on a true story by this interpreter who wishes to capture its retrospective greatness without revising it. A summary of the minutes of various boards, which existed over this time, as well as programs of the annual meetings, are included chronologically in this book.

For the sake of accuracy, however, this historian also keeps an eye open to catch obvious factual errors of judgment made in past accounts. For example, as early as 1925, a boastful member claimed that KAC was the largest and oldest organization of writers in the United States. But with no evidence to document the truthfulness of this claim, the reader wonders whether the author of this grandiose assertion was simply bragging. Another unfounded statement published in 1969 claimed that KAC was the largest authors club in the world—again not backing up this claim to show what countries in the world might have had literary clubs of comparable size. These statements of fact were whittled down by later KAC writers to claim that KAC was simply the oldest literary club in Kansas. But therein, too, lies another factual error, because Topeka’s Saturday Night Literary Club was founded in 1883, much earlier than KAC’s founding in 1904—and the dynamic SNLC is still going strong, today in its 132nd year.In addition, moreover, The Fortnightly Club of Topeka was founded in 1899 and is still active. Topeka’s Nautilus Club, which ran from 1894 to 1989, had a program agenda similar to the Kansas Authors Club’s. And too, with over 1,100 members statewide, and a newsletter, blog and social media audience of over 10,000, the Writers’ League of Texas is a vibrant organization serving a valuable purpose in Austin, and beyond. [Italics mine]

One of the leading features of the KAC, beginning in 1920, has been the establishment of substantial monetary awards for members’ authorship. It provided prizes of $100 each for the best poem or short story written during each year. Dr. James W. Searson, when President of the Club in 1920-1921, started a far-reaching influence for literary excellence when he established this incentive for high-class Kansas authorship. Thus the Kansas Authors Club Annual Contest began. While most (but not all) of the high number of annual awards from these early days to the present are too numerous to list in this history, each of the Yearbooks gives complete coverage of all winners in all genres of literature. Likewise, Treasurers’ and Secretaries’ reports, membership directories, individual district activities, and other, very long reports, unique to a particular year,are not repetitiously documented in this history. If research-minded readers wish to read KAC Yearbooks, please contact the Archivist.

Thus, whenever considering what resources to rely upon, to gain good, insightful material to describe KAC activities, both primary and secondary sources need to provide truthful accounts of what occurred. The club never assumed itself to be only a guild of professionals, for it has always recognized excellence in the literary productions of amateur and occasional writers. The KAC welcomes writers and poets in all genres of creative expression. Since 1904, the club has offered the opportunity to writers to share experiences and problems unique to their profession and interests—not only to novices but also to authors of state and national reputation. While books and magazine articles about creative rhetoric may be helpful in improving one’s writing skills, there is no substitute for the camaraderie enjoyed, or the expertise developed, when poets, playwrights and prose writers meet to listen, discuss and analyze their literary craft in an atmosphere of mutual support.

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History of the Kansas Authors Club

The oldest records show that an AUTHORS’ CLUB was organized in Topeka, Kansas. Two preliminary meetings initially began as a small Topeka writing club met on November 29, 1903, and another time in December. But on January 4, 1904, its permanent name, KANSAS AUTHORS’ CLUB, was adopted. [Note the apostrophe after Authors’] Dr. H.W. Roby was the first president and B. B. Smyth, the secretary-Treasurer. An organizational set of rules was enacted, and the members planned to meet bi-weekly in Topeka homes and offices. It continued to be of local character until January of 1905, when persons from different parts of the state were granted membership. On that evening, about thirty-five attendees became charter members, notably: Dr. and Mrs. H. W. Roby, Eugene F. Ware (Honorary Member), poet and statesman, whose writings earned for him the pen-name “Ironquill,” Thomas E. Dewey, Judge John Martin, T.A. McNeal, Colonel J. C. Smith, Mrs. Margaret McCarter, whose books memorialized early days in the land immediately west of Missouri, Mrs. G. H. Whitcomb, Mrs. Minnie S. Atchison, Mr. W. E. Atchison, Mr. Albert T. Reid, Mr. Thomas Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Jarrell, Prof. B.B. Smyth, Harvey Parsons, Harold Chase, Frank Montgomery, Anna Marie Nellis, Mrs. H. O. Garvey, Mrs. W. S. Albright, Luther C. Bailey, D. C. Nellis, Charles Sessions, Fred Vandergrift, Dell Kiser, L. L. Kiene, Arthur Capper, the long-time U. S. Senator from Kansas, a children’s advocate, philanthropist, newspaper publisher and Governor of Kansas, and G. F. Kimball. By the end of 1904, the club had voted to hold regular monthly sessions. On January 17, 1905, the club became a statewide organization. After the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. George Pierson Morehouse in 1906, the organization began holding its meetings regularly in their Topeka home, called “Rest Haven.” Literary discussions, readings and criticism comprised the club activities. People from different areas of the state were elected to membership. These new members lived in such towns and cities as Topeka, Marion, Ottawa, Emporia, Sterling. Lawrence, Phillipsburg, Chanute, Council Grove and Hiawatha. And some members also belonged to Topeka’s Saturday Night Literary Club (founded in 1883)—like Arthur Capper, Harold Chase and Albert T. Reid, to name but a few.

It was at the Morehouse “home of the club” that the Kansas Authors’ Club’s constitution and bylaws were adopted on May 4, 1913, and the club was incorporated in the state of Kansas. It had 100 members, and the state was divided into districts of that time—seven in number—each with its own officers. The 25th anniversary was held January 10, 1929, with 400 member enrolled. On December 6, 1962, again on September 8, 1973, and again in 2014, the club was reinstated as a non-profit corporation.

Copy of First KAC Charter

The Undersigned, citizens of the State of Kansas, do hereby voluntarily associate ourselves together for the purpose of forming a private corporation under the laws of the State of Kansas, and do hereby certify:

That the name of the corporation shall be The Kansas Authors’ Club.

That this corporation is organized not for profit, and that the purposes for which it is formed are educational.

That the place where its business is to be transacted is at Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas.

That the term for which this corporation is to exist is Fifty Years.

That the number of directors of this corporation shall be twelve (12) and the names of those appointed for the first
year are:
Margaret Hill McCarter—Topeka
George Pierson Morehouse—Topeka
Bernard B. Smyth—Topeka
Wm. Elsey Connelley—Topeka
Frank T. Lee—Topeka
Esther M. Clark—Lawrence
Walt Mason—Emporia
May Belleville Brown—Salina
Eva Morely Murphy—Goodland
W. T. Morgan—Hutchinson
Samuel T. Woolard—Wichita
Jennie C. Graves—Pittsburg

That the estimated value of the goods, chattels, lands, rights, and credits owned by the corporation is 100 and no (100) dollars.

(If organized without capital stock leave blank)

The amount of capital stock of this corporation and the number of shares into which it is divided is as follows:

_____ shares of preferred stock of the par value of _____ dollars.
_____ shares of common stock of the par value of _____ dollars each
_____ shares of stock of nominal or par value?

(If issuing shares of stock without nominal or par value)

The present value of the shares of stock of this corporation without nominal or par value is _____ Dollars.

(If issuing shares of stock without nominal or par value) The amount of capital with which this corporation will
begin business is _____ dollars.

That the names and residences of the stockholders of said corporation and the number held by each are as follows, to
wit: Name____________________ Residence_______________________
Number of shares_________________

In testimony whereof, we have here unto subscribed our names, this 15th day of May, A.D. 1913.

Margaret Hill McCarter
George Pierson Morehouse
Bernard B. Smyth
William B. Connelley
Frank T. Lee
State of Kansas, Shawnee County

Personally appeared before me, a Notary Public in and for _______County, Kansas, the above named Margaret
Hill McCarter, George P. Morehouse, Bernard B. Smyth, Wm. Elsey Connelley, Frank T. Lee, who is personally
known to me to be the same persons who executed the fore going instrument of writing, and duly acknowledged the
execution of the same.

In testimony thereof, I have here unto subscribed my name and affixed my notarial seal (SEAL) this 13th day of
May, A.D., 1913.

George A. Root, Notary Public
My commission expires July 31, 1914.

Office of the Secretary of State Received from George P. Morehouse the sum of Two dollars and fifty cents. Charter
fee, for KAC. Filed May 14, 1913. Charles H. Sessions, Secretary of State of Kansas

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Kansas is divided into seven organizational districts (and at one-time, into eight districts), in accordance with the number of Kansas congressional districts, and members meet within their district at times of their own choosing. The State organization meets once yearly at a weekend convention, currently held in October. The conventions are always highlighted by the announcement of contest winners, workshops, guest speakers, and state business meetings where state and district presidents and their staffs are installed for the year.

The KAC State organization sponsors a yearly contest that is judged by editors of national magazines or educators qualified in the field to judge a contribution of a literary genre. The state club also publishes an annual Yearbook containing works contributed by members.

The Kansas Authors’ Club, which in its beginning was an informal assembly of Topeka writers called the “Authors’ Club” on November 29th, 1903, first met under that name January 4, 1904. A set of rules was adopted and officers were elected: Dr. Roby as President, and B.B. Smyth as Secretary-Treasurer. Dr. Roby is credited more than any other person for the organization and the name Kansas Authors’ Club, but George P. Morehouse was the man most responsible for the club’s early success. His home, “Rest Haven,” across the street from the Capitol on West Eighth Street in Topeka, was for years a meeting place for the club, even after membership spread to cities such as Emporia, Manhattan, Lawrence, Wichita and Kansas City. Today the larger cities of the state’s districts take turns holding the annual convention.

One of the most important men to join KAC in 1904 was Arthur Capper, whose legacy lives on. He served in the Kansas Senate from 1914 to 1918 when he was elected to the United States Senate and filled that post for 30 years. He began his career in journalism in Topeka in 1884. By 1915 the Capper farm and household publications reached beyond Kansas into Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma, and he published a daily newspaper, The Topeka Daily Capital. Capper was a man of many interests, who set goals and went about achieving them. By the end of his 86 years, he was known as a newspaper publisher, a politician, a children’s advocate, a humanitarian and a promoter of agriculture. Capper was admired for the basic philosophies that underscored everything he did. “If you trust in people, they will trust you…Just because something has been done a certain way is no reason it can’t be done another way…To strengthen self-confidence, one must be given responsibility and an opportunity to solve problems and reach goals in his or her own manner.” Capper believed he could make a difference in Kansas, not for his own gain, but for the well-being of the state and its citizens. Topeka historian Roy Bird once wrote, “Arthur Capper was the Horatio Alger of Kansas.” In the Kansas Authors Bulletin of 1937, Capper wrote: “Permit me to extend my best wishes for continued success of the Kansas Authors Club. I have watched with pride the procession of Kansas Authors in past years, and believe the crop is growing better every year. May success attend all of you in the coming years. I have a real interest in the members and accomplishments of this organization. I am proud to be a member of the Kansas Authors Club and trust you will let me know whenever I can be of assistance to its members.”

Sonnet to the Founder of KAC

Interests of early KAC members’ writing is evident from the titles of the papers read at the first annual meeting, January 17, 1905, with 43 members present. The honored guest at the first annual banquet, held on February 8, 1905 at the YWCA in the Masonic Temple on Jackson Street, was Governor Edward Wallis Hoch, a charter member of the club (1905-1924), whose lecture subject was “Literature and the Press.” [The Banquet was furnished by Governor Hoch.] Other papers dealt with literature and its relationship to law, education, religion, and medicine: “Literature and Learning” by D. O. McCray; “Literature and the Law,” by Eugene F. Ware; “Literature of the Pulpit,” by S. S. Estey; “Literature and Medicine,” by Dr. James E. Morrison; “Kings of Poesy,” (a poem) by Dr. H. W. Roby; “Literature and the Poets,” by Capt. Joseph G. Waters. The final paper, read by Mrs. Lee Monroe, was entitled, “Literature and Women.” Women were in the minority when the club was first organized. Of the thirty-five charter members only five were women, and at least three of these were wives of men especially active in KAC. Yet, these women made their own contribution to the writing field: the requirements for membership included the presentation of manuscripts worthy of publication. This writing could be creative or journalistic, scholarly or technical. The first Annual Banquet was held on February 8, 1905, provided free to members by Governor E. W. Hoch, at that time the popular executive of the State. The first election of officers, after the club became a state-wide organization, was12 held on March 14, 1905, and included: President H.W. Roby, Vice President George P. Morehouse, Secretary-Treasurer, Professor B. B. Smyth. Until 1907 meetings were held in the home of Colonel J. C. Smith, on Topeka Avenue. Banquets were held in the YWCA, National or Copeland Hotels. A large number of members were present and the following program was rendered: “The Automobile,” a poem, by Col. J. C. Smith; “I am Old,” a poem, by Miss Elizabeth N. Barr; “The Neosho,” a paper and poem, by Senator George P. Morehouse; “The Four Great Heroes of Science,” an address, by Dr. James Morrison. More members enlarged the burgeoning membership, namely: Albert Griffen, D.O. McCray, J. L. Eldridge, George W. Martin, Mrs. Lee Monroe, Dr. James E. Morrison, Henry J. Allen, William Allen White, Mrs. Margaret Hill McCarter, William Elsey Connelley, George Pierson Morehouse, Ewing Herbert, William H. Carruth, Frank W. Blackmar, J. E. Junkin, John Q. Royce, and Governor E. W. Hoch.

For several years, the club grew slowly but held a state meeting and banquet each year. In addition to this, frequent meetings were held at “Rest Haven,” the home of Mr. and Mrs. George P. Morehouse, 216 West Eighth Street, opposite the capitol. February 14, 1906 marked the date of the second annual banquet held in the Y.W.C.A. rooms and nearly 100 were present. But to the frustration of the management, more than two-thirds of the performers failed to appear and their places were filled by good-natured substitutes drafted for the occasion. The first general election of officers, after the club became a state-wide organization, was held March 14, 1905. President Roby, Vice President Morehouse, and Secretary-Treasurer Luther C. Bailey were elected. In a two-column article, the Topeka Journal said: “After spread, which was most delectable, there was an effervescence of postprandial delights in the way of brilliant addresses, delivery of poems, and the rendition of musical numbers. Real authors are often a dull sort for the hoi polloi to meet. They are general[ly] a self-conscious lot of individuals, who seem to ever realize that their words of wisdom and wit have a market value and they are both to disseminate them in a promiscuous way. But there was not a dull moment at the affair last night.” On June 9th of that year, a memorial service for Thomas E. Dewey, D. Litt. (Honorary Member) was held. At the time of his death, he was Reporter of the Kansas Supreme Court and was considered one of the most scholarly men in the State. The Club held a memorial service—the principal speakers of which were Luther C. Bailey and Judge H. F. Mason of the Supreme Court. George P. Morehouse and Louise Thorne Hull were married.

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On February 20, 1907, the third annual banquet also scheduled the annual election: President Eugene F. Ware, Vice-President Morehouse, Secretary Roby, Treasurer Dawson, Critic, Elizabeth Barr. The assembled members voted to begin collecting books written by Kansas authors. The Morehouse home on 216 West 8th was the meeting place of KAC for the next ten years. Mr. Ware “interluded” the program with numerous jokes and witticisms to the delight of the guests. Professor W. A. McKeever, of Manhattan, read his paper, entitled, “Some Books I Have Not Written;” Mrs. Isabel McArthur, “A Poetical Reminiscence;” M.T. Yamamoto of Yamaguchi, Japan, “Japan Literature and Chickamatus Its Shakespeare;” Mrs. George H. Whitcomb, “The Story Writing Mother;” Dr. H. A. Warner, “A Few Authors;” Rev. Thomas S. Young , “My Favorite Author.” Mrs. B. B. Smyth and Mrs. R. H. Morehouse were the singers of the occasion. Most of the monthly meetings of this year were held at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. George P. Morehouse, 216 West 8th Street on Capitol Square, which for ten years thereafter was the well-known and convenient home of the Club. Eugene Ware (Ironquill), the president, although having removed to Kansas City, Kansas, was able to attend, and all of the monthly meetings of that year were interesting and well attended.

The fourth annual banquet was held February 19, 1908. Officers elected: W. E. Connelley, President; Geo. P. Morehouse, Vice-President; H. W. Roby, Secretary; and Elizabeth Barr, Treasurer. Four departments had been formed in 1907 [Poetry, Fiction, History, Science and Philosophy], but Chairmen were assigned for 1908: Poetry, Dr. H. W. Roby; History, George P. Morehouse; Fiction, Elizabeth N. Barr; Science and Philosophy, Mrs. B. B. Smyth. The following is a partial account, taken from the report as made by the Topeka Capital: “The Kansas Authors’ Club held its fourth annual banquet last night at the Y.W.C.A. Hall, Masonic Building. The guests were seated at one long table with Senator George P. Morehouse at the head as toastmaster. Eugene F. Ware, the retiring president, could not attend. Mrs. B. B. Smyth delivered her poem, “Women in Science,” in which she described the scientific mind of woman, who had spent much time studying the stars, bugs, animals and flowers. Dr. Estey gave a talk on “George Eliot, the Teacher.” He spoke of her as a big-brained and comprehensive woman, who wrote not for the thoughtless many, but for the cultured few. He talked of her as a teacher of the eternal law of retribution and praised her novels because they emphasize the sanctity of the marriage bond. His one regret was that she did not preach the doctrine of faith. Dr. Charles M. Sheldon, who spent part of last year in London, gave an entertaining sketch on “A Day in London.” Professor Burdick of the State University [K.U.] spoke of the “Kingdom of Literature,” and placed great stress upon the fact that in his times people were inclined to slight the literature of Greece and Rome and of the Bible. Dr. Henry W. Roby read a “descriptive poem.”

The fifth annual meeting on February 19, 1909 met at the Morehouse home, and took the form of a literary reception that was hosted for Edmund Vance Cooke, a visiting poet-lecturer, then in Topeka. President George P. Morehouse, VP John Dawson, G. F. Kimball Secretary, Sarah E. Roby, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer, Charles D. Nichols, and Critic, Dr. H.W. Roby, were elected. After the evening’s program, the distinguished guest favored the audience by reading several of his poems. Notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather, there was a large attendance. The occasion was enlivened by appropriate vocal and instrumental music, which added to the cheer and good fellowship within the membership, while the night was stormy and boisterous. After a spread of refreshments, and during an enjoyable social hour, the guest of the occasion graciously expressed himself upon the thoughtful hospitality of his Topeka friends. The meetings of 1909 were well attended, and the high class of work by the members was noted for its excellence.

On July 9, 1910, the sixth annual meeting was held as a summer picnic at Roby’s Shunganunga home.It was held on the lawn and under the trees with “substantial and dainty” refreshments. The following program was given: “When the Evening Shadows Fall,” a poem by C. D. Nichols; a reading given by Ceora Belle Lanham; “Legend of Lost Springs,” a poem given by George P. Morehouse; “Expansion of New England” given by G. F. Kimball; Old time Scotch and Southern Songs, by Mrs. R. H. Morehouse. Mrs. G. P. Morehouse was elected to Honorary Membership for opening her home to monthly meetings. Officers elected were: President Morehouse, Vice President B. B. Smith, Secretary, Ceora Belle Lanham, Treasurer C. D. Nichols and the Critic, Elizabeth Barr. The regular monthly meetings of this year were all held without a break, and the different departments carried out their programs in a capable manner. Special mention should be made of the historical papers of Mr. Connelley; the poetical work by Dr. Roby, Judge Nichols, Miss Barr and Mrs. McArthur and the scientific papers and programs of Prof. and Mrs. B. B. Smyth. Other active contributors for the year were: Rev. Knox, John Dawson, Mrs. Roby, Mr. Kimball, Mrs. Albright, Mr. Bailey, Miss Lanham and Mr. Morehouse.

February 14, 1911 was the seventh annual banquet meeting, which was held at the Commercial Club Rooms in Topeka. On program were Captain Pliley, a survivor of the Arickaree Battle, and Mrs. Margaret Hill McCarter, who described that historic battle in her book, Price of the Prairie which had just been published. Officers elected were: President Fred Dumont Smith, Vice-President B. B. Smith, Secretary, B.B. Smith, Treasurer, Charles D. Nichols, Critic, Elizabeth Barr. Vice Presidents were elected for each Kansas congressional district, and, at this time, there were eight Districts. Hence KAC’s district vice presidents: (First District) George P. Morehouse, Topeka; (Second District) William Herbert Carruth, Lawrence; (Third District) James M. Cavaness, Chanute; (Fourth District) Walt Mason, Emporia; (Fifth District) W. A. McKeever, Manhattan; (Sixth District) Bessie A. Stanley, Lincoln; (Seventh District) A. B. Reeves, Dodge City; (Eighth District) Samuel F. Wollard, Wichita. The actions of the Club’s meetings resulted in still further growth to its state-wide reputation. So many wellknown Kansas authors and writers had become members Others on that evening’s program were: “Literature and Poetry of the Hindus,” by Dr. Frank Sanders, the President of Washburn; “To Destiny,” a poem read by Mrs. Bessie A. Stanley of Lincoln, Kansas; “Kansas Authors and Papers,” by Ralph H. Faxon, Garden City; “A Humoresque,” read by Mrs. Jennie C. Graves, Pittsburg; “The Mystery of Mind,” a poem recited by Dr. H. W. Roby, Topeka; “Literature of the Sunny South,” by Mrs. Louisa Cooke Don Carlos, Lawrence; “Battle of Arickaree,” by its survivor, L. C. Bailey of Topeka; “My Recollections,” by Captain Addison J. Pliley, a U.S. Scout and also a survivor of the battle of Arickaree; Mrs. Margaret Hill McCarter, Life Member from Topeka; “Canned Thought,” by the Rev. Stephen S. Estey, of Topeka; and “Literary Markets,” by F. Dumont Smith, of Kinsley, Kansas.

A Memorial service was held for Eugene F. Ware, July 1, 1911. He was Kansas Poet Laureate and KAC state president in 1907. He died at his summer home in Cascade, Colorado. He had been KAC President in 1907, Kansas’ “Poet Laureate,” a distinguished soldier, lawyer 15 and citizen. Many interesting reminiscences were related regarding his eventful life and literary work.

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On February 22, 1912, the annual banquet was held at the new YWCA building at 7th and Van Buren in Topeka. It was George Washington’s birthday and the rooms and tables were decorated with flowers and flags, added an air of refined patriotism and luster. President F. Dumont Smith was absent, so Acting President, George P. Morehouse, was the toastmaster of the evening. Officers elected were: Ex-Gov. Samuel J. Crawford (one of noted colonels from Kansas in Civil War, and author of Kansas in the Sixties,) was elected President. It was a fitting recognition of one of the few remaining old-time characters of the State. Crawford was a former Kansas governor, having served 1865 to 1868. During his term as Governor, the struggle between the early settlers and the Indians became so serious that in November 1868 he resigned as chief executive of Kansas to lead the 19th Kansas regiment. Secretary was George P. Morehouse, Treasurer Nichols, Critic Connelley and eight District presidents (Carruth, Mason and McKeever reelected), and Woolard. Eight districts were represented because KAC followed the geographical boundaries of the Kansas legislative districts. Years later, KAC districts were reduced to seven when the Kansas State Legislature also went to seven districts. Two departments were added: Biblical & Classical Literature: Rev. Dean F. Lee, (Chairman) and Dramatic Art and Literature, Cora Bell Lanham, (Chairwoman). During this year, two new departments were established: that of Biblical and Classical Literature with Rev. Dean F. T. Lee as chairman; and Dramatic Art and Literature, with Miss Ceora Belle Lanham, as leader. When ex-Gov. Crawford, the new president of the club, closed his talk on “The Kansas of Long Ago,” the Toastmaster referred to the fact that just fifty years before the distinguished speaker was one of the noted fighting colonels from Kansas in the Civil War and wondered how many veterans of that war were present. About a dozen arose from the tables and saluted their venerable comrade of former days.

January 1, 1913 marked the largest of any annual meeting, so far, because it was a very successful and important year in the life of the club. Greater interest was taken in its growth and welfare by prominent writers from various parts of Kansas, and a larger number of such joined its membership. In recognition of Kansas giving equal suffrage during the past year, Margaret Hill McCarter was elected President of KAC. Secretary Morehouse, Treasurer Smith, Critic Connelley, District President reelected, along with Mason, Woolard and W.Y. Morgan. [New members listed in 1913 Hand Book, page 19.] Formal Constitution and By-Laws were adopted. Constitution prepared by the Secretary [Morehouse] and recommended by Executive Committee. Adopted by unanimous vote on March 1913, effective for all of 1913. On February 14, 1913, the Executive Committee made arrangements for the Annual Banquet [110 present]. Searson and others from Manhattan joined KAC. On May 15, the Club was incorporated under Kansas law to protect name, literary and material interests, legal rights to acquire and hold property. The original charter, applied for on May 14, 1913, is on file in office of Kansas Secretary of State. [The incorporators are listed on page 77 of KAC Yearbook 1954 in “Fifty Years for KAC” by Dr. Joseph Cook Shaw.] On June 13, 1913, the KAC published its Handbook of Club Information and History, which included its Constitution and By-laws on page 24. A revised roll listed 125 members was made. Provisions were made for a state meeting outside of Topeka, but responsibility for any change in its proposed location rested with decisions made at the Annual State Meeting to be held in February in Topeka. Of this new departure in 1913, a newspaper account stated: “This was a very successful and important year. Greater interest was taken in its growth and welfare by prominent writers and a larger number of such joined its membership. The attendance was the largest of any January meeting in its history.” The next KAC program Meeting was held on October 1, 1913.

January 7, 1914 marked the tenth anniversary of the KAC. A new era in the life and influence of the Club began with this meeting because it was the first annual session since the adoption of a formal constitution and by-laws and its legal incorporation. A good representation, from different parts of the state, met in the Topeka’s YWCA building and transacted the general business for the ensuing year. At the annual Banquet of February 18, 1914, and over 100 members came from all parts of Kansas. Officers elected were: President, Margaret Hill McCarter, Secretary Morehouse, Lumina C.R. Smyth, Treasurer, Critic was William E. Connelley. Of eight Vice Presidents, Clark, Brown, Morgan and Woolard were reelected. The plan of department leaders adopted proved a success, and this year marked the most prosperous accomplishments of the club. Mrs. McCarter, in accepting re-election as president, made an earnest address outlining what should be the true ideals and practical methods of the club. She predicted its continued growth and influence through the years to come and called attention to the fact that, under its present form of organization, it had really become a state-wide institution, in which all its members and friends should take pride. On March 4, 1914, at the home of Dr. and Mrs. McCarter, a report of finances and management of the 10th Anniversary Banquet, was made.

During the summer of 1914, there was considerable discussion regarding the authorship of that well-known poem, “The Call of Kansas.” The controversy attracted wide attention within and without the state. The reputed author, Miss Esther M. Clark, of Lawrence, formerly of Chanute, being a highly-respected member and a vice-president of the club, it was only proper that the society, in justice to itself, to Miss Clark and to the public, should fully investigate the matter. The claimant was Mrs. Emma Clark Karr of Girard, Kansas, who was not a KAC member, but who had announced through her friends that she wrote the poem when a teacher in the Hutchinson schools and it had been published in a Hutchinson paper fifteen years ago. In October 14, 1914, Col. Samuel Francis Woolard was appointed a special representative of the club to gather all evidence possible on both sides. At the November 11th, 1914 session, it was decided to appoint the following committee to examine all evidence: Samuel Francis Wollard of Wichita, vice-president of the club; George P. Morehouse, its secretary; William E. Connelley, of the Kansas Historical Society; Mrs. Anna Arnett, the well-known educator of Lawrence; Prof. E. D. Schonberger, of the Washburn College faculty; and Justice John Dawson, of the Kansas Supreme Court. The Committee held several meetings, examined numerous files of newspapers, many letters, and went fully into all the details of the case. Colonel Woolard personally visited Mrs. Karr and heard her claims and those of her friends. The matter was held open for nearly three months, numerous persons were interviewed and every available source of evidence was followed. The report of the Committee was first considered at the December 2nd, 1914, meeting, where it was fully and freely discussed, with a good attendance present. It occupied the entire evening to the exclusion of the literary program. While the sentiment was unfavorable to the claims of Mrs. Karr, final action of the club was postponed for another month. This gave opportunity for another hearing before the Committee and the examination of additional sources of information. The matter was initially of at the January 6th, 1915, session, when the following report of the Committee was unanimously adopted:

The Committee of the Kansas Authors Club appointed to investigate the alleged claim of Mrs. Emma Clark Karr to the authorship of the poem, “The Call of Kansas,” which has, since its first publication of record in 1907, been credited to Esther M. Clark as author, reported that: “Most careful consideration has been given all the information obtainable, including the statement of Emma Clark Karr that her poem had been published in The Hutchinson Gazette some time during the years 1899, 1900 or 1901. After careful examination of these files in the State Historical Society and in the office of The Hutchinson Gazette in Hutchinson, Kansas, together making a complete file, disclose nothing that would give this Committee grounds for the belief that the author of the now famous poem, “The Call of Kansas” was any other than Esther M. Clark of Chanute, Kansas. (Signed) Sam F. Woolard, Chairman, Geo. P. Morehouse, Anna W. Arnett, William E. Connelley, E. D. Schonberger, John S. Dawson. Topeka, Kansas, January 6, 1915.”

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The action of the club was favorably received throughout the state and the thousands of friends of Miss Clark—who had long admired her ability as a poet—were pleased to have the matter of the authorship of that famous Kansas classic definitely determined in her favor. It is fitting that this famous poem should be published herein, where it may be preserved:

The Call of Kansas, by Esther M. Clark

On February 22, 1915, the 11th Annual Meeting was held at 2:00 p.m. at Topekas YWCA. Officers elected were: President Samuel Francis Woolard, Secretary George Pierson Morehouse, Lumina C. R. Smyth, Treasurer, Critic Justice Judge John Dawson. Morgan reelected District Vice Presidents. Mrs. Margaret Hill McCarter, in an opening address, spoke of the dignity of authorship and the industry required to bring success. The following persons responded to toasts: Professor Willard Wattles of Lawrence, “The Future of Kansas Poetry”; Hattie Moore Mitchell, Pittsburg, “A Drop of Ink Has Made Millions Think”; Colonel Edward C. Little, Kansas City, Kansas, “The Literature of the Filipinos”; Ed Blair, Spring Hill, “Mrs. Workem’s Hand Out to a Country Merchant”; Lieut. Gov. W. Y. Morgan, Hutchinson, “A Message From Cow Creek.” June 2, 1915 was the closing meeting for the season and was a high-class literary treat. Professor Wheeler, who presided at the meeting, introduced Mrs. W. A. McCarter, who spoke of her wish to see Kansas more widely known as a state where good literature is produced. Mr. Morehouse told of the purpose of the club to establish a bureau of constructive criticism for the benefit of beginning authors. The Club’s by-laws were supplemented with the establishment of a Bureau of Constructive Criticism made for benefit of beginning authors, on June 2, 1915.

In April, [no day known] 1916, the annual banquet preceded the election of officers, to wit: President, Kansas Lieutenant Governor, William Yost Morgan; Secretary, Morehouse; Treasurer, Lumina C.R. Smyth; Critic, Connelley. (Wattles, Graves, Searson, Ware were reelected in vicepresidents of districts.) Discussion of Bureau of Literary Criticism (see also the same Bureau of Constructive Criticism mentioned in meeting of June 2, 1915) was a practical aid to newer, beginning authors of the club, to whom free criticism and advice was given. A new departure was made in holding the 12th Annual Meeting and Banquet in the month of April instead of February. It came right after the annual convention of the Kansas State Federation of Women’s Clubs and proved a marked success, for it permitted several KAC members from distant parts of the State to attend both events. Mrs. May Belleville Brown of Salina presided. In her introductory remarks, she said, “Styles change in literature as much as in peek-a-boo waists. We must recast and remold our writings. Editors are demanding new styled writings to satisfy the public.” She told of the perseverance it often required to sell stories and other writings. “The Writing That Counts” was the topic of a fine talk by Charles. M. Harger of Abilene. “Writing that counts is not necessarily writing that has the widest circulation, is not based on one’s temperament, but is measured by mental qualifications to do well what you reach out to do. It is the writer that reaches his limitations, whether it be county, city, state or national boundaries, and does his work well that scores a counting mark.” During the year several well-attended monthly sessions were held and the membership had several additions from authors and writers connected with our Kansas educational institutions.

