Greenwich Pen Women, a branch of the National League of American Pen Women, is a non-profit organization of women artists, writers, and musicians. We offer mutual support and exchange of ideas to encourage and inspire excellence in original creative work.
Thank goodness for the first snow. It was a reminder — no matter how old you became and how much you’d seen — things could still be new if you were willing to believe they still mattered.
-- Candace Bushnell
Note from our President:
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Firstly, let me thank the Owl Committee (Joyce DiCamillo, chair, Joyce French, and Lee Paine) for the honor of receiving the 2019 award. Even when Joyce DiCamillo was reading the description of the winner I had no idea it was me. As I confessed to my husband, “her spirit is cheerful and her energy is boundless” was what really threw me off, because my self-perception is more of a perpetually exhausted grumpypants. So thank you for helping me to see myself in a different light – one of my New Year’s resolutions is to take that positive perception on board!
It is truly an honor to serve as your president.
Your board has received the proposed slate of officers from the Nominating Committee of Deb Weir (chair), Leigh Grant, and Kathy DiGiovanna. I will be sending out the slate for your approval shortly, and I’m sure you will be as excited as I am to see where the new board leads us come May. I will miss doing my Betty Boothroyd imitation at board meetings, but look forward to passing the gavel to the next Madame President.
Letters will be meeting at the Second Congregational Church on North Maple Ave. on January 3, weather permitting, from 10 am to noon. We will meet at the church for the next three meetings as the church provides a parking lot that is plowed. Secondly, we are excited that some of the guests who have attended our critiques are now applying for membership.
The next arts critique will be held at the Cos Cob Library Meeting Room on Wednesday, January 8 from 1 - 3 PM. Please note the time change.
Nearly 50 members and guests attended the Greenwich Pen Women holiday luncheon on December 5 at Field Club of Greenwich. Our guest speaker, women’s rights activist Coline Jenkins, invited members to attend Monumental Women's installation of three statues of real women — Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Sojourner Truth — in Central Park on August 26, 2020. Coline also challenged us to create a book to celebrate this long- awaited recognition. If you haven’t already responded to Leigh letter her know of your interest in taking part in this endeavor, please do so as soon as possible.
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~ ~ Sarah and Leigh
GPW President Sarah Darer Littman