Pen, Palette, Prelude

Newsletter of the NLAPW, Tampa Branch

April 2018

**National Poetry Month**

National League of American Pen Women, Tampa Branch Officers

President – Bonnie Phillips tel: (813) 810-6885

VP/Programs - Barbara Routen

Recording Secretary - Judy Perez

Corresponding Secretary - Roxanne Tobaison

Treasurer – Gainor Roberts

Prospective Membership - Kat Heckenbach

Slate of Officers who agreed to hold an office May 1, 2018 - April 30, 2019 NLAPW year:

President ~ Meletha Everett

Vice President ~ Barbara Routen

Vice President of Membership ~ Kat Heckenbach

Recording Secretary ~ Joan Brannick

Corresponding Secretary ~ Roxanne Tobaison

Website ~ Gainor Roberts

Newsletter ~ Cat Trabulsi

Photographer ~ Sandy Huff

Treasurer ~ Open

Bonnie's Brush

This month we will vote on the May 1, 2018 - April 30, 2019 NLAPW Tampa Branch Budget. This will give members an understanding of our Branch's finances. We need fund raiser ideas so we will be able to achieve our goals for the coming year.

We decided to go as a group in September to see Gainor Roberts Genesis Series Show at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center. The show opens September 7 and ends October 15. So far Carlene, Judy J, Peggy, Bonnie, Meletha, Sandy H and a maybe for Kat have indicated they would like to do this. Of course we would have lunch some place nice probably before the show. I'm looking forward to this September field trip. The Village Players in Valrico was also suggested as a field trip.

Program/workshop suggestions are: Fun with Poetry with Sandy Huff and Acrylic Pouring with Bonnie Phillips. Let's do it!

Suggestion from Virginia Halloway - She has a lot of of art supplies, books, paper, easels and the like she would like to purge. She suggests our Branch have a meeting with members bringing their unwanted creative items to swap or sell. Members would decide to donate all or a portion of money collected to the Branch and/or swap. An art league I belong to does this once a year. We get a ticket for each item brought and when it's our turn we select something from the items on the table. Good idea Virginia.

~Don't Worry. Be Happy!



Tampa Branch Monthly Meeting - 3rd Tuesday

Tuesday, April 17th, 11am

200 Inverness Avenue

Temple Terrace, FL



PLEASE remember to RSVP for monthly meetings. It's important that we get an accurate head count for lunch. Thank you.

Lunch Reservation due Thursday before (4/12)

Contact: Judy Perez 813-689-1121;


Founded as the 83rd Branch in 1938, the Tampa branch of Pen Women celebrated its 80th birthday on April 2nd!

Spotlight on Susan Weilbacher Show & Tell

March's Program

Thank you to Susanne Hathaway for your inspiring visit and for sharing your extraordinary talent!

Susanne Hathaway, cellist and lover of music, brought her inspirational music and story to our March meeting. She describes herself as blessed, a garden dweller, foodie, amputee, and dreamer.

She is a professional musician in all its forms—performing, directing a contemporary ensemble at Nativity Catholic Church, singing, playing piano, improvising, arranging, and recording (she is featured on Mark and Barb Routen’s CD, Old Friends and Old Songs). She teaches private music lessons at Music Showcase in Brandon.

A Note from the Treasurer

NLAPW Tampa Branch 2018 DUES ARE DUE!

$76.00* (or $77 includes $1.00 voluntary for Scholarship Fund)

Please send your dues to:

Gainor Roberts

34730 Sturgeon Loop

Zephyrhills, FL 33541

*$60 goes to National, $10 goes to the Tampa Branch, and $6 goes to our State NLAPW plus a voluntary $1.00 ….total $77

If you are not renewing your membership please let us know, so we can update our records and notify National. If your address, phone, cell phone and birthday have changed (ha,ha) Please let me know the details.

PLEASE BRING YOUR CHECK TO OUR APRIL MEETING to save time and money on a stamp!!! I need to send money to National by May 1st.

Thank you everyone for your cooperation. So please don’t delay in sending in your money. I will be so thankful if I don’t have to chase You for money!!!

Also, please make sure that your member information on our Tampa Branch website is updated. We all have our own page for bio, contact info, and examples of some of your art.