On March 3, 1917 the annual business meeting took place in the home of George P. Morehouse, Secretary. The 13th annual meeting and banquet would be held the following January (1918) in the First Methodist Church, Topeka. Two more state meetings in 1917 were to be held in May and October—making a total of three instead of nine per year. Elections were held and May Belleville Brown became President, Morehouse was Secretary, L.C.R. Smyth, Treasurer, Critic was McCarter. Dawson, Wattles, Graves, Hinshaw, Murphy, Searson, Perkins (Briggs) reelected in Vice-Presidential positions. The Criticism Bureau (i.e. The Bureau of Literary Criticism), established and conducted by May Belleville Brown (KAC President from 1917 to 1919), gave credit to those District Vice-Presidents (some of whom served a decade) who accomplished what the Bureau intended. The annual report of the secretary showed that, in many respects, the club had experienced its most notable year; that more attention was being paid the organization by writers and well-known authors from all parts of the state and elsewhere; that its influence had broadened as it had become a helpful and useful factor as a social, fraternal and educational Kansas institution. The efforts of the Club to compile a complete Kansas Bibliography was mentioned and the successful start made along that line. In rapport with the growing character of the Club, a number of important changes were made in its meetings and management. The most prominent being that instead of nine monthly meetings each year (many of which were necessarily local in their nature) the plan was changed to three regular sessions. According to the new plan, the Annual Meeting for general business and the Annual Banquet would be held in January unless for good reasons, the Executive Committee ordered some other time. The KAC’s membership counted 188 members on February 1, 1918, and the Morehouse home, (called “Rest Haven”) in Topeka could no longer hold that many people for its stated meetings. KAC President May Belleville Brown’s newly-published book, The Handbook of KAC’s History, 1904-1918, was published, but no other news nor activities of the club were written during the remaining days throughout 1918 and 1919, probably due to the war years in which the American Expeditionary Forces were predominately on everyone’s mind.

But what of the future? During the fourteen years of its existence, the KAC proved that its historical development and work of its members proved its worth. It was truly an accomplishment of which every member could be proud. The length of this young organization fully demonstrated that this club had a legitimate field of labor and had long passed the experimental stage. Each year had added to its membership, usefulness and responsibilities until it was considered one of the permanent literary forces of the State. True, its members included various grades of authorship—from those of only local repute and influence, to those of national reputation as book producers and magazine contributors. The KAC is unique in this, that it has never been the intention to limit membership to professional writers, after the plan of many similar societies in our country. It was not its aim to become a mere guild of professional authors; but took that broader and more liberal course of including some non-professional writers who were publishing worthy material of miscellaneous character. It had encouraged young Kansas writers who have an ambition to improve along the line of more advanced authorship. The advancement of Kansas along literary lines was rapid and extensive. It was not alone confined to centers of influence occupied by our colleges and universities. It was the good fortune of KAC to bring to light unknown but rare literary talent, from the most remote regions of the State, and be instrumental in introducing it to deserved public notice and favor. Its field of opportunity would widen over the years, for its horizon was almost limitless. KAC would become a still greater source of inspiration and practical benefit to our young and aspiring writers and a pleasing and convenient means of conference for those whose literary reputations are already established. As the years unfolded with ever-changing possibilities, the Club developed numerous other avenues of literary endeavor and achievement. In a way, it so aroused and stimulated the standards of Kansas thought, that more Kansas authors would place among the open fields of the world’s best literature, and would win the right of eminent domain. In 1918 the KAC began charging a whole dollar per year for dues, which doubled the following year to two dollars.

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No club activity recorded in 1920 except that a membership roll was issued on July 1st, as a supplement to the Handbook and a scheme for annual awards was discussed. Before a permanent fund plan was started, generous members donated the prize and money. Professor James W. Searson, at that time head of the English Department of Kansas State College at Manhattan, was the first benefactor. Others, such as George P. Morehouse, followed with generous donations. With the newly installed Bureau of Criticism, manuscripts were judged for prize awards: $100 each to winners of poetry and prose competitions.

On January 15, 1921, seven district conferences were attended by President Searson, Secretary-Treasurer Morehouse, Critic M.B. Brown and eight Vice-Presidents. Ten writing departments were listed in the 1921/1922 Yearbook. The 17th Annual Meeting and Banquet were held in Topeka’s Chamber of Commerce on January 27-28. President Searson established annual awards of $100 for best poem and short story. Rules for KAC annual awards were issued and discussed. During May 16-17, the first general session outside Topeka was held in Manhattan, and nearly 500 attended this first session. Workshops took place in which discussion between leader and listeners were held. On June 15, a membership and Mortuary Roll were published. Interest in naming an official Kansas song aroused some interest.

Governor and Mrs. Henry J. Allen were present for KAC’s 18th Annual Meeting held January 31 – February 1, 1922. Every section of the state was represented. The song, “Wonderful Kansas,” by Wilma Tennyson of Minneapolis, KS, was sung at the banquet in Topeka’s YWCA. Mrs. Gaston Boyd, of Newton, and Prof. Charles Milton Ware, of Wellington, read “Flag of a Thousand Battles.” President Nelson Antrim Crawford, Secretary-Treasurer Morehouse, and Critic, Mary Belleville Brown, were elected for the forthcoming year. On September 15, a message from the Club Critic expressed hope for: (1) Continued awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place; (2) Official Bureau of Advice with moderate fees; and regular Bulletin issues. Mr. Emanuel Haldeman-Julius gave a speech titled, “Influence of Literature” at the banquet, and he was a member of the round table discussion on “Improvement of Kansas Standards.” The annual Kansas Authors Club Yearbooks mention many talented leaders who were instrumental in encouraging other writers and who contributed significantly to Kansas History, including: Karl L. Menninger, noted psychiatrist and writer; Dr. Arthur E. Hetzler of Halstead, famous as a physician and author [Horse and Buggy Doctor]: Helen Rhoda Hoopes, a poet; Charles S. Skilton of the University of Kansas, best known as a composer; Dr. Henry J. Allen, Kansas Governor, 1918-1922; and Dr. L. Curtise Wood, Professor at Wichita State University.

On April 1923, President Nelson Antrim Crawford, Secretary Morehouse, and Critic Mary Belleville Brown, and 10 Department Heads, were elected to office for another year. M.B. Brown’s hopes were realized in part: Quarterly Bulletins established; prize awards divided into first and second place. L. Addison Bone, Vice-President of 8th district, suggested an endowment fund, revenues to be spent for prizes, awards, instead of depending on personal contributions. In July, 1923, it was announced that the cost of printing four issues of the Bulletin per year would be over $300 to come from the Club’s finances and furnished free to the membership. While previous years’ awards were financed by Searson and Mrs. Morehouse, the 4th annual awards would be a gift from the Haldeman-Julius Publishing Company, Marcette and Emanuel Haldeman-Julius of Girard, owners and operators, who published the “Little Blue Books” series. Both Marcette and Emanuel were KAC’s state fiction leaders in 1922-1923. Also, the Kansas Federation of Music Clubs offered $25 for a suitable poem to be used for the Kansas State Song.

On September 10-15, 1923, the KAC placed an exhibit at the Kansas Free Fair in Topeka. This exhibit was something new for a state fair as it displayed prices and far- reaching products of Kansas. L. Addison Bone, Wichita, suggested dropping the apostrophe on the word “Authors’”
in the Club name—since the club “is not something that we possess or own, but ARE.” Use of the apostrophe had appeared in KAC publications since 1904, but L. Addison Bone realized the apostrophe had no place in the name. At the October 24th, 1923, the 19th Annual Meeting and Banquet at Hutchinson’s Hotel Stamey, round-table discussions introduced: (1) the Kansas Federation of Music Clubs contest judges found no entry that met the requirements for a State Song of Kansas. The story behind this claim by Mrs. William J. Logan of 1600 Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas, President of the Kansas Federation of Music Clubs, gives full particulars regarding an award offered for the best poem for a state song. The Federation desired a poem not more than three stanzas in length which had to be written by a resident of Kansas. The most suitable poem would be selected by a committee, and a prize of not less than $25.00 would be awarded. This poem would then be submitted to Kansas composers for musical setting in another completion to be announced in September. The composition winning the first prize would be given a public performance at the biennial festival at Wichita next spring. The committee reserved the right to reject all poems should they fail to meet requirements. Next, a poem should contain three or four stanzas and have a refrain. The text had to have a good choice of words and the meter easy to sing. The sentiment should embody dignity, simplicity, strength, vision, inspiration and typify Kansas historically, her resources and her people. Moreover, it was the intention to have the music written in four-part harmony somewhat in the style of our national anthem. Finally, all poems should be sent to Oscar Lofgren, Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kansas, not later than August 25th, 1928, and with sufficient postage if return of manuscript is desired. Critic Brown offered criticism at request of writers; her views were: Use your blue pencil as a surgeon uses his scalpel. Judge markets before submitting manuscripts. Have something to say that you can say better than it has ever been said before.

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By January 30-31, 1924, KAC’s 20th Anniversary, 406 members belonged to the club, and Credit for the growth of the club was attributed to District Vice-Presidents for their inspiration. New officers included President Mae Colburn Patrick, Secretary-Treasurer Morehouse, and Critic Nelson Antrim Crawford. Retiring President Crawford said that the presence of disagreement was a stimulating feature of this meeting. Disagreement shows life; Tolerance means we admit each other’s sincerity and honesty but are ready always to present and defend our own views. Cost of Bulletins now $500. Lowenstein offered $10 prize for best description of free verse. J.I. Wolfe offered $5.00 for second prize. Previously deceased members were listed in “Mortuary Roll,” now called “In Memoriam.” All state officers were present at the Regional meeting in Wichita on March 5, 1924. KAC published a Holiday Number. A Senator gave $100 for 1924 short story prize. Poetry prize won by Mary Marsh Tyler, Arkansas City. Guy Blue won first place on Free Verse in this issue. Mr. Ralph H. Faxon, a former KAC member (1911-1929) from Garden City, objected to the use of an apostrophe in Kansas Authors’ Club designation, and wrote to the Bulletin’s editor. He said that the apostrophe wasn’t a sign of possession, but of plurality, a symbol, a statement, a fact.

During Spring-Summer 1925, Officers were re-elected at the 21st Annual Meeting and Banquet. Rosemary Hour service for deceased Federation members was written by Alice Wilson Oldroud, Arkansas City. A poem, “Rosemary Prayer Hour,” by Oldroud, is in this issue. During Fall-Winter 1925, L. Addison Bone wanted awards to be properly financed in 1926.

The 22nd Annual Banquet was held on January 30, 1926, and this was the first time Secretary Morehouse was absent from an annual meeting. Officers elected were: President L. Addison Bone, Secretary-Treasurer Morehouse, Critic, Mae Colburn Patrick. Music was added to Departments—making 11. On May 25, 1926, President Bone recommended (1) $25 or more Life Membership plan and other gifts to be used for endowment purposes, all monies to be invested in income-yielding securities. Such incomes were only available for expenses of the KAC. (2) The published size of the Yearbook and annual anthology should be standardized. (3) Poetry prizes should include 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. Short- story genre prizes should be for 1st and 2nd places. (4) Other methods for raising revenue should include: advertising in KAC Bulletin, subscription to Bulletin from non-members, and registration fees by contest entrants.

January 27-28, 1927, marked the 23rd Annual Meeting in Topeka’s new Jayhawk Hotel. Officers elected were: President Patricia Cannales Lowdermilk, Secretary-Treasurer Morehouse, and Critic Addison Bone. Life Membership Plan of Addison Bone was adopted. Flora I. Godsey of Emporia was the first Life Member; John Wray Young was the 50th Life Member; Henry J. Allen was the 100th, Life Memberships listed in Fall/Winter 1927-1928 KAC Bulletin, p. 8. Music Department not on list, but should have been. The 1926 prizes were limited to KAC members only for the first time. This year’s awards financed by Addison Bone. Dues increased for 1928. Former KAC President, James W. Searson, died July 7th, 1927, and a memorial service held October 28th. This year especially marked as first state to have a state flag. [In 1903, Kansas legally adopted the Sunflower as the official state flower. In 1925, Kansas school children chose the Meadowlark as the state bird.]

On January 31, 1928, during the 24th Annual Meeting, President Lowdermilk urged all to make 25th KAC anniversary the best ever. New rules for contests entrants issued. Prize awards to be financed by Frances M. Sherman. Thirty-five Life Members’ money invested in safe securities. The first 100 Life Members to be called “Centurians.” Ceora Lanham talked about Dramatic Hour on WIBW Radio (Topeka). Officers elected: Patricia Mueller, President, Morehouse, Secretary-Treasurer, and Bone, Critic. Executive Committee appointed Patricia Mueller to Presidency to fill vacancy caused by untimely death of President Patricia Lowdermilk, March 8, 1928. The Lowdermilk Life Membership was transferred to her daughter, Margaret. In Spring and Summer, there were tributes made to Searson and Lowdermilk.

January 30-31, 1929 was the Quarter Centennial, 25th Silver Anniversary Meeting. A committee prepared a 16-page booklet of tributes to Secretary and Mrs. Morehouse. George Pierson Morehouse served seventeen years as KAC Secretary without remuneration—altogether a member for 25 years, serving as State President, District Vice-President and Secretary. Mrs. Morehouse was made an Honorary member for the use of her home as a meeting place and for her financial help. The Searson Memorial Prize Fund for Prose now $3,000 when all subscriptions were paid. The new officers were: Patricia Mueller, President; Morehouse, Secretary; and Crawford, Critic. It was noted that KAC claimed to be the only writers club in America to broadcast a weekly program. Topeka’s WIBW Capper Publications broadcast radio programs of the Club, using guest readers and musicians. One writer noted, “We are enjoying fine programs over the radio, and especially Margaret Hill McCarter’s reading Kansas poems. I like Capt. Morehouse’s energetic rendering of his Indian poems and legends…” The Quarter Centennial Souvenir Bulletin was published, and the club was “400 strong.” One hundred dollars was offered in the short story competition which was open to all Kansans; first-prize winning writers had their pictures published in the Yearbook, but only poems were printed.

In 1929 there were ten departments of writing listed in the Souvenir Bulletin commemorating the completion of twenty-five years for the club. Some of these, such as Science, History, Fine Arts, Education, Journalism and Philosophy are gathered into one category today—Nonfiction. There were three other departments: Fiction, Poetry and Juvenile. In present times, the applicant for membership fills out a form in which he or she circles one or more literary genres, including: Academic, Drama, History, Memoirs, Poetry, Song Lyrics, Children, Fiction Journalism. Nonfiction, Religion, Technical and Scientific, and “Other-specify.”

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Through the years, by trial and error and much very careful planning on the part of many dedicated officers and members, important changes have been made in the organization. In the beginning years the prizes for all contests were donated by different members of the club. Since gift money was uncertain from year to year, a plan was developed that worked very well. A campaign for life memberships for $25 each was very successful. The $5,000 accumulated was put in a permanent savings fund, the interest from which would be used for prize money. The fund was invested in Kansas Power and Light stocks, and for several years the dividends gave $225 annually for prize money.

At first the responsibility for care of the stocks and dividends of the KAC was given to a Corporate Board. This was a board of 12 members with their own elected officers who were elected for five-year terms. After a few years age took its toll. The older officers were unable to attend state meetings, death brought lost records, and it became evident that the funds must be available to the financial secretary and the treasurer. This change was made but the Corporate Board continued as a part of KAC. The rules regulating its duties and officers were listed as Article XIV of the Constitution. In 1973 the name “Corporate Board” was changed to “The Honorary Advisory Board.” As set out in Article XVIII of the revised Constitution, the functions of the board were to keep alive the traditions of KAC and to cooperate with the Executive Board in any way possible.

The Executive Board found it advisable to have the annual meeting early in October instead of in January or February as it was in early years. The annual dues, which began as $2.00, after several raises hiked to $7.00 in 1977, and currently, to $25.00. Life memberships raised its fee from $25 to $100. Although accepted, Life memberships were no longer solicited. Membership at this time was nearly six hundred, counting annual, life and out-of-state members.

The quarterly bulletins of the twenties became well-organized yearbooks sent free of charge to all members. In the book as it stands today there is much more than the constitution and bylaws, the yearly financial statement, the listing of state and district officers and the roster of the members. More than half of the publication is given to members’ literary contributions. Thus it has become something of an annual anthology.

Each of the seven original districts is still an active ongoing organization with its own officers and goals—the most outstanding of which are workshops and contests. In 1973 the Executive Board, with the approval of the members at the annual meeting, designated up to three members to be given distinguished service or achievement awards, every year. These are plaques presented at the annual meeting. These have proven to be one of the most popular and appreciated awards of the club.

In 1930-1931, a Poetical Yearbook was issued, and we find KAC was said to be “the oldest and largest statewide organization of writers in America.” This bold statement had no proof to sustain it, but it must have given Kansans a real boost just to hear it. KAC was also led to believe that it was the first to offer substantial prizes for poems and short stories. There were 170 Life Members who gave more than $4,000, and someone was quoted to say that “Life memberships [were] a memorial for future of those who did something substantial to help advance Kansas Literature.” A Department of Juvenile Literature was added. The roll of KAC membership listed 450 members. Officers elected at the 26th Annual Meeting were: President Patricia Mueller, Morehouse, Secretary, and Brown, Critic. Results of the 11th Annual Contest, the productions of 1930 year book, there were 18 song and music writers listed. Pictured in the 1930 Bulletin were Arthur Capper and Henry Allen, “our distinguished life member patrons.”

At the 27th Annual Meeting on January 27, 1931, Officers elected were: John Wray Young, President; Etta L. Ward, vice-President; Morehouse, Secretary/Treasurer; and Mueller, Critic. Mueller was also appointed as manager of the Searson Memorial Prize Fund for Prose. There were 209 Life Members. Dr. Young instigated annual financial and auditors reports to the convention. No financial reports had been previously published in annual Yearbooks. On June 8, 1931, the Executive Committee met in Topeka without sufficient time to allow President Young to attend. The Executive Committee took over management of the club’s affairs, and Dr. Shaw, was named in charge of the 1932 annual [meeting’s] arrangements. In 1931, Legislation on corporate law SEC 5, SEC 17-1611 revised 1923 stated that: By-Laws must specify number of directors; affairs of association shall be managed by a Board of not less than five members; no director during term of office to be a party to a contract for profit with the association; vacancies on board to be filled by majority vote of Board; all corporation organized under Kansas Law shall make a report in writing to Secretary of State on or before March 31 (Law of Kansas S.P. 345.1 K13). By December 17, 1931, it was necessary to call a Board meeting because of this law passed by the 1931 Kansas Legislature. Mrs. McCarter, as President of the old Board, presided at this meeting in the Morehouse home in Topeka. [Mrs. Morehouse died August 4, 1931] Officers elected to the Corporate Board [see p. 77, 1959 Yearbook]: Shaw, President; Morehouse, Secretary-Treasurer. In the Morehouse report to convention: Securities were $5,000 in Kansas Power and Light Preferred Stock. No full financial report was published. Action of June 6, 1931 approved. No change in editor of Yearbook. The 1931/32 Yearbook was almost double in size and, according to Editor Morehouse “contained so much of interest that it will be preserved for many years.”

When the 28th Annual Meeting was held on January 30, 1932 at Topeka’s Woman’s Club, two musical programs followed the Banquet. The first, presented by Irma Doster, of Chicago, IL the second part by Thurlow Lieurance of Wichita, the head of the Music Department at Wichita University. State officers elected were: Dr. Joseph C. Shaw, Vice-President, Bramwell, Secretary Morehouse, and Patricia Mueller, Critic. The Bulletin’s publication and distribution to members was delayed. In 1932, with Patricia Mueller as the new editor, a roster of district members was included, along with pictures of their presidents. The club logo first appeared. It was noted that “the $300 which the Club awards annually for the best poems, short stories, articles, comes from the interest on its permanent prize authorship fund … the depression has had no effect upon the ability of the society to offer these prizes.” In announcing the result of the 12th annual poetry contest, the Topeka Capital quoted Mr. Morehouse: “A few years ago, the men were writing most of the poetry of Kansas. A majority of the poets in this society were men and they also won the prizes. It is different now and their wives and sisters are capturing all the prizes and honors awarded for poetry. Can it be that during the ‘depression’ the men have to go back to the shovel and hammer, while ‘Ma’ and ‘Sis’ take up the helpful pen and rake in a few welcome dollars?”

On January 31, 1933, the 29th Annual Meeting was held at Hotel Kansan in Topeka. Silence for a short time reflected memory of departed members. Officers reelected were: Joseph C. Shaw, President. The result of Resolution #4: $3,000, was designated as Searson Prose Award, and $2,000 was appropriated to Morehouse Poetry Award. Morehouse, due to ill health, resigned from duties of office. Patricia Mueller was elected to fill his unexpired term. [Corporate Board changes are found on page 74 in the 1933 Yearbook.]

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The 30th Annual Meeting and Banquet was held on January 30, 1934. The Bulletin was edited by Patricia Mueller and John C. Wells. Elected officers were: Ruby Phillips Bramwell, President, I. B. Morgan, Vice-President, Secretary, Patricia Mueller,Treasurer, Patrick, Critic, Mrs. Alberta Sherwin (nee McMahan) New policies voted: Secretary and Treasurer were to be separate offices. The Treasurer had to be bonded in the amount suitable to the Executive Board. The office would automatically go to the outgoing president. The first publicity committee was named. The 1934 Executive Board allowed $10 per month for its secretary, $4 for its treasurer. Under Patricia Mueller’s leadership, member activities began to appear.

The 31st Annual Meeting was held January 29-30, 1935. Officers elected were: Prof. I. B. Morgan, President, Vice-President Ceora Bell Lanham, Secretary Patricia Mueller, Treasurer Murphy, Critic, Webster. President Morgan named to auditing Committee and Membership Committee. The changes suggested by Dr. John Wray Young as president in 1931, finally came to pass—after four years! Financial reports and Auditor’s report were published.

The 32nd Annual Meeting was held January 29-30, 1936, in Topeka. The Organization of Junior Kansas Authors Club was discontinued November 22, 1935 (?) from lack of interest. Officers elected were: Ceora Bell Lanham, Pres., Sherwin, Secretary Mueller, Critic Richardson. Books of Kansas Authors (381 books) and two Book cases were placed in Woman’s Club Library in Topeka.

The 33rd Annual Meeting was held October 2, 1937, in Wichita. Ceora Bell Lanham was President, Patricia Mueller was Secretary. The Secretary was named as Editor-in-Chief of KAC Yearbook. A resolution was passed (or adopted) by KAC urging the U.S. Congress to add to the present cabinet the Department of Peace. Dr. Charles Sheldon outlined the plan, and recommended a woman as Secretary of Peace.

The 34th Annual Meeting was held January 27, 1938, in Topeka. Officers elected were: Harry L. Rhodes, Vice-President Erickson, Secretary Patricia Mueller, Treasurer Richardson, Parliamentarian January, Critic Cox. President Rhodes stated that Kansas authors should unite for mutual helpfulness, literary improvement and social entertainment. Ten (10) members were on the Corporate Board plus honorary member Morehouse. But real trouble started when the KAC published the “Contest Rules for 1937” and 1938 [see 1936 KAC Yearbook, p.53 and 1937 KAC Yearbook, p. 22 where it stated that “The competition is open to white residents of Kansas … [Italics mine]. The Chicago edition of the Pittsburgh (PA) Courier, October 15, 1938, headlined its clarion claim on the front page above the fold that “COLOR BAR FOUGHT BY WHITES.” Its subhead read “KANSAS AUTHORS RESIGN WHEN CLUB DRAWS COLOR LINE.” The inflammatory article went on to say: “The point was demonstrated this week when the most prominent members of the Kansas Authors Club began sending in their resignations and protests after learning that the club contests this year are restricted to white Kansans. Among those who have minced no words in condemning the actions of the club are Nelson Antrim Crawford, editor-in-chief of the Household Magazine; Karl Menninger, one of America’s foremost writers on medical subjects; Dr. Charles M. Sheldon, author of In His Steps; Marco Morrow, assistant publisher of Capper’s Publications; Senator Arthur Capper; former Senator Henry J. Allen; Kirke Mechem, noted playwright. Mr. Crawford, a former president of the club, submitted his resignation and protest with the following comment: ‘At least three Negro writers in Kansas have produced much more significant literature than most of us white authors will ever produce.’ He named Claude McKay, Langston Hughes and Frank Marshall Davis as examples. Dr. Menninger supported the position of Mr. Crawford, writing: ‘I am in complete agreement with Mr. Crawford’s position.’ Henry L. Rhodes, President of the club, said that a special meeting of the board of directors would be called as soon as possible to consider withdrawal of the rule. ‘I don’t know how the rule got there,’ he said. “Apparently it was arbitrarily inserted by some member of the rules committee and feel sure the board will kill the clause.”

The 35th Annual Meeting was held January 27-28, 1939, with Harry L. Rhodes presiding. Officers elected were: Senator J.C. Denious, President, May Williams Ward, Vice-President, Patricia Mueller, Secretary, Richardson Treasurer, Flora L. Godsey, Critic, January Parliamentarian. All seven districts’ reports published in 1939-1940 Bulletin.

On January 27-28, 1940, with President J.C. Denious presiding at the 36th Anniversary Meeting, Officers voted in were: Mae Williams Ward, President, Professor H. J. Colburn Vice-President, Patricia Mueller Secretary, McIntyre, Treasurer, Critic Woods, Parliamentarian January. Corporate Board directs use of prize funds. This year bonds were called in and reinvested. It was necessary to accept a lower rate of interest reducing amount to contest prizewinners. Executive Committee Officers and 5 of 7 district presidents were present. The Quotation Yearbook was published this year.

On the 37th Anniversary Meeting, January 28, 1941, the outgoing President Mae Williams Ward presided. Elected were: Prof. H. J. Colburn, President; Godsey, Vice-President; Patricia Mueller, Secretary; Molk, Treasurer; Richardson, Critic and Taylor, Parliamentarian. A recommendation was made and directed to the Kansas School Book Commission to give due consideration to text books and materials written by Kansas authors. Audited reports of finances dated January 10, 21, 27, 1941, and period ending April 12, 1940, were given. The drawing of the heart was added to the KAC cover logo for the first time in 1941. It is strange to read district budgets that seldom exceeded $15 in the forties; speakers could be obtained for $7. In September of 1941 thirty members and guests in District 7 registered at “the historic Eagle Canyon Ranch near Mullinville. The trip from the rambling old ranch house to the site of the chuck wagon supper, deep in the canyons, was made in a covered wagon and a hayrack. The past state president, Mrs. May Williams Ward, piloted a mule- team- drawn wagon which transported a number of the group while others were taken in a hayrack driven by an old cowhand who was familiar with all the sharp turns and abrupt dips in the old trail…Believe it or not, the Sunday morning session, ‘Discipline in Writing,’ was adhered to closely.”

On January 26, 1942, at the 38th Annual Meeting, outgoing President H. J. Colburn appointed Mrs. Molk as new treasurer. Mrs. Godsey and Professor Morgan were appointed as financial committee to handle Club expenditures. March 1st became the beginning of fiscal year. March 1st also ruled deadline for annual audit of books. A page in the Yearbook to be devoted to people in U.S. armed services. D. Raymond Taggart named editor of Yearbook. The memorial address and song, “You Who Passed On,” were given. Officers for 1942 were: Flora L. Godsey, President; Vice-President, Allen Crafton; Secretary, Patricia Mueller; Treasurer, Molk; Critic, Edna Becker; Parliamentarian, Mrs. Carter.

On January 26-27, 1943, at the 39th Annual Meeting and Banquet, the Executive Board made changes in Constitution and Bylaws. The name of Critic was changed to Contest Manager. $25 Life Membership to be paid in one sum. Membership reinstatement made by payment of dues. Officers elected were: President Allen Crafton; Vice-President Blanche Irving, Secretary Patricia Mueller; Treasurer, Prof. I. B. Morgan; Parliamentarian Mrs. Jonathan Carter, and Contest Manager, Edna Becker. “In Memoriam,” a tribute by Nelson Antrim Crawford for deceased members, based on the song, “In Memoriam” by Mary Hamilton Meyers, was accepted by KAC to be used in forthcoming, annual, KAC memorial services.

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At the 40th Anniversary Meeting, January 26-27, 1944, with Allen Crafton presiding, Officers were reelected, but Molk was named Contest Manager and Shaw named Parliamentarian. Molk regretted to say she did not want the job, so Edna Becker named in her place as Contest Manager. “In Memoriam” tributes were given by Mrs. Tanner, and the song “In Memoriam” used as solo. In November, Secretary Patricia Mueller resigned because she moved to California. By way of information, it was acknowledged that Past-Presidents of KAC included four governors of Kansas: Henry J. Allen, Arthur Capper, Samuel J. Crawford, and William Yost Morgan. Other members included lawyers, professors, teachers, Senators and judges. Each Yearbook is a reflection not only of the lives of its writers, but of the times in which they lived. This same year it was also noted that Brewster Morgan, a life member, “probably is doing as much as any one person in radio to tell the nation about the American war effort. “Report to the Nation” is heard each week on Tuesday evening on the Columbia Broadcasting System.” “God Bless America was sung at the annual 1943 meeting, and the 1944 Yearbook noted: “The men in the Fifth District this year have been conspicuous by their absence… The seriousness of the times was expressed by Bernice Anderson in ‘Moth-Proof the Fun.’ ” Long-time member, William Allen White, died this year. [see Poetry of William Allen White, collected and edited by Donald Stuart Pady. Leawood, KS: Leathers Publishing, 2002] In the spirit of war-torn WWII, White wrote, “Liberty is the only thing you can’t have unless you are willing to give it to others.”

On January 13, 1945, KAC’s Executive Committee met in Topeka’s YWCA because no annual meetings could be held because of cancellation of all conventions by the War Mobilization Director. So KAC’s annual election of club officers was held by mail ballot on March 27, 1945. President Blanche Irving; Vice-President, Robert Conover; Treasurer, Burton; Secretary Edna Becker; Parliamentarian, Patricia Solander, Contest Manager, Josephine McIntyre. The Secretary was permitted to appoint editor of Yearbook, also an editorial board to pass on poetry to be included. On March 27, 1945, the Corporate Board met in the office of Lieutenant-Governor Jesse C. Denious in the State House at 3:00 P.M. to fill vacancies in the Corporate Board. Mrs. M.A. Spaulding was to replace Patricia Mueller who moved to California, and Nelson A. Crawford who replaced Professor I. B. Morgan, deceased. War touched the club in a very real way through the death of President Irving’s only son, Kenneth, in 1945. And R. W. McLeod’s son, a flyer from Smith Center, was taken prisoner of war while the other son was missing for two years. War Bonds and War Stamps used as prize awards. In “Vicarious Thanksgiving,” Ella Morford wrote wistfully of these war years: “This is your third Thanksgiving overseas…” while Eris Goff solemnly penned “Blood Donors”—“Ours is a gift of life. Our blood transfused into their hearts as though linked vein to vein… “ Finally, in 1946, Osa Webb summed up that era in “Tomorrow”: “Let me forget that I had rank, / That I wore stars or purple heart … / Efface heartaches for joys I missed— / The homey things you could not pen / My baby’s smile, your lips unkissed— / I’M THROUGH WITH WAR, I’M HOME AGAIN!” The 1945 issue of the Yearbook was dedicated to Kenneth Irving and all sons and daughters who gave their lives for their country. In this period it was decided that the secretary should appoint an editor for the Yearbook and also an editorial board to pass on the poetry to be included. The 1945 Yearbook was a smaller one as a result of sifting through poems accepted. There were 437 members listed in the book and 74 contributions published. Clinton J. Moore was the KAC Yearbook editor.

At the 42nd Annual Meeting on January 29-30, 1946, Vice-President Robert Conover presided. Officers elected were: President Robert Conover; T.K. Newman, Vice-President; Secretary Ceora Bell Lanham; Treasurer Thomas E. Burton; Parliamentarian Solander; and Contest Manager McIntyre. The Rosemary Hour was by Finley. Moore was KAC Yearbook editor. There was an era of teas and music beginning in 1946, “Sixth District was Mrs. William Allen White’s invitation to the group to have tea with her under her rooftree made a perfect ending to a profitable day…”

January 29, 1947 marked the 43rd Annual Meeting in the Terrace Garden of Topeka’s Jayhawk Hotel, Vice-President Newman presiding. Registration fee was 25 cents. All manuscripts should be sent to the State Contest Manager rather than District presidents. Officers elected for the next fiscal year: President Tillie Karns-Newman; Vice-President Donahue; Secretary Lanham; Treasurer Thomas E. Burton; Parliamentarian Solander; Contest Manager Ida J. Brittain. Harry L. Rhodes added to the Corporate Board. Rosemary Hour by Toothaker. “Home on the Range” was named the official state song.

On January 29, 1948, the Executive Committee, with President Tillie Karns- Newman presiding, met in Topeka’s Hussy Insurance Office, courtesy of Lillian Vinson, 1st District President. Of the $50 Life Membership fee $15 was sent to the appropriate district. President Newman urged observance of Poetry Week in each district. On January 30 the 44th Annual Meeting saw these officers elected: President Tillie Karns-Newman; Vice-President Earl K. Hillbrand; Secretary Lanham; Treasurer Burton; Parliamentarian Solander; Contest Manager L.E. Womer. The Rosemary Hour was read.

