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.

Rose Passion by GPW Linda Hortick
Rose Passion by GPW Linda Hortick




"The month of May was come, when every lust heart beginneth to blossom, and to bring forth fruit."
~ ~ Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte d’Arthur


Note from our President:

Dear Greenwich Pen Women,

This will be my last President’s Notes, as this month we transition to a new GPW president and board. Meanwhile, April has been a particularly busy month – these important things have been happening:

  1. NOMINATING. You will have already received the Nominating Committee’s slate, listed below, and will have voted on it by email, by the time you read this column. To me, it is an exciting time, one filled with promise – I think that every time a new board is seated, there is a sense of renewed energy and opportunity. I wish the next president and board much success and fulfillment!

    The Nominating Committee’s Slate

    It is with great pleasure that the Nominating Committee of Greenwich Pen Women, consisting of Rosemarie Anner as chairman and members of the committee, Joanne Dearcopp and Margaret Simon, submit the following names and positions for the Executive Board of the Greenwich Pen Women for a term of two years. 

    The names of the candidates and the positions for which they are nominated are as follows:

    President:  Leigh Grant
    Vice President:  Diane Morello
    Recording Secretary:  Barbara Ehrentreu  
    Corresponding Secretary:  Barbara O’Shea
    Treasurer:  Kathryn Shorts
    Membership treasurer:  Heather Sandifer

    Respectfully submitted,
    Rosemarie Anner, Joanne Dearcopp, and Margaret Simon

  2. THE CURRENT BOARD. I also wish to thank my energetic and close-knit board – each person contributed in unique and important ways, and I want them to know how grateful we all are for their service. When we gather at our Annual Meeting on Friday, May 6th – please thank each one personally:

    Vice President – Leigh Grant
    Treasurer and Website Guru, 2 separate positions – Doris Mady
    Membership Treasurer – Heather Sandifer
    Recording Secretary – Barbara Ehrentreu
    Corresponding Secretary – Barbara O’Shea
    Letters – Leigh Grant and Rosemarie Anner
    Art – Ellen Fagan, Margaret Simon, Connie Stancell, Barbara O’Shea, and Heather Sandifer
    Music – Adrienne Reedy
    Parliamentarian – Karen Heffner
    Historian/Archivist – Lynn Garelick
    Support Positions (non-board) –
    New Members, Mary Dwyer and Co-Corresponding Secretary, Cathy Horn

  3. THE GPW STANDING RULES. For almost two years, Karen Heffner, our Parliamentarian, has been working extremely hard with me and the board to complete a total review and overhaul of the GPW Standing Rules, both to keep our rules in alignment with National, and to help make our rules more flexible for the challenging times we live in. Valuable additional input and review was given by Leigh Grant and Joyce French. You may have already received these by email by the time you read these Notes. These efforts are an important gift for the future to the GPW that is much appreciated!

  4. THE GPW ANNUAL MEETING AND 66TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION on Friday, May 6th from 5 to 7 PM at the Tomes-Higgins House on the grounds of Christ Church, Greenwich. You will have also received an invitation for this by press time. Rosemarie Anner, Chair, has worked so hard to plan this event, as well as the one that was cancelled last year – please thank her at least two times over!! We all hope that we can celebrate twice as much, too, when we are finally together!

  5. THE GPW PRESENTED Creating Art in the Daffodils at Music in the Woods

  6. Daffodils at Music in the Woods
    Sponsored by the Music Discipline, with Adrienne Reedy, Chair, this interdisciplinary event took place on 3 consecutive days, April 21, 22 and 23, from 11:30 AM – 3 PM each day, at “Treetops”, an estate located at 359 Merriebrook Lane, Stamford, owned by Harpist Lisa Tannebaum, who gave intermittent concerts all 3 days. With wonderful weather, the turnout was excellent on all three days, with people from the general public attending as well. This was a landmark event for the GPW!

  7. GPW/PERROT LIBRARY Upcoming Book Discussion Groups
    The Madness of Crowds, May 2 at 7pm
    • A terrific and touching novel by Louise Penny
    • Discussion leader Kathy DiGiovanna
    • Registration will open in April.

    In the middle of a pandemic, the peaceful town of Three Pines explodes when a woman is murdered. Montreal homicide detective Armand Gamache must find the killer while protecting another woman whose opinions he finds reprehensible. A book of our time, with vivid characters and emotions.

  8. The Next GPW Poetry Group Meeting will be on Wednesday, May 11, at 2 PM on Zoom. Barbara Ehrentreu is the enthusiastic group leader. Original work is presented each month by members.

The Expressions Gallery Doris Mady, our Expressions Gallerist, says, “This month’s theme is: What little-known painting, musical piece or literature stopped you in your tracks the 1st time you experienced it? The theme for June is: How does the creative arts (music, literature, art) make the world a better place? Please submit your work by the 20th of the month! Click here for the gallery”.

It has been a great pleasure and my honor to have served as your president for these last two years. I thank you for the opportunity and for the amazing way that so many of you have given support and encouragement to me and this board during our COVID tenure. It’s a challenge I will actually remember quite fondly, because it required all sorts of original responses from us that brought us closer together in a unique kinship forged by adversity. That, I think, that will end up being the very best part of these COVID years.

To a bright future for the Greenwich Pen Women,


Lee Paine

GPW President Lee Paine


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