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Writers in the Community, a KAC outreach project :

KAC Writers in the Community Accomplishments:

2017 Carol Yoho, Local Authors Workshop, KAC teamed with TSCPL
2017 Cathy Callen, retiring from University of Kansas "Audio Readers Program"

2016 Ronda Miller, Arts Council of Johnson County, Shooting Stars Preg Workshop
2016 Annette Billings, Mennonite Summer School poetry class
2016 Roy Beckemeyer & Dixie Brown, LifeVentures Workshop
2016 Roy Beckemeyer, Kinsley County Public Library

2016 Ronda Miller, Johnson Co. Arts Program, "Shooting Star Scholarship"
2016 Kevin Rabas, Tracy Million-Simmons & Mike Graves, Emporia State University
2016 Tracy Million-Simmons, "Independent press insights," Emporia State U.

2015 Vicki Julian, "Writing as a Catharsis, Trinity Lutheran Church, Lawrence
2015 Vicki Julian, memoir-writing workshops + church history writing
2015 Raj Bajaj, "Gandhi’s  Role...," College Hill Elementary, Wichita
2015 Tracy Million Simmons, "On the Porch," Red Rocks, Emporia
2015 Annette Billings, "Once Again for Gwendolyn," Topeka
2015 Joyce Long, "Super Heros," Arma City Library

2015 Cathy Callen, "Family History Writing," Lawrence Welcome Club
2015 Annette Billings, "Stories of Hope and Healing," Midland Care, Topeka

2015 Annette Billings, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
2015 Ronda Miller, Lawrence City Commission proclaims "Poetry Month"
2015 Five District 5 members, Catholic Care Center, Wichita

2015 Cynthia Ross, Benton Elementary Youth Poetry Contest
2015 Tom Mach/Ronda Miller, Poetry Out Loud, Lawrence
2014 Ronda Miller, Poetry Reading, Wheat Ridge Circle, Goodland
2014 Ronda Miller, International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, Lawrence

2014 Roy Beckemeyer, Wichita Children's Home, Wichita
2014 Roy Beckemeyer/Dixie Brown, LifeVentures, Wichita
2014 Nancy Julien Kopp, Czech Partner City Concert, Manhattan
2014 Nancy Julien Kopp, St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Manhattan
2014 June Hilbert, Atria Hearthstone East, Topeka
2014 Cathy Callen, Douglas County Senior Services, Lawrence

2013 Tracy Million Simmons, Dodge City student writers, Dodge City
2013 Max & Carol Yoho, "Thursday Forum," Brewster Place, Topeka
2013 District 5 members at Creative Writers' Fellowship Group, Hesston
2012 Agnes Kazminski, Thornton Place and Drury Place, Topeka
2012 Grant Williams, Cowley County student writers, Arkansas City
2012 Louise Click, Easter performance, Coffeyville

2012 Community Read Around, Coffeyville
2012 Agnes Kazminski: Faith Lutheran Church, Topeka
2012 Feb. — Grant Williams: Arkansas City, Winfield, Salina
2012 Jan. — Grant Williams: Arkansas City, Winfield, Salina
2011 Grant Williams: many people, many events, SE Kansas
2010 Grant Williams, Roosevelt Elementary summer school classes
2010 Nancy Julien Kopp, PEO Meeting, Manhattan
2010 Reaona Hemmingway, Writers Workshop, TSCPL, Topeka
2010 Nancy Julien Kopp, The Literature Club, Manhattan
2010 Grant Williams, "Future Space," Cowley College
2009 Grant Williams: Thanksgiving
2009 Grant Williams: July acitivities
2009 Caney schools notified of 2009 youth writing contest
2009 Spring District 5 activities

2009 Spring Activities: many people, many districts

2009 Grant Williams: Jan. & Feb. activities
2008 Grant Williams: Holiday activities
2008 Grant Williams: Nov. activities
2008 Arkansas City Personal Academy

2008 Ladies Auxillary, American Legion Post #18

2008 East Wichita Shepherd's Center
2008 Grant Williams activities
2007 Cat Tales Writing Group Writing Awards
2007 Olathe School District
2007 Arkansas City schools
2007 Community Elemenary, Coffeyville
2007 Paola Grade School
2007 Lutheran Fine Arts Council, Topaka
2007 Christ the King, Topeka
2007 Harveyville
2007 Anthony Middle School

2006 Garden Room Writers

Local Author WorkshopCarol Yoho, District 1, Topeka, was one of six speakers at a Local Authors Workshop: "How to Market Your Book," an event partnering the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library and KAC District 1. The workshop was held held on July 29, 2017, at Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. Carol gave a PowerPoint presentation about "Kansas Authors Club: History and Opportunities." This was a free event, and a PDF copy of Carol's presentation hand-out is available here. The handout links to both the newest and the older KAC web sites to share specific club details. August, 2017

