President Virginia’s address, Winter 2017
“As a woman in my eighth decade, I am increasingly aware of the need to live in the “here and now.” When I joined my branch, our only way of communicating with each other was either by phone or United States Postal Service — one extremely time consuming, because that also preceded most telephone answering machines or voice mail, and the other an additional expense for the branch.
Now, we depend on email, as well as Facebook, Twitter and blogs. It has opened our entire League to the world, and we are compelled to use each of those venues for the ever-expanding possibilities that they offer.” Read more…
Membership Applications Alert and Instructions
The use of outdated membership applications is causing confusion and delay in processing your new members.
- Go to our “How to Join” page of the NLAPW website.
- Find the category of membership that you desire. Click once on the blue link to download the 2016 application form with instructions sheet. Print them out. e instruction sheet guides you through the updated procedure for new members.
If you have questions, there is contact information for help.
Please destroy earlier versions of the application forms.
The 2016 application forms provide:
- Increased responsibility and opportunity for branches in vetting new members
- The phasing-in of digital NLAPW paperwork • An e cient and speedy process
Governance Committee announces procedure for bylaws amendment proposals
Governance Committee Chair, Wanda M. Sims brings us an introduction to the League’s formative documents and maps out the process for members to participate.
“The key differences between bylaws and standing rules relate to scope and effect. At the core, bylaws are designed to be overarching and procedural, while standing rules are specific and administrative.”
Pen Arts is the site for a new series of public lectures
Anne Selling, D.C. Branch member
Virginia Campbell, our National President, has initiated a series of lectures with invitations to the public.
The illustrated lecture on Aleppo, Syria at NLAPW headquarters by Dr. Teresa Dodds was fascinating. Having spent a number of years in the city,
Ms. Dodds spoke of its ancient history, its striking landmarks and its customs. She showed treasures, elegant jewelry and needlework she found in the city’s enormous souk.
Her photos of the elaborately carved marble mansions in the city were eye-opening and worthy of a book. Wonderful middle east dishes were enjoyed by all after the lecture.
Christmas 2016: Virginia and Verne Campbell hosted a celebration of the season at the Pen Arts Building, where Dr. Teresa Dodd was initiated as a new member.
October Board Meeting at The Pen Arts Building and Art Museum
Laura Walth demonstrates League outreach in Des Moines
NLAPW President Virginia Campbell is pleased to acknowledge the great work National Outreach Chair Laura Walth has been doing in the Des Moines, Iowa community, particularly the senior citizens and 4th graders’ poetry readings held at Northwest Community Center.
“It’s amazing how something that was so much fun can make such a big difference for those who participated and for NLAPW. My thanks goes to the Pikes Peak Branch for putting together the book I purchased at the Biennial, “Creating Students Who SOAR Higher Through the Poetry in the Schools Project.
I only used page 4 for this project and there are more ideas that can be used from that resource. It’s worth the investment from the branches to purchase a copy to use for making community connections, not only in the schools, but also with the senior citizens. I shared this book with the teacher and we worked together to involve the seniors in this project.”
We shared information with the students and members of the NW Community Center about the National League of American Pen Women and that as members we volunteer our time to help promote the arts in our community.
Pen Arts host to professor researching White House concerts
Supported by a grant from the University of Iowa, musicologist Marian Wilson Kimber is researching the women composers’ concerts organized by Phyllis Fergus Hoyt in the 1930s, including two concerts for First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt at the White House. Fergus, who served as president of the League from 1936 to 1938, was the first composer to be elected to this position. Professor Wilson Kimber has researched Pen Women’s Concerts at the FDR Presidential Library, the University of Vermont, the Chicago History Museum, the Eastman School of Music, the Minnesota History Center, and composer Amy Beach’s papers at the University of New Hampshire. Her forthcoming book, The Elocutionists: Women, Music, and the Spoken Word (University of Illinois Press, 2017) features two chapters about Phyllis Fergus Hoyt’s career and music.
President Virginia Franklin Campbell on the Road at the Columbus, Georgia Branch of the NLAPW
“I visited the Columbus Branch on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. The Wynn House where we met is amazing!
The Columbus Pen Women called the membership drive meeting ‘Rush,’ as in the sorority term. It was very exciting. Every member brought a prospective member.”
A message from Bev Goldie, National Membership Development Chair
Attending a seminar recently put on by the Columbus Ohio Visual Arts Cooperative, I learned so much that could be applicable to all facets of NLAPW. As the new National Membership Development Chair, it is important for me to share anything that could translate into stronger, better leadership skills.
The title of the talk was “Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards” presented by the Innovation and Engagement Director of the Ohio Art Council, Christy Farnbauch. I loved her title, and she certainly earned it as she broke down what could have been very dry material into inspiring tenets.
Coming into this role on the National Board has allowed me to reflect on what I think a typical member expects from it, rightly or not. As an all-volunteer non-profit organization we need to remember not to compare it to Nationally funded Arts Groups with paid Artistic Directors. Conversely, we should expect basic services, polite responses to questions, transparency and honesty from leadership and “perks” that keep members engaged. Living in Columbus, Ohio has kept me distant from the National front. Regular e-mail and magazine contact about National affairs was the only way I knew of any concerns or successes of the League. I know this will continue as much as possible. I have only been singing praises for our new President, Administrative Assistant and Board of Directors since meeting them. We are in good and decent hands!!
Some of the “perks” we have as members are quite remarkable, and many of us either don’t know about them or take them for granted. I’d like to share these with you in another “session”, but certainly our updated website will help point some of these out to you more.
Coming soon will be a Power Point presentation to share these Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards as they relate to NLAPW and your branches. Our title for it will have a little more appeal, though: “What a Strong Branch Looks Like”. It will be a great tool to review with your own Boards, and possibly with your whole branch.
Bev Goldie, National Membership Development Chair
Arts Member of Central Ohio Branch (www.NLAPWcentralohio.org)
Email Goldie: firstname.lastname@example.org
See our Membership page.
April 2016: “Born to Create” inspires the 2016 Biennial Celebration
February 2016: NLAPW Recognized in Congressional Record
Entered on Thursday, February 4, 2016 by the Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton of the District of Columbia in the House of Representatives.
For a link to the official Congressional Record site, click here.
For a link to a “suitable for framing” PDF of the NLAPW Congressional Record entry, click here.