The 45th Annual Meeting was held January 26-27, 1949 in Topeka, President Newman presiding. Lillian Vinson arranged for Executive Committee to meet at Hussy Insurance Co.. Patricia Solander Mayhew resigned from ByLaws Committee, and the Board appointed Toothaker to fill vacancy. A Gift Committee was named to accept gifts to be applied on running expenses of the Club. Editorials judged for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention. Elected officers were: President Hillbrand; Vice President Patricia Solander Mayhew; Secretary Ceora Lanham; Treasurer Burton; Contest Manager Pauline W. Gray. There were nine KAC departments, including Radio. Dr. Hillbrand received Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from Washburn University. The Committee voted to raise secretary’s salary 20%. The Fifth District report showed workshop meetings were held in the lounge of the Y.W.C.A. in Wichita…a dime collection was taken at each of these meetings to pay for the room rented and for emergencies, such as flowers for sick members, and funerals. “We came through the year with six dollars left in the treasury,” reported its president, Hazel Davis.

On January 25, 1950, the Executive Board meeting was held again in Topeka’s Hussy Insurance Co. The Gift Committee was eliminated. The next day, on the 26thth, the 46th Annual Meeting in Topeka met to approve the Executive Board’s report. Officers of 1949 were reelected for 1950. The Midyear state meeting was held at Liberal, KS on May 13th. C.J. Moore, Mrs. Herbert Cornwell and Henry J. Allen died.

On January 26, 1951, the Executive Board met in Topeka’s Hussy Insurance Company with President E. K. Hillbrand presiding. He reported that the cost of the die for KAC pin was $48.00 from the Fort Jewel Shop in Emporia. The Board approved this expenditure. Next day, at the 47th Annual Meeting, the 1950 award winners were permitted to enter the 1951 contests. Officers elected were: Mrs. Frank W. Boyd; Secretary Lanham; Treasurer Taggart; Parliamentarian: Judge Allen, Contest Manager, Mrs. Harold Howard. There were 58 new members, and 1 Life member.

On January 26, 1952 the Executive Board met in Topeka and agreed to change the registration fee to 50 cents. Prize winners would henceforth be announced ten days before the annual meeting. Departments changed to: Poetry, Fiction, Journalism, Non-fiction and Juvenile. The Executive Board approved the appointment to Gift Committee to help meet mounting expenses. Permission was given to Mrs. Arnold to contribute $5.00 for 3rd place prize winners in Juvenile contest. Officers elected were: President Mrs. Frank W. Boyd; Vice-President Burton; Secretary Lanham; Treasurer Taggart; Parliamentarian Judge Allen; Contest Manager, Frances Grinstead. Dr. Earl K. Hillbrand to Corporate Board. Ex-Governor Capper, deceased. Slogan for 1952, “Every Member Get a Member” suggested by President Boyd. The new chairwomen of Gift Committee was Mrs. L. Womer.

January 30-31, 1953, Executive Board met in Topeka. Mrs. Womer reported that $98.50 collected in Gift Fund. Two new Life Members. The annual dues raised to $4.00. Membership directory listings to be arranged by Districts. On the 31st, the Annual Meeting was held, the election of officers: President Thomas E. Burton; Vice-President Hanna Moore Krammes; Secretary Lanham’ Parliamentarian Judge Allen; Treasurer Taggart; Contest Manager Tillie Karns Newman.

On January 29-30, 1954, the Executive Board met in Topeka, President Boyd presiding. The annual dues of $6.00 paid to KAC are divided with $2.00 going to the district in which the member belongs. The Presidents of the seven districts to be on the Nominating Committee, each President in turn serving as Chairperson—beginning with the 1st District. On January 30, the Annual Meeting was held. This date was the 50th year Golden Anniversary of KAC. [see KAC Yearbook, 1954, pp. 77-79] The Executive Board approved the list of members in the annual Yearbook to be listed alphabetically, and to have the Kansas outline map designating counties in each District. [see 1954 KAC Yearbook, page 25] and image below.

Officers elected were: President Thomas E. Burton; Vice-President Hanna Moore Krammes; Secretary Ceora Bell Lanham; Treasurer Taggart; Parliamentarian Allen; Contest Manager, Ida Ellen Rath. Former KAC President J.C. Denious died December 8, 1953. By 1954 members wishing to be listed under pen names were required to pay an additional 50 cents per line. In 1954 the Kansas Authors Club was criticized for its being an association of professionals. The following KAC Bulletin included this comment in response: “The Kansas Authors Club is unique in this, that the members include various grades of authorship – from those of only local repute to those of national reputation as book producers and magazine contributors. It has never been its intention to limit the membership to professional writers, or to become a guild of established authors. It takes the more liberal course of including some non-professional writers who are publishing from time to time, worthy material of miscellaneous character. It tries to encourage young Kansas writers who have an ambition to improve.”

District map prior to 1989
District map after 1989

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January 27, 1955 marked the date of the Annual Meeting, Thomas M. Burton presiding. The principal need was support of the High School Contest, but resolution was rejected and filed for future study. There was an offer from Irma Doster to finance a contest open to all members of KAC, High School students and all citizens of Kansas, was accepted. Hanna Moore Krammes was nominated for President. Vice-President Ida Ellen Rath, Secretary Ceora B. Lanham; Contest Manager Aileen Mallory. Irma Doster read a paper entitled, “The Separation of Church and State—Why I believe in It.” Following this was a discussion about the Capper Award

On January 27-28, 1956, President Hanna Moore Krammes presided over the annual convention on the Roof Garden of the Hotel Jayhawk in Topeka. Ceora B. Lanham resigned due to ill health, and she left no written record of the annual convention. Marguerite Kingman was elected Contest Manager, but all other Executive Committee members from 1955 remained the same. The Board’s resolution changed the time of the Annual Meeting from January to the first weekend in October. The KAC Board later met in the conference room, Hotel Jayhawk in Topeka, October 12, 1956. With Hanna Moore Krammes presiding, they discussed revision of amended Constitution and By-Laws. The annual meeting was scheduled October 13, 1956. But on October 18, 1956, a frantic letter from interim secretary, Walter Green to President Hanna Krammes [who was also the Chairman of the Executive Board] stated that, “I am not able to make a complete Secretary’s report for my term in office because…I am not in possession of all the data regarding the finances of this organization.” It was the Secretary’s responsibility to “collect dues and funds [italics mine] as directed by the Board, etc.” This meant that the Secretary was unable to balance KAC’s finances because certain departments refused [or were unable] to send to send their reports to the Secretary for completion of his report. Walter Green went on to say that “This constitutes my final report [italics mine] to the Executive board, and I invite an audit of my books as soon as is convenient.” Later still, the Executive Board elect met on December 8, 1956 in the Directors Room, Jayhawk Hotel, President Ida Ellen Rath presiding. Walter Green’s name was replaced by Vieva McClure’s, (Stafford) as Recording Secretary, and there was no mention of Walter Green. The Board also approved president, and Yearbook editor having full control of Yearbook publication. Charlotte Offen was new contest manager.

Friday, October 4, 1957, was a special day when Mrs. George Docking, wife of the Governor, entertained KAC with an afternoon tea at the state executive mansion in Topeka. This was the highlight of 1957 conference. Annual Meeting was held on the roof garden of Topeka’s Jayhawk Hotel, Ida Ellen Rath presiding. Clinton J. Moore reported on the revision of the KAC Constitution. Thomas E. Burton moved that the motion be tabled. Motion carried. President Rath was nominated for President, and she and all other officers were elected. [The recording secretary of this meeting added to the minutes: “That was a hot battle, I can tell you!”]

The annual meeting of the Kansas Authors Club was called to order by President Ida Ellen Rath in the Roof Garden of the Jayhawk Hotel, Topeka, October 4, 1958. The report of the auditing committee was read and received. Tillie Karnes-Newman, Editor, reported on the Yearbook. Ruth Vawter Rankin, Publicity Chairman, reported on her work and urged districts to publicize their activities by newspapers, television, and radio. Thomas Burton and Clinton Moore reported on the work of the Corporate Board

On October 3, 1959, KAC President Adele Mehl Burnett presided at the annual meeting the Roof Garden of Topeka’s Jayhawk Hotel . She was elected for the second term. The Contest Manager was Edna Masters. In 1960, the Board met at the home of Leota J. Elliott, February 10th, in Newton, KS. President Hazel M. Hardtarfer presiding. Ida Ellen Rath was appointed Yearbook editor. J. Donald Coffin, representing the 4th District, reported contest for members. Mrs. Rath reported that Archives of club material was in Forsyth Library of Ft. Hays College after removal from Kansas State Historical Society. Afterwards, they discussed special endowment from family of the late George M. Coffin. It was moved that J. Donald Coffin (son of George) meet with Contest Manager and discuss plans for such. This marked the first time the KAC convention had been held outside Topeka since its organization.

On October 6-7, 1961, The Executive Committee met in Wichita’s Allis Hotel, Hazel M. Hardtarfer presiding. Ida Ellen Rath presented a resolution: Resolved that the president of the corporate board become a member of the executive board. The resolution was seconded by Leota J. Elliott and the vote carried unanimously. The matter of out-of-state persons be allowed to become members of KAC was discussed. Enola V. Feldman moved the motion, made by H.H. Siegale (favoring such action, be tabled. J. A. Patterson seconded.)

On October 12-13, 1962, the Executive Board met in the Sapphire Room of the Baker Hotel at Hutchinson, KS. This was the second time that the Convention to meet outside Topeka. Hazel M. Hardtarfer presided. Charlotte M. Offen was nominated and accepted for President. Leota J. Elliott became Yearbook editor for her second term. In April she passed to her home beyond, leaving the Yearbook in stages of final completion. Charlotte Offen assumed the task of finishing it. Cora Nicodemus of Newton graciously came to her aid and together, with the help of Ida Yoder of Walton and Madge Dalton of El Dorado, the book was mailed to members—almost on scheduled time.

The KAC Executive Board met October 4-5, 1963, on the Mezzanine Floor of Topeka’s Hotel Jayhawk. Various resolutions were presented. Next day, the Annual Meeting met in the roof garden, President Charlotte M. Offen presiding. Election of officers for 1964 was conducted by Margaret Nicholson, Parliamentarian. Installation was held immediately after election for district presidents. The past presidents of Kansas Authors Club were given special recognition, with Betty Offen presenting each one present. Jeraldine Noeller, extended an invitation to hold the next annual meeting in Manhattan, Kansas, which was accepted. The president announced her slogan for the forthcoming year would be: “Crash the Door in Sixty-Four.”

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The 60th annual meeting of the Kansas Annual Club was held in the Wareham Hotel, Manhattan, October 2-3, 1964, President Charlotte M. Offen presiding. During the Executive Board meeting it was resolved that the Financial Secretary be authorized to credit new members by the Financial Secretary before October 1, as paid memberships for the current at the date of check. Any membership received on or after October 1 be classified as members paid up for the balance of that year and the year following. This resolution was duly approved by the Board. The minutes of the KAC, the next day, featured a historical sketch of Manhattan, given by Vice-President, Virginia Reichart. Robert Conover introduced the speaker, Dr. Earle Davis, Head of the English Department, Kansas State University, who delivered a lively address under the title of “The Dark Lady of [Shakespeare’s] the Sonnets” – which was most entertaining. Annual prose and fiction awards were presented by Enola V. Feldman, contest manager.

The 61st Annual Meeting of KAC was held in the Osage Hotel, in Arkansas City, October 1-2, 1965. The meetings were called to order by President Virginia Reichart. During the Executice Board Meeting, a resolution was read, signed by the Membership Chairman, which recommended that the Membership Chairman become a member of the State Official Board. The resolution was un-approved. A Qualifications for Membership and application procedure plan, also signed by the Membership Chairman [in which the application would be sent directly to the Membership Chairman, who then would pass it on to the other Membership Committee members], was read to the Board for consideration. After a discussion, the proposed plan was rejected. Another resolution, signed by H.H. Siegele, concerning applicants applying for membership while living out of state, was read. Mr. Siegele’s motion to approve received no second, and was lost. Next day, on October 2nd, the minutes of the Club revealed that a resolution, signed by Zoe Myers Siler, Dr. Ross Taylor and Lena Spencer, to amend Article III of the constitution. H.H. Siegele moved, and Zoe Myers Siler seconded, that the resolution be adopted. Motion for adoption carried. Later, the Arkansas City String Quartet entertained with special music. The program chairman, William W. Koch, introduced the guest speaker, Zula Bennington Greene. She gave an interesting and lively talk.

The 62nd annual meeting of the KAC Executive Board was held October 7-8, 1966 in the Lassen Hotel in Wichita. Several of the minutes were resolutions concerning changes to Articles I and XVI, both of which were approved for presentation to the General Assembly, and carried, next day. James Greenwood, president of Fifth District, introduced the Mayor of Wichita, Mr. John Stevens, who gave a warm welcome to the General Assembly, then spoke briefly on “Wichita as the Air Capital of the World.” The minutes of the Executive Board meeting of October 7, 1966 were read and approved. After Ida Ellen Rath’s report as chairwoman of the Library Committee, it was moved and seconded that the two Library cases, holding 389 books), belonging to the KAC be put on permanent loan in the new Salina Public Library. Motion carried. The program chairman, James R. Greenwood, introduced the guest speaker, James Yarnell of Beech Aircraft, who showed unusually fine color slides, and talked on the planning, development and production of his book entitled “This Is My Land,” published by Random House.

The 63rd annual meeting of the KAC was held in the Lora Locke Hotel and the Elks Club Banquet Room in Dodge City, October 6-7, 1967. In addition to many items on the agenda, there was discussion on whether contests open to the general public would result in increased memberships. There was also discussion on how to obtain constructive criticism from the contest judges. A committee was appointed to study this and bring a report to the November Board meeting. Those appointed to the committee were Mr. Koch, Mrs. Joines and Ida Ellen Rath. A resolution signed by Lola Harper and C.M. Drennan asked that Article IV of the KAC by-laws pertaining to officers serving more than two years, be deleted. It was voted to do so. During the annual convention meeting in the Elks Club Banquet Room on Saturday, October 7th, a resolution to delete a line from Article IV of the bylaws concerning offices being held for more than two consecutive years, was presented. Motion for adoption carried.

The 64th annual meeting of KAC was held in the Gold Room and the ballroom of the White House Inn, Abilene, October 11-12, 1968. On the 11th, reports of the Executive Committee were given by Board Members. Mr. Siegele submitted the following resolution: Resolved that the following be added to Article XII: The Yearbook editor’s term of office shall be the first calendar year following the Convention, that is, beginning with January 1 and ending with December 31st. The motion was duly seconded, but the motion lost. Siegele also moved that we request the Governor to honor William Lindsay White [a non-KAC member] on his 70th birthday, June 17, 1970, by naming the occasion “William Lindsay White Day.” The motion was duly seconded and carried. On the next day, during the annual meeting, Jessy Mae Coker presented a program, “This is My Country” which consisted of beautiful slides and an interesting commentary. The guest speaker, Kirk Polking, editor of Writers Digest, was introduced by President Drennan. Following his interesting and informative talk, the audience was invited to ask questions. Professor Koch read Governor Docking’s proclamation designating October 15th, as Poetry Day.

The 65th annual meeting of the KAC was held in Topeka’s Hotel Jayhawk, October 3-4, 1969 The Executive Board members each gave reports. Mr. Siegele made the following motion: It is the consensus of this Board that when the President makes his “on invitation visit” it is worth $20.00 plus hotel bill and meals. Motion was seconded and carried. He also moved that we have two newsletters a year. Motion was seconded and carried. He also moved that the Yearbook editor make arrangements to have the yearbook copyrighted. Motion was seconded and carried. Siegele also moved that that the planning meeting of the new Board be held on the day of the convention. Motion seconded and carried. During the next day’s annual meeting, Governor Docking read his proclamation designating June 17, 1970, as William Lindsay White Day. Virginia Reichart conducted a beautiful Rosemary Hour. She read original poetry. Mr. Edward Bill moved that the state president be guaranteed $20.00 plus hotel bills and meals if he attends district meetings on invitation. The motion was seconded and carried. Professor Koch introduced the speaker, Roger L. Welch of Nebraska Wesleyan University, of Lincoln.

The 66th annual meeting of the KAC was held at the Hilton Inn, Salina, October 23-24, 1970. During the Executive meeting on the 23rd, Mr. Siegele moved that “actual expenses” be substituted for “$20.00” in reimbursing the state president for “on Invitation” visits. Motion was seconded and carried. During the General meeting on the 24th, Myra Cheney, Edward E. Bill and H. H. Siegele received recognition for their faithful and efficient service in the KAC. Dr. Ben Fuson, a member of the faculty of Kansas Wesleyan University, Salina, gave an interesting and informative illustrated lecture, “Landmarks in Kansas Literature.” Randy St. Clair, guitarist, furnished the program which consisted of songs including one composed by him and a poem he had written.

The 67th annual meeting of the KAC was held in Independence, October 1-2, 1971. The Executive Board met in Wigg’s Restaurant on October 1st. Lola Harper, membership chairman, discussed methods of handling applications of prospective members. Dr. Lee Curtise Wood, financial secretary, moved that every application to membership carry three recommendations of current members and further that state committee have final decision. Motion was seconded and carried. Mr. Henry H. Malone, chairman of the redistricting committee, reported that the committee voted against redistricting. On the next day, John Reid and John Johnson presented, “The Devil and Daniel Webster” in Gault Hall of the Independence Methodist Church. Following a solo by Mr. Wesley, Dr. Dennis B. Quinn, University of Kansas, Lawrence, spoke on “The Delight of Poetry.”

The 68th annual meeting of the KAC was held in Wichita, Friday and Saturday, October 13-14 , 1972, in the South Ballroom of the Hotel Broadview. The Executive Board discussed membership applications in the Club. It was moved by Paul Sanders and seconded by Lloyd Miller that the top three officers of each district act as a “screening committee” to approve or disprove an application before submitting such application to the Chairperson of the State Membership Committee. After considerable discussion, the motion was voted and carried. In other matters, Mr. Donald Coffin, President of the Corporate Board, explained the nature and functions of that body and its relationship to other areas of the Club. During the general business meeting on the next day, the motion to establish a “screening committee” to approve or disprove an application for membership in KAC was read, but not voted, and thus not carried.

The 69th Annual Convention of KAC was held at Marymount College, Salina, October 5 and 6, 1973. At the Executive Board meeting, the president, Sister Emanuela O’Malley presided. Dr. Harley J. Stucky moved that district officers may recommend for continuing membership in KAC, individuals over 80 years of age, where payment of dues is a hardship. This was seconded and carried. Lola Harper Crum was approved as State Archivist. Discussion of revitalizing work of the Corporate Board and change of name was tabled pending a report from vice-chairman Hazel Hardtarfer. The Executive Board met again October 6th, and President Sister Emanuela O’Malley, presented the invitation, sent in a letter from J. Donald Coffin, that his firm would oblige KAC by providing bonding for KAC financial secretary and treasurer without profit and at less expense to the club than other companies. After discussion, and because of arrangements by financial secretary and treasurer already in effect, board voted a thank you to J. Donald Coffin but declined to accept his generous offer. During the annual meeting on the 6th, Dr. Loyal Gould, chairman of Department of Journalism at Wichita State University, gave an address on Writing and Writers Today. The president presented Lola Harper as state archivist. A statement from the Corporate Board, to be known in the future as Honorary Advisory Board, was read by Hazel M. Hardtarfer, vice-chairman of the Board.

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The 70th Convention of KAC was held at Hotel Jayhawk, Topeka, on October 4 and 5, 1974. The minutes of the Executive Board met on the 4th, and it approved, among several assorted motions, that dues to KAC be raised to $10 for new memberships, $7 for regular dues, $9 for reinstatement. Motion was seconded and carried. During the General Meeting, held on the 5th, the following business was presented to the convention floor for action: (1) Need to increase KAC funds in view of inflation. Vida Harris made a motion during discussion to change dues to regular dues $7.00; new member, $10.00; reinstatement $9.00 effective for 1976 club year. Motion seconded and carried. (2) After discussion, Paul Sanders moved that Life Membership dues be increased to $100, effective immediately. Motion was seconded and carried. It was suggested that present Life Members might wish to make voluntary gifts to KAC would be appreciated, but that a Life Membership assumed gave that member lifetime status. (3) Mildred Sykes presented a motion to the floor that a revision of membership application procedure be accepted as outlined by the Executive Board recommendation. Motion seconded and carried. (4) Paul Sanders moved that the state convention program be continued as a Friday night and Saturday meeting to be held the first weekend of October. Motion was seconded and carried.

The 71st meeting of KAC was held in the Broadview Hotel, Wichita, October 3 and 4, 1975, President Harley J. Stucky presiding. The Honorary Advisory Board met on the 3rd, when members made suggestions for recommendations to be presented by President Coffin to the KAC Executive Board. These included (1) Publishing minutes of the Advisory Board meeting and a message from its president in the KAC Yearbook. (2) Submitting articles to the Yearbook on the history and explaining the traditions of KAC. (3) Following each annual meeting, a newsletter be sent to club members as soon as possible to inform them of the business of KAC and to list all state officers and those of each district. (4) In the Yearbook, giving dates of the five-year term of office for each Advisory Board officer. At the annual KAC meeting on the 4th, the Recording Secretary read a motion from the Executive Board Meeting regarding the limiting of one literary contribution per member [per year] to the Yearbook. Motion was seconded and carried. Lola Harper Crum reported on the archives. She stated that a copy of authors’ books should be donated to the Salina Public Library and to the State Historical Society [Library] in Topeka. William Koch gave a workshop presentation about the “Bicentennial and Preservation of American Folklore. In the early afternoon, President Stucky introduced Randy Attwood of The Hutchinson News, who substituted for Stuart Awbrey, editor of the same newspaper, who was out of the country and unable to attend. Attwood then read Awbrey’s paper, entitled “The Editorial,” for this occasion. President Stucky then presented the KAC plaque for “Outstanding Service in the field of Journalism” to Stuart Aubrey.

The 72nd meeting of KAC was held at the Ramada Inn, Hutchinson, October 1 and 2, 1976, and opened by Harley J. Stucky. The Executive Board met on the 1st. There was a lengthy discussion on changing the printing of the Yearbook from letterpress to offset. A number of publishers were contacted, and it was moved that the club continue to use the Mennonite Press for the 1976 Yearbook, and continue the investigation and possibility of changing to offset for the 1977 Yearbook. The motion was seconded and carried. The Honorary Advisory Board, which had replaced the Corporate Board, had a successful year. President J. Donald Coffin gave a report on the Advisory Board’s proposal that the Board would be willing to prepare a list of speakers to be rotated to speak to groups, clubs, etc., when invited by KAC to give information and traditions of KAC. The Honorary Advisory Board also proposed that KAC members be permitted to have a local group organization with the purpose of retaining members and interesting new members. The purpose of this group would be to serve those members who were unable to attend District or State meetings. The banquet program’s address, entitled “Adventure in Biography,” was presented by Dr. Emory Lindquist.

The 73rd Annual Meeting of the KAC was held at the Wareham Hotel in Manhattan on September 30 - October 1, 1977. The minutes of the Executive Board Meeting on September 30th revealed that it was scheduled at the same time as the Honorary Advisory Board. Several of the Executive Board members left to attend the Honorary Board meeting. Lola Crum gave a short report and stated there had been some misunderstanding of materials to be sent to her. She said to outgoing presidents that happened during their year and all Yearbooks, no matter how old, should be sent to her. All books published by members should be sent to the Public Library in Salina, Kansas, where they have a special section for Kansas Authors’ books. The Honorary Advisory Board’s meeting on September 30th. Although Mr. J. Donald Coffin was away in Boston, he asked, by mail, that the time and place of the meeting of the Honorary Advisory Board be listed in the Annual Meeting program. The Executive Board in session voted that the Honorary Advisory Board would meet at the annual KAC meeting, one-half hour after the Executive Board meeting begins to give the president of the Advisory Board or his representative an opportunity to speak to the Executive Board. Mrs. Crum volunteered to assemble the history of the Kansas Authors Club and bring this information up to date. [This history appears on pages 22-24 of the 1977 Yearbook.]

The 74th Annual Meeting of KAC was held in the University of Kansas Student Union at KU in Lawrence on October 6-7, 1978. The Executive Board met on October 6th. Carroll Jones proposed that state meetings be held on a rotating basis beginning in 1980 with District 3; 1981 in District 4; 1982 in District 5; 1983 in District 6; 1984 in District 7 and then back to District 1, as this year’s meeting was in 2nd District and next year will be in District 1, because it is the Diamond Jubilee Year. Mary Freeley moved to establish this practice, seconded by Lucile Wulfmeyer. Motion carried. Curtise Wood stated his bonding company had gone out of business and we would have to buy his bond elsewhere. Lloyd Miller said we could purchase bonds for Financial Secretary and Treasurer from the same company. The Board decided to do this. Yearbook Chairman Lucile Wulfmeyer gave amounts of bids she had received from various printers and explained the type of work they could do for us. President Isabel Doerr Campbell asked Dr. Stucky to tell us his experiences with printers and costs of printing. Discussion was held and it was decided to place the contract with Mennonite Press. The meeting of the KAC Honorary Advisory Board met at the same time as the Executive Board. Former KAC President Hazel M. Hardtarfer (1961-1962), conducting the meeting, paid tribute to the work of Mr. J. Donald Coffin (who died September 6, 1978) in Kansas Authors Club and of his plans for the Advisory Board. The annual banquet, held on the evening of October 6th, featured an address by David Dary, Professor of Journalism at the University of Kansas.

The 75th Annual Meeting of KAC was held in the Holiday Inn Downtown at Topeka, on October 5, 6, 1979. The Honorary Advisory Board met on October 5th, and paid tribute to the late Board member, Tillie Karns Newman, with a poem, and a sketch of her activities as an author and state president in 1947. Mrs. Crum reported the completion of the listings of dates and places and presidents of past state presidents for the Yearbook. She also collected photographs of past state presidents to be shown at the 75th Anniversary Convention of KAC. At the KAC general meeting on October 6th, Dr. William Koch, Chairman of the J. Donald Coffin Memorial Award Committee, made the announcement that Mr. Coffin’s widow wished to give $100.00 a year as long as she lives, for this award. The committee in charge of the award is William Koch, Chairman, Henry Malone and Mary Feeley, who have been approved for a three-year period, and Dr. Koch indicated that the details will be printed in the 1979 Yearbook. President Isabel D. Campbell brought attention to the fact that some district presidents do not attend executive board meetings. They should be there in order to obtain current information on KAC activities. Mary Feeley moved (2nd) that each district president be required to attend executive board meetings, If they cannot attend, they should send their vice-president; if VPs cannot go, then one of the other officers should be sent. The president was to send a written proxy over her signature with the officer who attends the meeting. Motion carried. The matter of accepting junior memberships was discussed and Mary Klein made a motion (2nd) the matter be taken up at the next executive board meeting. Motion carried. It was brought out that some districts assisted youth by conducting youth contests within the district. President-elect Lily Angle announced she wanted the executive Committee to remain after the meeting for a few minutes of business. The Convention followed this business meeting. After the program, Lily Angle presided and asked for a short discussion on student membership. Ruth Lyon (Third District President) made a motion (2nd) KAC accept $5.00 associate memberships from students 21 years of age and under, on a trial basis this year. Motion carried. For 75 years these Kansas authors wrote in myriad styles on a variety of subjects—but above all, they wrote of Kansas. They wrote unceasingly and unashamedly of prairies in changing seasons and circumstances—prairie blizzards and prairie fires, prairie moods and prairie treasures, of harvest and late frost, of fields in spring and Flint Hills in morning. With member Laura Fern Dielmann, they agreed: “Kansas, / Thy sapphire skies, / Jade meadows, silver streams, / Golden sunsets, are God’s gift of / Jewels.” Thus it is in this Diamond Jubilee Yearbook we find our authors still writing expressively and effectively of Kansas and Kansans, of Concern for Others, of Hearth and Kin, of Earth and Sky, of Death and Taxes—and of Faith and Hope.

The 76th Annual Meeting of KAC met in Independence Community College, Independence, Kansas on October 3-4, 1980. The Executive Committee met in the Townsman Motel on the 6th. The President announced that the Honorary Advisory Board would continue to function in the KAC. The President announced the entries for short-short story classification were lost in the mail. Lucile Wulfmeyer moved, Rose Kirkbright seconded, since the contest is ended the Manager submit a list of entrants’ names for short-short story classification to the Treasurer so entry fees can be refunded. The President announced the committee for the J. Donald Coffin Memorial Award has resigned. Lucile Wulfmeyer moved, Joyce seconded, the State Vice-President be designated as Chairman for the committee. One from the Honorary Advisory Board, if possible. Motion carried. Lola Crum, Archivist, reported 498 books written by KAC members are now in the Kansas Room of the Salina Public Library. The Honorary Advisory Board met October 3rd in the Townsman Hotel, and discussed the advisability of maintaining the HAB. It was the consensus of those present that with their background and experience, its members could provide helpful assistance in important matters as they may arise in the KAC. Therefore it was the unanimous decision of the Board that it continue to meet each year at the time of the annual meeting. The minutes of the Annual Meeting included a panel discussion conducted by Helen Johnson, Darlene Warring and Curtise Wood on ways to increase the membership. After much discussion Ruth Lyon volunteered to compose an information brochure about KAC. Bill Koch moved and Monette Cummings seconded that Ruth Lyon be appointed to compose a brochure telling about KAC for the purpose of recruiting new members. Motion carried. Curtise Wood moved, Rose Kirkbright seconded, the cost of printed the brochure be prorated among the seven districts according to membership. Motion carried. Music was provided by the “Pride of Independence Quartette” and American Folk music by Bill Koch. The speaker was Margaret Goheen, whose speech was entled, “William Inge, the Man.” Two more speakers followed on the morning of the 4th: Mrs. Alice Pearson, “Laura Ingalls Wilder and Her Works,” and Margaret Goheen, “Inge’s Use of Local Events in His Works.”

The 77th Annual Meeting was held on October 2-3, 1981 at the All Seasons Motel in Manhattan. The minutes of the Executive Board Meeting, on October 2nd. Lola Crum, Archivist, reported she had been informed the Salina Library had moved the Kansas Authors Books from the Kansas Room. She suggested the Library be contacted and if they no longer wish to have the books in the Kansas Room, perhaps they could be moved to another library. The President, Carroll Jones, announced the Rosemary Hour will be called the Rosemary Time, henceforth. The minutes of the Honorary Advisory Board, meeting at 2:30 p.m. on the 2nd, revealed that names of potential new members to the H.A.B. committee should be sent to the Board’s President, by the various districts. The general meeting and Banquet of the KAC, held on Friday evening, October 2, provided piano music by Linda Duckett Marshall during the Banquet, after which Ms. Lee Killough, the guest speaker, gave a talk entitled, “Stalking the Rainbow.” Alma Johnson, Yearbook editor, selected Ruth Lyon as her assistant editor. The Religious Press of Independence will print the Yearbook.

The 78th Annual Meeting of the Kansas Authors Club was held in the Sheraton Inn in Wichita, October 1-2, 1982. Minutes of the Executive Board meeting revealed that Lola Crum, State Archivist, was absent due to illness and will soon move to Arizona. President Carroll Jones said she wrote to the Salina Public Library concerning the KAC collection of books, but had not received a reply. The board generally agreed to move the collection if necessary. Monette Cummings, Contest Chairman, said 718 entries were received. She was pleased with the judges quick return of contest material. Entry fees have been turned over to the financial secretary and prizes and awards are ready for the winners. The minutes of the Honorary Advisory also met on October 1 in the Sheraton Inn. Margaret Marshall, Secretary, was unable to be present because she just came home from six months in the hospital. Lily Angle took minutes. Article 18 of the KAC Constitution was read and discussed. The minutes of the Annual Meeting, scheduled Friday evening and Saturday morning, produced an array of topics. Lola Harper Crum, State Archivist, was absent due to illness. She had requested the Club search for someone to fill the office this year. President Carroll Jones asked for volunteers. Virginia Reichart, a Past State President, volunteered to fill the office. President Carroll reported she had received no reply, as yet, from the Salina Public Library concerning moving the Club’s collection of books. El Doredo Public Library said they would be happy to have the collection. Ruth Lyon KAC lapel pins for $3.00 each. Mary Neary, Membership Chairman, presented a program of music and prayer for deceased members for Rosemary Time. Friday evenings speaker was Dr. John Rydjord, whose topic was, “Name Hunting in Kansas; the Origin of Kansas Place Names.”