Cathy Callen, retiring Audio ReaderCathy Callen, District 2, Lawrence, announced that Thursday, March 15, 2017, was her last day as a volunteer reader for the University of Kansas "Audio-Reader Program." She worked there weekly for over thirteen years, but is reitiring because her voice has given out. She read on the air with Jim Taylor for most of those years, and more recently with Jenn Forth. Together they read newspapers of northeast Kansas for print-challenged individuals. These papers included the Emporia Gazette, the Leavenworth Times, the Manhattan Mercury, the Miami County Republic, The Ottowa Herald, the Atchison Globe, the Osawatomie Graphic and the Valley Falls Vindicator, among others. It was a first-class volunteer opportunity, and Cathy thanks Marge Heeney of Topeka for referring her! March, 2017

Ronda Miller, District 2 President and state VP, Lawrence, facilitated the Literature break out session of the Arts Council of Johnson County's Shooting Stars Prep Workshop on November 16, 2016. This program celebrated young Johnson County artists for their artistic excellence in high school, and gives Finalists an overview of the Shooting Stars program. This year's program was held at Blue Valley School District's Hilltop Conference Center in Overland Park, KS. Read more about Shooting Stars Recognition, Scholarship & Awards Program online. November, 2016

Annette Billings bee projectAnnette Billings, District 1, Topeka, shares a project that began with a visit and presentation of poetry to children at a Kansas City Mennonite summer school class in June, 2016. Together, Annette and students finished a poem Annette had begun about a bee. The spouse of one of the staff members later asked if he could illustrate it. The results are colorful, fun, and are shared here. June, 2016

Roy Beckemeyer, District 5, Wichita, and Dixie Brown, District 5, Bel Aire, conducted an Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop for LifeVentures in Wichita during the Spring, 2016 session. LifeVentures is a learning opportunity for seniors. Fifteen attendees participated in the workshop session. April, 2016

Roy Beckemeyer shares poetry at the Kinsley Public LibraryRoy Beckemeyer, District 5, Wichita, was invited to read from his 2015 Kansas Notable Book, Music I Once Could Dance To, as part of the Kinsley Public Library's 2016 Poetry Month celebration in Kinsley, Kansas. He read to an audience of adults and students and afterwards held a one-hour poetry workshop for a group of students. The event was held on April 5, 2016. The photo accompanying this listing is from Roy's Kinsley reading, and is courtesy of library director Joan Weaver. April, 2016

Ronda Miller, District 2 president and KAC VP, Lawrence, judged poets and prose submissions for the Johnson County Arts Program's "Shooting Stars Scholarships" writing competition in late January. This event has, to date, recognized 1,000 high school seniors for artistic excellence and contributions to their community. The competition helps celebrate young artists and arts educators for their artistic achievements with college scholarships, awards and honorariums. This year's honorees were to receive their adwards at the Shooting Stars Gala on April 3, 2016. April, 2016

Visiting Writers Series Feb2016Kevin Rabas, Tracy Million Simmons, and Mike Graves, all District 2, Emporia, participated in the Emporia State University Visiting Writers Series on February 29, 2016. The group read excerpts from their novel, Green Bike, and took questions from the audience on the process of writing a group novel and getting it published. March, 2015

Tracy Million Simmons, District 2, Emporia, spoke at Emporia State University, Plumb Hall, to students who work on the Flint Hills Review on Monday, February 29, 2016, about the origins of Meadowlark, www.meadowlark-books.com, her independent press, and the process and technical details of publishing books today. March, 2015

Vicki Julian, District 2, Lawrence, presented a workshop on "Writing as a Catharsis" in October 2015 for Stephen Ministers at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lawrence, KS. Because Stephen Ministers provide emotional support and caring for those in crisis or facing difficult challenges, Julian offered techniques that the lay ministers could share with their care receivers to facilitate communication and decision making. This workshop, held on September 8, was a part of the group's monthly on-going training. October, 2015

Vicki Julian, District 2, Lawrnece, and her fellow author Micki Carroll have conducted five memoir writing workshops in the last 6 months. Venues have included two assisted living facilities, two churches and the Douglas County Senior Center. Currently, they are compiling memoirs for a book to celebrate Trinity Lutheran Church's 150th celebration in 2017. October, 2015

Raj Bajaj, District 5, Wichita, gave a talk to fifth grade students in College Hill Elementary School, Wichita. The topic was "Gandhi’s  Role in Getting Independence for India." In concluding, she shared information about the KAC Youth  Writing Contest and encouraged students to participate. Raj provided two books containing winning entries to the teacher for use or to keep in the school's library and shared her telephone number, for help in answering any questions about entering the Youth Writing Contest. The teacher and the students showed interest in participating. June, 2015

