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.

This Summer by GPW Catherine Stahl
This Summer by GPW Catherine Stahl


No bought potpourri is so pleasant as that made from ones own garden, for the petals of the flowers one has gathered at home hold the sunshine and memories of summer, and of past summers only the sunny days should be remembered

~ ~ Eleanor Sinclair-Rhode


Note from our President:

Dear Pen Women,

How joyful it is, on this May 18th, to be celebrating the new CDC guidelines that lift most of the COVID restrictions on our meetings and our mouths! Although our 2020-21 program season is over, this new freedom will positively impact all of our summer plans and our 65th Anniversary Celebration planned for the fall. May we all stay well as we adapt to this exciting “new” normal!


1. The Greenwich Pen Women Facebook Page.

a. The Greenwich Pen Women Facebook page gives current information about opportunities and events that our members can apply to at
b. Whomever gets word of a competition or other opportunity can post the information on our page for the benefit of all of our members.

2. A Newly Reorganized GPW Nominating Committee. The board voted, at our final meeting, to activate a reorganized Nominating Committee at this time, which will have 6 members, 2 from each discipline, that will

a. review all the open board positions, carve up the jobs creatively and write new job descriptions for each of them, and, having created a list of possible names to fill these positions, invite pairs or groups of members working together to fill the open jobs, as Art has recently done.
b. hopefully attract other members to want to work with us, realizing that the more people who serve on the board with us, helps us to assure our future in many important ways!
c. offer YOU the chance to share a newly created portion of a board position! If doing a smaller share of the board work makes taking a job possible for you, please email me right away at If called, please say yes! Do it to invest in a wonderful future for the GPW!

3. GPW Blog of the Month. Have you been checking out our Blogspot? Since you’re already reading my President’s Notes, to find the blog, go back to the Home Page, scroll down the list of choices on the left, and click on the Blog near the bottom of the page. Make a note of this direct link:

Your board and I hope you will have a lovely, stress-free summer! The board and committees will be meeting briefly by Zoom during the summer to plan our 65th Celebration and the fall programs. If you’d like to help with the 65th, please contact Celebration Chair Rosemarie Anner at Thank you and please be well!

Thank you,


Lee Paine

GPW President Lee Paine

Photo and poem, “Spring Musings”, by GPW Judy Crystal

Early morning sun sketches leafy spring branches

On the living room wall
Beckoning, announcing
The season’s glory just beyond the windows
Daffodils fade at the edge of the lawn
Supplanted by pink and white 
Apple blossoms on the overarching trees
Redbuds’ flowered branches line the driveway
Clusters of dark green leaves promise day-lilies’ summer arrival
Birds joyful trills a six-part harmony 
As my neighbor, determined, ambitious 
Begins his morning walk
Solitary figure in a black mask
COVID spring


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