The 79th Annual meeting and Banquet of the KAC was held in Hays at the Holiday Inn Holidome, October 7-8, 1983. The theme of the Conference was: “To Inspire and Be Inspired.” Several important decisions were made in the Executive Board Meeting on October 7th. Expressing a need for membership information, President Ruth Lyon suggested she would like to buy a 2-drawer file case for the archives. She hoped to compile membership information on all past and present members. Monette Cummings, Contest Chairman, reported the contest’s editorial [section] had been lost. It was suggested that we have late awards in this category rather that refund the entry fees. The Honorary Advisory Board meeting also met in the afternoon of the 7th, but discussed little more than who were going off- and those coming on- to the Board. During the general meeting on the 8th, President Ruth Lyon called for a vote to amend the Constitution to add the position of assistant recording secretary to the KAC officers. Motion carried. Having established the position of Assistant Recording Secretary, ballots were given the membership to vote on the three remaining issues: (1) Life memberships shall be raised to $150 with new life memberships available only to members 50 years of age or older. (2) No more than 25% of the state membership and 25% of a district’s membership may become life members. (3) KAC will hold a one-year trial contest for non-members statewide with four categories: Fiction, Non-fiction prose, Rhymed and Unrhymed poetry. Entry fee to be $1.00 per manuscript. Prizes will include at least 4 KAC first-year memberships. In the discussion that followed, it was suggested the contest have the same limitations as our own state contest. Publicity for the contest would be handled through the district presidents. The contest’s news release would have the rules. Virginia Reichart, State Archivist, has resigned and Ruth expressed the need for someone to care for the club’s archives. Bill Koch announced the Forth District was assembling a short biographical sketch of its membership. Ruth Lyon reported the happy news, Jean Evans of Wichita had accepted the state office of Archivist. A square dance demonstration, called by Tom Peters, on Friday evening, by the Hays “Petticoat Poppers, introduced the program, “The History, Music and Dances of the Ellis County Volga Germans,” by Leona Wasinger Pfeifer. On Saturday morning, door prizes were given throughout the Frontier Breakfast to the tunes of campfire music, led by J. T. Stover, “The Travlin’ Singin’ Man.” After the morning’s business meeting, special entertainment was provided by the Sixth District, and included music played by Bob Maxwell, of Fort Hays State University’s English Department.

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The 80th KAC Annual Meeting and Banquet was held in Dodge City on October 5-6, 1984 in the Silver Spur Lodge. At the Executive Board meeting, in the afternoon of October 5, two new contest categories would be voted on by the members, tomorrow. These categories were: Song Lyrics and Religious Prose. Ruth Lyon reported on the non-member contest, held for the first time, this year. There were 158 entries with five returned because they did not comply with the rules. The non-member contest is proposed for persons who have never been KAC members. It was discussed whether this non-member contest should be made a yearly contest. Mary Neary moved, Lee Gray seconded that this question be brought for membership vote, tomorrow. Carried. At the Honorary Advisory Board meeting at 2:30 on October 5th, the group voted to add to the Board the names of Isabel D. Campbell and Ruth M. Lyon. These two replaced former members, Hazel Hardtarfer and H. H. Siegele. The theme of the annual meeting was, “Down the Yellow Brick Road.” During the Club’s general meeting on the morning of October 6th, Lily Angle moved that the non-member contest should be continued yearly, as long as feasible and open to persons who had never been KAC members. Mary Neary seconded. Carried. President Ruth Lyon said she thought the non-member contest should be judged in-house with no judge money involved. The adding of two new categories to the KAC member contest was discussed. Religious Prose with a 1500 word limit was proposed, and Lyrics for Songs. Music would be optional, but only the lyrics would be judged. Fred Haney moved the two categories be added. Monette Cummings seconded. Motion carried. Irma Jean Evans invited all to send materials about KAC to her Wichita address. The evening program on Friday at 7:00 included Ed Stevens’ “The Wizard of Oz,” the song, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” by Christie Walder, and a research-oriented talk by Lola Harper Crum, entitled, “Sod Houses of Western Kansas.”

The 81st KAC Annual Meeting was held in Topeka on October 4-5, 1985 at the Ramada Inn. The theme of this conference was, “…We Roll Up Our Sleeves for the Future.” The Executive Board meeting on Friday, October 4th showed that real progress occurred in all seven districts. Irma Jean Evans was keeping a record of books given to the KAC Library. All books and articles should be sent to her. Lloyd Miller reported on the Governor’s Award Committee he chaired with Ruth and Ossie Tranbarger. It should be a poem about Kansas no more than 16 lines and presented to the Governor. If the Governor knows by August 15 (or two months prior to presentation, it can be placed on his agenda. He suggested no entry fee for the best poem and a committee of 3 or 4 of which no one who wants to enter the contest act as judges. It was suggested Lloyd Miller, Lily Angle and Ralph Skov act to set up the rules. Ruth Lyon wanted to sponsor a Kansas History Book Contest open to any Kansas resident. She will contribute $100 cash prize besides a KAC membership to the winner. Ruth moved, Lois Donahue seconded. Carried. The Young Poet’s Contest, made possible by a $1,000 yearly contribution by Bob Gray as a memorial to his wife Lee Gray, whose main interest was in encouraging new poets, was discussed. Senior High School and junior high level entrants with three poem categories—Free, Rhyme and haiku; and to give first, second, third, first and second honorable mention prizes are a possibility. Lily Angle suggested limiting 2 entries per individual in each category. Fred Haney thought compiling a list of winners in booklet form and giving it to Bob Gray would be a thoughtful gesture. President Ray Nelson appointed a committee consisting of DeAnn Rosen (Chairman), Monette Cummings, Elizabeth House and Mary Neary to set up rules to be printed in the Yearbook. At the general Club meeting on Saturday, October 5th, all three contests were added. President Ray Nelson acknowledged and encouraged the new Kansas State Poetry Society. He hoped they would share and become members of KAC. The consensus of the membership thought the song lyric contest could send the music, but the entries be judged on lyrics alone. It was moved to change the length to 32 lines including verses and chorus. Vie Wild seconded. Carried. Due to the illness of several members of the Honorary Advisory Board, including its officers, no meeting was held at the 1985 convention. The Washburn Singers, directed by Dr. Floyd Hedberg, provided musical entertainment, and a slide lecture, entitled “The Massacre at Walnut Creek Landing,” was given by Thomas A. Witty, State Archaeologist.

The 82nd Annual Conference of the KAC was held at the All Seasons Motel in Lawrence on October 4-5. 1986. The theme of the Conference was, “All Roads Lead Through Kansas.” The Executive Board meeting met on Friday afternoon at 1.00 p.m. The KAC Member Report given by Betty Simpson showed 825 names—242 in prose, 583 in poetry. Ruth Lyon gave the Non- Member Contest that showed only 47 entries this year, compared to 120 entries last year. DeAnne Rosen reported 187 entries for the Young Poets’ Contest. Prizes would be smaller next year according to a schedule worked out by the Executive Board on August 2, 1986. Dr. Nelson will contact Mr. Gray and find out how much will be available for next year’s contest. This contest will continue only as long as money is contributed for that purpose. There is no entry fee so the contest does not fund itself. Lloyd Miller reported on the Gifts to the Governor contest. This was for members only, and 30 were received. The winning poem will be presented to the Governor in Topeka, at a photo-session on October 16, 1986. Ruth Lyon reported that the Kansas History Book Contest received less interest than she had expected. Rules will be revised somewhat for next year to require a book that makes a significant contribution to Kansas History. A minimum word count will be indicated. Archivist I. Jean Evans reported the KAC books were picked up from the Salina Public Library on May 2. By that time the El Dorado Library had no room for them, so we brought them to Wichita. Lily Angle sorted and cleaned the books and she and Jean Evans made a list of the current holdings. DeAnne Rosen contacted KU’s Spencer Research Library which checked the list and made a firm offer to accept the entire collection and any future additions. For two years in a row the Honorary Advisory Board had only three members show up, which was less than the quorum required. In view of this fact, the members present recommended to the KAC Executive Board that the Honorary Advisory Board be discontinued as a separate unit; that all current members of this board be considered voting members of the Executive Board. The Business Meeting of the General Assembly, which met on Saturday, October 5, voted by more than a two-thirds majority to accept the recommendation of the Executive Board concerning the Honorary Advisory Board. Dr. Raymond S. Nelson, President of the KAC, reported that the decision had been made to accept the offer of the Spencer Research Library at KU, to house the KAC Library collection which had been in the Salina Public Library until recently. The invited speaker of Saturday evening was Dr. James Gunn of the University of Kansas.

The 83rd annual meeting of the KAC was held October 2-3, 1987 at the Independence Historical Museum, Independence, Kansas. The theme of the meeting was “Our Pen Is Mighty” and was hosted by District Three. The Executive Committee met at 1:00 p.m. on October 2nd. Betty Jane Simpson, chairperson for the poetry contest, presented the Prose and Poetry Contest revisions that the contest chairmen recommended from board members. These suggestions were incorporated into the final draft of the revisions which was presented at the general meeting on October 3rd. Barbara Booth, Parliamentarian, presented the revised constitution and by-laws. William Lambert moved to accept and William Waite seconded the motion. Motion carried. The revisions were presented at the general meeting in the morning. At the general business meeting, the salute to the Colors was lead by VFW member Dan Dollison. It was recommended by the Executive Board that $100.00 be given to the Kansas Writer to help with the expenses of mailing the KAC Newsletter to all of our membership. Ruth Lyon moved, Lily Angle seconded the motion. Motion passed. Betty Jane Simpson presented Prose and Poetry contest revisions for next year’s member contests which will be printed in the Yearbook. Barbara Booth, Parliamentarian, presented the revisions to the Constitution and By-Laws as recommended by the Executive Board. The motion passed by more than 2/3’s majority of those in attendance. After the dinner banquet, Margo, Boulanger, Third District President, welcomed and introduced the speaker for the evening, Dr. Thomas Burke.

The 84th annual meeting of the KAC was held September 30 and October 1, 1988 at the University Inn, Manhattan. The theme of the meeting was “Find Your Book Worm…in the Little Apple.” The Executive Committee met at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 3rd. Barbara Booth, Parliamentarian, reported that the subject of redistricting will be included in the panel discussion scheduled on the next day. President Elizabeth House announced that she had appointed Lily Angle, Bob Lawson, Pat Anthony and Barbara Booth to serve as panelists. Lily Angle moved that KAC pay John Evans $20.00 to transport the Archives from Wichita to Elinor Elliott’s home in Clay Center. Louie Hitch seconded the motion, which was passed by voice vote. The Business Meeting of the General Assembly met at 7:00 a.m., Saturday. Robert Lawson moved that $100.00 be given to Woodley Foundation to help with the expenses of mailing the Kansas Writer newsletter to all of our membership. Virginia Reichart seconded the motion, which passed. After the Banquet at 6:30 on Friday evening, the guest speaker Steve Heller gave a talk about his book, The Automotive History of Lucky Kellerman.

The 85th annual meeting of the KAC was held October 6 and 7, 1989, at the Days Inn, Wichita. The theme of the meeting was “To the Stars Through Difficulties,” using the Kansas State motto and Kansas theme in decorations. KAC’s Executive Board met on October 6th. A discussion was led by Pat Anthony concerning a new KAC logo. Fred Haney suggested a contest be run by KAC for the new logo with members submitting ideas by March 15, 1990. During the General Business meeting, there were reports on earlier discussions concerning redistricting. President Robert Lawson presented the proposal to redistrict KAC. Lily Angle made the motion that “KAC be redistricted as presented and the by-laws be amended as needed.” Motion was seconded by Marie Johnson. Motion passed (Article XIX will now read: The members of the Kansas Authors Club shall be organized into districts as approved by the general membership, October 7, 1989…) [These seven new districts are marked on the state map and printed in the 1989 Yearbook, pp. 64-65.] Fred Haney presented the KAC Logo Contest. Marie Johnson moved that KAC sponsor a logo and letterhead contest for KAC members with entries to be submitted camera ready by March 15, 1990. Motion seconded by Lily Angle. Motion passed. A general discussion was held on combining member and non-member contests into one contest. Lily Angle made a motion and a committee be appointed by the incoming president to formulate the contest rules. Seconded by Marie Johnson. Passed. Ruth Lyon made a motion that KAC continue to support the Kansas Writer by sending $100.00. Seconded by Marie Johnson. Passed. Pat Anthony suggested that since our KAC History seemed to stop with 1974, that it be updated. Lily Angle volunteered to help research and work with Pat on this project. Joyce Harper, President if District 7, asked permission to hold the 1990 State Convention on Saturday and Sunday. According to the By-laws, it is possible to have the meeting anytime during the first weekend of October to be decided by the host district. Thus, 1990’s Convention will be on Saturday and Sunday, October 6 & 7 at Liberal. Since several non-residents belong to KAC, due to members moving out of state, and border state residents being closer to Kansas communities or local writer events, Lily Angle moved that the word “Kansas” be stricken from Article III of the By-laws. Seconded by Marie Johnson. Passed by a strong majority on show of hands. After the Banquet on Friday evening, Dr. Raymond Nelson introduced the speaker, Dr. Howard Macy of Friends University, who spoke on “Harvest in a Writer’s Garden.” Dr. Macy’s book, Rhythms of the Inner Life, was available for sale in the book room.

The 86th Annual Meeting of the Kansas Authors Club was held at the Gateway Inn, Liberal, Kansas, October 6 and 7, 1990. The theme of the Conference was “Follow the Yellow Brick Road.” The Conference hosts combined both Districts 6 and 7. The minutes of the Executive Board on October 6th reported that Vice President William Lambert said all awards were finished and signed for tonight’s presentation at the Bar Be Que, then displayed the new KAC logo and letterhead. It was agreed that there was a great improvement over the old logo. He further reported the Ruth Lyon Kansas History Book Award had no worthy entries this year for an award. Barbara Booth reported Mary Lambert would accept the office of Grant Co-ordinator. It was decided having her office as appointive, and, if later deemed appropriate, changing it to an elective position. Barbara further said Mildred Horlacher, Colby, would assume Mary’s previous position as Parliamentarian. Barbara then read a lengthy letter from past president Robert Lawson regretting not being able to attend the Convention this year. Pat Anthony reminded members that the Member and Non-member contest would be combined for the next contest year. A quorum of executive board members met with KAC President Barbara Booth at 6.00 p.m., who introduced Mr. Joel Klassen, Marketing Manager of Hearth Publishing and Multi Business Press of Hillsboro, Kansas. Mr. Klassen presented the possibilities of his company and KAC members together on Kansas-oriented books. His company is interested in expanding their business, and wondered if KAC might be interested. KAC would not be required to spend money, and his company would publish a committee selected book free. The committee would consist of KAC and his company. After discussion, it was decided a committee of President Barbara Booth, Yearbook Editor Lily Angle and Ray Nelson would hold a meeting Sunday, October 7, at the Continental Breakfast at 7:30 – 8:30, and then meet later with Mr. Klassen and Hearth/MultiGeneral Manager Stan Thiessen. At the KAC Business Meeting in the morning of October 7th, President Barbara Booth said that Parliamentarian Mary Lambert said she would take on the new position of Grant Co-ordinator. Barbara noted that in today’s world you need someone to facilitate finding funds where possible. Mary said funds were still available for educational programs either from the Kansas Arts Commission or other sources. Barbara said the Executive Board had recommended we raise the regular dues from $9.00 to $15.00. After some strong-willed pros and cons, Lily Angle, Yearbook Editor, moved and Margaret Shauers seconded, we have dues increased as stated. Passed. Barbara reported her committee of she, Lily Angle and Ray Nelson will work with Joel Klaassen and Hearth Publishing. She said the Yearbook will have the guidelines. The invited speaker of Saturday evening’s program was Marcia Preston, editor and publisher of Byline Magazine.

The 87th Annual Convention of the KAC was held in the Ramada Inn Downtown in Topeka on Saturday and Sunday, October 5 and 6, 1991. The Convention’s theme was, “Come Trolley With Kansas Authors.” KAC President Barbara Booth waived the reading of the minutes of the Executive Board Meeting, October 5. Instead, she briefly summarized Board actions of the previous day, which amounted to a four-page report, outlining their upcoming presentation for the consideration of the General Body. New business brought constitutional and Bylaws clarifications: Proposed elimination of VOUCHER SYSTEM together with deletion from Bylaws was explained, together with reasoning behind proposed changes. Additional explanation by Chairperson, Raymond Nelson, was followed by comments from the floor. Additional items included meeting schedules, Life Memberships, and updating Articles to current practice. Affected articles include III, IX, XII, XIV, XVII, XVIII, XIX, XX, XXI. Parliamentarian Millie Horlacher called for a vote. Proposed changes to the Bylaws, moved, seconded and approved. [See Constitution reprint on pages 74-78 of the 1991 Yearbook for Bold-faced wording of all items as moved and seconded in Executive Session for presentation to General Body, and subsequently moved, seconded and approved by General Body in Business meeting, October 6.] The evening’s program on Saturday, October 5th, featured David Tangeman, who talked about “Riders of the Imagination.” On the next day, Gennetta Springer and Olga Heaven talked about “The Special Rhythm of Black Poetry” during a workshop. On January 28, 1991, Joan Wagnon of the Kansas House of Representatives, wrote to the Kansas Arts Commission in support of the club’s application for funding for their statewide conference in the following October. She said that she was “familiar with the group and its activities thay are asking you to support. It seems a worthwhile endeavor to encourage Kansas authors, and I’d encourage your support.”

The 88th Annual Convention of the KAC met in the Days Inn, Lawrence, on Saturday and Sunday, October 3–4, 1992. The minutes of the Executive Board Meeting show that there were problems of new members joining in June. It would be more acceptable to hold the dues until the new club year. The disadvantage would be that the new member would pay non-member fees for contest entries. The advantages and disadvantages would need to be weighed by the new member. In old business, President Lambert gave the results of the survey conducted earlier. He summarized the results, with the report to be listed in the General Assembly business report. Lambert also reported the offer of $2,000 from a corporate entity. He proposed spending this year’s amount on a computer, compatible with existing computers of officers in KAC. The computer would probably be housed with the publicity Chairman. Lily Angle moved that Lambert be authorized to obtain the computer. Seconded and carried. Under new business, Lambert spoke of requests to add a new prose category of technical writing. Lambert also talked about the 90th year of KAC’s birthday, which would be hosted by District 4 at the 90th Annual Meeting, October 1 – 2, 1994, at the Holiday Inn, Salina, Kansas. Mary Lambert sent the following report for the funding/conference coordinator position: (1) Compiling information for manual on procedures, time frame, protocol, etc., with reports and records of last three conferences. (2) Possible source of funds for purchase of a computer. At the Business Meeting of the General Assembly on October 4th, President Lambert gave an update on Executive Board activities through the past year. Raymond Nelson moved that the actions be ratified. Seconded and accepted. Lambert summarized the results of a member survey mailed in August. Findings were that members feel that the KAC is a creative writing club with contests and some educational opportunities. They want hands-on, basic educational opportunities close to home or in their districts. They need help to publish their works, good critiques, networking, professional help, contact with agents, and marketing sources. Many feel the need to become more visual, with more public readings, items in local newspapers, support of members’ books, and book signings. The Banquet’s keynoter was Dr. Don Coldsmith of Emporia whose talk was entitled, “From the Pulps to Pulitzers: The American West in Popular Fiction.” Dr. Coldsmith also led a workshop named “The Novel and Western.”

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The 89th Annual Writing Conference and State Convention was held September 25–26,1993 in the Memorial Hall and Gallery of the Independence Museum, Independence, Kansas. Its theme was "Anchored to the Prairie." [Note: The KAC assembly voted to change the fiscal year to the calendar year. For financial purposes, and because the yearbook includes information for the current year as well as reports of the past year, the Yearbook will carry the current year's date. Because of that there was no Yearbook designated (numbered) as 1993.] The minutes of the Executive Board Meeting showed that the Yearbook's editor, Lily Angle, submitted a report, and asked clarification for the changed date, due to establishment of a new fiscal year. The next Yearbook will be designated as the 1994 book. Vice President Margaret Nelson reported on winners in the Book Awards contests, and noted that there were no entries in the Hearth Book Award. During the Business Meeting of the General Assembly, the resolution of Non-Discrimination was presented by Raymond Nelson, who moved acceptance; Lily Angle seconded, carried. Parliamentarian Raymond Nelson distributed copies of proposed By-Laws changes and explained rationale for the changes. He moved acceptance of the changes [see Constitution and By-Laws nos. III, XI, XII and XVIII] Lily Angle seconded and it carried. Margaret Nelson reported on the resolution expressing Freedom of Expression, and moved acceptance. Laurel Schunk seconded. Carried. [The three resolutions mentioned above follow the Constitution and By-Laws, p. 83 in Yearbook 1994, Vol. 90.] The speaker of the evening of the 26th was Ron McCoy, whose keynote speech was entitled, "Radicals, Reforms and Ruby Slippers: The Changing Image of Kansas."

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The 90th Annual Writing Conference and State Convention was held in the Holiday Inn at Salina, Kansas, Saturday and Sunday, October 1-2, 1994. The Convention's motto was, "90 Years of Writing and Loving It." The State Board Meeting met on October 1st. Ralph Dagenais, Financial Secretary, proposed a change in the Constitution to clarify the requirements for reinstating lapsed membership. His proposal stated that the reinstatement fee itself is $5.00 in addition to the regular $15.00 membership dues. The amendment was approved by the Board for presentation to the General Assembly. President Margaret Nelson led a discussion of the method of nominating members for special awards. She stressed that nominations may be made by any KAC member. It is important that the membership as a whole participate in this process. It was decided by consensus that membership forms should be made available in the April newsletter along with guidelines and deadlines for making nominations. A committee will choose nominees and the final decision will be made by the Board at the August meeting. Bill Lambert discussed progress with KAC's "Writing in the Schools" project. [Subsequent to this meeting the title was changed to Kansas Authors Club Writers in the Schools.] He had prepared manuals ho help those who wish to participate in this activity. He proposed a benefit raffle of a stay at his Bed and Breakfast in Topeka to raise money for expenses connected with promoting and carrying on the "Kansas Authors Club Writing in the Schools" project. The group approved his proposal. During the KAC Annual Business Meeting, held on Sunday, October 2nd, Bill Lambert, Parliamentarian, presented a constitutional amendment recommended by the Board. The amendment was proposed to clarify the process of reinstating lapsed membership. After a full year of membership has elapsed with dues not paid the member must pat $5.00 plus the regular membership fee in order to be reinstated. Lambert moved the adoption of the amendment, Ralph Allen seconded, the change was approved. Barbara Booth and Bill Lambert informed the group about Bill's plan [which failed last year] to nominate KAC for the Governor's Arts Award. Members were asked to send letters of testimonial to Bill describing the importance of the Club in Kansas. Bill Lambert also discussed progress in planning the Kansas Authors Club Writing in the Schools project. He had prepared manuals to assist members who decide to participate in this project. Ray Nelson moved, Margaret Shauers seconded, that we go ahead with this project. The motion carried. Anita Mills gave the keynote speech, "Weaving Fact into Fiction" on Saturday evening. Special programs followed at 10.00 a.m., Sunday, which included, Frederick Krebs's imitation of William Allen White, followed by Elinor Elliott, Archivist, who gave a short history of KAC. Next was a panel discussion, entitled, "Get Published!"

The Ratification of Corporate Acts of the Kansas Authors Club required that two Resolutions be moved that the acts of the officers of this corporation, the KAC, during the past year be, and the same hereby are, in all respects affirmed, ratified and adopted: Kansas Authors Club, Resolution of Non-Discrimination: "BE IT RESOLVED that the governing board and membership of the Kansas Authors Club reaffirms its policy of non-discrimination as follows:

  1. No person is excluded from service because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability or sex;
  2. There is no discrimination against persons served on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability or sex;
  3. There is no discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability or sex with regard to contacts with various organizations to conduct the business of the corporation.
  4. There is no discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability or sex in membership in the Kansas Authors Club's governing body." [Source: KAC Yearbook, 1994, p. 83] [Passed KAC Board of Directors, September 26, 1993.]

Kansas Authors Club, Resolution of the Freedom of Expression: BE IT RESOLVED: WHEREAS The United States of America was founded by diverse peoples and backgrounds; and WHEREAS the United States of America is governed by laws not men and the First Amendment of the United States Constitution states, "Congress shall make no law… prohibiting speech"; and WHEREAS diversity is part of America and requires a robust marketplace of different ideas, different expressions and different perceptions; and WHEREAS the arts in America are both a reflection and challenge to those different ideas, expressions and perceptions NOW THEREFORE, the Board of Directors of the Kansas Authors Club condemns any action which restricts the expression of the expression of the American experience because of the content of the expression, or which conditions receipt of government support, funds or approval on the basis of the control of expression. [Source: KAC Yearbook, 1994, p. 83] [Passed by KAC Board of Directors, September 26, 1993]

In 1994, KAC requested project support of $864 for its annual convention in October of that year. It again asked for financial assistance from the Kansas Arts Commission—as it had in 1991, when it was turned down. This time KAC was successful, and Joan Finney, Governor of Kansas in 1994, wrote to Ms. Suzanne Sisco, "I am pleased to inform you that the Kansas Arts Commission has awarded a Project Support Grant in the amount of $399 to Kansas Authors

The 91st Annual Writing Conference and State Convention met in Wichita, Friday through Sunday, October 6–8, 1995 at the Red Coach Inn. The Fifth District of KAC welcomed attendees to "Wings on Kansas Wind," its motto for the conference. The Executive Board met on the morning of the 7th, and the session was filled with reports of success and progress, Ann Fowler reported on the "Kansas Authors Club Writers in the Schools" and Ralph Dagenais moved, Laurel Schunk seconded, that the Chair of this group be included as an appointed officer of the Club. The motion was approved. At the Annual Business Meeting the next morning, President Margaret Nelson expressed appreciation to those who supported our application for the Governor's Arts Award, last year. Since we did not receive the award, Mrs. Nelson asked whether we should try again this year for that recognition. Mark Roberts moved and Sandra Detrixhe seconded that we apply again this year. The motion passed. Mrs. Nelson asked members to write letters on the subject, "What Kansas Authors Club has meant to Me." And send to president-elect Fern Wood. Ann Fowler reported on the "Kansas Authors Club Writers in the Schools" project. She called attention to the raffle of a 3-day stay at the Lambert's Bed and Breakfast, with proceeds going to fund the project. During the Banquet, Mr. Fred Haney, 1994 Song Lyrics winner, sang "How I Know" accompanied by Scott Farthing, Kechi United Methodist Church. Heather Schunk, sang "Find It on the Wings" and "Colors of the Wind," accompanied by Joel Knudsen of the Wichita Symphony. Sara Tucker, the Keynote Speaker, spoke about, "Grandma May Have Been a Lady, But She Worked Like a Dog."

The 92nd Annual Writers Conference and State Convention met in Hutchinson, October 11–13, 1996, at the Ramada Inn. This year's motto was, "Come Share Our Space." The Executive Board met on October 12th, and several pieces of legislation document the rising reputation of the Club. Ann Fowler gave a report on "Kansas Authors Club Writers in the Schools," and read the job description. Report was approved. Ann wanted Julia Dagenais to be on the Project Committee for this project. This was made into a motion, seconded and carried. Another motion was made, seconded and carried, that we use the money raised by the Bed & Breakfast drawing for the Writers in the Schools project. A proposed addition to the Constitution of the club's property and assets, if that should ever become necessary, was proposed by Ralph Dagenais. A copy was distributed to all members present. It was approved for presentation to the General Assembly the next day. The board also approved Ralph's suggestion to be on the INTERNET. Since William Allen White was one of the earliest and most famous members of KAC, District One would like to honor a current outstanding Kansas writer with a "WILLIAM ALLEN WHITE AWARD." He would like this to be a KAC State-sponsored award, not every year, but when it seemed appropriate. [No mention was made of what this award would consist.] Lily Angle moved that KAC sponsor this as a continuing tribute to KAC heritage. Motion seconded and carried. Lily also moved that we add drama to the literary content for 1997 since drama will be featured at our 1997 convention. Motion was seconded and approved. At the Annual Business Meeting, held from 8:00 to 9:00 on Sunday morning, Ann Fowler, KAC Writers in the Schools project, distributed new brochures about it. Announcement was made that KAC efforts to help create the post of Poet Laureate of Kansas was made, but the Bill was defeated in the State Legislature. Barbara Booth, Parliamentarian, presented a new article to the Constitution, XXV, outlining rules in case the organization dissolved. It was proposed and accepted. The keynote speaker for the evening's 6:30 p.m. Banquet was Larry Hattberg.

The 93rd Annual Convention and Writers Conference was held at the Holiday Inn West Holidome, Topeka on October 10–12, 1997. This year's motto was, "Spinning Tales, Kansas Trails." The Executive Committee's Ann Fowler reported on the youth contest. It had funds for this year's contest, but after this funds should be co-chaired with Kansas Authors Club Writers in the Schools. A motion was made to form a committee with Ann as chairman to handle planning and funding of the youth contest. The $2,000 grant money was contributed by the Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Corporation of Houston, Texas. Funds from the Arts Council will come after the convention. The motion was restated: we will adopt the youth writers contest as a state KAC project with the stipulation that we continue to have the funding. This will be in conjunction with KAC Writers in the Schools. Seconded and carried. In new business, the Board was asked whether we should continue membership in ACAAK? The Association of Community Arts Agencies of Kansas was another organization to which KAC annually subscribed in the late 1900s. Its purpose was to help KAC to be more aware of the arts "industry" in Kansas. ACAAK would support and bolster the efforts of all arts organizations so that all could provide successful and fulfilling programs for their constituents. The dues paid to ACAAK were $25 a year—a figure based on KAC's annual budget. Motion was made, seconded and carried to continue membership. In the report of the Annual Business Meeting on the morning of October 12th, Ann Fowler reported on KAC Writers in the Schools. One thousand eight-hundred fifty-four contacts were made. Barbara Booth reported an Ad Hoc committee had formulated suggestions relative to financial matters. First motion: beginning in 1997, the state treasury will advance $500 to the district hosting the convention, to be repaid after conference bills are paid. Motion seconded and carried. Second motion: to increase the dues in the year 2000 to $20 and to discontinue the $5 reinstatement fee. It is necessary because printing costs and postage are going up, and we are finding our year-end balance decreasing. Vote on this motion is to taken in 1998. Third motion suggested that the position of grant fund-raising advisor be discontinued at the state level, and let each district decide to themselves how to raise funds. Motion seconded and carried. No action taken at this time. The Banquet program on Saturday evening featured Tom Averill, Washburn professor and writer, and his brother, Ric Averill, Dramatist. Both presented a dialogue of interesting and amusing memories from their youth.

The 94th Annual Convention and Writers Conference was held at the Ramada Inn at Emporia on Friday, October 2 through Sunday, October 4, 1998. The theme of the convention was, "Dreamcatchers." The Executive Board Meeting on October 3rd featured, among others, Cindy Ross, who displayed new posters prepared for use. These attractive posters intended to prompt the districts to enter more fully into the program. Cindy reported that 850 students were reached by 13 KAC members this year. (Others had participated had not reported their school visits.) Bill and Mary Lambert are offering two nights at their Bed and Breakfast to help fund the KAC Writers in the Schools project. Donations of $1 per ticket will be available to the membership, the the money will support both the KAC Writers in the Schools program and the Youth Contest. Margaret Nelson reported on the current year of the Youth Contest,, then presented a revised program for 1999. Moved by Marie Marshall, seconded by Ann Fowler, to proceed with the plan as revised. The Annual Business Meeting, held during the next morning, featured Cindy Ross's report on the KAC Writers in the Schools program. She encouraged members to arrange to visit schools with a view to helping students write. Margaret Nelson reported on the 1998 Youth Contest results, also on the workshop on Saturday afternoon at the Emporia Public Library; Ann Fowler and Ann McKenzie had presented fine workshops on prose and poetry. Cindy Ross moved to adopt the 1997 proposal to increase dues to $20 in the year 2000, and to discontinue the $5 reinstatement due. Seconded by Susan Kinney-Riordan. Discussion. Barbara Booth moved an amendment to include updating the Bylaws to reflect the change. Seconded by Marie Marshall, carried. The amended motion was then passed. During the Saturday evening's programs following the annual Banquet, Joseph T. Collins, Ph.D. gave the keynote address, entitled, "Funny Snake Stories."