Red Rocks, Tracy Million Simmons, June, 2015Tracy Million Simmons, District 2, Emporia, along with authors Cheryl Unruh and Marcia Lawrence, spoke on "Emporia Writers: Rituals and Inspiration" at Red Rocks historic site, the home of William Allen White, Emporia, on June 21, 2015. The presentation was attended by approximately 20 people, and was third in this season's "On the Porch" series, this year in celebration the 10th anniversary of the founding of Red Rocks as an historical site. Photo is courtesy of Roger Heineken. June, 2015
Gwendolyn Brooks, Topeka-born black poetAnnette Billings, District 1, Topeka, planned and held an event, “Once Again For Gwendolyn,” on June 7, 2015, in recognition of the birth of Topeka-born poet Gwendolyn Brooks.The gathering was held in Gwendolyn Brooks Park, 37th and S. Topeka Blvd., Topeka., on a lovely Sunday evening. Attendees were encouraged to bring Gwendolyn Brooks' poetry to read, or poetry of their own to share. Annette organized both this year's event and last year's first memorial birthday celebration. June, 2015

Zortz, and Joyce LongJoyce Long, District 3, Cherryvale, did a presentation on the theme "Super Hero: Every hero has a story" at Arma City Library on Thursday, June 4, 2015. She introduced Zortz, her puppet, to the children in attendance and read from The Misadventures of Zortz: The Real Me, Chapter Seven, where Zortz recues a small dog during a flood. Zortz actions in saving the dog showed Zortz to be a hero. In the course of her speech, Joyce told the children attending that "the bottom line of being a hero is helping others." June, 2015

Barbara Nelson with speaker Cathy Callen, Lawrence Welcome ClubCathy Callen, District 2, Lawrence, spoke to sixty-five club members of the Lawrence Welcome Club on the topic of "Family History Writing." The meeting was held on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at the Alvamar Country Club. Cathy touched on researching her family and recording family history while preparing her own book of family history tales, Running Out of Footprints, The photo at the left shows Cathy with Barbara Nelson, vice-president and program chair for the Lawrence Welcome Club. May, 2015

Annette Billings, Stories of Hope and HealingAnnette Billings, District 1, Topeka, shared her poetry at "Stories of Hope and Healing," a series hosted by Midland Care of Topeka on April 16, 2015. The meeting was held at McFarland's Restaurant, Gage Center, Topeka, and featured "fascinating perspectives among regional authors, poets, artists and storytellers." This community service event provides resources for recovery from grief using varied forms of art. Annette shared personal experiences of loss and read poetry that related to them. April, 2015Annette Billings, National Poetry Month reading, April 2015

Annette Billings, District 1, Topeka, took part in the Open Mic portion of a National Poetry Month Celebration on April 15, 2015, at Topeka Shawnee County Public Library. Featured poets also included Dennis Etzel Jr, Megan Kaminski and Israel Wasserstein. April, 2015

Ronda Miller, District 2 president and Lawrence poet, proposed a proclamation for April as “Poetry Month” at the Lawrence City Commission meeting on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. The proclamation was granted. Former Kansas Poet Laureate Denise Low and locally loved poet and educator Elizabeth Schultz were instrumental in writing and presenting the proclamation. Proclamations are considered at the beginning of commission meetings, which now currently begin at 5:45 PM, in the first floor commission room at 6 E. 6th St., Lawrence. April, 2015

District 5 members read poetry at Catholic Care Center, WichitaSix members of KAC DIstrict 5 visited the Catholic Care Center (an assisted living facility) in Wichita on Thursday, March 26, 2015, and conducted a poetry reading. Members participating included Pat and Roy Beckemeyer, Dixie Brown, Virginia Hays, Susan Howell, and Joyce Markley. April, 2015

Cynthia Ross, District 5, Towanda, was judge for the Benton Elementary Youth (3rd-6th grade) Poetry Contest, held January 2015. This was her third year to judge this contest. When returning the entries Cynthia enclosed the guidelines for the KAC Youth Contest for each teacher. January, 2015

group with Tom Mach and Ronda MillerTom Mach, District 2, Lawrence, and Ronda Miller, District 2 President, Lawrence, assisted in judging students from Lawrence and Baldwin for "Poetry Out Loud," an event held January 17, 2015, at Lawrence High School in Lawrence. Hannah Parks of Baldwin was the regional winner. Miller gifted both contestants with KAC Youth Memberships. The state contest will end in Salina in March, 2015. All six of those representatives will also receive youth memberships to KAC. January, 2015

Wheat Ridge AcresKent Amsberry and Ronda MillerRonda Miller, District 2 President, Lawrence, and Kent Amsberry gave a poetry reading and recital at Wheat Ridge Acres Assisted Living, 707 Wheat Ridge Circle, in Goodland, KS, on December 30, 2014. December 2014Ronda Miller assists with a Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, November 2014

Ronda Miller, District 2 President, Lawrence, read poetry and assisting in a workshop for International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day on November 22, 2014, at First United Methodist Church, Lawrence. This event was free & open to all. November 2014

Roy Beckemeyer, District 5 President, Wichita, began volunteering at the Wichita Children's Home, 810 North Holyoke, Wichita, KS, in October, 2014. His goal is to work with youth on poetry writing as a means of coping. The Home is the only emergency temporary residential shelter for children in need in this community. His contact is Carisa Mallett, LBSW a Case Manager at the Home. October 2014

