Greenwich Pen Women
         
 


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.

From Our President

Deb Weir
President, Deb Weir,
at our recent holiday luncheon

To All Members of the Greenwich Branch of the National League of American Pen Women,

As we welcome the new year of 2015, I am pleased to review our accomplishments last year in the use of technology.

Several of our members published a multi-media children’s book under the auspices of the Jacob Burns Center in Westchester, New York. Owl Award winner, Marie Amoruso, led the team that produced Grandma Needs a Nap. Joyce French provided the voice in the video that accompanies each book; Mary Branch illustrated the work; and Joyce DiCamillo created original music for the video. The Jacob Burns Center was thrilled with this, their first multi-media production. Our Letters critique offered constructive suggestions during the writing of this book and was equally pleased to see it launched.

Grandma Needs a Nap
The team responsible for Grandma Needs a Nap

Our handbook - with members’ contact information, mission statement, standing rules and membership requirements - is on a secure page on our website. Members can download the document and save it in their computers and/or print it.

Our holiday luncheon program is available on DVD, and there is a short clip from the event on our private group on Facebook. We have 20 members in this group, and each member can add new members, comments and photos. If you are on Facebook, you may want to join this group so you can see our news as it develops. Here is the link: www.facebook.com

We have the beginnings of our own YouTube channel entitled, “Greenwich Pen Women.” There are several clips from our holiday luncheon on it, and you can leave your comments or “Like” it. Please upload short videos of your professional work to www.youtube.com

Our membership is getting younger, and our use of technology is growing. I hope someone will show me how to use the computer application “Garage Band” so I can understand more of our energetic musicians’ tools!

All my best,
Deb


Recent Events:

On Thursday, December 18, 2014, members of GPW gathered at the Greenwich Country Club for a festive few hours of mingling, dining, singing, and being entertained and inspired by the talent of our members. This year’s program included musical adaptations and performances of several poems appearing in the Greenwich Pen Women’s poetry anthology, Women’s Voices of the 21st Century.

The highlight of the afternoon was the presentation of the Greenwich Pen Women Owl Award, this year going to member, Marie Amoruso.


Marie Amoruso, 2014 GPW Owl Award winner

The Owl Award is presented annually to a member for her outstanding talent and achievements in her field and in recognition and appreciation of her service to the community and to her fellow Pen Women members. 

Congratulations, Marie.

Sandra Berris, GPW president from 1996-1998, visiting from California
Sandra Berris, GPW president from 1996-1998, visiting from California
from left, Mirella Hajjar, Liana Moonie, and Joanne Kuebler
from left, Mirella Hajjar, Liana Moonie, and Joanne Kuebler
from left, Ellen Hackl Fagan, Ann Caron, Kay Langan, Marcia Clay Hamilton, and Kia Heavey  
from left, Ellen Hackl Fagan, Ann Caron, Kay Langan, Marcia Clay Hamilton, and Kia Heavey  
from left, Joyce DiCamillo; prospective member, Rebecca Leigh; and Stasha Healy
from left, Joyce DiCamillo; prospective member, Rebecca Leigh; and Stasha Healy
Julie Dolphin, Marcia Hamilton, and Julie Suarez preparing for the program which included musical adaptations of Julie’s “New Bride” and Marcia’s “The Telephone Blues,”
Julie Dolphin, Marcia Hamilton, and Julie Suarez preparing for the program which included musical adaptations of Julie’s “New Bride” and Marcia’s “The Telephone Blues,”
Claudia Dumschat, with sheet music
Claudia Dumschat, with sheet music
Guest Musician, Cristina Madero, singing Marcia Hamilton’s “The Telephone Blues”
Guest Musician, Cristina Madero, singing Marcia Hamilton’s “The Telephone Blues”
Joyce French and Marie Amoruso
Joyce French and Marie Amoruso

Photos by Kathy DiGiovanna


 


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