The 95th Annual Convention and Writers Conference was held at the Holiday Inn Express in Pittsburg, October 8 (evening), 9, 10, 1999. The theme was "Giants Among Us, Giants Within Us." The Executive Board Meeting issued a number of decisions which were passed on the membership of the annual meeting: the book South of Boothill by Mildred E. "Mickey" Kastler a Rosemary Award, aside from the Coffin Award, in memory of Mickey. Anita Heistand reported on the gift cups provided by the Big Brutus Center, symbolic of the mining industry in the area. A committee has acted on the August 7 nominees for special awards and will report its decisions at the Banquet Saturday evening. At the Annual Meeting on the morning of the next day, it was announced that St. Kitts Press will sponsor a new contest. Marvin Wambsganss and Ralph Dagenais presented a report on handling gifts to the club including plans for a possible Endowment Fund. Fred Haney moved that we accept the proposal, with revisions based on discussion. Pat Bell seconded, approved. [Here is the report, reprinted verbatim] ENDOWMENT FUND. At the annual membership meeting on October 10, 1999 the members accepted, with one minor change, a proposal previously approved by the Board of Directors" [i.e. the Executive Board] at its August 7, 1999 meeting to establish an endowment fund. The fund is for the purpose of receiving bequests and gifts from members and friends of Kansas Authors Club and using the interest earned by the fund to encourage aspiring writers in the state of Kansas through scholarships for young writers, writing contest special awards, awards to outstanding writers, awards to volunteer organizations in the field of writing[,] skill promotion, etc. To establish the fund a sum of $1,000.00 was transferred from the KAC General Operating Account to a special KAC Endowment Fund account. All gifts and bequests received that are designated for the Endowment Fund will be deposited in this new account. Gifts to the fund will be tax deductible. When the balance in the account grows to a sufficient level it may be prudent to invest some or all of the funds in safe instruments such as certificates of deposit or government notes or bonds that pay a higher rate of interest. The KAC Board of Directors [i.e. the Executive Board] will make all decisions regarding where and how to invest the funds. Awards from the fund will be decided upon by the members of the KAC Board of Directors [i.e the Executive Board] who are in office at the time the awards are determined, or by a committee appointed by them. Information about awards made from the fund will be published in the annual Yearbook. Gifts and notifications of bequests to the fund SHOULD BE SENT TO THE Financial Secretary. All gifts will be listed, with the giver's name, in the annual report of the Financial Secretary which is printed in the Yearbook. Gifts of any amount will be much appreciated and will be used wisely to encourage writers in the state of Kansas. Balance in Endowment Fund 12/31/99 was $1,002.96." The Banquet on Saturday evening featured music with Aaron Winters. Randy Roberts, keynote speaker, was known for facts plus humor. He echoed "Voices from the Little Balkans; the Immigrant Experience"—from writings by and about settlers from afar.

The 96th Annual KAC Convention and Writers Conference was held at Salina, September 29–October 1, 2000 at the Red Coach Inn. This year's motto was: "Where the Hills Meet the Plains." At the KAC Executive Board meeting on September 30, 2000, it was decided that copyrighting the KAC Yearbook served no necessary or practical purpose. It was also moved, seconded and passed that the KAC would pay the yearly dues of $75 to the Kansas Arts Association since they paid for our grant of $2000. Margaret Nelson reminded everyone that the KAC Writers in the Schools contest for young people is now up to each district. Hoping there will be money left over from the grant, this money will be given to each district who applies for it with a written proposal of how they will handle the contest in their district. Ann Sharrett asked if it would be all right to have a writer's research library in a downtown office in Topeka. Is it all right to use the KAC name? There would be no funding involved. It was decided she should research it and present the proposal at the next board meeting. At the KAC Annual Meeting it was announced that the KAC Endowment Account as of September 9, 2000 was $1,122.07. The Banquet on the evening of Saturday, September 30th was followed by keynote speaker, Margaret Meyers, whose talk was entitled, "Rooted in the Earth."

The 97th Kansas Authors Club Convention and Writing Conference, October 5–7, 2001 was held in Wichita at the Red Coach Inn. The motto of the conference was, "Explore! Discover! Write!" It was reported in the Executive Board Meeting on October 6th that after a brief discussion it was decided to have Frankie Roland and Margaret Nelson ask Mr. Lambert if he would write a grant request for funding for the Writers in the Schools project. Raymond Nelson handed out brochures from the Kansas Press Association with information to consider about publicity. Lily Angle gave the Yearbook report. She reminded the Board that the 100th year of KAC was coming up in 2004 and it needs to start planning. Discussion followed about the possibility of having the 100th year celebration in the same location as the 1904 meeting which was in Topeka. With KAC's rotating schedule it would not turn out that way. It could be handled by holding the Conference in Topeka and having each District assigned to be in charge of a specific responsibility. Or there could be an exchange of places so that the year could be in Topeka. Details would be finalized at a later board meeting. Little information was listed to describe but a very few topics in the Annual meeting on Sunday morning, October 7th. On Saturday evening, after the Awards Banquet, keynote speaker Polly Basore, of The Wichita Eagle, spoke on "Storytelling: Finding Truth Beyond the Facts."

The 98th Kansas Authors Club Convention and Writing Conference was held October 11–13, 2002 in the Ramada Inn in Hutchinson, organized by KAC's Districts 6 and 7. The Motto of the Convention was, "The Pride of Kansas." The Executive Board met in the morning of October 12th. Frankie Roland reported that the KAC Writers in the Schools program reached over 1,000 students in the current year. The Kansas Arts Commission awarded a grant of $2,000 ($1,700 net) for the program, so money was available for the district projects. These could take any form. The final report to be made in June will require a breakdown by number to show how many minority students were reached through the program. The Annual Meeting had several new features: Karen Brown will issue a newsletter soon after the convention and welcomes any items to be included. Many thanks were due to Carol Yoho, Topeka, who volunteered to accept the position of Website Manager, arranged the KAC Website to include information about the club. New business included reports that KAC's new webpage host is Kansas Blue Skies Network. Its new address was www.skyways.org/orgs/kac . The Awards Banquet was held in the Ambassador Room. After a sumptuous meal, the keynote speaker, Marci Penner, talked about "The Pride of Kansas." She told about the pride and determination of Kansans and her attempts to portray that in her writing.

The 99th Kansas Authors Club Convention and Writing Conference took place October 3-5, 2003 at the Ramada Inn in Emporia. The Motto chosen for the convention was, "This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land." The Executive Board meeting on Saturday morning reported on its accomplishments. Joann Williams presented the report prepared by Lorena Joyce Hermann. This showed 45 new members since October 1, 2002, which was the best in a number of years. On suggestion by Barbara Booth and after discussion, the Executive Board voted to propose at the annual meeting on October 5th, that "Article III – Membership" of the Constitution and Bylaws be amended so that both writers and those interested in writing may become members of Kansas Authors Club. Alice Flower commented on the Centennial Book, and said the chief problem is financial. Costs are high, and foundations do not report until December, and there is no way of knowing how much money KAC will need. All are urged to raise money and to send in material to be printed in the book. Every paid-up member is eligible to include one piece of writing – up to 1500 words for prose or 40 lines for poetry. In old business, after discussion, members decided to have a presence at the Kansas Sampler Festival in Newton next spring, joining with Books Kansas on the same terms as at the state fair in September. In new business, Doris Schroeder said that Great Bend writers had asked for a division of District 6 so meetings could be held closer to home. She also said that District 7 had an even greater problem. Only five attended their last district meeting Question was tabled for later discussion. In the minutes of the Annual Meeting on October 5th, President Pat Ferguson reported that new members in the past year totaled 45, the best in several years. Barbara Booth presented the Executive Board's proposal to amend KAC's Constitution and Bylaws so those interested in writing, as well as writers, might join. After discussion and revision of suggested, members voted to amend first paragraph of Article III—Membership, to the following: "Membership of this club shall consist of writers and those interested in writing. Application for membership may be made directly to the Chairperson for New Members." Nancy Glenn announced that District 5 had been chosen to receive the 2003 Arts Council Organization Award due to their outstanding contributions to the Arts in Wichita, Sedgwick County and the surrounding area. The keynote speaker was Dr. Lora K. Reiter, who taught at Ottawa University, and is a published poet. Her talk was entitled, "This Writing Is Your Writing."

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The 100th Kansas Authors Club Centennial Convention and Writers Conference was held at the Capital Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Topeka, October 22—24, 2004. The Contest theme was: "What's Write With Kansas?" The Executive Board meeting met on October 23rd. On motion, the Board voted to grant a William Allen White award to Don Coldsmith and Fred Krebs in appreciation for their presentations and contributions to KAC's centennial convention. Barbara Booth suggested we have a category for older, long-time members living in a nursing home or with family who are unable to meet dues requirements. Recipients will be on an honorary membership list if they do not pay dues. KAC does not want to lose contact with these members. The 351-page Centennial Celebration Edition of the Kansas Authors Club, 1904 – 2004, entitled Our Way With Words was given to each member attending the 2004 Centennial Convention. The final cost of printing 600 book copies with color was $12,990. This was three thousand less than the original estimate. With two Foundations not heard from at Convention time, the final total for the book fund was $11,438.08. Half of the total price was paid to the printer when the completed manuscript was ready for publication. The other half was due when the books were finished. Six-hundred books were printed, and books might also be purchased for $25.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling (included sales tax). Alice Flower chaired the committee and edited the book. Post-convention sales were the responsibility of Raymond Nelson. Minutes of the Annual Meeting, held on October 24, 2004, including the minutes of the 2003 Annual Meeting, were approved as printed in the 2004 Yearbook. Karen Brown, reporting for Carol Yoho's KAC Website, said the website was an extension of all gathering and dissemination of KAC news. She urged districts to keep their news current. Karen also discussed KAC's historical calendar. She thanked Gail Martin for her invaluable help in providing needed information from the archives and urged both members and non-members to send in items about Kansas authors for inclusion in appropriate website material. Among Board meeting items, Doris Schroeder reported on action taken at yesterday's meeting: (1) Without setting a precedent, the Board voted to contribute $1,000.00 to District 1 to help cover cost of special 2004 Centennial Convention. (2) Incoming and Outgoing contest managers will establish contest rules for 2005 by November 30. These will be included in the forthcoming Yearbook. (3) Honorary memberships may be granted on an individual basis and at the discretion of the Board to those who are no longer active in the club. Fred Krebs gave a marvelous portrayal of "William Allen White, Sage of Emporia." Don Coldsmith, Saturday's Luncheon speaker, who was inducted into the Writers Hall of Fame of America in 2000, was the Saturday Luncheon speaker. Both Krebs and Coldsmith were honored with the William Allen White Award.

The 101st Kansas Authors Club Convention and Writers Conference was held in the Best Western Bricktown Lodge in Coffeyville, October 7–9, 2005. Doris Schroeder was KAC's President. Its theme was: "Southeast Kansas: Who Walked These Trails?" The Executive Board met on October 8 and reports were handed out to members. Don Pady was introduced as the new Archivist who replaced Gail Martin in that position. Joann Williams of District 2 read a declaration of seven guidelines put together by a number of board members, which reiterates the expectations of the courtesy and consideration expected of members of the KAC Board, and these guidelines were distributed. Also distributed were copies (accumulated from the KAC archives) of the duties of each office. A motion was made by Joann to accept the guidelines as printed and the motion was seconded by Sandra Detrixhe. The motion passed by a voice vote from the board members. At the General Meeting on October 9th, Ann Everett made a motion for a change in the Bylaws (Proposed Article II—Purpose) with the following corrections: (1) change "or youth/senior organizations" to "and youth/senior organizations", and spell out the acronym "KAC" with "Kansas Authors Club." Cynthia Ross seconded the motion. A vote was called from the members and passed. In other business, a motion was made that KAC join Kansas Center for the Book as an affiliate member at a cost of $100 a year. Raymond Nelson seconded it. A vote was called for from the members. Passed. Among the number of speakers who surpassed all expectations at KAC Coffeyville, The name of Bill Kurtis stands out. Kurtis was the keynote speaker after the Saturday night banquet. An Independence native, Bill was known around the world for his contributions to journalism, and he had received numerous awards for his work.

The 102nd Kansas Authors Club Convention and Writers Conference was held in Junction City at the Courtyard Marriott Convention Center, September 29 through October 1, 2006. The theme was: "Paint Your Canvas With Words." During the lengthy State Board meeting on September 30th, Carol Yoho reported for the Website Committee that an E-mail address book and computerized website management was distributed to members. She sends each new member a welcome including hot links to various points of information published in our website. Of current priority to Carol is to publish lists of contest winners, book award winners, and the business of our convention. Individual members should send Carol information about events, publications and accomplishments. Tracy Million Simmons suggested that the Club's logo should be updated by redesign into a modern symbol. Karen Brown reported that the Club was honored to have the Poet Laureate of Kansas, Jonathan Holden, as judge for the 2006 Nelson Poetry Book Award. Susan Marchant, Special Collections Librarian at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, and former Director of the Kansas Center for the Book for 18 years, very generously agreed to chair a committee of library judges for the 2006 J. Donald Coffin Memorial Book Award. Karen Brown reported during the General Meeting on October 1st that 27 books were entered were entered for the Coffin Award and thanked Don Pady for his help in getting these judged. Barbara Brady then moved that the third paragraph of Article V be revised to read as follows: A Board member shall be removed from his/her position if he/she is unable to function in office. The removal would have to be voted on by a majority vote of the KAC board." The motion included eliminating the remainder of the original portion of that same paragraph in Article V. Sonia Hayse seconded the motion. Voted and passed. After a sumptuous banquet, keynote speaker, Jonathan Holden, Kansas Poet Laureate, delivered his speech, entitled, "Character in Our Poetry." Dr. Holden came to Kansas State University in 1978, and in 1986 he received the KSU Distinguished Faculty Award. He was appointed Kansas' first Poet Laureate on July 1, 2005.

The 103rd Kansas Authors Club Convention and Writers Conference was held in Wichita at The Holiday Inn Select, October 5-7, 2007. The theme of the conference was, "Pen Life as Art, Write from the Heart." The State Board meeting met on October 6th and President Joann Williams congratulated Carol Yoho who submitted a brand-new KAC logo. Several clever and creative logos were presented to the board, but Carol's seemed to jump out at everyone. The board vote was unanimous. The logo appeared for the first time on the front of the 2008 Yearbook. Mary-Lane Kamberg reported on the 2007 KAC Youth Contest. All went well with the presentations last evening, and the youth books would be in the book room at the convention. She thanked Tracy Million Simmons for putting together the youth book. The General Meeting met on October 7th, and was a short session. After the Banquet and Awards, Raymond Stanley (Stan) Nelson, Jr. gave a very informative talk, entitled, "Ink in Their Veins." He was a Museum Specialist Emeritus of the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History for 31 years, retiring in October, 2003, where he worked almost exclusively with the history of printing technology, with an emphasis on those methods employed during the first four centuries of printing.

The 104th Kansas Authors Club Convention and Writers Conference was held in the Dodge House Convention Center, October 3-5, 2008 in Dodge City. The conference theme was, "Come West and Go Wild With Words." At the State Board Meeting on October 4th, President Joann Williams presided. Carol Yoho reported receiving news from 97 members this year. She published 2008 Literary Contest rules, Youth Writing Contest rules, and Karnowski Poetry contest rules She thanked Teresa Fink, Amy Becker and Delores Baker for assistance in gathering 2008 KAC Convention details. She is also working on updating the e-mail address list. Grant Williams, State Newsletter and Book Awards, reported he sent out a Newsletter in February and August of 2008 and the next Newsletter will come out February 2009. The J. Donald Coffin Memorial Book Award was judged by Professor Boucher. The Nelson Poetry Book Award was judged by Ms. Marlys Cervantes. Don Pady, with the able assistance of Dr. Prem Bajaj and Tracy Million Simmons, presented their proposal for a membership awards program to be voted on at the General membership meeting on Saturday. Sandra Detrixhe made a motion that Ralph Dagenais and Fred Haney look into the cost of a computer for the financial secretary at a cost of lower than $1,000.00. Tom Mach seconded the motion and it was passed by the Board. At the annual General Membership Meeting. Don Pady made a motion that the KAC have an Awards Program to acknowledge KAC members for active, continuous service for intervals of 10+, 15+ and 20+ years. Also members that are 80 years or over have an option to reduce or eliminate dues as well as those with 20 or more years of service. The motion was seconded by Prem Bajaj and it was passed by the general membership. After the Banquet and Awards program on Saturday evening, Keynote speaker, Charlotte Hinger enthralled the audience about stories she published in several genres.

The 105th Kansas Authors Club Convention and Writers Conference was held in the Capitol Plaza Hotel and Convention Center, October 16-18, 2009 in Topeka. The theme of the convention was, "Writing Is a Capital Idea!" At the KAC State Board meeting on October 17th, President Joann Williams reported the committee working on the application for the 501(c)3 Tax Exempt Status had finished getting their papers in order and mailed in the application for approval. We are now waiting to see what the ruling is. The Value Added Committee Chair, Tracy Million Simmons, gave a report. Suggestions included; new member applicants may have to submit an example of their writing to become a member, then maybe being a member would hold more value to them; make it know when vacancy occurs at the district level and state so members may come forward and volunteer for the position. Also, in the contest, they had suggestion about an adult contest winner's book, Tracy suggested first place winners could have works displayed in newsletter. Tracy also reported that the newsletter is undergoing major renovations this year for it to be an effective tool for communicating the business of KAC. At the General Membership meeting on October 18th, Don Pady, State Archivist, announced that he handed out Octogenarian awards after the Saturday evening's banquet for those members who had turned 80 years of age. Awards were also given to those who had achieved 10+, 15+ and 20+ years of active and continuous service. After the Saturday evening's banquet, Keynote speaker, Max McCoy, spoke about "The Secrets of Writing Well."

The 106th Kansas Authors Club Annual Convention and Writing Conference was held at the Holiday Inn Holidome and Convention Center, October 1-3, 2010, in Lawrence. Its motto was: "One Free Nation, Many Voices." The State President, Joann Williams presided over the conference. During the State Board meeting on October 2nd , Don Pady, State Archivist, reported that there are 1,534 titles by KAC authors in the KAC Collection at KU's Spencer Library. He again asked KAC's district presidents to inform him of members' 10+, 15+ or 20+ years of active and continuous service. There is further recognition during the October 2010 convention for those who have reached 80+ years of age. Bill Karnowski moved that, starting now, for an 80+ years member to receive free membership, they must have been a continuous member for at least five years. The motion was seconded by Virginia Hays and carried. The General Membership meeting of October 3rd, Fred Haney gave the financial report. He let members know that he needs a written financial report from all districts by the end of January, 2011. The report would include all income, expenses, and account balances beginning January 2010 to December 2010. This is necessary for KAC to maintain the 501(c)3 tax exempt status. That evening's keynote presenter was Nancy Pickard whose talk was entitled, "One Agent, 7 Editors, 4 Publishing Houses & 18 Novels Later…"

The 107th Kansas Authors Club Annual Convention and Writing Conference was held at Coffeyville at the Sleep Inn and Suites, October 7-9, 2011. Its motto was: "Kansas: Freedom Frontier for 150 Years." State President Prem Bajaj called the KAC State Board meeting to order on the morning of October 8th. Tracy Million Simmons, Yearbook editor, reported 45 literary entries were received for the annual. The Mennonite Press provided books of winning entries for all youth at no charge to KAC. [Note: The Mennonite Press now publishes the annual Yearbook.] Alan Josin D'Souza, Awards Chair, submitted a copy of the "Questionnaire for Merit Awards Criteria Development." The committee seeks to prepare a contingency fund for some awards in case the donors stop the funds for those awards. William Karnowski presented the changes to the by-laws that would be voted on at the annual general membership meeting on Sunday. It represents the amount from each district membership dues that would be paid to finance the state convention and was voted on and approved at the August 2011 State Board Meeting. Also the changes needed in order for the Financial Secretary to fill out our 501(c)3 status form with the IRS. At the 2011 General Membership Meeting on Sunday morning, Diane Palka made a motion to accept the proposed by-law changes approved by the state board meeting. Susie Nightingale seconded the motion and it carried. They are as follows: Added to Article XI (page 120 of 2011 Yearbook) "The Financial Secretary shall file the required forms with the IRS annually to maintain our 501(c) 3 status." Added to Article XXIV (page 123 of 2011 Yearbook) "the treasurer shall supply the state Financial Secretary 2 copies of his final annual report to be included in the Financial Secretary's report to the IRS. Calculation of additional funds (3 percent times dues payment) for convention based on dues payments received during the previous year, as reported by the Financial Secretary in the Yearbook, i.e. the total given under the section 'INCOME FROM DUES PAYMENT' in the Financial Secretary's Annual Report." After the Banquet that evening, Chuck Bowman, Hollywood director and producer, was the keynote speaker. The title of his address was, "What Are You Trying To Say?"

The 108th Kansas Authors Club Annual Convention and Writing Conference was held October 5-7, 2012 at the Ramada Inn, Salina. The Conference motto was, "Encouraging Words." At the State Board Meeting on the 6th, Tracy Million Simmons, together with Kris Polansky, completed a Youth Book for 2012 for youth who received awards in the 2102 contest. Mennonite Press has provided printing for these books at no charge to KAC. Awards chair, Dr. Alan D'Souza, suggested earmarked funds for Octogenarian awards of $50.00. The awards chair committee included Cynthia Ross, Diane Palka, Don Pady and Tracy Million Simmons. During the General Membership Meeting on the 7th, the following changes to the by-laws were presented, moved, seconded and passed: To be inserted at the end of Article VII—President: "Individuals who have served as State President for at least one year shall continue to be considered members of the board, ad infinitum. Once they have left office, ex-presidents shall be exempt of the requirement of paying annual dues." To replace Article XXVI—Life Membership. Article currently reads: "Life Memberships will not be issued after 1991." Proposed change: "One category of Life Membership shall be awarded to qualifying KAC members over the age of 80, who has been a continuous member for five years immediately prior to the year for which membership dues are permanently waived, shall be awarded an Octogenarian certificate and a small token of recognition." Reference: Article XXVIII—Amendments to the Bylaws: "The Constitution and Bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the membership present at an annual meeting. Proposed amendments must be signed by proponents and must be received by the Recording Secretary prior to any meeting of the Executive Board. However, any Board Member may make amendment in the Board Meeting. Only amendments recommended for adoption by a majority vote of the Executive Board shall be submitted to the general assembly for consideration." The featured speaker for the 2012 Convention was Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, the 2009-2012 Poet Laureate of Kansas. Caryn's keynote address was titled, "Wreckage, Wonder and Ways Through the Impossible; Writing Life's Hard Stuff in Poetry, Fiction and Non Fiction."

The 109th Kansas Authors Club Convention and Writing Conference was held October 4-6, 2013 at the Holiday Inn East in Wichita. The Conference motto was: "Our Town." At the State Board Meeting on the 5th, the president Prem Bajaj, who celebrated his 80th birthday at the convention, thanked the members of the board for cooperating with him and each other. He called the KAC board ideal. Susan Howell made a presentation on reorganization of districts 6 and 7. After much discussion, the board decided to table the issue for one more year. Then Cathy Callen, treasurer, presented financial guidelines to be adopted. [See 2014 Yearbook, pp. 16-17] Fiscal guidelines were new to the club. Funds raised by and for the KAC should be utilized to promote writing by providing educational opportunities at district and state levels, and by rewarding good writing with appropriate recognition by fellow writers. The budget should reflect these emphases by maintaining a healthy flow of financial resources in and out of its accounts. Kristine Polansky moved to accept the guidelines. Tracy Million Simmons seconded the motion and it carried. During the General Membership Meeting on Sunday, the 6th, Doris Schroeder presented a change to article IV in the by-laws for offices of State President and State Vice-Presidents to have term limits of four years. William Karnowski made a motion to accept the change in the by-laws. Reaona Hemmingway seconded the motion and it carried. President Prem Bajaj mentioned that (1) recently the state board did not have any members from minority groups; African-Americans, Latinos, and asked to encourage the members of various minorities to be members and be represented on the Board and, (2) the board's approval of the budget and financial guidelines for 2014 is a milestone for KAC. A question, "What is my budget," by Alan D'souza in early 2011 let to the formation of the budget and guidelines. He expressed thanks to Doris Schroeder, Cathy Callen and members of the budget committee for their work. That evening's keynote speaker, Marci Penner, talked about her book, 8 Wonders of Kansas Guidebook.

The 110th Kansas Authors Club Convention and Writing Conference was held October 10-12, 2014, at the Ramada Inn, Hutchinson, hosted by Districts 6 and 7. The Conference motto was: "Salt of the Earth." At the State Board meeting on the 11th, President William Karnowski called the Board to order. Vicki Julian read the financial report, and had renewed our Charter, and noted that KAC is now 110 years old. Cathy Callen read the Treasurers Report. Roger Cornish, Kansas Eyewitness News broadcaster and keynote speaker, spoke on "Television: Changing More Than Just the Channel." Archivist Don Pady was out of town, but reported that KAC Collection is now located on the second floor of KU's Spencer Library in a private suite. He answered 18 research questions during the year, and is putting finishing touches on a book, History of the Kansas Authors Club: 1904—2014. Dr. Prem Bajaj moved that during the next year, between October 1 and September 30 of the following year, three persons be recognized for enrolling the largest number (but not less than five), of new members of KAC during the period of one year. No old business was discussed during next day's Annual General Membership Meeting, but Tracy Million Simmons asked for "Writers in Community" to report on their projects in working with students to the chair, Raj Bajaj.

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Biographies of State Presidents

Sixty-five presidents have guided the Kansas Authors Club for the past one-hundred- ten years. The organization has evolved from a small literary society to a corporate body with statewide membership. Publications have developed from small pamphlets of literary efforts to annual books including executive and award-winning manuscripts.

The presidents of KAC include governors, senators, doctors, lawyers, college and university professors, teachers, engineers, newspaper editors, poets laureate, and professional writers. Each president has made a distinct contribution to the growth and development of the Kansas Authors Club:

Henry W. Roby (Topeka, KS)

Henry Roby, M.D., was elected first president of the Kansas Authors Club in Topeka on January 4, 1904. At first he presided over weekly meetings, then bi-weekly, and by the end of his first year the members met once a month indifferent homes. At the first annual banquet on February 8, 1905, Dr. Roby recited his poem, "The King of Poesy." For three years he directed the club to expansion from this small group of talented Topekans to statewide membership in 1904-1906. The Robys lived at 2100 Kansas Avenue in Topeka. His term of office ended in 1906. He died August 22, 1920, after a protracted illness, at his home, 410 Lincoln Street, Topeka. Dr. Roby was born in Mt. Gilead, Ohio, June 29, 1847. He enlisted in Company K, 22nd Wisconsin Volunteer infantry in 1862 and served three years. He was captured by the Confederate army and spent one month in Libby prison. From 1867 to 1876 he was official court reporter in Milwaukee and Kenosha counties, Wisconsin. Having read medicine under Dr. E. B. Woolcott of the United States Army, for 6 years, Dr. Roby was admitted to practice. He was general secretary and assistant surgeon of Hahnemann hospital for two years. Coming to Topeka in 1879, Doctor Roby became recognized as a practitioner, and took an active part in medical affairs. He was at various times connected with the surgical staffs of every hospital in Topeka and was a lecturer of surgery for many years. He was secretary of the first board of registration and at one time was a member of the state board of health. In addition to his skill as a physician and surgeon, Doctor Roby was recognized all over the middle west for his literary abilities. He was the author of several treatises of medical subjects, and assisted in the literary work in Burt's Materia Medica and Ludlam's Diseases of Women. He was also one of the editors of The Doctor's Leisure Hour Series, and wrote Early Shorthand and Typewriter Days in the Northwest, published shortly after he entered the practice of medicine. Another accomplishment of Dr. Roby during his long and useful life was the helping to invent and build the first Remington typewriter. He wrote an almost countless number of poems, many of which have been published in Kansas newspapers. Besides his widow, Dr. Roby was survived by a son, Major Albert A. Roby of Brownsville, Texas, and a granddaughter, Marjory Roby, of Topeka.

Eugene Fitch Ware (Topeka, KS)

Eugene F. Ware, Kansas' The unofficial "Poet Laureate of Kansas," was a Civil War veteran, a one-time farmer and harness maker, newspaperman, lawyer and poet became better known by his pen name, "Ironquill." Ware was a pioneer, soldier, lawyer, and one of Kansas' greatest poets. He was a Captain of Iowa troops during the Civil War and came to Kansas in 1866. His poems have received world-wide acclaim, and he was one of the most illustrious presidents KAC has had. He succeeded Dr. Henry Roby and became second president in 1907. During his tenure the Club voted to begin a collection of books by Kansas authors. In 1867, Ware moved to Fort Scott, Kansas, where he became editor of The Fort Scott Monitor, a newspaper owned at the time by Kansas Governor Samuel J. Crawford—who himself was elected president of the club in 1912. He is well remembered by his poem, "Quivera." Successful in all the above activities, he went on to the practice of law and the state senate. Ware died July, 1911 at his summer home at Cascade, Colorado. He dashed off the following lines about Admiral Deweys victory over the Spanish fleet in Manila Bay during the Spanish- American War in 1898: "O Dewey was the morning upon the first of May / And Dewey was the Admiral down in Manila Bay, / And Dewey were the Regent's eyes, / them orbs of Royal Blue / And Dewey feel discouraged? I Dew / Not think we Dew." This verse was a bit of nonsense written while breakfasting with friends, but it became almost widely known as the military action. He also served in the Kansas State Legislature and was U.S. Pension Commissioner from 1902-1905.

William Elsey Connelley (Topeka, KS)

Third president, William Connelley of Chanute, lived with the Wyandot Indians during his childhood. His experiences prepared him for later work as a Kansas historian. His best work, Quantrill and the Border War, was first published in 1910 and revised in 1956. He was also, for many years, secretary of the Kansas Historical Society. Connelley was KAC president one year (1908), but carried out the Club's decision to have departments of Poetry, History, Fiction and Philosophy. Monthly meetings held in the Club room of the Copeland Hotel were not popular and were soon replaced with meetings held in members' homes. Mr. Connelley was leader of the Historical department in 1909. Two of his books, Life of Preston B. Plumb and Wyandot Folk-Lore are also in KU's Spencer Library's "Kansas Collection."

George Pierson Morehouse (Topeka, KS)

George P. Morehouse of Topeka was a charter member who served as vice-president for four terms before being elected 4th state president for two terms, 1909 – 1910. George wrote history, science articles and poetry, and served seventeen years as secretary of the Club. The Morehouse home, "Rest Haven," was host to the KAC for ten years, the Club voted to have Mrs. Morehouse become an honorary member. George recited his poem, "Legend of Lost Springs" at the KAC picnic in 1910. Morehouse, although the most influential man in the club as far as continuing development is concerned, directed membership recruitment, and by 1913 there were more than one hundred members scattered over the state. He was also a state senator from Topeka during 1901-1903. He had served the KAC from the year of its original organization and was honored for his continual service in 1929.

Fred Dumont Smith (Hutchinson, KS)

During his one term as 5th state president of KAC in 1911, the Club elected a Vice President for each of the eight Congressional Districts of Kansas. At the time of his presidency, Fred Dumont Smith was a former senator of Kansas. He presented a reading entitled "Literary Markets" at the annual banquet in 1911.

Samuel J. Crawford (Topeka, KS)

Former Kansas Governor, Samuel J. Crawford, was sixth president of Kansas Authors Club in 1912, and he saw his book, Kansas in the 60s, published during the same year. Crawford's book was presented to KU's "Kansas Authors Club Collection" in the Spencer Library. His quotation " Men are not great except they do and dare" was printed in Kansas in 1866. At the annual banquet Crawford was honored as one of the "Fighting Colonels" from Kansas during the Civil War. The following quotation was taken from the Kansas Authors Club Quotation Year Book 1940: "The great majority of the people of Kansas, from the earliest history, have been true to the principles of freedom…No state more promptly responded to its every call for troops to defend the flag and maintain its honor…Kansas is free and now offers the immigrant a home unsurpassed in riches, beauty and fertility. It is now for us to cultivate this magnificent garden, and make it blossom and bloom with beauty, and bear in rich exuberance the fruits of peace and plenty."

Margaret Hill McCarter (Topeka, KS)

In recognition of equal suffrage in Kansas, Margaret McCarter was elected seventh president from 1913 to 1914. These years were important ones for the club. At the annual meeting, a constitution and bylaws were adopted, and the Club was incorporated under Kansas law with legal rights to acquire and hold property. Under her able leadership, the state was divided into geographic areas identified with Kansas' representative districts. During her tenure of office the districts came into their own. Each elected its own officers, and decided upon its own activities for encouraging young writers, and for setting up contests for all district members. In 1913, the State Office published and distributed the first handbook of club information, a publication which today is compiled and edited annually as the Yearbook. Winifred Slagg of Manhattan was the editor for several years. In this annual publication, just as it appears today, there is more than the constitution and by-laws, the yearly financial statement, the listing of state and district bylaws, and the roster of members. More than half the publication is given to members' literary contributions. Thus it has become an annual anthology. Carter wrote historical fiction about the Kansas area. Twelve of her books are in KU's Spencer Library's "Kansas Authors Club Collection". Her heroes and heroines appear as early Kansans struggling with storms, prairie fires, drought and grasshoppers in settling the land. Familiar titles are The Price of the Prairie, In Old Quivera, and Winning of the Wilderness, plus other Kansas stories. She served as the first woman President in 1913 and 1914. (Her election to the head office of a statewide organization in that day and time evidenced much respect for her personally and individually as well as her abilities as an author). McCarter and Lila Day Monroe, both KAC members and both of whom worked for women's suffrage, launched a "21-plus" club. When they registered to vote, McCarter refused to give her age and was denied a certificate as a registered voter. She appealed to the Kansas Attorney General who ruled that "over 21" was record enough.