Roy Beckemeyer, District 5 President, Wichita, and Dixie Brown, District 5, Wichita, prepared and ran three 8-week sessions at the LifeVentures Senior Living Lessons in Learning Programs in 2014. At these sessions, seniors are encouraged to use poetry to express their emotions and to keep their writing and thinking skills sharp. Workshop attendance averaged about 15 participants per session. Sessions were on Tuesdays from January 7 through February 25, from April 8 through May 27, and from September 9 through October 28. October 2014

Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, wrote the text for the program which will be given to audience members at the Czech Partner City Concert on October 21, 2014, at McCain Auditorium on the Kansas State University campus, Manhattan. The music represents Czech composers in honor of Joseph Barton-Dobenin who started the Exchange program between K-State and two Czech universities. He also was responsible for finding a partner city near Prague for the city of Manhattan. October 2014

Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, gave a program on "Grandparents" at the St. Luke's Lutheran Church Guild on September 8, 2014. She used some of her stories as illustrations and had audience members participate with stories of their own and urged them to write those stories, not just tell them. September 2014

June Hilbert, District 1, Meriden, is a farm wife. She has also been an administrative assistant at Capitol Federal Savings Bank in Topeka, but retired from her "skyscraper" job at the end of 2012. She then focused on writing a memoir of adventures as a farm wife, From High Heels to Gumboots, One Cow Pie at a Time, publishing her work in 2013. Beginning on April 30, 2014, on Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m., June will be reading excerpts from her book and sharing farm experiences with residents at Atria Hearthstone East, 3415 SW 6th Ave., Topeka, KS, where her mother is a resident. The readings and discussion will last about 30 minutes. April 2014

Cathy Callen at Senior Services, Lawrence, KS Cathy Callen discusses managing personal collected memoriesCathy Callen, District 2, Lawrence, talked to senior citizens about managing their collected memories, with a presentation at Douglas County Senior Services, 745 Vermont St., Lawrence, on April 25, 2014. Cathy had to take control of her own inherited photos, letters and documents, all of which aided her in researching her family and recording family history in her book, Running Out of Footprints, a beautiful, large, hardcover volume published in 2013. Cathy offered suggestions for bringing order to chaos, including letters and manuscripts, management of photographs, and examples of completed projects. She also worked in an audience-participation exercise. April 2014

Tracy Million Simmons (in red) with Dodge City High School writers

Tracy Million Simmons, District 2, Emporia, spoke with English and Creative Writing students at Dodge City Tiger Hunting, by Tracy Million SimmonsHigh School on the subject of indepdent art and publishing on May 16, 2013. Tracy shared the story of publishing her first novel, Tiger Hunting. She was raised in the Dodge City area and was pleased to be back in the area for her speaking engagement. May 2013

Max YohoMax Yoho, District 1, Topeka, was to speak at "Thursday Forum," at Brewster Place Retirement Community, in Topeka, on March 28, 2013. Max was waylaid by ill health, so his wife, Carol Yoho, District 1, Topeka, lead the discussion, focusing on Max's role as a retired Goodyear machinist who is now a successful author of six books of fiction. She explained that Max has always been a reader, and how his early job at Topeka's Brackett’s Stripping Machine Co. fostered his interest in literature. Brackett’s manufactured binding equipment, sold to printing companies. While still an apprentice, Max found an unbound copy of Voltaire's Candide lying, ready to be bound, there to test equipment being manufactured. He read the book and loved it, then set out to pursue reading other works of literature. Max loves words, and took some university-level English composition classes, then joined writers groups and wrote poetry, Max Yoho, six books published 2001-2012essay and short-short stories (250 words or less) to hone his writing skills, while working 31.5 years as a machinist. He focused on novel-writing after he retired in 1992. Carol read from his shorter works and summaried plots of his novels, then answered questions as best she could. March 2013

Dixie Brown, District 5, Wichita, D5 Vice President, and Virginia Hays, District 5, Wichita, past D-5 President, gave a program on KAC history and D-5 activity for the Creative Writers Fellowship Group in Hesston on January 5, 2013. The group had a turnout of twenty; several members of Creative Writers have also been long-time KAC members working to recruit new members interested in writing. Rachel Poling, District 5, Newton, who initiated this program, brought some old KAC Yearbooks that were her mother's. Rachel’s mother was a former longtime KAC member. January 2013

Agnes Kazminski, District 1, Topeka, visited with residents in two retirement communities: on September 18, 2012 at Thornton Place and on September 21, 2012 at Drury Place, both in Topeka. Agnes talked with her audience about the importance of writing memoirs to pass family history on to the next generation. She encouraged the listeners to write the stories in their lives that they deem important for their families and make sure that they are saved. It does not always have to be a book. It can be just a few stories or a summary of their life. Her suggestions were well received at both places. There were some people in the audience that had started to write memoirs and felt encouraged. Agnes combined her talk with book signings of her own new book, Sunrise Hill:A Memoir of a Marriage. September 2012

