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.

Invitation to 65th Anniversary

Celebrating My Garden by GPW Catherine Stahl

"But now in September the garden has cooled, and with it my possessiveness. The sun warms my back instead of beating on my head ... The harvest has dwindled, and I have grown apart from the intense midsummer relationship that brought it on. ~ ~ Robert Finch


Note from our President:

Dear Pen Women,

Your numerous responses to my email postponing our 65th Anniversary Celebration for the second time, due to Covid, expressed not only gratitude for making the “correct” choice but an understanding of what a difficult decision it was for your board to make. Thank you for those replies - they are appreciated!

Invitation to 65th Anniversary Cancelled

At that same board meeting in August, we voted to affirm presidential appointments and amend the Standing Rules to eliminate the job title “Co-Treasurer” and to redistribute those duties to newly created job titles:

Barbara O’Shea, Corresponding Secretary
Cathy Horn, Co-Corresponding Secretary, a support position (non-Board)
Heather Sandifer, Membership (will work with the Treasurer and New Members)
Mary Dwyer, New Members, a support position (non-board)
Karen Heffner, Parliamentarian
Lynn Garelick, Historian/Archivist
Doris Mady has graciously agreed to stay on as our GPW Treasurer!

Thanks to the Nominating Committee, made up of Leigh Grant and Rosemarie Anner (Letters), Karen Heffner and Lynn Garelick (Art), and Music (Lee Paine).

The new roster of the whole board will be updated soon in your GPW Handbook. If you do not have the password, please contact Doris Mady for it.

While we are talking about anniversaries, Cathy Horne reminded us of the upcoming 20th Anniversary of 9/11, when she submitted this story. We want to include it this month as a fitting tribute - it reminds us all to never forget that day and those who died. Please visit our GPW blog to read Cathy’s latest post.


The Art Chairs have announced a field trip, open to all members, to the Kusama exhibit at the Bronx Botanical Garden on Wednesday, September 22, rain or shine. A separate invitation will be sent to members with updated instructions about where to meet and mask protocols.

Everyone will be responsible for buying her own ticket on-line no later than Sept 1 to reserve a spot for our time of 10:00 AM. The link for purchasing tickets is We will all do self-guided tours.


September LETTERS meeting is canceled and will meet next on Friday, October 1st - probably on Zoom or, depending on consensus, outside.


September 20, 2021, 7pm by Zoom
Night. Sleep. Death. The Stars, Joyce Carol Oates. A rich book from one of USA’s most prolific authors about love lost, love found and the family drama that ensues. GPW’s Barbara Ehrentreu will be the facilitator. Perrot Memorial Library.

October 2021 (Greenwich Reads Together)

Deacon King Kong, James McBride. Greenwich Library announced Deacon King Kong as its Greenwich Reads Together 2021 selection. Greenwich Pen Women need one or two volunteers to lead a discussion on Deacon King Kong in October — before James McBride visits Greenwich Library on October 27 as a guest speaker. Deacon King Kong was published in 2020 to awards and acclaim. Reserve a copy of the book today.

January 2022
The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson. GPW’S Lynn Garelick and Adrienne Reedy follow up their earlier discussion of Isabel Wilkerson’s Caste with Wilkerson’s other bestseller, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration. Should be a provocative discussion. Likely scheduled for January 24 or January 31, 2022. Perrot Memorial Library.

We will be hunting for new discussion books and new volunteers for 2022. If you’ve read a book that will attract the community and for which you want to lead a discussion, let Diane Morello, ( 203 521 9046) know which one, why it matters and why the library might be interested. The library — Perrot or Greenwich — ultimately decides which discussions to schedule. Please step up! 


Offer your original small arts and crafts to other members, while making their holiday shopping safe & unique! Send a brief description of your holiday item[s] (30 words of less), along with a picture of it (250 pixels by 250 pixels). Include price (please keep prices below $250), contact information, and delivery date. Sales are then off-website, privately between members. If something sells. please contact Doris to remove your item[s]. Send your item[s] to

Posting submissions are open until Saturday, November 20th.

Doris Mady, our Expressions Gallerist, is pleased to announce that the Expressions Gallery now has a tab on the left side of our Home Page, which takes you directly to the Gallery, instead of having to scroll down through Member News (which you don’t want to miss, by the way!).

Doris also wants to alert you that information for our popular on-line Members’ Holiday Bazaar has been posted (under member News), much earlier this year, so that the Bazaar is available to members for a longer period of time.

That’s all for now, but be sure to keep opening any emails I send you – things will be popping up all the time! Send me a great idea of something we Pen Women can do together on-line and let’s see where we can go with it!

Please stay well and safe,


Lee Paine

GPW President Lee Paine

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