Samuel Francis Woolard (Wichita, KS)

Samuel Woolard joined KAC in 1911 and became District Eight's president the same year. He was elected the eighth state president in 1915. In 1914 he was appointed special representative to gather evidence pro/con on the authorship of the poem, "The Call of Kansas." He wrote poetry and fiction, and his book, Real Patriotism, was published in 1916.

William Yost Morgan (Hutchinson, KS)

The ninth state president (1916) of the Kansas Authors Club was William Yost Morgan, Lieutenant Governor of Kansas 1915 through 1919. Morgan wrote history and travel articles. His book, Journey of a Jayhawker, was published by Crane and Company of Topeka in 1905. Morgan was toastmaster at the 13th KAC banquet in 1917. He joined in 1906 and became District Seven's president in 1912. He died in 1932.

May Belleville Brown (Salina, KS)

During May Belleville Brown's term of office in 1917 through 1919 as the 10th president of KAC, the world was in the midst of World War I. During the three years she held office the club branched out into works which would help and encourage young writers. In the years following her presidency, she continued to give impetus to such activities especially through her work as critic and head of the club's fiction department. Her example was emulated by others, among them three professors at Kansas State College who became known as the Manhattan Group: James W. Searson, Nelson Antrim Crawford and H. W. Davis. Under Brown's leadership, the Club prepared The Handbook of Kansas Authors Club's History 1904-1918 for publication. Brown was also a past president of the Kansas Federation of Women's Club. This Salina woman wrote fiction for many magazines.

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James W. Searson (Manhattan, KS)

Dr. James W. Searson was Professor of English at the Kansas State Agriculture College in Manhattan, and was a literary critic, lecturer and author of school readers. He was the 11th President of KAC from 1920 to 1921 after serving as president of his district for several years. During his term of two years he financed a writing award system. Today there are still the annual awards which are announced at luncheon and banquet during the state meeting. He personally financed first prize winnings of one hundred dollars for both best short story and best poetry for two years. Searson presented his essay, "My Dream for Western Writers" as the closing farewell at the annual banquet in 1922. During his term of office as president, membership fees were only $1.00 a year.

Nelson Antrim Crawford (Manhattan, KS)

Professor Nelson Crawford was head of the Journalism Department at Kansas State Agricultural College when he became 12th president (1922-1923) of the Kansas Authors Club. Under his guidance the Club established the Quarterly Bulletin. Through the years of his life membership, from 1918 to his death in 1964, he specialized in prose articles, journalism, fiction and poetry, the Club held regional conferences held in Kansas City, Pittsburg, Dodge City, Hays, Manhattan and Topeka. Crawford might be most remembered for putting Kansas Authors' books on display on the "Book Shelf" at the Kansas Free Fair. Crawford is credited with saying: " If a single writer of marked talent is encouraged to preserve and improve his work through the efforts of this club, it will abundantly have justified its existence. Much more has been accomplished." The Kansas Authors' Bulletin for July, 1923, p. 11, notes that Nelson was awarded the Betty Earle Poetry Prize of $15.00 for the most distinctive poem submitted for an anthology of short vivid verse to be known as "Shells," which Miss Betty Earle was compiling. The contest closed May 1st with more than three thousand entries. The winning poem, "Song," was first published in Poetry, a magazine of verse. Miss Earle said of it: "This poem possesses the sheer loveliness and transparent delicacy of a thin, exquisite shell, itself of the 'luster of blown glass.' Nelson's poem was reprinted below this notice of his poetry prize. He is quoted as saying, "If a single writer of marked talent is encouraged to persevere and improve his work through the efforts of this club [KAC], it will abundantly have justified its existence."

Mae Colburn Patrick (Satanta, KS)

Before becoming the 13th president of the KAC from 1924 to 1925, Mae Patrick was state vice-president of the seventh district. She reported in the April, 1923, Kansas Authors Bulletin that her district was the largest in the state and had the least population. Mae joined KAC in 1915 and remained an active member and writer of fiction and poetry until her death on July 26, 1957, at the age of 81. During the 1920s and 1930s she served as vice chairman and treasurer of the State Republican Central Committee, director of the Kansas Republican Women's Club and delegate to the party's 1924 national convention. She was a member of the state's first Board of Regents, a state officer in the Order of the Eastern Star, and in 1924, she became the fifth woman in the nation's history to carry a state's electoral vote to Washington. She was a guest of President and Mrs. Calvin Coolidge on that occasion. Mae was chiefly interested in fiction and poetry, and was a Life Member for 43 years.

L. Addison Bone (Wichita, KS)

Although he only presided as the 14th president for one year, 1926, L. Addison Bone made a lasting impact on members of the Club's Quarterly Bulletin. Bone encouraged members to consider the Bulletin as such a valuable tool "that they would scramble for a copy." He recommended club news, important general news, a poetry section and a joke column. During his life membership from 1921 to his death in 1934, he wrote about fiction, philosophy, and biographical sketches. He had such a large circle of KAC's members in the Wichita area that they were nicknamed "The Addison Club." He introduced a plan for $25 Life Memberships. This accumulated fund was to be invested with the interest only to be used for annual awards in poetry and prose. This was adopted the following year.

Patricia Cannales Lowdermilk (Galena, KS)

When Mrs. Patricia Lowdermilk was 15th KAC president in 1927, she stressed her pride of all Kansas firsts: In 1903 Kansas legally adopted the Sunflower as the State flower; in 1913 Kansas was the first state-wide writing club to have a woman as President (Margaret Hill McCarter); in 1925 Kansas school children chose the Meadowlark as state bird; in 1927 Kansas was the only writing club in America to broadcast weekly programs.

Patricia Mueller (Topeka, KS)

Mrs. Patricia Mueller joined Kansas Authors Club in 1921 and long remained an active and prominent Life member until her passing in 1976. After being the club's 16th state president for three years (1928–1930) she served as state secretary from 1937 to 1944. Mrs. Mueller was listed in the 1936 Who's Who of American Women. Her poetry was accepted in several anthologies and published by Mitre Press of London. During her presidency, she initiated the successful series of weekly programs on Radio State WIBW in Topeka, in which she invited KAC writers of both prose and poetry to participate.

Dr. John Wray Young, M.D. (Hutchinson, KS)

Dr. John Young , who served a four-month term as 17th KAC president from February to June, 1931, resigned because of poor health. He was the oldest president up to this time. He instigated annual financial statements and audit reports to be given at the convention because the Kansas State Legislature passed a corporate law in 1931 making it necessary to have club business posted with the state. Four years later Dr. Young's idea was put into effect. The publication of audited financial reports became a part of the convention and ultimately of the annual Yearbook.

Dr. Joseph Cook Shaw (Topeka, KS)

Dr.Joseph Shaw joined KAC in 1924 and became District One president in 1930. He was elected 18th state president in July 1931 to replace Dr. John Wray Young, and Dr. Shaw led the club for two more years, 1931-1933. During his terms the club set up a three thousand dollar prose memorial to past president, James W. Searson and a two thousand dollar memorial to George P. Morehouse from the income received from life memberships placed in Kansas Power and Light Preferred Stock in 1926. Dr. Shaw wrote feature and scientific articles as a member for 35 years.

Ruby Phillips Bramwell (Belleville, KS)

Ruby Bramwell lived in Salina when she joined Kansas Authors Club in 1926 as a writer of articles and drama. By the time she was elected the 19th state president in 1934 she had moved to Belleville. After serving one year as president, she became State Drama Department Leader. She continued as an active member until 1970.

I. B. Morgan (Kansas City, KS)

Joining the Kansas Authors Club in 1921, Professor I. B. Morgan, an education specialist from Kansas City, became president of District Two in 1930 and again in 1941/1943. In between he was elected the 20th state president, 1934 through 1936. One of his first duties was to name a first-time auditing committee. Morgan later became state Club Treasurer from 1943 to 1944 During his two terms in office, he placed thirty-eight KAC authors' books in the Woman's Club Library of Topeka. Dr. Morgan was a Life Member whose writing preference was non-fiction. He died in 1946.

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Ceora Belle Lanham (Topeka, KS)

Miss Ceora Lanham lived at 1187 Grand Avenue, Topeka, when she joined KAC in 1910. She immediately went to work as the club's state secretary. In 1932 she took the job of president of District One, and that later led to the 21st state president of the club in 1937. She later took up the office of state secretary again in 1946 to 1955. Miss Lanham was listed in Who's Who of American Women and the Western Writers for the drama and monologues she wrote that were published by Burton Publishing Company of Kansas City.

Harry L. Rhodes (Topeka, KS)

When Harry Rhodes joined KAC in 1932, he listed his address as National Bank of Topeka Building. His writing interests were Science, Philosophy and Ornithology. Rhodes' Bird Notes was published the same year. He wrote a column of "Bird Notes" with questions and answers for the Topeka Daily Capital for eleven years. Rhodes became Kansas Authors Club's 22nd state president in 1938. He served as chairman of the state audit committee for over ten years. His membership extended for twenty-four years.

Jess C. Denious (Dodge City, KS)

While editor of the Dodge City Globe, Jess Denious became 23rd president of KAC for one year in 1939. The next year he became president of the Kansas State Editorial Association at their seventy-fourth annual convention. Denious was Republican Senator of Kansas 1933/1936 from District 37 and 1937/1939 from District 35 of Ford County. He became Kansas Lieutenant Governor on January 11, 1943 and served in that office until 1947. Denious was a Life Member of KAC from 1920 until his death in December 1, 1953.

May Williams Ward (Wellington, KS)

Mrs. May Ward was a fine asset to the Kansas Authors Club in the fifty-two years she was a member—after joining in 1922. She became president of District Five in 1927. As a noted poet with a published book, From Christmas Time to April, she was recommended to membership by former presidents, George Morehouse and John Wray Young. Serving at a state level, May was vice-president in 1939 and advanced to the KAC's 24th presidency in 1940. During her term the Coronado Centennial was held and the KAC put out an extra large yearbook—containing for the first time short prose and poetry of nearly 90% of the membership. There are three of her books in KU's "Kansas Collection." They are In Double Rhythm (1929), Seesaw (1929) and Wheatlands (1954). Another book of poetry, In That Day, published in 1965 by the University of Kansas Press, Bruce Cutler, in the foreword, reminds the reader that Mrs. Ward in her adult life has seen "the coming and going of such poetic movements as imagism, surrealism, formalism and concretism, to name a few." "Yet," he continued, "Her poetry has steered its own steady course." This is as it should be. Each young writer through the years has been encouraged by older, more published KAC members to articulate his/her own thought, to use his/her own talent, to express his/her own voice. Mrs. Ward, in her poem, "The Writer," says it briefly and well: "A writer in his element, this "beat" his final glory: / His the one first-hand account of the great, the ultimate story."

Harry J. Colburn (Topeka, KS)

As the 25th state president of Kansas Authors Club in 1941, Harry Colburn was most noted for enrolling young writers. His best remembered quote was "We'll have to meet in the cemetery if we don't get some younger members." By the time he was elected state vicepresident in 1940, a year before his appointment to the presidency, he had been a member of the club for almost twenty years. His membership stretched from 1924 to 1956.

Flora I. Godsey (Emporia, KS)

As a poet and historian, Flora Godsey joined KAC in 1924 in what was then District Four. She remained a member for the next 36 years. In 1927 she became the president of her district, then state vice-president under Harry J. Colburn before becoming 26th state president in 1942. During her one-year term she had the Club honor all members who were serving in the U.S. military with full-page coverage in the KAC Yearbook. She was the first Life Member of KAC.

Allen Crafton (Lawrence, KS)

Professor Allen Crafton, the 27th president of KAC, was the founder and former chairman of the Speech and Drama Department at the University of Kansas. The Theater has been named for him, and Crafton was credited of directing one-hundred plays at KU. During his two-year presidency, 1943—1944, he tried to stimulate interest in young, potential writers of high school and college age. Through Allen's efforts, KAC began to offer awards for literary attainments by Kansas youth. Some districts carried out this plan, but many lost interest. However, his Yearbook contained many contributions of young talent. Crafton is remembered for his 1927 poem, "A Song for the Prairies."

Blanche M. Irving (Haviland, KS)

Blanche Irving joined Seventh District in 1936 as a writer of drama, fiction and poetry. She became that district's president in 1942 and was elected state vice-president in 1943-1944 before she rose to the Club's 28th state president in 1945. Her son Kenneth was a WWII casualty and she was unable to continue her year. Her 1945 Yearbook was dedicated to her late son and other Kansans who gave their lives for their country. All conventions were cancelled that year, and balloting for elections was carried on through U.S. Mail service. Mrs. Irving retained her membership until 1975, even though most of her later years she was a resident of Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Robert W. Conover (Manhattan, KS)

Robert Conover was head of the English Department at Kansas State University when he joined the Fourth District of KAC in 1945 and was immediately elected state vice-president. He moved up to the KAC's 29th presidency in 1946 when Blanche Irving moved to New Mexico. Conover was the former editor of the Kansas Magazine. His motto was "Not to the Stars," which could be interpreted: "Down to the Earth", "Keep Your Nose to the Computer," or, "Be Wise–Revise." KSU still gives an annual "Robert W. Conover Award" in his honor.

Tillie Karnes-Newman (Coffeyville, KS)

Mrs. Tillie Karnes-Newman joined District Three of the Kansas Authors Club in 1936. She wrote history, fiction and poetry. Her first published book was Black Dog Trail, a story of the Osage Indians. In 1942 she became vice president of her district. Then she moved up to district presidency in 1943 and 1944. In 1946 she was elected state vice president and on to KAC's 30th state president in 1947--1948. Mrs. Newman also served as state contest chairwoman in 1953 and 1965-1966 and KAC Yearbook editor in 1957/1958. Tillie was recognized for increasing club funds and presenting members' manuscripts beyond the pulps. She is quoted as saying in 1964: "My term was flamboyant / Slick magazines our judges! / Life Members paid fifty dollars / There were no little grudges." Tillie died in 1979 at 94 years of age.

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Earl K. Hillbrand (Topeka, KS)

Dr. Earl Hillbrand, Dean of the University of Wichita, joined District Five of the Kansas Authors Club in 1945. By the time he was elected state Vice-President of KAC in 1948, he was on the faculty of Washburn University in Topeka. As KAC's 31st state President from 1949 and 1950, Hillbrand was especially interested in encouraging male members in the state-wide writing club. During his terms in office, he judged for the Texas Poetry Society and for the Kansas Federation of Woman's Clubs. He continued his membership until his death in 1962.

Mamie A. Boyd (Mankato, KS)

Mrs. Frank (Mamie) W. Boyd became the 32nd KAC state president in 1951–1952, after joining the club in 1936, and being elected to the presidency of Sixth District in 1938. A writer of articles and a journalist, she wrote columns for the Jewell County Record, as Associate Editor for many years. One column was entitled "Hourly Chatter," another was "Main Street" and one was just "MAB." During her two-year term the club voted to have a club lapel pin of blue and gold. Other KAC officers backing Mrs. Boyd were Thomas Burton, Vice-President, Ceora Lanham, secretary, Raymond Taggart, Treasurer, and Judge Harry K. Allen, Parliamentarian—all from Topeka. "Every Member Get a Member" is a cry that rings out in her Yearbook. Her slogan for thought, "Keep beautiful pictures on the walls of your mind. They are the windows through which you see the world." She urged growth of membership and improvement in the quality of writing.

Thomas E. Burton (Topeka, KS)

Mr. Thomas Burton joined KAC in 1941 and was president of District One in 1943 and again from 1948—1950. In the meantime he also held the office of state treasurer from 1945—1949. In 1951—1952 he was state vice-president and the 33rd state president from 1953—1954. Burton was also state contest manager in 1961. A quote from Thomas Burton goes like this: "Imagination is the ink in pens writers use. Words are the taxicabs we hire to help take ideas to the public. That transportation must not be carelessly chosen from the thousands parked in the Dictionary Garage." He was a civil engineer, and is recognized for his effective and original style of direction and inspiration, and his indefatigable efforts in the Kansas Authors Club.

Hanna Moore Krammes (Topeka, KS)

Hanna Krammes lived in Arkansas City when she joined Kansas Authors Club in 1936; her application form requesting membership stated that she wrote fiction. In the early 1940s she moved to Topeka and was District One's President in 1944 and 1945. In 1946 she won first prize in the KAC contest with her short-story, "A Snare of Perfume." This tale then appeared in the 1947 KAC Yearbook. Mrs. Krammes served as state vice-president of the club in 1953 and 1954 before becoming the 34th state president for two years in 1955 and 1956.

Ida Ellen Rath (Dodge City, KS)

Mrs. Ida Rath was Ida Ellen Drinkwater when she joined Kansas Authors Club in 1929 from Dodge City. In the same year she founded Dodge City's Writers Guild. For the next twenty years she was busy writing features, history, poetry and fiction. It was in 1933 that she became president of District Seven for two years and served another two-year terms starting in 1949. Ever busy, Mrs. Rath served as state contest manager in 1954, before accepting the state Vicepresidency in 1955. In that same year her first book, Year of Charles, was published. She became the 35th state president from 1957 through 1958. Her book, The Rath Trail, is the story of frontiersman Charles Rath and cattle herds from Rath City, Texas, to Dodge City in the 1870's. As a consistent and faithful worker in the Kansas Authors Club, she was recognized for her tireless efforts on behalf of the annual Yearbook, of which she has been chairwoman several times. Her personnel credo included the couplet, "From out of the past we drifted at last / To the dawn of a brighter day." This quotation symbolized her optimistic outlook and for her vigor as a willing worker whenever needed.

Adele Mehl Burnett (Pittsburg, KS)

Mrs. Adele Burnett joined KAC in 1937 and was a member until her death in 1971. In 1946 she taught two courses in Victorian Poetry at Kansas State Teachers College in Pittsburg, and two of modern poetry of contemporary literature. She wrote fiction, poetry and articles. In 1954 and 1955 Adele served as president of District Three and became the club's Yearbook editor in 1956. In 1957 and 1958 she was elected state vice-president, and served as the 36th state president during the years of 1959 and 1960. After she served as president, she was confined to the Wheeling Hospital, in Wheeling, West Virginia, for lengthy periods. She did not state the cause of her confinement there.

Hazel M. Hardtarfer (Sedgwick, KS)

Mrs. Hazel Hardtarfer joined District Five in 1939 as a journalist and poet. She retained her life membership until her death in 1984. In 1951 and 1952 Hazel served as secretary-treasurer for her district. In 1951 she won the state Poet Laureate contest of the Kansas Federation of Women Club, and she been the editor for the Kansas Clubwoman for the past four years. She was elected state vice-president for Kansas Authors Club during Adele Burnett's presidency and moved up to be the 37th state president in 1961 and 1962. She used as her motto, "Whatsoever is your dream," quoted from Harry W. Stanley's poem, "Today." "You are man, mind, alchemist, creator, who can turn time into gold or into whatsoever is your dream." She added, "And what you dare to dream, dare to do." She was recognized as one who directed latent talents to creative activity, to make dreams come true.

Charlotte M. Offen (El Dorado, KS)

Mrs. Harold (Charlotte) Offen joined District Five in 1949 as a writer of fiction and poetry. She became her district's president in 1957 and served as state contest manager in that same year. Mrs. Offen served the KAC as recording secretary in 1961 and 1962 and then became the 38th state president in 1963 and 1964. In 1962 Charlotte reported editing the social page for the El Dorado Times, six day a week, eight hours a day. She had articles published in The Kansas City Star, The Little Rock Gazette, and many other newspapers and magazines. Her theme was, "We build a Ladder." Her motto, "Today's defeat may be the key to Tomorrow's Success." Mrs. Offen instituted the "Recognition Service for Past Presidents," at the annual convention held in the Jayhawk Hotel in Topeka, October 1963. She was given much praise and credit for initiating a lovely service. Also at this 1963 convention her beautiful song "Bethlehem Cradle Song" was sung by the girls of the Washburn choral group. Her song was recognized throughout the country as one of lasting value and beauty. Her publisher predicted it will take its place in history along with such old favorites as Brahms "Lullaby," "Sweet Little Jesus Boy," and other songs of the Christmas season. She was acknowledged for her concern for all Past Presidents—the memory of whom she wished to keep alive.

Virginia L. Reichart (Valley Falls, KS)

The 39th state president of Kansas Authors Club, Virginia Reichart, joined District One in 1958 and wrote poetry, fiction and non-fiction. She served as president of her district in 1963 and 1964, and was elected state vice-president in 1964. During the next two years she assumed the duties of the 39th state President for 1965 to 1966. Virginia was also appointed state archivist in 1983 and served for one year. She remained active and kept her membership until the year 2000.

Lena Hall Spencer (Sedan,KS)

Lena Spencer joined District Three in 1929. She was one of our oldest members when she passed away in 1991. She became president of her district in 1946 and served two years. Much later Lena was elected state recording secretary for 1963 and 1964. The following two years she was the state vice-president and then became the 40th state president in 1966 and 1967. She wrote non-fiction articles.

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C. M. Drennan (Arkansas City, KS)

Mr. C. M. Drennan joined Kansas Authors Club in 1958 as a non-fiction writer. His book, The Spirit of Modern Criticism was published in 1922 by the University Tutorial Press. In 1966 and 1967 he was appointed state Yearbook editor, and was elected the 41st state president for the 1967/1968 year. He died in 1971.

William E. Koch (Manhattan, KS)

Mr. William Koch joined KAC in 1963 as a member of District One. He was state vice-president during C. M. Drenman's presidency and served as 42nd state president from 1968 through 1970. He also was president of District One in 1978 and 1979. Koch was an Associate Professor of English and Folklore at Kansas State University. During that period he became president of the Kansas Folklore Society, and he sang old folk songs of the Great Plains.

Helena W. Anderson (Peru, KS)

Helena Anderson put her little, southeast hometown of Peru in the spotlight by becoming Kansas Authors Club's 43rd state president in 1970/1971. She joined District Three in 1954 and wrote fiction and poetry. She served as president of District Three for one term in 1967, and she was elected state vice-president under William Koch.

Henry H. Malone (Wichita, KS)

When Mr. Henry Malone joined the Kansas Authors Club in 1968, he was one of fifty-eight new members joining District Five that year. He was immediately elected vice-president of his district and advanced to the presidency the following year. The next year he became the state vice-president and moved up to the 44th state president in 1971/1972. When Henry had time, he enjoyed writing non-fiction articles.

Sister Emanuela O'Malley (Salina, KS)

Sister Emanuela O'Malley joined District Four in 1968. On her membership application from Marymount College in Salina, she listed her writing interests as: poetry, non-fiction and academic articles. She soon immersed herself in the workings of the club. She took the job as KAC Yearbook editor in 1971, but gave it up to be state vice-president the following year. She was elected 45th state president at the 1972 convention and served through 1974. In 1991 Sister O'Malley won the prestigious J. Donald Coffin Award for her book, Cloud of Darkness, concerning apartheid in Africa written after a sojourn there where she represented her religious order.

Dr. Harley J. Stucky (Newton, KS)

Professor Harley Stucky was on the faculty of Friends University when he joined KAC's District Five in Wichita in 1966. In 1971 he became district president and from there advanced to thes tate vice-president's office in 1973 and 1974. He then held the office of the state KAC 46th president from 1974 to 1976. Dr. Stucky was also president of The Swiss Mennonite Cultural and Historical Association, and spent much time editing/writing the European History of the Swiss Mennonites from Volhynia.

Paul R. Sanders (Belle Plaine, KS)

Paul Sanders was one of the many who joined District Five in 1966. He held the office of president for his district in 1973 and became state vice-president for 1975 and 1976. Then he held the office of the 47th state president in 1977. Sanders produced "A Summer County Pageant" in Wellington in 1961 and again in 1966 with live horses and hundreds of people who toured throughout the county. With his wife, Gwendolyn, he wrote The Sumner County Story in 1966 and The Harper County Story in 1968.

Isabel Doerr Campbell (Larned, KS)

In 1926 Isabel Campbell, a poet, joined District Seven. In 1962 she was in charge of the High School Writing Contest. This was her 16th year working the youth contest and award ceremony. An article by Isabel, "Larned's First Flag Integrated," won First Place in the Native Son's and Daughter's Factual Story Contest in 1962. She became the state's vice-president in 1977 and was the state's 48th president in 1978 and 1979—when Kansas Authors Club celebrated its 75th Birthday in Topeka. She was a life member for more than 60 years.

Lily D. Angle (Wichita, KS)

Mrs. Lily Angle joined District Five of the KAC in 1968 as a poet. She set an example for all writers by being the most consistent contributor of her poetry to the annual yearbooks. Service to the club began in 1977 when she was elected president of District Five and state vice-president in 1978 and 1979. Then in 1980, Lily served as the 23rd woman to be the 49th state president. An active KAC member for many years, Lily had always been a valuable asset to the organization. She was a creative member of District 5 from the moment she joined and was elected District 5 President. Well known in the Wichita area as an outstanding poet, teacher and lecturer, she was recognized throughout Kansas as an outstanding poet, teacher and lecturer, she was recognized throughout the state for her fine work. She received an award for Service to the club in 1983, and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. In addition, Lily's merits extended as Yearbook editor from 1982 to 2004.

Carroll Jean Jones (Topeka, KS)

This writer of poetry and non-fiction articles joined District One of the KAC in 1972. Carroll Jones kept busy as president of her district from 1977 through 1980. That year she moved into the office of state vice-president before becoming the 50th state president of the KAC from 1981-1982.

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Ruth M. Lyon (Independence, KS)

This noted non-fiction writer joined District Three of KAC in 1979 and was elected president of her district for the 1981 and 1982 years. Ruth Lyon became state vice-president in 1982, and she became the 51st state president for both 1983 and 1984. For many years Mrs. Lyon was in charge of District Three's non-member writing contest; in 1986 she began sponsoring the Ruth M. Lyon Kansas History Book Award.

Dr. Raymond Stanley Nelson (Wichita, KS)

Three years after joining District Five in 1979, Dr. Raymond Nelson accepted the office of district president through three years through 1984. He also served as state vice president for 1983 and 1984. He then was elected as 52nd state president for two years, 1984—1986. Dr. Nelson served as state contest manager and worked with the state youth writing contest. As a prolific poet he published many books of his poetry. He was awarded the J. Donald Coffin Award in 1982 for his book, Not By Bread Alone. He again served as president of his district in 1998 and 1999. Before his active work in KAC, he was a Museum Specialist Emeritus of the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, in Washington, D.C.

Elizabeth E. House (Lawrence, KS)

Elizabeth House wore many hats during her membership years after joining Kansas Authors Club in 1975. She consistently contributed her poetry to the club's annual Yearbook. One of her hats was being district treasurer from 1979 through 1986. Then she was elected District Two president from 1987 through 1992. In 1985 Mrs. House chaired the state writing contest. In her report she credited the many new members in the state to the non-member writing contests. Then she served as state vive-president in 1986 and as 53rd state president in 1987 and 1988.

Robert N. Lawson (Topeka, KS)

This 54th state president of Kansas Authors Club joined in 1978. By 1981 Dr. Robert Lawson had become president of District One for a two-year term. In 1986 he served as district vice-president, followed by the district president office again in 1987 through 1989. In 1988 Lawson was elected state vice-president, and a year later served as state president. His poetry can be found through-out the club's Yearbooks during his membership. In 2001 his book, Bridge of Dreams was completed and published in a complete version and in 24 separately-bound chapters.

Barbara Booth (Clay Center, KS)

Barbara Booth, a writer of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, joined KAC District Four in 1979 and supported the organization during her 36+ years of membership. She first became contest chairperson for her district in 1981, then district secretary in 1984 and district president in 1984 through 1988. This diligent woman was appointed state parliamentarian, an office she held through the years since 1982, as well as serving the elective office of state assistant recording secretary starting in 1992+. She was the 55th state president serving in 1990 and 1991. In 2012 she was given both the Octogenarian Award and a certificate for having completed over 20 years of dedicated service. She has been a mainstay to the club, serving in any capacity that was asked of her. Then she became State Parliamentarian for several years.

William L. Lambert (Liberal, KS)

District Seven member, Bill Lambert, joined KAC in 1985 and became District 7 President in 1986. That same year he took on the duties for the state for the next three years assistant recording secretary. In 1988 his book Sandscripts, Word Pictures of Life was published, and he received the J. Donald Coffin Award for it in 1989. In 1990, his book Ode to St. Patrick was published and so was his book Sandscripts II in 1991. After serving 1990 as state vicepresident, he became the 56th state president for 1992 and 1993. Mr. Lambert started the statewide "Writers in the Schools" project in 1994. He passed away June 19, 2004.

Margaret K. Nelson (Wichita, KS)

Before Margaret Nelson became state president in 1994 and 1995, she had been a member for twelve years and had made a name for herself as a member who could get things done. She started out as the secretary for District Five in 1989 and moved on to that district's presidency in 1990. In 1992 Margaret was elected as state vice-president, and in 1994 to 1995, was promoted to the 57th State president. Copies of her book Berky that was published in 1976 and In the Shadow of the Tower, a history of Friends University in 1998, that she co-authored with her husband, Raymond, are preserved in the "Kansas Authors Club" collection in KU's Spencer Library. This writing couple has chaired the state's writing contest as well as the state's Youth Writing Contest. They originated the Nelson Poetry Book Award in 2002, and although after she died on June 23, 2005, this annual prize is awarded by her husband, Raymond.

Fern Morrow Wood (Cherryvale, KS)

Nine years before Mrs. Fern Wood's book, Benders: Keepers of the Devil's Inn, was published in 1992, she joined Kansas Authors Club and became secretary of District Three in 1988 and 1989. A year later, she started a four-year term as district president. Also in 1991, she served as the state poetry contest manager. In 1992 she was elected to a two-year term as state recording secretary, and in 1996 and 1997 became the 58th state president. Mrs. Wood had the book Pop and Bud published in 1987. She helped her district publish an anthology in 1990, entitled Memories of a Country School. She was named Cherryvale Middle School's Volunteer of the Year in 1997. She published another book in 2000, entitled Born To Teach.

Julia Ann Dagenais (Wichita, KS)

In 1983 Julia Dagenais joined District Five as a writer of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. She was elected secretary of her district for four terms in 1990, and corresponding secretary in 1993 through 1997. Then Julia was elected state recording secretary for three years starting in 1993. Taking the next step upward she became the state vice-president in 1995. She served three years in this position before becoming the 59th state president in 1998 to 1999. Poetry by this active member can be read in the club's Yearbooks.

Ann Fowler (Herington, KS)

Ann Fowler wrote poetry and fiction when she joined District Four in 1993. But soon she became a busy officer for KAC by accepting the nomination as district secretary in 1994/1995. In 1996/1997 she served as district president. Also during those two years she was appointed chairperson for "Writers in the Schools." At the 1997 annual meeting she was elected state vice-president for 1998/ 2000, then as 60th state president for the years 2000 to 2001. She was presented with the KAC Service Award in 2002, and in October of 2004, Ann took over the job as state Yearbook editor.

Patricia K. Ferguson (Kansas City, KS)

The 61st state president of the KAC, Patricia Ferguson, joined District Two in 1991. The next year she began a two-year term as district vice-president. Following that, she served eight years as district president. During 1998 she was treasurer as well as president. Beginning is 2000 Pat served two years as state vice-president followed by two years (2002-2003) as state president. In 2001 she began to sponsor the Ferguson Kansas History Award. Then in 2002 she received the Club's Service Award.

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Doris Schroeder (Hutchinson, KS)

When Doris Schroeder joined KAC in 1983, she was a member of District Seven until 1989 when the districts were reorganized, and she found that she was now a member of District Six. In 1996 she was elected secretary of her district for two years, and in 2000 she was elected district president for two years. That same year she took the office of state recording secretary, and in 2002 she assumed the duties of state vice-president for two years. During that time, Doris also took the office of state recording secretary, then assumed the duties of state vice-president for two years. She then served KAC's 62nd state president (2004 to 2006)

Joann Williams (Princeton, KS)

Joann Williams joined Kansas Authors Club in January 10, 1996. She assumed the presidency of District Two in 2002, succeeding Patricia Ferguson when Pat became KAC's state president. Joann remained District Two president until elected 63rd State President from 2007 to 2010 – a position she held for four years. The accomplishment of which Joann is most proud occurred in the spring of 2010, when she assisted in finally obtaining the Federal 501(c)(3), Income Tax Exempt status for KAC, a not-for-profit classification that KAC deserved (and should have had, since its inception in 1904.