Grant Williams, District 3, Arkansas City, read to students at Cowley College Creative Claws writers group. A picture of the event appeared in the local newspaper, The Ark City Traveler, and students posted his poem, "Philosopher," in thier online newspaper, Mile Marker Review (p. 3). Grant's latest book, Ten Degrees, and a book of his poetry were displayed at the annual Cowley Writers Corner, May 2, 2012. Grant is an Advisory Board member forthe Humanities Department, Cowley College. May 2012Louise Click reenacts the story of Mary Magdelene

Louise Click, District 3, Coffeyville, donned a costume and retold the story from the Bible of Mary Magdelene. Her performance took place at Windsor Place Assisted Living, Coffeyville, on Easter Sunday afternoon, April 8, 2012. April 2012

KAC Third District 3 joined with the Coffeyville Public Library for a Community Read Around on Saturday March 24, 2012. Participants were writers of all ages, from 14 years old to college students, young adults and senior citizens. Everyone enjoyed the event. Refreshments were provided by the library, and future read arounds may be scheduled. April 2012

Agnes Kazminski, District 1, Topeka, spoke to a group of seniors at Faith Lutheran Church, Topeka, on February 16, 2012, about writing personal memoirs for their grandchildren. About twenty people participated. Besides talking about what makes a memoir and the principles of writing a story, Agnes talked about the benefits of documenting family events for future generations. She also discussed various forms of memoir writing. She pointed out that a memoir does not necessarily have to be in book format, but could also be a collection of stories or a summary of events. Her messages were well-received. February 2012

Grant Williams, District 3, Arkansas City, regularly reads at area senior care facilities. He reads at Presbyterian Manor in Arkansas City on the first Monday of each month, at Sterling House in Arkansas City on the second Wednesday night of each month, at Medicalodge in Arkansas City on the third Thursday morning of every month, and at Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield on the fourth Tuesday morning of every month.

Grant reads his own work and also chooses work of other poets, including Shakespeare, Edgar Guest, Robert Frost, Maya Angelou and Kansas poet Langston Hughes. He also may choose to read the work of fellow KAC members: Max Yoho, Naomi Patterson, Dr. Laurence Harshbarger, Evie Green, George Paris and others.

Grant Williams, District 3, Arkansas City, read for the Presbyterian Manor in Salina on January 10, 2012. He read poems and stories that honored Kansas authors and American authors including some of his own poetry and essays. KAC members honored included Evie Green and Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, and desceased member and Grant's personal friend, Dr. Laurence "Hap" Harshbarger, District 3, Junction City. Other Kansas poets honored with readings included Mona Karoush, Pittsburg; William Allen White, Emporia; and works by Cowley College writers, including work by Marlys Cervantes, Humanities department head. Grant met several people who were over 100 years old and still enjoying the written word. On January 11, 2012, Grant read for friends and residents at the Sterling House in Arknasas City. In the following we he shared poems at Arkansas City's Medicalodge and Winfield's Kansas Veterans Home. January 2012

Grant Williams, District 3, Arkansas City, lead literary discussions at a variety of SE Kansas locations in December, 2011:

Grant Williams, District 3, Arkansas City, used his little "Dummy Charlie" with Roosevelt School summer school first graders, Arkansas City, on June 29, 2010, to discuss the meaning of the July 4th Indpendence Day holiday. Charlie and Grant read some of Grant's children's poems. Grant also read for residents of the Presbyterian Manor, Arkansas City, on July 5, 2010, and has had working sessions, one-on-one with an individual who is trying to better understand poetry. June 2010

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Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, gave a program on April 8, 2010, titled "Mothers and Their Mothers" at a PEO meeting, using memoir pieces she has written about her mother and maternal grandmother. April 2010

Reaona Hemmingway, District 1, Topeka, presented a Writers Workshop on March 27, 2010, at Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. She demonstrated how to format a book for publication, design the cover, and make it available for sales to the public on-line. Reaona has published three books using do-it-yourself features of CreateSpace.com. She is also a Nanowrimo author. April 2010
Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, gave a program for The Literature Club in Manhattan on March 18, 2010 . She spoke about the importance of writing family stories and read some of her family stories. March 2010
Grant Williams, District 3, Arkansas City, was one of ten guest speakers at the "Future Space" event at Cowley College, Arkansas City, on February 11, 2010. He participated in two sessions, speaking about his career in writing. He credited KAC as a contributing factor to his successes as a writer and the weighed the importance of writing in career success and community interaction. The event was featured on the Cowley College website. February 2010
Grant Williams reads poetry at the Arkansas City Senior CenterGrant Williams, District 3, Arkansas City, read a Thanksgiving Poem for the Thanksgiving Dinner at the Arkansas City Senior Center Thanksgiving Dinner, November 20, 2009. Wlliams is the Chairman of the Senior Center Advisory Board. November 2009
Grant Williams, District 3, Arkansas City, has a new venue for reading to the seniors. He reads at the Sterling House twice a month (once in the daytime and once at night). He reads his own work and the work of other Kansas Authors such as Max Yoho, Naomi Patterson, Dr. Laurence Harsbarger, Tom Mach and other work by KAC members as printed in our yearbook. Grant read at the Sterling House on July 22, 2009. July 2009
Mr. Ivan Pfalser, District 3, Caney, distributed the Kansas Authors Club 2009 Youth Writing Contest rules to all the schools in his area has also sent a news release to all of the newspapers in his area concerning this event. Our thanks go to Ivan to helping get out the word! April /2009

