Pen, Palette, Prelude

Newsletter of the NLAPW, Tampa Branch

May 2017

National League of American Pen Women, Tampa Branch Officers

President – Bonnie Phillips (813 685-5882)

VP/Programs - Barbara Routen

Recording Secretary - Judy Perez

Corresponding Secretary - Roxanne Tobaison

Treasurer – Bette Lafferty

Prospective Membership - Judy Johnson & Kat Heckenbacher

President's Report - Bonnie's Brush


This month marks the beginning of our Pen Women year. I'm looking forward to what the year will bring to our ladies. What do you plan that will be CREATIVE during our summer break?

I'm working on a creative project to bring to the May meeting for our members only sale. What will you have on the table?

A BIG THANK YOU goes to the past Pen Women officers, Committee Chairmen and those who presented an Inspirational Moment, Sweet Treats and donated to the fifty fifty raffle. With your help the Pen wheels keep turning.

"Don't Worry - Be Happy"



May Meeting Sale Fundraiser!

Thank you, Roxanne for spearheading the organization/flyer of this upcoming month's fundraiser at May's meeting.

We will be using the honor system and people need to mark and look over their pieces.

See image of flyer below:

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Cat Gardiner - Awarded Finalist in the Romance category of the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards for her WWII novel, A Moment Forever

Ridge Art Gallery in Winter Haven has a Miniature Art Show every other spring

Meletha Everett won Honorable Mention

Gunni Price and Peggy Little each won Judges Award

April Meeting Show & Tell

April's Program Speaker

What a phenomenal speaker! In April, we welcomed guest, Rhonda J. Nelson, a Florida Fellow in Poetry, performance reading artist, and author of two poetry collection books: Musical Chair and The Undertoe.

A gifted poet, she has been writing since childhood, and she comes from four generations of musicians. She read six insightful poems, one "ekphrastic poem" (a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art. Through the imaginative act of narrating and reflecting on the “action” of a painting or sculpture, the poet may amplify and expand its meaning) from her Frida Kahlo - Dali Museum manuscript. The poetry piece titled: Daughter of the Revolution was inspired by Frida's self portrait "Time Flies" painting.

For more about Rhonda, please visit her website:

Tampa Branch Monthly Meeting - 3rd Tuesday

Tuesday, May 16th, 11am

200 Inverness Avenue

Temple Terrace, FL

Program: Shane and Emily Music

Barb Routen: "Several months ago, I asked Shane & Emily, a Tampa Bay-area musical duo, to speak to the Tampa Pen Women in May. Although they had to smooth out a scheduling glitch, recently they told me they WILL come to our May meeting. I am very excited to share them with you!

Mark and I hosted Shane & Emily’s first-ever Concerts in Your Home show after we had seen them play several venues around town. Their sweet harmonies, cool-jazz piano grooves, often-changing counterpoint rhythms, finger-style guitar, ukulele riffs, live use of technology—and their cute factor!—thrilled our audience.

Shane & Emily’s exceptionally creative songs come from real-life events you’d never imagine. Our guests loved the stories that made the couple’s lyrics even more captivating and fun.

This duo is delightful, and I highly recommend you come hear what they say about the creative process as it relates to storytelling through song. Talk about painting pictures with words! Maybe they’ll even play us a tune or two.

Visit and listen to their songs at the bottom of the page. Someday, these two will be famous, and you’ll be able to say you met them in Tampa!

Don’t miss this program!"

Lunch Reservation due Thursday before (4/11)

Contact: Judy Perez 813-689-1121;

Writers, Are You Interested?

Submitted by Barb Routen:

Nancy Christie, March's guest program speaker (Letters) is inviting fellow authors to contribute to her new book.

"So I’m working on a new book (go here for details) and for the chapter I’m working on, I'm looking for insights from writers about their writing spaces. Where do you write & what’s in your writing room? What makes the perfect writing space?

There’s more at today’s post:

I’d love input from you and the rest of your writing buddies—either at the post or email me directly!"

New Officers

Congratulations to Bette Lafferty our new Treasurer, and Kat Heckenbach, responsible for membership prospects.

Thank you, ladies for volunteering in these important officer roles!

Notes & Upcoming Events

  • May Birthdays: Roxanne Tobiason, Carol Karow
  • June Birthdays: No birthdays
  • The Free PNC Bank Concert Artist Series at Sykes Chapel at the University of Tampa takes place from Oct. 22, 2017-April 8, 2018. Concerts are at 2 p.m. Sundays. Did I mention that they’re free? Visit for details.
  • PLEASE remember to RSVP for monthly meetings. It's important that we get an accurate head count for lunch. Thank you.
  • Share the books you’re reading on social media! Post a photo of the book or its title at and at with the hashtag #ReadersUnite. This is a great and easy way to help market the books other PW have written! No review necessary.


Florida State Conference Photo Contest

by Caroline McKeon

Pack your camera! Sandy Huff (Art & Letters) is once again sponsoring a photo contest for every Pen Woman who comes to the conference. The subject – anything that catches your eye from the time you set foot in town right up to the last evening banquet. We’ll have cash prizes, and the best pix just might appear in The Pen Woman magazine. Application forms for the free contest will be at the registration desk of the Florida State Conference.

Poetry Contest for NLAPW for Tampa Bay Area Non-Members

Sandy Huff will be organizing an exciting juried art show for artists and poets to be held in the fall in an initiative to promote NLAPW and inspire creativity of non-penwomen. More information to follow.


Florida Conference Individual Achievement Award

Bonnie Phillips is the State Pen Women Chairman for the Florida Conference Individual Achievement Award. We are looking for the Florida Pen Woman who has accomplished the most in her profession in the two years ending July 1, 2017. The recognition is for professional activities for which the nominee received payment or recognition. These accomplishments do not include offices held in NLAPW or Branch. Neither do they include volunteer work for organizations, charities, fundraising programs, or service clubs - or hobbies.

A candidate must have been a Pen Woman and an active member for a Florida Branch or a Florida Member-at-large for at least five (5) years.

Barbara Routen will be submitting. More information forthcoming.

Conference Registration

Pen Women Conference Registration - November, 2017

From: Caroline McKeon

Ladies, I have sent your email the Conference Registration for your convenience. I realize this is early, but ....

If you want to pay via Credit Card, that can be easily handled. Please check your inbox for the email I sent you with the FORM attached. There are instructions for payment at the bottom of the form.

There is no surcharge for paying via credit card. The Florida PW Treasury will absorb the merchant fees on this. Now remember, this has nothing to do with your rooms that you must reserve yourselves at the Daytona Beach Resort.

I will be resending those forms as well as the contest rules, etc. monthly. PLEASE work on your contest entries. You have MONTHS to get those ready!

NLAPW Gallery Submissions

You must be an active, associate or student member of NLAPW to submit work for the website.

Art: Please send your artwork for consideration for our on-line gallery to the National Art Chair, Rosie Eylens,

Letters: Please send book announcement requests to the National Letters Chair, Dr. Evelyn Bethune,

Music: Please send music member information, bios, links to music and photos for inclusion in our Music Member Profiles page in the music gallery to Dr. M.J. (Sunny), National Music Chair,

A Word From the Newsletter Editor

Please, please, please share with your friends ... Our newsletter needs stories!

Also ... I'm looking for a "back up" gal to take notes and piccies should I not attend a meeting.

Please keep me in the loop, email me your news and anything you would like to share by the 20th of the month so it can be included in the following month's newsletter.

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