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.

Binney Park by GPW Catherine Stahl

“The trees wave and the flowers bloom in our bodies as well as our souls.”

       – John Muir


Note from our President:

June, 2024

We have arrived at the changing of the guard. As the old board, we have become redundant. (I have become redundant. That sounds rather like recycling or worse.) But I much prefer the reference of “emeritus.” Basically, that means one can get into a lot of trouble by doing something when one is not allowed to do anything. (As usual, I found out the hard way.)

With the end of our two-year stints at Greenwich Pen Women, we say goodbye to some truly hardworking, creative board members:

  • Diane Morello, writer, our technological, incisive, organized, idea-a-minute vice president who virtually kept me, the one person was none of those virtues, from tying myself up in knots.
  • Kathryn Shorts, artist, who has a mathematical mind (unusual for artists) that is sharp as a tack, has the ability to see the big picture, and keeps excellent records.
  • Barbara Ehrentreu, our poetess, who volunteers for everything, is a soft sell on the Minutes, and is generally, (usually) humorously, late. We love you anyway.
  • Barbara O’Shea, accomplished photographer, gracious handler of the GPW Handbook, and source of ideas and events for art.
  • Heather Sandifer, not often seen at meetings, but fully capable of collecting dues without losing members. Clearly, a talent in its own right.

There are also some other unsung heroes who may stay on, if the new board is good at cajoling them, or may not:

  • Rosemarie Anner who has handled Membership like a tiger and, like a mosquito, never gives up. Doris Mady who inherited the website from Carolyn Majewski, and has spent seven years involved in it. Karen Heffner, who is staying on in two roles, as reigning Parliamentarian who keeps us out of trouble, and now, as the new Recording Secretary. Margaret Simon, who has been running Art for years, lately in tandem with others, and truly has her finger on the pulse of the art world. (Whatever exhibit I finally make it to, she has been there first.) Cathy Horn, who has quietly and with care handled the condolence side of Corresponding Secretary, as well as half of Letters with our dedicated Deb Weir, while becoming a damn fine writer. Deb Weir who has made Letters a structured, welcoming, happening place. And Adrienne Reedy, a joyous, sunny bundle of all the disciplines rolled into one, who will lead us forward.

And of course, all of you!

We also look back on two old friends who have departed: Joyce French and Joanne Dearcopp. They are, as said earlier, irreplaceable. And we shall miss them. There is a wonderful farewell poem by Bishop Brent that is beloved by my family and that I’d like to share:

“I am standing on the seashore, a ship sails in the morning breeze and starts for the ocean. She is an object of beauty and I stand watching her till at last she fades on the horizon and someone at my side says: “She is gone.” Gone! Where? Gone from my sight—that is all. She is just as large in the masts, hull and spars as she was when I saw her, and just as able to bear her load of living freight to its destination. The diminished size and total loss of sight is in me, not in her, and just at the moment when someone at my side says, “She is gone,” there are others who are watching her coming, and other voices take up a glad shout: “There she comes!”

It has been an honor to serve as president of such a talented, interesting, creative group. I look forward to our new leadership, always a fresh start. If I hadn’t belonged to Greenwich Pen Women, I would never have written, rewritten a hundred times, agonized over, and published my novel. And lo and behold, I have finished a second one. (Some people never learn.)

Onwards and sideways and welcome to our exciting incoming board! Huzzah, Adrienne, our new president!!!


Leigh Grant
President, Greenwich Pen Women