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Ralph Allen, District 5, Wichita, wrote an historical account of the work he has done over the last 39 years with the Christian Ministry to Offenders, a program currently revamping their website using Ralph's writing. Ralph has recently "retired" from this long-time service. April 2009
Christie Merriman Breault, District 5, Benton, took part of a luncheon/workshop by the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators held at Watermark Books on Feb. 28, 2009. The program was open to writers, teachers and librarians. There were five published authors there who told about their books and the writing process. April 2009
Ann Everett, District 5, Wichita, taught a 6 week memoirs class at Shepherd's Center of West Wichita which runs from March 5 through April 9, 2009. April 2009
Virginia Hays, District 5, Wichita, gave a talk on Kansas Authors Club on March 19, 2009, for the "All About Books" session at Shepherd's Center of West Wichita. April 2009
Raymond Nelson, District 5, Wichita, provides poetry classes once a year for the past several years at Maize South Middle School. He spends a day with the students whenever the teacher calls. April 2009
Errol Anderson, District 1 President, Topeka, has appeared on WIBW-TV with Ralph Hipp of WIBW TV telling Topekans about our Kansas Authors Club. April 2009

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Roy Bird, District 1, Topeka , or is this Teresa Fink??? D6, has spoken an assembly at Jackson Heights Elementary & Middle School, three sessions of students and community visitors at Valley Heights Jr./Sr. High School; the Wichita Civil War Round Table, and the Great Manhattan Mystery Conclave meeting. April 2009
Linda Colvin Funk, District 1, Nortonville, presented a program for librarians, staffers, and trustees of the Northeast Kansas Library system last spring. The talk was centered on occasional writing since leaving high school, the process of writing as my children were growing up, the motivational speaker who directed me to publication, etc. April 2009
Ester Luttrell, District 1, Topeka, premiered the World War II she wrote and produced in November at the Topeka Public Library. She gives workshops across the country (and several in Topeka) in an effort to help new writers get a start. April 2009
Trudy McFarland, District 1, Topeka, presented a talk about the writing of her book, Diary of a German War Bride, to a PEO group in Topeka. She also spoke at Susanna Wesley Methodist Church. April 2009
George Paris, District 1, Topeka, participated in a poetry reading at Lola's coffee House on February 28. He joined two faculty members of the Washburn University English Department: Erlene Hinz-Penner and Karen Barron. The event was one in a series of poetry readings of their original work called "The Top City Poetry Read" organized by Dennis Etzel of the Washburn Faculty. April 2009
Myron Dunavan, Barbara Merris, Kris Polansky, Evie Green, and Gary Hemingway, all District 1, Topeka, made up the judging committee for a writing contest at Christ the King church and school in Topeka. The committee represented Kansas Authors Club. April 2009

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Tom Mach, District 2, Lawrence, has been presenting workshops in various areas about writing. He presented "How To Write A Great Novel" at Emporia State University in March.
The workshop involved writing participation by the attendees. Tom also gave a poetry reading at the Raven Bookstore. He was a guest poet for University of Kansas English Professor Brian Daldorph’s volunteer men’s poetry class at the Douglas County Jail. Tom also helps Mrs. Gini Scholberg at St. John's Elementary School in Lawrence with her writer's workshop for first graders every Monday and Tuesday afternoon. April 2009
Joann Williams, District 2, Princeton, served as a preliminary judge for the 2009 Kansas Letters About Literature Project where students wrote letters to their favorite authors on behalf of the Kansas State Library. Winning letters at the state level advanced to a national competition. April 2009
Mary-Lane Kamberg, District 2, Olathe, mentored a Louisburg high school student poet with her senior project: a chapbook of the student’s poetry. Mary-Lane also presented three sessions on dialogue for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders at Lexington Middle School in Missouri. She spoke about writing as a career for the Lee’s Summit Scribes in February and spoke about writing articles at the Heartland Romance Writers in March. She served as judge of the humor category in Oklahoma Writers Federation Inc.’s annual writing contest. She also served as a guest poet at the men’s poetry class directed by Brian Daldorph, University of Kansas professor, at the Douglas County Jail in Lawrence. April 2009
Ursula Turner, District 3, Coffeyville, reports that D3 has made a worthy effort visiting schools in their area to tell kids about the Kansas Authors Club’s Youth Writing Contest. “Our group has been busy getting out the youth contest rules to schools and libraries. Frankie is kind of in charge and has covered Coffeyville public school, Catholic school and library as well as the schools in Cherryvale and the Lutheran School in Independence. Ivan is covering the schools in Caney, Ruth Ames is taking care of the Edna school. George Hill has Parsons covered and Grant is taking care of Arkansas City. I took the rules to Tyro Christian School.” April 2009