Prem Nath Bajaj (Wichita, KS)

Dr. Prem Bajaj, Ph.D., immigrated to the United States in 1965 and moved to Wichita, Kansas in 1968 where he joined the Wichita State University Faculty. He has since retired, but remains active volunteering with AARP, Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and various campus organizations. Prem joined KAC March 3, 2007 and noted on his application that he was interested in writing about journalism and religion. Because of his administrative, leadership and financial skills, he served as state financial secretary, 2007/2008, and state treasurer from 2008 – 2010, and 64th state president from 2011 to 2013. Several of his articles on leadership appear in KAC's Yearbook, and he was presented with a Service Award in 2010.

Willam (Bill) J. Karnowski (Wamego, KS)

Bill Karnowski joined District 1 of KAC during the summer of 2004 and now is a member of District 4. He lives near the village of Laclede. Bill established the Karnowski Youth Poetry Contest in 2006 for youth ages 5–18. Elected President of District 4 in 2007, he later became KAC State Vice President in 2010–2013, and State President in 2014. He has published over 100 poems in Kansas Plus, Weekly Capital-Journal Magazine, and has won numerous KAC Poetry Contest Awards. He is the author of six poetry books, including: Pushing the Chain (2003); The Hills of LaClede (2004); Painting the Train (2005); Catching the Rain (2007); Dispensation (2010); True Tales Hard Tails, and Sodhouse Green.

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Pictures of KAC Presidents

Henry W. Roby, President 1904-06Eugene F. Ware, President 1907William Elsey Connelley, President 1908George Pierson Morehouse, Presidnet 1909-10Fred Dumont Smith, President 1911Governor Samuel J. Crawford, President 1912Margaret Hill McCarter, President 1913-14Samuel Francis Woolard, President 1915Lt. Governor William Yost Morgan, President 1916May Belleville Brown, President 1917-19James W. Searspm. {resodemt 1920-21Nelson Antrim Crawford, President 1922-23Mae Colburn Patrick, President 1924-25L. Addison Bone, President 1926Patricia Cannales Lowdermilk, President 1927Patricia Mueller, Presidnet 1928-30Doctor John Wray Young, President Feb-June 1931Doctor Joseph C. Shaw, President 1931-33Ruby Phillips Bramwell, President 1934Professor I.B. Morgan, President 1934-36Ceora Belle Lanham, President 1937Harry L. Rhodes, President 1938J.C. Denious, President 1939May Williams Ward, President 1940Professor H.J. Colburn, President 1941Flora L. Godsey, President 1942Allen Crafton, President 1943-44Blanche Irving, President 1945Robert Conover, President 1946Tillie Karnes-Newman, President 1947-48Dr. Earl K. Hillbrand, President 1949-50Mrs. Frank W. Body, President 1951-52Thomas E. Burton, President 1953-54Hanna Moore Krammes, President 1955-56Ida Ellen Rath, President 1957-58Adele Mehl Burnett, President 1959-60Hazel M. Hardtarfer, President 1961-62Charlotte M. Often, President 1963-64Virigina L. Reichart, President 1965-66Lena Spencer, President 1966-67C.M. Drennan, President 1968William E. Koch, President 1969-1970Helena W. Anderson, President 1970-1971Henry H. Malone, President 1971-72Sister Emanuela O'Malley, President 1972-74Dr. Harley J. Stucky, President 1975-76Paul Sanders, President 1977Isabel Doerr Campbell, President 1978-79Lily D. Angle, President 1980Carroll Jones, President 1981-82Ruth M. Lyon, President 1983-84Dr. Raymond Stanley Nelson, President 1984-86Elizabeth House, President 1987-88Dr. Robert N. Lawson, Presidnet 1989Barbara Booth, President 1990-91William L. Lambert, President 1992-93Margaret K. Nelson, President 1994-95Fern M. Wood, President 1996-97Julia Dagenais, Prsident 1998-99Ann Fowler, President 2000-01Patricia Gerguson, President 2002-03Doris Schroeder, President 2004-06Joann Williams, President 2007-10Dr. Prem N. Bajaj, President 2011-13William J. Karnowski, President 2014-

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KAC Logos

KAC logo, 1904-1918

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KAC logo, 1922-1923

KAC logo 1923

KAC logo 1932-1989

KAC logo 1959

KAC logo, 1990-2006

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KAC Library
Kansas Authors Club Library

The Kansas Authors Club voted in 1907 to begin a collection of all books by Kansas authors. [pp. 7-8, KAC History 1904-1924] In 1913 a constitution and by-laws prepared by George Pierson Morehouse, Secretary, were adopted by unanimous vote of the club at the annual meeting in March, to be effective in April 1913. The KAC Constitution and By-Laws, published in the 1913 KAC Yearbook [pp. 22-26], included in Article IX, Library of Kansas Books: "The Club having commenced the collection of a library of books and pamphlets by Kansas authors, all such, as shall from time to time be acquired, shall be preserved by the Secretary and properly labeled as the property of the Kansas Authors Club. Whenever such collection becomes large enough, the Club shall provide for keeping same for public use, at some central place in the City of Topeka." Because the KAC wanted to increase its collection of Kansas publications, all authors and friends of Kansas literature were invited to add to this collection of books, pamphlets, monographs and poems by Kansas authors—whether or not they belonged to KAC.. But since a good number of Kansas libraries also had an interest in collecting local and state literary publications for their own libraries, it was somewhat magnanimous of KAC members to constantly be on the lookout for (and to buy) books and send them in to KAC control for safe keeping.

George Pierson Morehouse served as Vice-President, President and as Secretary. As Secretary he housed the KAC Library at his home at 216 West Eighth, Topeka, with his own private collection. The Morehouse home, known as West Haven, was open for all club members for meetings or use of the library. Mr. Morehouse resigned his office in KAC in October 1933 because of ill health. But ten years earlier, Morehouse agreed to loan some of the library's collection for display at the Kansas Free State Fair, September 10-15, 1923, in Topeka.

It was a great success! Thousands visited it and said so. Nothing like it was ever at a state fair, in any state! Owing to lack of time and unfinished quarters, it was not as complete or attractive as it should have been. But it was a start, and it was the intention to make it a permanent department of this great Mid-West Exposition, which soon changed its name to the Kansas State Fair. For the most part it was an exhibition of books, but the literary output of many of the best Kansas writers was published in magazines and newspapers, and were also recognized.

When Phil Eastman, manager of the State Fair, asked KAC to gather such a display, he realized that preparation time was short. Many of our members and writers were away on vacations. Some even discouraged it. Topeka's Crane Publishing Company furnished a large collection of Kansas books they had published, and the Hall Book and Stationery Company furnished a fine collection of books by Kansans which they kept on sale. But the spacious quarters beneath the new $200,000 grandstand of the Fair were as yet unfinished, and who would furnish the book cases and tables for all the rare and valuable volumes to be displayed? This was solved by the widely-known furniture firm of Emahizer and Spielman through its manager Mr. Jacobs—and all was soon ready.

Books from individual Kansas writers came in slowly, and as a last resort, the KAC took in a hundred or more autographed copies from its own collection to fill the cases. But who should help the secretary arrange the display but Mrs. Lillian G. McDowell, Mrs. Patricia Mueller and Mrs. Elizabeth Munn Grote, all of Topeka, came to the rescue and arranged the books?! The books were classified as poetry, fiction, history and miscellaneous. There were books by Kansas writers from 1850s up to 1923. Two floor show cases displayed numerous poetical books and booklets, some with open pages. Several portraits of well-known Kansas authors were on the walls, along with some illuminated poetical display cards of Kansas poets like Ignatious Murphy, Bagdasar K. Baghdigian, L. H. Schoof, Patricia Mueller, Minnie Faye Davis, and others. To fill one large, empty display case, some old, strong vellum-bound volumes were displayed to compare with the style and binding of present-day books—much to the admiration by students, printers and publishers. For five days, until 9:00 at night, a stream of many thousand visitors passed by and many stopped to ask about some favorite Kansas authors and to inspect this, the largest collection of Kansas literature ever displayed in one place. Young grade-school children would search for some familiar book, along with the stooping veteran with the bronze button, who would admire some work which told of Kansas conflicts and the trials of its pioneer life.

This large collection of Kansas books was educational, inspirational and practical for Kansas authors, past and present, and their literature never before held such a large reception. On each of five days of this Kansas Free Fair, over fifty-thousand people were within the fairgrounds. The KAC book exhibit was well located, just between the University of Kansas collection and the fine exhibit of editions and manuscripts of Rev. Charles M. Sheldon's unique display.

This KAC Book Shelf exhibit again placed Kansas in the lead in forward movements of progress; for it was often remarked, "Something new for a State Fair." No nation or people can ever rise higher in the scale of cultured civilization.

Succeeding KAC secretaries left the books in the Morehouse home until that building and property was acquired by the Catholic Church of the Assumption. According to the church office records, the place was identified as a library in the September 1936 insurance notations. In 1938 the Catholic School was built on this and adjacent properties.

With the Kansas Authors Club Library now without a place to shelve its books, the current secretary, Patricia Mueller, was authorized by the board to provide for the keeping of the library. The books were classified and cataloged, and with two bookcases (which cost $18, and drayage $2.00) were placed in the Library of the Topeka Woman's Club. Miss Ceora Lanham, Vice President, had the 381 volumes placed in this library. [see Executive Board Meeting, January 25, 1936, in KAC Yearbook]

A letter from the recording secretary of the Topeka Woman's Club expressed appreciation for the valuable addition to their library which would be enjoyed by the club members. [1935 KAC Yearbook, p. 83, April 22, 1936] Yet the books of the KAC Library at the Topeka Woman's Club were under Woman's Club rules, and only their club members had access to the KAC Library. Since the original purpose of the KAC Library was to make it available to the public, KAC members wanted to remove control of the book collection in the Woman's Club. KAC needed to find a way to move the book collection out of the Woman's Club and into a central place in Kansas where it would be open to the public.

When the KAC Constitution and By-Laws were amended in 1943, no mention was made concerning the Library. These were war years and since the library had a safe home, interest in it lagged. Again, in 1958, the Constitution and By-Laws were revised, but reference to the library was neglected. Meeting places for the annual conferences were then held in the seven districts, and rotated in numerical order. But at the October, 1958 conference in Topeka, a resolution was passed to collect the KAC books in the Topeka Woman's Club and send them to the Forsythe Library, at the Fort Hays State College, Hays, Kansas. But, no action was taken until Ms. Imogene Chase, Chairman of the Library Committee of the Topeka Woman's Club, wrote to Mrs. Ernest E. (Charlotte M "Betty ") Offen on April 5, 1966. It this letter, Ms. Chase wrote that "It is our pleasure to grant you the release approval requested. We regret that our library of the many fine books we have shared for thirty years [since 1936], but can certainly understand your wish to place them in a location where greater use may be made of them."

Betty Offen replied in a letter of April 20, 1966, that KAC would consider one of two places (i.e., Fort Hays State University in Hays, or the Salina Public Library). Salina won the decision, whereupon a truck was obtained to transport the books to the Salina Public Library. The books and the two bookcases remained there in public circulation until 1986. In September, 1986, a District 2 member by the name of DeAnne L. Rosen, wrote to Ms. Sheryl K. Williams at the Kansas Collection of KU's Spencer Research Library concerning the KAC Library. After reviewing the list of books owned by KAC, Sheryl responded favorably to DeAnne, writing on September 30, 1986, that "I think the collection is especially appropriate for the Kansas Collection. We would be very happy to have the Kansas Authors Club Library in our collection. It would be of direct benefit to many of our patrons, both now and in the future."

"The collection of books," Sheryl added, "would be kept together and identified as the Kansas Authors Club Library. Additions to the collection would always be accepted. All of the books would always be available to members of the Kansas Authors Club, as well as to anyone interested in using them. All materials would be cataloged through a national data base that would make scholars across the country aware of their existence. Updated lists of the collection would be provided to the organization at no expense."

"By placing materials here, you would also have the advantage of keeping the books in a secure environment. The temperature in Spencer Research Library is maintained at 700 F, and the humidity level kept at 50% at all times to provide a safe environment for historical materials."

Lily D. Angle (District 5, Wichita) responded to Sheryl Williams on October 6, 1986, writing that "the KAC met in annual session, October 5, 1986, and voted to accept the offer to house the KAC Library Collection in the Spencer Research Library according to the conditions set forth in your letter. The books listed, and checked by your staff, are contained in 9 boxes approximately 16 x 11 x 13 inches, [were] sitting in my home at 3610 Country Club, Wichita, KS. Several more [books] have been added since the list was typed. We will list those and put them in a separate box, for a total of 10 boxes." Lily Angle had previously packed the KAC books in the Salina Public Library and taken to her home, pending instructions from KU's Spenser Library on transporting the books from Wichita to Lawrence. A more formal "Certificate of Gift" from Sheryl Williams appears on the next page.

In 2014 the current location of the Kansas Authors Club Collection was moved from the first floor to the Johnson Room, Room 350, on the third floor. The collection of over 1,600 titles is now housed in beautiful, locked shelves in a well-lighted room with a long table and chairs for those wishing to do research. Titles are non-circulating, so they cannot be checked out of the library. But when titles are requested in that room, a staff attendant can unlock appropriate shelf doors to get the books for a patron.

Certificate of Gift
Select the document, above, to view a readable version.
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The KAC Internet Web Site

The Kansas Authors Club Web Site was initially established in September, 1995, on an Internet facility in the Department of History at the University of Kansas, Lawrence. Since this facility, Ralph Dagenais wrote on April 12, 2002, was part of the state university's infrastructure, it was basically funded by the taxpayers of the state of Kansas. The purpose of the Department of History's Internet Site was to provide a place for residents of Kansas and others to share information about the history and lore of the state with interested historians and writers.

Arrangements for the use of this facility by the Kansas Authors Club were made by John Dagenais, son of KAC members Ralph and Julie Dagenais. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree at KU in 1971 and a Master of Science in History degree at KU in 1976, John moved on to other universities, but maintained a strong friendship with Professor Lynn Nelson, Chairman of the KU History Department, over the years. It was through this friendship between the two university professors that permission was obtained in 1995 to establish the KAC web site at KU. John Dagenais set up the site with Ralph (then KAC State Financial Secretary) and Julie Dagenais (then KAC Prose Contest Chairman) as webmasters. John, Ralph and Julie were currently the only persons authorized to make changes and additions to the site. The site continued to exist at the pleasure of the Department of History at the University of Kansas, but existence of the site was a bit tenuous after Professor Nelson no longer remained on the KU faculty.
[KAC's homepage was originally http://kuhttp.cc.ukans.edu/kac/mainpage.html ]

By March 31, 2000, Ralph and Julie Dagenais had announced through the website that the Kansas Authors Club welcomed creative, technical, academic and journalistic writers. For 96 years the club had offered the opportunity to writers to share experiences and problems unique to their profession, not only to novices but also to authors of national reputation. Ralph and Julie also added that while magazines and books might be helpful in improving one's writing skills, there was no substitute for the camaraderie enjoyed nor the expertise developed when poets, playwrights and prose writers met to listen, discuss and analyze their craft in an atmosphere of mutual support. The website explained that KAC offered the reader seminars, workshops and lectures in seven districts as a continuing base for more effective writing. It also offered annual writing contests to challenge skills and stimulate creativity in multiply genres. It gave opportunities to publish their contribution in the annual anthology—published as part of the KAC Yearbook—and distributed at no charge to all members. And renewable memberships for only $20.00 ($10.00 for students through high school) posted an encouragement to join.

In August, 2002, Carol Yoho (District 1, Topeka) revised the estisting web site and moved it to space hosted at no charge to KAC by Blue Skyways, a web service of the Kansas State Library. The new site became accessible by using the domain name www.kansasauthors.org, and this web address still rolls users to the currently published web site. Carol has managed the site from 2002 to the present time. However, when Blue Skyways closed down its hosting site in late May, 2014, the site needed to be moved again. Tracy Million Simmons (District 2, Emporia), KAC Yearbook editor, gave the club some space to host its site to her web-hosting service. and Carol Yoho, KAC Web-Site Manager, moved all KAC data into this third hosting service location: http://www.trmscreativeservices.com/kac/

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The Kansas Authors Club Historical Calendar

A notice appearing in the early 2000s on the KAC website, written by Karen Sells Brown (District 1, Topeka), told how to submit a bio-bibliographic item to the "Kansas Authors Historical Calendar." She detailed information as to what the Calendar wished to convey to the reader of this website: "The historical calendar will be used … to promote interest in the history of Kansas Authors Club specifically and also Kansas authors in general. We're looking for interesting facts, delicious little tidbits of information, about Kansas Authors Club members or events and other Kansas authors as well. If you have a favorite Kansas author who is not yet on the calendar, send us something!"

"These items will appear in the historical calendar on our KAC website and also in KAC newsletters and publications. Feel free to use them in your district newsletters or to submit items of local interest (especially those that might spark a feature story) to your local newspapers or radio and TV stations. Use them any way you can. The whole idea is to promote Kansas authors."

"Items must start with a specific date; month, day, year. Follow with the place where this occurred, as in the newspaper, where stories are identified at the very beginning by the place they originated. Then pretend you are a reporter at this exciting event. Tell who, what, when, where, why, how, and results. Put the most important person in the story near the beginning. Put in as many names of people as you can, especially writers…Tell what happened. You already have the date, but do you know something more about the time? What time of day? Was it Kansas Day or a hot summer day? You already have the city or county if you know it, but do you also know what building, the address, or something more about the place? History buffs are very interested in old buildings and what went on in them. Motivations intrigue people. When Henry W. Roby moved to Topeka, why did he decide to do that? What was he thinking? You might find this kind of detail in a diary or letter. A brief quote from someone who was on the scene might be fun. And what happened next or because of it. If a bill was introduced in the legislature, did it pass? If a novel was published, did it become a bestseller? Sprinkle in a little description and the details you would find interesting if you were reading this item yourself."

"Cite your source. One source is sufficient for these brief items, but two is sometimes better. One source Gail [Martin] found had G. P. Morehouse picking sunflowers on Kansas Day. We'd like people who read the calendar to see some resources they might use to learn more about Kansas authors. As writers, we want to be sure other writers get credit for their work. Kansas Authors Club documents, such as yearbooks or minutes, may be quoted at will but should also be cited. Please include web addresses for online sources. Items will end with the contributor's name to give you credit for your sleuthing."

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KAC Awards of Merit

A=Achievement recognition; S=Service to KAC; SP=Special award for particular accomplishment:

Year   Awardee
Dr. Karl Menninger, D1; Author in Psychiatry
Marguerite Kingman, D2; Poet
Glad Robinson Youse, D3; Poet and Hymn Writer
Tillie Karns-Newman, D3; State and District President, Fiction, Poetry, History
Stuart Aubrey; Journalism
Rolla Clymer; Journalism
Charles Rayburn, D7; Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry
Dr. Emory Lindquist, D5; Author and Wichita State University President
Nova Ashley, D5; Poetry, Fiction
Lola Harper Crum, D7; State Archivist, District President, Poet
Kenneth S. Davis; Photojournalism
Sally Ewing, D2; Juvenile Fiction; Poetry
Iva Ellis, D1; State Parliamentarian; District President; Non-Fiction, Poetry
Dr. L. Curtise Wood, D5; State Financial Secretary; Non-Fiction (economics)
Lloyd L. Miller, D3; State Treasurer, Poet
Margorie Pettiner Howard, D3; District President, Features, Fiction, Juvenile Fiction
William Koch, D4; Folklore, State President, District President
Ossie Tranbarger, D3; District President; Haiku, Poetry
Esther Vogt, D4; Novelist, Short Fiction
Elizabeth Jones, D4; Poet
Guanetta Gordon, D2; Poet
Gertrude Shanafelt, D2; District President, Non-Fiction
Kathryn Croan Cooper, D2; Poet
John Stephenson, D6; Poet
Lily D. Angle, D5; State and District President, Poet
Margaret Shauers, D7; Fiction
Vie Carroll Wild, D6; District President, Poet
Zula Bennington Greene; Journalism
Miriam Franklin, D1; Drama
Margaret Marshall, D1; Secretary of Honorary Advisory Board; non-fiction
Monette Cummings, D2; Award Winning Novelist
Elizabeth House, D2; State Vice President; Poet
Betty Jane Simpson, D5; State Contest Chairman; Poet
Ossie Tranbarger, D3; Poet
Ruth Lyon, D3; State and District President, non-fiction, established the Lyon Kansas History Award
Pat Barclay, D4; Memoirs
Barbara Booth, D4; Parliamentarian, poet, short-story writer, District President
Pat Anthony, D2; Poet, Fiction, Non-Fiction, State Publicity Chair
Isabel Doerr Campbell, D7; State President, Life member for more than 60 years, poet
Fred Harvey, D5; State Financial Secretary, Computerized State financial records, poet
Olive White Garvey, D5: Novels
Pauline Carl Prince, D2; Poet, Non-fiction
Pat Anthony, D2; for preparing the Officers Procedural Manual
Raymond Nelson, D5; Poet, State and District Presidents, Contest Manager
Margaret Nelson; D5; Non-fiction, District President, Contest Manager
Mary Lambert; D7; Grant Writer
Gene DeGruson, D3;Author, editor, biographer, researcher, translator
Elizabeth House, D2; District and State President, Service Award, State Vice-President
Sister Emanuela O'Malley, D4; Poet, Non-Fiction book, District and State President, State Yearbook editor
Raymond Nelson, D5; currently has two books of poetry in stores and another in progress
Gennetta Springer, D3; winner of Lyon Kansas History Book Award, 1993
Lina and Elsie Shippey, D4; Poetry and Prose, Award for Loyalty to KAC and to each other
Lily Angle, D5; Yearbook editor, Poet; District and State President
S William Lambert, D7; Poet, District and State President
Fern Wood, D3; District President, State Vice President
Lois Donahue, D1; District President, Workshop Leader; Fiction and Poetry
Kathryn Cooper, D2; Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry; Published 22 books
Edith Gustafson, D2; Winner of Kansas History Book Award, her 1st book at age 91
Ralph Dagenais, D5; State Financial Secretary; District Corresponding Secretary; Contest Chairperson
Anne Mart, D6; Poetry, Songs, Fiction, District President, Contest Manager
Mildred Sykes; D5; History, Nostalgia, Book Reviews
Esther Vogt, D4; Many books published for children and adults, Religious Fiction, Non-Fiction, Coffin Book Award
Virginia Reichart, D1; State and District Presidents, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry; National Recognition for writing and producing large-scale history pageants
Robert Lawson, D1; State President and Treasurer, long-time District President, Poet, Playwright
Eugene Bovee, D2; Several genres of writing, active and creative in D2 and state contests
Gail Martin, D5; State Archivist, History, Nostalgia
Laurel Schunk, D5; District President, State Publicity; Novels, Short stories, Non-Fiction articles
Anita Heistand, D3; District President, widely published in US and UK; Non-Fiction
Sandra Detrixhe, D6; 6 Historical novels, One Translated into 3 foreign languages
Cynthia Ross, D5; District President, Writers in the Schools; State Membership Chair
Rose Nix Leo, (non-member) recognized with the William Allen White Award in 1999
Frankie Roland, D3; District President; Fiction and Non-Fiction
Jean Jackson, D2; Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry
Mildred "Mickey" Kastler, D3; Rosemary Award, presented posthumously for book South of Boothill
Margie Marang, D3; District President, Poetry, Unofficial kindness to children and KAC
Ursula Turner, D3; District President; Poet, Coffeeville Journalist
Julia Dagenais, D5; State President and V.P., Secretary, Contest Chair; Poet, Non-Fiction, History
Enola Feldman, D7; Poet, several novels, posthumous award
Marie Marshall, D2, District President and State President; History, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Song Lyrics
Ivan Pfalser, D3; History, Non-Fiction, active in local District
Irma Wassall, D5; published poetry in magazines and anthologies; Governors Award for writing, 2001
Marge Harrington, D6; History, Fiction, Journalism, Local District interest
Ann Fowler, D4, Poetry, Fiction, State and District President
Patricia Ferguson, D2; Poetry, State President, Sponsor of Ferguson History Book Award
Lorena Joyce Herrmann, D7; New Member Chair, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction
Naomi Patterson, D1; Poetry, Journalist
Lily Angle, D5; Poet, Non-Fiction, State and District President, Editor of KAC Yearbook, 1982-2004
Roxie Olmstead, D5; State Financial Secretary, District Treasurer, Humor and Historical Research
Marvin Wambsganss, D6; State Treasurer, Poetry, Fiction and Non-Fiction
Alice Flower, D4; Editor of KAC Centennial Book, Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction and Drama
Fred Haney, D5; Yearbook photographs for 22 years, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Songs
Carol Yoho, D1; Website Manager, Non-Fiction, Technical, Academic
Barbara Curry, D2: Contest Manager, Active Member, Fiction, Non-Fiction
Edith Bradford Gustafson, D2; Still writing at age 101, Non-Fiction
Grant Williams, D3; 3 poetry Books, Children's Poetry, Non-Fiction
Gail Martin, D5; Lifetime Service Award; Archivist for 9 years, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Journalism, History, Poetry
Robert Lawson, D1; Lifetime Achievement Award, General Editor of Woodley Press, Retired Washburn University Professor, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Song Lyrics, History
Roxie Olmstead, D5; Lifetime Service Award, Published over 100 articles by age 80, Fiction, Non-Fiction
Ursula Turner, D3; District and State Leader; Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction
First District Members who hosted the 2004 Centennial Convention in Topeka
Paul Richard Tanos, D3; 12 Novels, Active Member
Helen Long, D4; Active member, Contest Manager, History, Drama
Christie Breault, D5, Youth Contest Manager, Contest Manager, History, Drama
Karen Sells Brown, D1; State Vice President, Newsletter Editor; Centennial Convention Planner, District President, Editor, Poet
Mary-Lane Kamberg, D2; 7 Books, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Youth Contest Manager and Writers in Schools Chair, KC Writers Group, Summer Young Writers Camp
Joann Williams, D2; District President, Fiction, Non-Fiction
Dorothy Masters, D2; Several Books, District President; 2006 State Convention Planner, Sponsored writing contests
Nancy Glenn, D5; Secretary, Vice-President and D5 President. Poetry, Supports writers at Wichita bookstore
Ann Everett, D5; 2006-07 State offices including Financial Secretary, Yearbook editor, Published Alzheimer's book
Peg Nichols, D2; Active member; Chaired District writing contest
Judy Brewster, D2; District News Editor
Cynthia Ross, D5; Dedicated KAC member, State Awards Chair, 2007 Convention Planning
Frankie Roland, D3; District President and State Writers in Schools chair; graciously accepted State Prose Contest Chair after unexpected passing of Julia Dagenais
Ralph Allen, D5; 3 books, 40 short stories, 50 poems and numerous articles published
LeNore Stumpf, D4; Columnist and published author
Tracy Million Simmons, D2; Yearbook editor, Created state board e-loop; state newsletter assistant
William Karnowski, D4; Created and manages Youth Poetry Contest; past D4 President
Tom Mach, D2; Past State Board Secretary, District President, presenter
Margie Marang, D3; 25-years member, poet and active member, regular Night Writers participant
Maryann Barry, D2; Active member, State Assistant Recorder, State and District Secretary, Musician and Songwriter
Evie Green, D1; Active member, District V.P., Program coordinator, Past Youth Contest Manager and Advocate for Youth Service Programs
Carol Yoho, D1; Electronic Face of KAC, Mapping Kansas Literature, Website, visible outspoken and enthusiastic representative for KAC
Ann Everett, D5; Joann Williams, D2; and Vicki Julian, D2; for their work getting KAC designated a charitable organization, 501(c)3, with the IRS
Don Pady, D1; Active member, KAC State Archivist; initiated Membership Awards and Recognition P rogram
Prem Bajaj, D5; Active member, State Vice President, State Financial Secretary
Glenn Fisher, D5; co-author of five academic books, many articles and Technical Reports, 46 years as college professor, Book-Length Memoir, Poet
Diane Palka, D2; coordinated 2010 convention, District 2 Treasurer, and active member
Joann Williams, D2; served as State President from 2007-2010, past D2 President, was part of organizing committee for the 2010 convention, and continues to serve on State Board as a past President
Elizabeth Black, D2; Service as District 2 President and for her role in leading the 2010 Convention
Cathy Callen, D2; Service as State Treasurer
Doris Schroeder, D6, loyal and enthusiastic supporter of KAC since 1997; past State Secretary, past co-chair of a State Convention, past State V.P. and President. She was instrumental in the Centennial Celebration of KAC
Susan Howell, D5; active on State Board, District 5 President
Susie Nightingale, D2; Active Member, District Secretary and President, served as head of Nominating Committee; has increased attendance, was instrumental in organizing an Annual Writers' Retreat, was State New-Member Chair
Kristine Polansky, D4; Manager for Youth Writing Contest, she encourages children to participate, and uses her contacts to reach out to young writers; Poet of the Year, 2014
Don Pady, D1; Prolific writer with an extremely impressive academic career, with over 75 publications to his credit. Don is also KAC State Archivist
Max Yoho, D1; Has won numerous writing awards for poetry and fiction; including two J. Donald Coffin Awards in 2002 and 2007. He has published a total of six books to date.
Alan D'Sousa, D5; Dr. D'Sousa has excelled as Awards Chair and Prose Contest Manager, each of which he served for two years. He won the 2014 KAC Service Award
Vicki Julian, D2; She received a Service Award of merit for her contributions to the Club as State Financial Chair for receiving and recording contest fees and income from other sources, as well.
Ronda Miller, D2; She won the "Achievement in Writing Award" for merit. Her writing accomplishments are varied and the purpose of her life is to spread the love of poetry.
Tom Mach, D2; He won a "Lifetime Achievement in Writing Award" at the 2014 Convention. He made his mark in multiple genres, and as a versatile writer
with broad-based experiences as a writer, he has shown his willingness to
help fellow writers.
Ursula Turner, D3; An Active Member, Ursula received a KAC Membership Award for completing 15 years of active service in 2014. She also earned a "Lifetime Achievement in Writing Award" for merit at the 2014 Convention. She passed away January 6, 2015.
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J. Donald Coffin Memorial Book Awards

The J. Donald Coffin Memorial Book Award was established by Mrs. Bertha Coffin to honor the memory of her husband, a long-time member and officer of KAC, after his death on September 6, 1978. An award of $100.00 is given each year to a KAC member. Winners are listed below:

Award Winners:
1979  David Dary, D2, Lawrence, True Tales of the Old Time Plains.
1980  Jean M. Brown, D6, Kiowa, A History of Kiowa, Old and New, on the Cowboy-Indian Frontier.
1981  Guanetta Gordon, D2, Sun City, AZ, Red are the Embers.
1982  Raymond S. Nelson, D5, Wichita, Not by Bread Alone.
1983  Blanch Carroll Rush, D3, Winfield, Jayhawk Children.
1984  Floyd E. Pope, D5, Wichita, ABC's from Dugout to Astronaut.
1985  Monette Cummings, D2, Lawrence, Lady Sheilla's Groom.
1986  Thomas Fox Averill, D1, Topeka, Passes At The Moon.
1987  G. Robert Haywood, D1, Topeka, The Preacher's Kid.
1988  Enola V. Feldman, D7, Garden City, Flame in the Wind.
1989  William L. Lambert, D7, Liberal, Sandscript.
1990  Leland R. Johnson, D5, Wichita, Worker in Wood.
1991  Emanuela O'Malley, D4, Salina, Cloud of Darkness.
1992  Esther Loewen Vogt, D4, Hillsboro, The Enchanted Prairie.
1993  Al Clovis, D1, Topeka, The Potsdam Protocol.
1994  James Yoder, D5, Hesston, Sarah of the Border Wars.
1995  Ruth Ebberts, D3, Eureka, Wind Songs in the Wheat.
1996  David Tangeman, D1, Topeka, Gathering Reunion.
1997  Lloyd Ballhagen, D6, Hutchinson, Small Towns, Dark Secrets.
1998  Mark Scheel, D2, Mission, A Backward View.
1999  Lloyd Ballhagen, D6, Hutchinson, The Lie.
2000  Robert D. Carey, D1, Topeka, Freedom Ships.
2001  Eunice Boeve, D6, Phillipsburg, Summer of the Crow.
2002  Max Yoho, D1, Topeka, The Revival.
2003  Tom Mach, D2, Lawrence, Sissy.
2004  Mark Bouton, D2, Carbondale, Max Conquers the Cosmos.
2005  LeNore Stumpf, D4, Axtell, Life, I Think, Is Like a Watermelon.
2006  Trudy McFarland, D1, Topeka, Diary of a German War Bride.
2007  Max Yoho, D1, Topeka, The Moon Butter Route.
2008  Sam Pierson, D2, Lebo, Targets of Rage.
2009  Eunice Boeve, D6, Phillipsburg, Ride a Shadowed Trail.
2010  Kelly Alexander and Cynthia Harris, D4, Randolph, Hometown Appetites: The Story of Clementine Paddleford, the Forgotten Food Writer Who Chronicled How America Ate.
2011  Bonnie D. Tharp, D5, Wichita, Feisty Family Values.
2012  Gary Clarke, D1, Topeka, Gary Clarke's Africa.
2013  Tracy Million Simmons, D2, Emporia, Tiger Hunting; a Novel.
2014  Deb Stover, D5, Wichita, Maid Marian and the Lawman.