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Grant Williams, District 3, Arkansas City. Each first Monday of each month Grant reads poems and short stories to the residents of The Presbyterian Manor in Arkansas City. He leaves them the poems and stories he reads and also leaves them a comb-bound book of short stories he has written in large print 16pt. These books are left in their library. He does the same on the third Friday of each month at the Medicalodge in Arkansas City. The last Wednesday of each month he reads for residents of the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield. Sometimes they participate with their poems and written words of wit and wisdom. He leaves books there, too. He started with about three to four people in each group and now he has close to twenty in each facility. He also read poems as part of the awards announcement program for the Arts of the Aged, an art contest for people who submitted art at the Presbyterian Manor in September. In September, Grant spoke to the Women's Book Club in Coffeyville about how writing is important to the community. On October 16th he facilitated Poetry Night at the Arkansas City Library with Librarian Lianne Flax. The program was attended by poets from 11 years old to octogenarians, and included a read-a-round and poetry discussion. He was asked to join the advisory board of Humanities at Cowley College because of his connection with KAC, his books, and his writing activities in the community. He has also produced Children’s Moral Poetry Books for the Arkansas City Library and for some of the teachers in the local school system. In March Grant read for the Medicalodge and the Presbyterian Manor in Ark City and also for the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield.  His programs were centered around St. Patrick''s Day. He has been active in taking all the Youth contest materials to the public and private schools in Arkansas City and received a nice letter from the Librarian from the Ark City Middle school who has started a writing program.
April 2009
Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, presented a program about valentine stories she had published earlier at a PEO meeting. February 2009
Christie Merriman Breault, District 5, Benton, presented 10 Kansas Day presentations for elementary schools in the Wichita Public School District. Audiences for the presentations averaged 110 children. February 2009

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Kay Towle, District 6, Hutchinson, has volunteered to teach a poetry class at a local school for both the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 school years. February 2009
Grant Williams, District 3, Arkansas City, read poetry in January at the Ark City Library on the 15th on Poetry night and his usually readings at the Medicalodge, Presbyterian Manor in Ark City and the Kansas Veteran's home in Winfield, where he read excerpts From Dr. Martin Luther King and also read poems by Kansas Authors such as Naomi Patterson, Max Yoho and Dr. (Hap) Harshbarger. On February 18th, Grant conducted three Valentine's Parties for senior citizens where he read poetry and Valentine's stories. He partied at the Presbyterian Manor in Arkansas City on February 2, at the Medicalodge in Arkansas City and at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield on February 20, 2009. February 2009
Grant Williams, District 3, Arkansas City, read for residents of the Medicalodge on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 2008, at both dining rooms of their facility at 200 E. Osage, Arkansas City. He recited three of his own Thanksgiving poems.
     On December 1, he read Christmas selections of poems and stories for the residents at the Presbyterian Manor, N. 4th St., Arkansas City. Residents enjoyed some classic stories and poems, along with some of Grant's own Holiday poems.
     On December 2 Grant worked with the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary to wrap Christmas presents for the residents of the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield. This project lasts three days, wrapping gifts to be sent out to families of residents. It usually takes about 24 hours of work to fulfill this project.
     On December 17, Grant read a Christmas program at the Kansas Veterans Home, Winfield, with Nancy Mikeskill, activities director, accompanying him on the bells. On December 19 he read a Christmas program for the residents of the Medicalodge in Arkansas City.
     On December 18 Grant read for Kindergarten children of Adams School in Arkansas City. He read "The Night Before Christmas" and two two of his own poems. That same day Grant
read the same Christmas choices as he had the day before, but in a different wing of the Kansas Vertans Home.
     On December 19 Grant read at the Medicalodge in Arkansas City and included "The Night before Christmas" by Clement C. Moore, some new Christmas poems, and "Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry. February 2009

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Grant Williams, District 3, Arkansas City, served as talent contest judge for Cowley College, Arkansas City, on November 18, 2009. He read poetry and stories to the residents of The Kansas Veterans Home, Winfield, on November 19, 2008, and read poetry and stories to the residents of Medicalodge, Arkansas Cit,y on November 21, 2008. November 2008

Grant Williams presents at AC Personal AcademyGrant Williams, District 3, Arkansas City, is State V.P. of KAC. On November 11, 2008 Grant discussed poetry and writing in the community with students at the A.C. Personal Academy in Arkansas City. Picture is used here with permission of Ms. Amy Arrowsmith, instructor at AC Personal Academy. November 2008
Grant Williams, District 3, Arkansas City, presented a poem on November 4, 2008, to the Ladies Auxillary for the American Legion post #18, honoring them for their work in the community. The poem was entitled "Ladies in Blue." November 2008
Ann Everett , District 5 , Wichita, taught poetry for eight weeks, September 9 through October 28, 2008, at East Wichita Shepherd's Center, Wichita. Her theme was "Senses to Soul." Authors were inspired by exercises for the senses and introduced to new poetry forms. 11/2/2008                           
 Grant Williams, District 3, Arkansas City, read poetry and stories for the residents of Medicalodge at 203 Osage Street in Arkansas City (9-4-08), Presbyterian Manor at 1711 North 4th Street in Arkansas City (9-1-08), and the Kansas Veterans Home at 1220 WWII Memorial Grant Williams reads at Kansas Vererans Home, Oct. 29, 2008Drive in Winfield (9-24-08).
    These activities are Grant's way of promoting poetry and writing from Kansas. He spoke to the "Friday Book Club" at a private home in Coffeyville (9-19-08) concerning writing as community service. Grant reads to the residents of senior homes and medical facilities and writes childens' moral poetry for students in younger grades.
    Grant was appointed to the Advisory Council of Humanties Department of Cowley College, Arkansas City, and has been appointed by the Mayor of Arkansas City to the Retired Citizens Advisory Council. Along with his duties as Vice President for KAC, he has been promoting writing for all age groups and running the book contests for District 3.
    Grant facilitated Poetry Night at the Arkansas City Library in Arkansas City (10-16-08) in a read-a-round for the community of Arkansas City.
    He read poems and short stories for the Presbyterian Manor in Arkansas (10-6-08), for the residents of Medicalodge in Arkansas City (10-17-08), and at Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield 10-29-08). Grant assisted Ms. Nancy Mikeskill, activities coordinator, with a Halloween Party at the event. 10/29/2008

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Cat Tales Writing Group, organized by Dorothy Masters, District 3, Harveyville,Cat Tales announces their 2007 writing awards. Judge was judged by Ann Everett, District 5, Haysville, who is Kansas Authors Club Financial Secretary.
    Winners were:
         1 st Pat Weir for “Mike Burns Down My...”
         2 nd Vicky Jones for “Night”
         3 rd Evie Green for “Freckled-Face and Merthiolate”
         4 th Dixie L. Wilson for “The Summer from Hell”
         5 th Barbara Brady for “Gram's Magic Apron”
         6 th Teresa Oliver for “Patching Tires”
    Cat Tales meets every third Thursday at Santa Fe Café in Burlingame for lunch and sharing of writing.
Mary-Lane Kamberg, District 2, Olathe, presented a day-long in-service in May, 2007, for language arts teachers in the Olathe School District. 5/16/2007
Grant Williams, District 3, Arkansas City, has visited schools in Arkansas City. 5/16/2007
Frankie Roland, District 3, Coffeyville, will be visiting 2nd and 5th grade at Community Elementary School in Coffeyville in May. 5/16/2007
In 2006, Kansas Authors Club’s Writers in the Schools program was expanded to include other activities by members to encourage writing in other places such as retirement homes and community centers. Members who teach or discuss writing with student or adult writers outside the club should report about their projects and visits to Mary-Lane Kamberg, Writers in the Community Chair. 5/16/2007
Sally Jadlow, District 2, Overland Park, author of The Late Sooner taught poetry writing to Paola Grade School's fifth grade class and talked about writing on Tuesday, April 17. She also shared her contribution to a new compilation, A Cup of Comfort Devotional for Mothers. 4/13/2007
Myron Dunavan, District 1, Topeka, managed judging of the 2007 Lutheran Fine Arts Council's Children's Writing Contest, with assistance of District1 judges. Winners will be announced at an event at Barnes & Nobles, Topeka. 2/10/2007

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Christ the King Grade School of Topeka had help from KAC District 1 judges to choose poetry and short story winners from among sixth, seventh and eighth grade levels for the school's third annual youth writing contest. Deadline for student submissions was Fri., Jan. 26, with an awards ceremony held Mar. 28. All entries were published as Cougar Tales with the top four poems and short story writers receiving cash prizes and certificates. In 2007 there were 17 poetry entries and 14 short story entries. Thanks to District 1 members who volunteered to help with this writing competition. 1/31/2007
Dorothy Masters, District 4, Harveyville, held her fifth annual contest for student writers and artists. There is no charge to enter, and any school-aged youth could enter and write about or draw anything he/she wished. A special category in 2007 was set for students who wished to write about local history or community. 1/11/2007
Marolyn Caldwell, District 4, Manhattan, was thanked in a letter-to-the-editor, published in the Manhattan Mercury, January 7, 2007, for sharing advice with Anthony Middle School language arts classes. Caldwell, also involved with the annual Manhattan Mystery Conclave, spent the day at the school sharing background and tips for writing mysteries. She also donated ninety copies of the Conclave's compilation, Manhattan Mysteries, to students. The letter's author was Beth Neitzel, Anthony Middle School language arts instructor. 1/8/2007
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Barbara Booth, District 4, Clay Center, reports that a writing group at the Clay Center Presbyterian Manor brings together residents and members of the community to discuss and write their life stories. Facilitator Mary Cooprider, District 4, Clay Center, who is a retired English teacher, usually begins the session with a warm-up exercise to get the group talking about their life experiences. Then they write their stories. The group was featured in the local paper in “Writing group meets weekly at Presbyterian Manor.” Their picture was included in “Artists, writers, travelers welcome at the Manor” by Beth Begnoche in the Fall 2005 Living Your Way, a publication of the Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America Network. 5/14/2006

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