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Ferguson Kansas History Book Awards

Funded by Patricia K. Ferguson since 2001, this contest is open to any Kansas resident (KAC member and non-members). The subject must concern Kansas, a history of the state, a county, a city, church, school, institution, an industry, a way of life or any factual account of any phase of Kansas History. No fiction or genealogy is permitted. The entry must be original work and have been published within two years prior to June 1st of the current year. It may be either privately or commercially published. The winner will receive $100.00 and the award will be announced and presented at the Annual KAC Convention. One copy will be designated for the personal library of Patricia K. Ferguson and one for the Spencer Research Library at Kansas University in Lawrence. If it is the decision of the judge that none of the entries makes a significant contribution to Kansas History, no prize will be awarded.

Award Winners:
2001  Billy Q. McCray, D5, Wichita, Between These Walls.
2002  Ellen May Stanley, D7, Dighton, Golden Age, Dust Bowl, Great Depression.
2003  No award granted.
2004  Tom Mildfelt, D2, Richmond, The Secret Danites; Kansas' First Jayhawkers.
2005  Lesley Ann Gentry, D6, Beloit, The Lady is a Veterinarian.
2006  Stephen D. Coats, non-member, Gathering at the Golden Gate: Mobilizing for War in the Philippines, 1898.
2007  Duane L. Herrmann, (D1) Topeka, By Thy Strengthening Grace: a Brief History of the First One Hundred Years of the Baha'I Faith in Topeka, 1906-2006.
2008  No award granted.
   [A Kansas History Book Award was given to Richard Paul Tanos, D3, Coffeyville, The Best Ever!. Note lack of name Ferguson in award name.]
2009  Eileen Umbehr, D4, Alma, Small Town Showdown.
2010  Gail Lee Martin, D5, El Dorado, My Flint Hills Childhood: Growing Up in 1930's Kansas.
2011  Donald J. Blakeslee, non-member, Holy Ground, Healing Water: Cultural Landscapes at Waconda Lake, Kansas.
2012  No award granted.
2013  Glen Ediger, non-member, Leave No Threshing Stone Unturned.
2014  No award granted.

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Nelson Poetry Book Award

Created by Raymond and Margaret Nelson in 2002, the contest is open to any Kansas resident, KAC member or non-member.

Award Winners:
2002  Lawrence Harshbarger, D4, Junction City, Sixty Years of Poetry.
2003  Ruth S. Stunz, D5, Wichita, Corntrails in the Wind.
2004  Larry Rochelle, D2, Overland Park, Dust Devils: Collisions With the Wind.
   [Tied with]
2004  Muriel T. Stackley, Kansas City, non-member, Oracle of the Heart.
2005  Naomi Patterson, D1, Topeka, For Crying Out Loud!!
2006  Matthew Porubsky, Topeka, non-member, voyeur poems.
2007  Larry Rochelle, D2, Pittsboro, NC, Home Schooled.
2008  Tom Mach, D2, Lawrence, The UniVerse, a Journey into Our Amazing Cosmos.
2009  Lora K. Reiter, D2, Ottawa, Snake in the Cradle.
2010  Kevin Rabas, D2, Emporia, Lisa's Flying Electric Piano.
2011  Nedra Rogers, Lawrence, non-member, Soul's Night Out.
2012  Wyatt Townley, D2, Shawnee Mission, The Afterlives of Trees.
2013  Kevin Rabas, D2, Emporia, Sonny Kenner's Red Guitar.
2014  Dan Pohl, D5, Moundridge, Autochlhonous: Found in Place.

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The Ruth M. Lyon Kansas History Book Award

Funded by Mrs. Ruth M. Lyon from 1986 until her death, March 2, 1998, Mrs. Lyon was State President of KAC for two years, 1983 and 1984. She sponsored the Lyon Kansas History Book Award contest, and a $100 prize money plus a one-year membership to KAC would be awarded each year on her behalf. The subject of the book must not be a family history, but rather a Kansas church history or an area-type Kansas History. She had set up a $1,500 fund in her will so it would continue in perpetuity. The State Executive Board voted to fund the 1998 competition in her honor.

Award winners were:
1986 The Story of First Christian Church, Mildred Sykes, Manhattan, KS.
1987 Prohibition in Kansas, Robert Smith Bader, Berryton, KS
1988 West of Wichita, Dr. Craig H. Miner, Wichita, KS
1989 Surely Milk and Honey Floweth, Paul F. Harper, Independence, KS
1990 (No manuscript received worthy of award.)
1991 Victorian West, C. Robert Haywood, Topeka, KS
1992 Black Friday, William Pollard, Topeka, KS
1993 Roy T. Patterson: Striving To Make A Difference, Gennetta Springer, (D3) Houston, TX
1994 Cuesta Touchstone, Edith Gustafson, Moran, KS
1995 Black Flag, Thomas Goodrich, Topeka, KS
1996 Anna Plus, Anna Allison Peck, Bennington, KS
1997 (No manuscript received)
1998 K.C. Media: Crystal Sets to Satellites Service, Joe H. Vaughn, Prairie Village, KS

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St. Kitts Press Prize

The St. Kitts Press prize aimed to honor Kansas writers who had a substantial body of published writing in the current year, in any genre. The prize awarded both quality and amount of writing in print. The award was a plaque and $150, to be presented at the yearly KAC conference. Entrants had to be members of KAC in good standing. Inaugurated in 2000, the announcement was published in the 2000 and 2001 Yearbooks. In 2001, Annette Wood from Wichita, President of District 5, accepted the first annual prize No official reason was given for the withdrawal of this competition for later prizes and their sponsorship.

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Youth Writers Theme Contest

Kansas Authors Club sponsored the Youth Writers Theme Contest for 1998--1999. Publicity materials were sent out in March via mail, newspaper articles, and e-mail. Also KAC members in the various districts were asked to contact teachers in local schools to invite young people to participate. The contest was open to Kansas students in public or private schools and to the home-schooled for Junior High and Senior High youth. The theme for 1998 was "Dreamcatchers;" the theme for 1999 was "Nature." The best responses were from various 114 schools that were contacted by KAC members. From these were received several entries. Additional contact was made to participant at the end of May and again at the end of August when winners were notified, and all participants were invited to attend a workshop at the time of the KAC Annual Convention. Winners were also invited to attend the Saturday evening banquet.

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Write About a Kansas Author Award, 2003

Judged by Stephen Hind, a Hutchinson poet who had recently retired from teaching literature and writing at Hutchinson County Community College

Winners were:
First Place: Robert D. Carey, D1, Topeka, for Kansas Icon—William Allen White.
Second Place: Leona Dillard, D6, Hutchinson, for Blanche M. Irving: Kansas Authors Club Twenty-Eighth President.
Third Place: Annette Wood, D5, Wichita, for Ray Nelson, The Poet.
Honorable Mention: Duane Herrmann, D1, Topeka, for Dr. David S. Ruhe, Kansas Author.
Honorable Mention: Doris Schroeder, D6, Hutchinson, for Stepping Stones to Writing for Esther Loewen Vogt.
Distinguished Mention: Beth Lagoron, Lawrence, for Colorless Words: The Dark Truth in Junky (William S. Burroughs).

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The Kansas Hearth Book Competition

Inaugurated in 1991 and sponsored by Hearth Publishing, Hillsboro, KS, the books offered by KAC members for consideration could be on any topic related to Kansas, with no entry fee required. The book should be written in the genres of Fiction, Non-Fiction, or poetry by KAC members whose dues were currently paid. The results of the competition were to be announced at the annual meeting in October of the KAC.
1991 Nolan Carlson, (D4) Wamego, Summer and Shiner
[No subsequent information was found.]

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Capper Award Contest

On March 31, 1954, Mr. H. S. Blake, President of Capper Publications, Inc., wrote a lette to confirm the announcement made by Aileen Mallory at KAC's annual meeting in January of that year. On behalf of the ten publications of the Capper Publications, the syndicate would present to the KAC author an award of $50 in cash. The writer had to be a KAC member in good standing; the article, story, verse or other piece must be published during the calendar year of 1954; The writer must receive actual remuneration for the published work from the periodical accepting it for publication; Proof of publication had to be submitted by the contestant; Judges would be selected from the editorial staffs of Capper's Farmer, The Topeka Daily Capital, and The Kansas City Kansan; The $50 award would be presented at the annual meeting of KAC in January 1955; In case of ties, duplicate prizes would be awarded. [Nothing more was learned about future winners.]

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The Henry S. Blake Memorial Award

Mrs. Henry S. Blake offered in the 1957 Yearbook, page 70, $500.00 in awards as a memorial to her late husband, former President and Publisher of Capper Publications and an honorary member of KAC. These awards were to be given through the KAC for the best original essays on the "Freedom of the Press, and why I believe in it." Any citizen of Kansas over sixteen years of age and any member of KAC was eligible to enter the contest for these awards. The awards were to be distributed as follows: 2 first prizes of $100.00 each, 3 seconds--$50.00, 6 thirds--$25.00. The essays would be judged by a prominent jurist, a journalist and an educator. The awards were to be made at the annual meeting of the KAC on October 5, 1957. Entries submitted had to contain at least 500 words and not more than 2000 words. Manuscripts, each accompanied by the customary filing fee of one dollar, should be in triplicate form, typed double spaced, with name and address of author appearing on a detached sheet only. This award was organized by committee members, Hanna Moore Krammes, Chairman; Margaret Kingman, Irene [i.e., Irma] Doster, and Thomas E. Burton (Manager of Contest). There were 73 entries of essays on "Freedom of the Press and What it Means to me."

Winners of the Henry S. Blake Memorial Award, presented at the Kansas Authors Club's annual meeting, were:
First Place, $100 each: John E. Chandler (Holton), and Mrs. Dora M. Claflin, (Kansas City, KS);
Second Place, $50 each, Jean L. Throckmorton, (Topeka); Inez E. Ray (Marion), and Mrs. Edward A. Heffner (Ellsworth);
Third Place, $25 each: J.W. Murphy (Augusta); Robert D. Ramsey (Topeka); Carl B. Hanson (Lindsborg); Kenneth A. Jackson (Topeka); Joseph A. Ford, Jr. (Wichita); and Mrs. C.M. Slagg (Manhattan).

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The Doster Award Contest

The Doster Award Contest of 1956 had the objective of bringing about a better acquaintance with our Bill of Rights. The assignment was definite, asking the entrant's opinion. He / She had to please none but what the author wrote. The subject, "The Separation of Church and State, Why I Believe in It," was thoroughly discussed. All areas of Kansas were represented. The late Frank Doster, former Chief Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court, was a life member of the Kansas Authors Club. John and Irma Doster, his heirs, initiated this contest in honor of their father.

Among the 70 essays presented:
Three were chosen as First Place, $100 each: to Marco Morrow (Topeka), Maynard Kaufman (North Newton) and Inez Ellis Ray (Marion)
Those chosen with Honorable Mention, $20 each to J. W. Murphy (Augusta), John E. Chandler (Holton), Evaline Conway (Paola), Marjorie R. Johnson (Partridge) and Alta Marie Carson (Kansas City). The judges were: Walter G. Thiele (Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court); Dudley T. Cornish (Assistant Professor of History, State Teachers College, Pittsburg) and W. G. Clugston (Journalist and well-known author).

[In the Executive Board's minutes of December 8, 1956, however, item number 2 stated, "Before the KAC shall accept any special contest, such as the Doster Contest on the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, those persons wishing to promote it shall deposit in trust with the Treasurer of the KAC sufficient funds to pay all prizes offered…]

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William Allen White Award

The William Allen White Award was presented to Rose Nix Leo (non-member) by the KAC in recognition of her 86 years of writing newspaper columns. She was then [in 1999] 104 years old, born April 30, 1894. She lived in Howard, Kansas and wrote for the Elk County Citizen-Advance News, The Monthly Magazine; Tallgrass Country, and The Circuit Rider, a monthly Methodist Church newsletter. She always found time to write even while she taught in a oneroom school, was married and raised three children. She always did all of her writing by hand.

The William Allen White Award was also given to both Don Coldsmith (Honorary member, District 2, Lawrence) and Fred Krebs (Non-Member) in 2004.

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The Rosemary Award

The Rosemary Award was given periodically to such KAC members as the late Mildred E. "Mickey" Kastler, author of South of Boothill (1999). The herb Rosemary "is best known as a symbol of remembrance, friendship and love." [Mary E. Shepherd, KAC District 2, Ft. Scott, KAC Yearbook, 1992, p. 14]

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Rosemary Time

Rosemary Time was first used around 1948 in KAC Yearbooks, and took the name because the service of recalling the events and accomplishments of the deceased KAC member resembled the so-called "Rose Window"—a round window of architectural design, which told an historical account of a person's life. Through pictorial representation in each successful segment, arranged clockwise, with the person's birth beginning at high twelve (A.M.) and death at low twelve (P.M.). Many churches, today, have these Rosemary Windows. There is a Spanish legend, entitled "The Rose Window" which may have been known to early KAC members. Mary Shepard, in the 1992 Yearbook, p. 14, notes that "The herb Rosemary is best known as a symbol of remembrance, friendship and love." But before "Rosemary Time" or "Rosemary Hour" were used, the words "Mortuary Roll" contained an annual list of KAC deceased, and was used from 1904 to about 1928. From 1928 to about 1947 the words "In Memoriam" were used in the KAC Yearbook.

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Governor's Award For Writing

Chaired by Lloyd L. Miller (D3) Winfield, with Ruth Lyon (D3), Independence, and Ossie Tranbarger (D3), Independence, it was decided that entrants should prepare a poem about Kansas no more than 16 lines and be presented to the Kansas Governor. If the Governor knew by August 15, or two months prior to presentation at the KAC convention in October, it can be placed on his agenda. He suggested no entry fee for the best poem and a committee of 3 or 4 of which no one who wants to enter the contest act as judges. It was suggested Lloyd Miller, Lily Angle and Ralph Skov act to set up the rules. One honorary award would be allowed, but the contest would be for members only and about Kansas. There would be no entry fee and it would not matter if the poem had already been published. [No winners after Irma Wassall, who won this award in 2001, have been documented.]

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The Young Poets Contest

The Young Poets Contest was made possible by a $1,000 yearly contribution by Bob Gray as a memorial to his wife Lee Gray, whose main interest was encouraging young poets, was discussed. Senior High school and junior high level entrants had three poem categories—free, rhyme and haiku; and to give first, second, third, first and second honorable mention prizes, were a possibility. Lily Angle suggested limiting two entries per individual in each category. Fred Haney (D5), Wichita, thought compiling a list of winners in booklet form and giving it to Bob Gray would be a thoughtful gesture. Ray Nelson appointed a committee of DeAnne Rosen, chairman, Monette Cummings, Elizabeth House and Mary Neary to proceed with setting up the rules for this contest to be printed in the Yearbook.

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Membership Awards

In 2008, a committee composed of Don Pady (D1) Topeka, Dr. Prem Bajaj (D5) Wichita and Tracy Million Simmons (D2) Emporia, was named to draw up plans to award longtime KAC members with suitable acknowledgement befitting their unbroken time and service to KAC's literary community. Full approval occurred at KAC's October meeting, that year, and this Awards Program then began in January, 2009. District presidents were asked to supply to the Archivist

(1) the names of qualifying members who qualified for 10+, 15+ or 20+ plus years of continuous and productive service to KAC. Those attaining the 20-year would not be required to pay annual dues, as long as their membership was unbroken and they were still members concurrent with their application.

(2) An honorary status would also be inaugurated for those KAC members over 80+ years of age, whose membership included at least five, unbroken years concurrent with their application. Dues for Octogenarians would also be forgiven, unless the honoree decided to maintain annual dues payments out of personal good will.

Those honored,with various KAC-imprinted objects and award-bearing diplomas, are as follows:

For Length of Active and Continuous Service:

District 1
2009 – Robert Lawson, 20 years; Rosemary Torrez, 15 years; Elizabeth Nichols, 20 Years; Max Yoho, 15 years
2010 – (No awards given)
2011 – Evie Greene, 10 years
2012 – Gary Clarke, 10 years; Carol Yoho, 10 years; Barbara Brady, 10 years, Karen Brown, 10 years
2013 – (No awards given)
2014 – Rosemary Torrez, 20 years; Max Yoho, 20 years

District 2
2009 – Joann Williams, 15 years; Mary Marshall, 15 years; Barbara Curry, 15 years.
2010 – (No awards given)
2011 - Tracy Million Simmons, 10 years; Joe Vaughn, 15 years.
2012 - Jean Jackson, 20 years
2013 - Delphia Stubbs, 20 years
2014 - Joy Uthoff, 20 years; Pat Anthony, 20 years, Joann Williams, 20 years; Mary Marshall, 20 years; Barbara Curry, 20 years.

District 3
2009 - Ivan Pfalser, 10 years; Ursula Turner, 10 years
2010 - (No awards given)
2011 - (No awards given)
2012 - Ivan Pfalser, 15 years (correction)
2013 - (No awards given)
2014 - Ruth Ames, 10 years; Ursula Turner, 15 years

District 4
2009 - (No awards given)
2010 - (No awards given)
2011 - Lois Lewis, 15 years.
2012 - Lorine Gleue, 20 years; Dorothy Masters, 10 Years; Barbara Booth, 20 years
2013 - (No awards given)
2014 - Nancy Kopp, 15 years; Lois Lewis, 20 years.

District 5
2009 - Ralph Allen, 15 years; Ruth Stunz, 20+ years; Ray Nelson, 30 years.
2010 - Gail Martin, 20 years; Cynthia Ross, 20 years.
2011 - (No awards given)
2012 - (No awards given)
2013 - Conrad Jestmore, 10 years; Ralph Dagenais, 20 years; Fred Haney, 20 years.
2014 -- Nancy Glenn, 20 years; Ralph Allen, 20 years.

District 6
2009 – Betty Berney, 20 years; Eunice Boeve, 10 years; Marjorie Gentry, 20 years; Leslie Ann Gentry, 15 years; Sharon Kidwell, 20 years; Anne Mart, 20 years, Doris Schroeder, 20 years; Margaret Shauers, 20 years.
2010 - (No awards given)
2011 - (No awards given)
2011 - (No awards given)
2012 – (No awards given)
2013 - Audrey Collins, 10 years.
2014 - Luanne French, 15 years; Leslie Ann Gentry, 20 years

District 7
2009 - Pauline Fecht, 20 years;
2010 - Wendell Smothermon, 20 years; June Bandy, 20 years.
2011 – (No awards given)
2012 - Dorothy Jenks, 20 years; Marie Fletcher, 20 years
2013 – Elsie Wolters, 10 years; Mildred Horlocher, 20 years; Velda Transue, 15 years
2014 – (No Awards given)

Octogenarian Awards

For Octogenarian Status and Continuous Service for at Least Five Years Unbroken Service at time of 80+ years application:

District 1
2009 - Trudy McFarland, Jack Fredricks, George Paris, Bob Lawson, Rosemary Torrez, Elizabeth Nichols, Phil Morris, Gwendolen Funston.
2010 - Robert Carey, Kenneth Peery; Doris Peery; Jo Ann Klemmer; Joe McFarland
2011 - Agnes Kazminski; Evie Green.
2012 - Mary Parmley; Marcene Grimes.
2013 - (No awards given)
2014 - Barbara Brady; Max Yoho.

District 2
2009 - Jean Jackson
2010 - Patricia Callahan Walkenhorst; Bee Neeley Kuckelman; Ruth Bahr; Marie Marshall; Norm Ledgin.
2011 - (No awards given)
2012 - Betty Laird
2013 - Delphia Stubbs
2014 - Joy Uthoff

District 3
2009 - (No awards given)
2010 - Margie Marang; Alice Pursley.
2011 - Mary Atkinson
2012 - Ivan Pfalser
2013 - Ruth Ames
2014 - Frankie Roland

District 4
2009 - (No awards given)
2010 - Emma Manion
; LeNore Stumpf; Edna Dyck; Delbert Bryant; Wanda Bates.
2011 - Lois Lewis; Helen Long.
2012 - Lorine Gleue; Barbara Booth.
2013 - (No awards given)
2014 - (No Awards given)

District 5
2009 - Betty Foster
2010 - Fred Haney; Evelynn Boal; Ervin Grant; Mary Jo Grant; Ruth Stunz; Ralph Dagenais; Gail Martin; James Yoder; Raymond Nelson; Mary Cox, Emma Miller.
2011 - Bernell Baldwin; Glenn Fisher; Delores Smith; Ralph Allen.
2012 - Prem Bajaj
2013 - (No awards given)
2014 - Betty Haney

District 6
2009 - (No awards given)
2010 - Audrey Collins; Sharon Kidwell, Betty Berney; Anne Mart; Margaret Shauers; Charles Neelly.
2011 - (No awards given)
2012 - (No awards given)
2013 - (No awards given)
2014 - Luanne French; Marjorie Gentry.

District 7
2009 - (No awards given)
2010 - Wendell Smothermon; Jane Bandy; Pauline Fecht; Lorena Herrmann.
2011 - (No awards given)
2012 - Dorothy Jenks; Elsie Wolters; Marie Fletcher.
2013 - Mildred Horlacher; Velda Transue.
2014 - (No Awards given)

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Writers in the Schools/Writers in the Community

In 1994, immediate KAC past President, William (Bill) Lambert (at that time he and his wife, Mary, were residents of Liberal) was inspired to begin Kansas Authors Club's "Writers in the Schools" program. This project, intending to encourage young students to be creative writers, asked KAC members over the entire state to go into the schools wherever they could and lecture and hold seminars and contests for students to stimulate their interest in becoming young authors. Naturally such an effort needed beginning funding and KAC member Mary Lambert wrote for two grants from the Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Corporation of Houston, Texas. The Lambert team was instrumental in getting a committee to oversee the initial progress: Bill Lambert, Chairman; Laurel B. Schunk; William C. Pollard; Cynthia Ross; Mary Hill Lambert; Dr. Raymond Nelson; and Margaret Nelson.

The next Chairpersons were: Ann Fowler (1996); Cynthia Ross (1997-1999); Margaret Nelson (2000-2001); Frankie Roland (2002-2003); Christie Breault (2004-2006); Mary-Lane Kamberg (2007); Christie Breault (2008); Mary-Lane Kamberg (2009); Kristine Polansky 2010-2013); Susan Kinney-Riordan (2014);

The name: "Writers in the Schools" changed its name to "Writers in the Community" in 2007 until 2013. From 2014 on it is "Youth Writing Contest."

A souvenir bookmark was designed by the original committee for students who participated in the program. It carried a short poem: "If it is to be…It is up to me." "Writers in the Schools is a cause for pride with KAC Members, is still very active and sometimes reaches more than 1400 young students each year.

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KAC Annual Writing Contest

The KAC Annual Writing Contest began in 1920 with $100.00 prizes for the best in poetry and short story. In more recent years it is entitled KAC Literary Contest Award Winners. Results are given in each successive Yearbook for Prose Contests Results including Prose Writer of the Year, Theme contest, Short Fiction, Memoir/Autobiography, Sci Fi/Fantasy, Romance/Erotica, Stories for Children. Poetry Contest Results includes Poet of the Year, Song Lyric, Free Verse, Classic Forms, Poems about each annual theme, Whimsey, Narrative, and Japanese Forms. Winners and honorable mentions are not listed (nor indexed) here because of the immense length. Please refer to each annual Yearbook for names.

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KAC Yearbook History

Another fine project of the KAC is the publication of its Yearbook, which gives the prizewinning and honor poems and prose of the various contests, The membership includes various grades of authorship from those of only local repute to those of national reputation as book producers and magazine contributors. It does not limit its membership to professional writers, but takes the more liberal course of including non-professionals who are publishing, from time to time, worthy material of miscellaneous character. This has encouraged so many young Kansans who have an ambition to improve and publish their literary works.

In the early days, the Kansas Authors Club Yearbook, or Annual Bulletin, as it was then known, was compiled and published by the state Secretaries who were in charge of the book's production. In 1933, Patricia Mueller, Topeka, was Yearbook editor until 1941 when she shared the duties with KAC immediate Past President May Williams Ward of Wellington, Kansas. Mueller compiled the 1942 Yearbook with the Rev. D. Raymond Taggart of Topeka, Editor. The 1945-1946 Yearbook editor was Clinton Moore, assisted by the KAC State Secretary, Miss Edna Becker. In 1947, Ceora Bell Lanham edited until 1957-1958 when Tillie Karnes-Newman of Coffeyville became the first elected Yearbook editor.

Yearbook editors:

1904-1905 Bernard B. Smyth (Secretary and Treasurer)
1906 Luther C. Bailey (Secretary and Treasurer)
1907 George Pierson Morehouse
1908 Dr. Henry W. Roby
1909 G. F. Kimball
1910 Ceora Belle Lanham
1911 Bernard B. Smyth
1912 George Pierson Morehouse
1913 George P. Morehouse and Sarah E. Roby (Assistant Secretary)
1914-1932 George P. Morehouse
1933/1944 Patricia Mueller [She resigned in November and moved to California]
1945-1946 Clinton Moore, assisted by Edna Becker, KAC State Secretary
1947-1957 Ceora Belle Lanham
1957-1958 Tillie Karnes-Newman [She was first elected Yearbook editor]
1959 Edna Clark, Smith Center
1960 Alfaretta Courtright, McDonald
1961 Ida Rath, Dodge City
1962-1963 Leota Elliott, Newton
1964-1965 Ida Rath, Dodge City
1966-1967 C. M. Drenman, Arkansas City
1968 Iva Ellis, Topeka
1969 Marion Kirkpatrick, Manhattan
1970 Winifred Slagg, Manhattan
1971 Sister Emanuella O'Malley, Salina
1972-1973 Dr. Robert L. Brannan, Atchison
1974-1976 Cleta Parker, Kiowa
1977 Thadine Maytum, Wichita
1978-1980 Lucile Wulfmeyer, Clearwater
1981 Alma Johnson, Shields
1982-2004 Lily Angle, Wichita
2005 Ann Everett, Haysville
2006- Tracy Million Simmons, Emporia

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KAC State Recording Secretaries:

1904-1905 Bernard B. Smythe (Secretary and Treasurer)
1906 Luther C. Bailey (Secretary and Treasurer)
1907 George Pierson Morehouse
1908 Dr. Henry W. Roby
1909 G. F. Kimball
1910 Ceora Belle Lanham
1911 Bernard B. Smythe
1912 George P. Morehouse
1913 George P. Morehouse and Sarah E. Roby (Assistant Secretary)
1914-1932 George P. Morehouse
1933-1944 Patricia Mueller [She resigned in November 1944 and moved to California]
1945-1946 Edna Becker
1947/1955 Ceora Belle Lanham
1956 Walter Green / Viera Gard McClure
1957-1958 Vieva Gard McClure
1959-1960 Hope Turner
1961-1962 Charlotte Offen
1963-1964 Lena N. Spencer
1965- Lillian Vinson
1966- Lillian Vinson and William E. Koch
1967- Nelda Martin
1968-1972 Margaret Marshall
1973-1974 Pat Ballinger
1975-1976 Betty Brier Koch
1977-1979 Mary Feeley
1980-1982 Lee Gray
1983-1986 Josephine McGonigle
1987-1989 William Lambert
1990-1992 William Waite
1992/1993 Fern Wood
1993/1995 Julia Dagenais
1995/1996 Betty Berney
1996/1997 Anne Mart
1997/2000 Raymond Nelson
2000-2001 Doris Schroeder
2002-2004 Leona Dillard
2005-2006 Tom Mach
2007-2008 Raymond Nelson
2009- Maryann Barry

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The Corporate Board

From about 1927 to 1971, the responsibility for care of the stocks, bonds and dividends was given to a state committee called the Corporate Board. This was a board of 12 members with their own elected officers, each serving five-year terms. After a few years age took its toll. The older officers were unable to attend the state meetings. Death brought lost records and equipment, and it became increasingly evident that the club's funds might better be maintained by the Executive Board's Financial Secretary and its Treasurer. Mr. Byron Slawson, President of the 1st District, made a number of very important motions during the annual meeting of the Executive Board of the Kansas Authors Club, held in the Committee Room on the second floor of the Hotel Jayhawk (Topeka) at 7:30 P.M., January 27, 1956. Slawson made a motion that the Joint Committee's recommendations "be accepted that the Corporate Board be relieved of its responsibility and that its function be assumed by the Executive Board." This was seconded and carried, and this change was made. Secretary Ceora Belle Lanham was replaced by the nominating Committee which elected Mr. Walter Green who was to be bonded for $6,000. But, surprisingly, the Corporate Board continued to be a part of the Kansas Authors Club until 1973, when the name of the Corporate Board was changed to the Honorary Advisory Board.

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The Honorary Advisory Board

From 1972 through 1986 the name of the Corporate Board was changed to The Honorary Advisory Board. As set out in Article XVIII of the revised Constitution the functions of the Honorary Advisory were to keep alive the traditions of the Kansas Authors Club and to "cooperate with the Executive Board in any way possible." This Honorary Advisory Board had little power, but it assigned to ex-officers and long-time members a chance to officially observe the inner-workings of the Club.

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The Executive Board

The Executive Board (sometimes referred to as the Board of Directors) is made up of the elective officers who shall conduct the affairs of the Club in accordance with the Constitution and By-Laws. It consists of all elected officers, all incumbent District Presidents, all active Past State Presidents. Nine members shall constitute a quorum. This Board meets at least twice a year before the convention and once prior to the annual meeting at the convention. With approval of the majority of the Board members, an extraordinary meeting may be called by the President whenever such seems necessary. The Executive Board is the sole governing body of the Club with powers to present, for the Assembly's approval, legislation initiated by individual members; administer all monies for the good of the Club; make decisions regarding investment of Club monies with a two-thirds vote of the Executive Board. A Board member shall be removed from his/her position if he/she is unable to function in office. The removal would require a majority vote of the Kansas Authors Club board. (see Constitution Article V, 2014) State law requires a non-profit organization to have a Board of Directors. The Executive Board of the Club serves as the Board of Directors. This Board has the right to carry out business as required by the state of Kansas and as prescribed in these Bylaws. (see Constitution Article VI, 2014). The Constitution and Bylaws have been revised and renumbered in 1988, further revised in 1993, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013.

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KAC Titles in the Kansas State Historical Society, 6425 SW 6th Ave., Topeka, Kansas 66615-1099, (785) 272-8681

This itemized list of pamphlets and other titles pertaining to the History of the
Kansas Authors Club provides adequate identifying information on the materials in
the Kansas State Historical Society. This inventory is dated August 19, 2014.
Information in brackets is supplied to help identify the item:

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KAC Titles in the Mabee Library Of Washburn University, 1700 SW College Avenue, Topeka, Kansas 66621, (785) 231-1010, (800) 332-0291, www.washburn.edu

While Washburn University's Mabee Library is not a member of KAC, Professor Thomas Fox Averill of Washburn's English Department collects books by and about Kansas Authors. Averill, who teaches creative writing and Kansas literature, is a contributing member of KAC since 1986. Since that time, the Mabee Library has established "The Thomas Averill Collection of Kansas
Books," located on the lower floor of the Library. While these books are non-circulating outside the Mabee Library, they can be read in the Library after a staff member retrieves them for readers from the locked display cases.

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KAC Titles in the Forsyth Library of the Fort Hays State University, 600 Park Street, Hays, Kansas 67601-4099, (785) 628-5283

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Rabas, Kevin, Two-times winner of the Nelson Award, 112

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About the Author

Donald Stuart PadyDonald Stuart Pady retired as the History of Medicine Librarian and Archivist ofthe Mayo Foundation in Rochester, Minnesota. He took the B.A. degree in English (1959) at the University of Kansas, an M.L.S. degree in Library Science (1962) at Emporia (Kansas) State University, and an M.A. in English (1977) at Iowa State University. In 1984, The Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature presented him the MidAmerica Award for distinguished writings. His research and literary interests engage the relationships between sciences and humanities, and he is a full member of Sigma Xi and Phi Alpha Theta. An Army veteran, he later worked for an intelligence agency as an analyst, and was awarded the coveted and secret "Order of the Sphinx." As past-president of Topeka's Saturday Night Literary Club, established in 1883, and currently State Archivist of the Kansas Authors Club, he writes about numerous historical activities. He recently published a critical edition of the collected Poetry of William Allen White, and coauthored a novel with Ken Ohm, entitled, Hidden Gold; Lost Treasure in the Flint Hills. During a one-year sabbatical leave, while an Associate Professor at Iowa State University, he traveled throughout Iowa recording and photographing artifacts of science, technology and agriculture in museums, libraries and private collections.

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