Notes & Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, May 19 - Land O’ Lakes Library is hosting a Local Author Fair on from 10:00 am until 2:00. Cat Gardiner will be there with her book A Moment Forever
  • Feb 10 - JUL 15 - Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolf Eichmann, Presented at Florida Holocaust Museum. It's the first exhibition in the USA to fully document the pursuit, capture, extradition, and trial of a Nazi war criminal. The Florida Holocaust Museum is proud to present this blockbuster exhibition, co-produced by The Mossad – Israel Secret Intelligence Service; Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish People, Tel Aviv, Israel; and the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, Cleveland, Ohio.
  • April 15, 2:00 - The Big Three: Gershwin, Berlin, and Porter presented by The Rhythm Kings. Tarpon Arts at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center. he Rhythm Kings are a 12-piece band plus vocalists and perform under the direction of internationally-known arranger/composer Dan Fox. In this matinee performance, they will be celebrating the iconic works of “the big three”, famous composers Gershwin, Berlin, and Porter. Relax and enjoy as The Rhythm kings create a wonderful treasury of music from the golden era. $18.00 admission

  • Every Wednesday-Saturday from Noon – 3:00 P.M. - The Tarpon Springs Historic Train Depot has been around for over 100 years. While it is no longer a train station, it now serves as a museum operated by the Tarpon Springs Area Historical Society, Inc. Stop in to see all of the historical exhibits and enjoy a guided tour or browse on your own. They also feature a fun History Hunt for the kids or those who are still kids at heart! No fee but donations are always appreciated!

  • USF Spring Into the Arts - Learn More & Buy Tickets

Spring Dance Concert
Apr 19 - 21 at 7:30 pm
Apr 21 - 22 at 3 pm

DanceUSF Spring BFA Showing
Apr 25 at 7:30 pm in the USF Theatre 2

Kennedy Family Visiting Artist: Roxanne Jackson

Apr 3 at 4 pm in the USF Fine Arts Building (FAH 101)

Free Event. Presented by the USF School of Art & Art History.

Steinway Piano Series: Natalia Ehwald

Apr 15 at 4 pm in the USF Barness Recital Hall

Tickets: $10/$15. Presented by the USF School of Music

USF Faculty/Guest Recital: Therapeutic Music for Tax Day

Apr 15 at 7:30 pm in the USF Barness Recital Hall

Tickets: $10/$15. Presented by the USF School of Music.

USF Symphonic Band: Heroes and Mentors

Apr 17 at 7:30 pm in the USF Music Concert Hall

Tickets: $10/$15. Presented by the USF School of Music.

USF Concert Bands

Apr 18 at 7:30 pm in the USF Music Concert Hall

Tickets: $10/$15. Presented by the USF School of Music.

USF Symphony Orchestra

Apr 22 at 2 pm in the USF Music Concert Hall

Tickets: $10/$15. Presented by the USF School of Music.

USF Wind Ensemble: Recollections

Apr 24 at 7:30 pm USF Music Concert Hall

Tickets: $10/$15

USF Choral Department: Folk Music from Around the World

Apr 25 at 7:30 pm in the USF Music Concert Hall

Tickets: $10/$15. Presented by the USF School of Music.

Pledges of Allegiance Flag-raising

Apr 25 at 10 am in the USF Contemporary Art Museum

Free Event. Presented by the USF Institute for Research in Art.

  • April & May Birthdays: 4/5 - Peggy Little, 4/23 - Nelida DiLorenzo, 4/30 - Susan Weilbacher, 5/18 - Roxanne Tobaison, 5/16 - Carolyn Matheny, 5/22 - Carol Karow

A Message from our Treasurer

We have a few members who have not supplied me with information about themselves for our Member section of the website. You are not required to have a webpage, but it is nice to see what you do. Check the Member section here and see what is on your page. I am open to getting updates as well as new information. I have attached a PDF file as a sample format you can follow.

Thanks to all of you for your fellowship and happy meetings. I will also use this platform to beg for someone to take over the treasurer’s job. It is not hard, and I can supply Quicken for you to keep records, or you can easily just use Excel, or you can even handwrite everything. I WILL HELP YOU!

I’m about to embark on a very huge project in my studio, and many of you know that I am scheduled to show my Genesis Painting series at Dunedin Fine Arts Center in September. I hate to think about the massive reframing job ahead to bring all those old paintings up to snuff so the backing is not looking like a 10-year-old framed it. Yikes. I also have quite a few more paintings to complete to give them the 40 paintings they asked for. So... anyone? Treasurer? Please? -Gainor


National 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,

*UPDATE: Member News Electronic Submission

The Publications Committee is pleased to announce a new, “one-stop-shopping” email address for submission of all branch and member-at-large news:

Why are we introducing this now? Historically, news has been sent to the magazine, website and social media platforms separately, creating a labor-intensive process for those submitting and for those receiving submissions. Now, branches and members-at-large may submit their news to one email address— —and be done.

Please note that this email address is for branch or member news only. All other submissions should still be sent to the appropriate magazine editor (see p. 2 of The Pen Woman).

News submissions should contain unpublished, original copy/photographs only. Those submitting news for publication must have the writer’s/photographer’s explicit permission in writing to submit copy/photos on their behalf.

We look forward to receiving your news submissions!


Kathleen Powers-Vermaelen

Publications Chair, 2016 - 2018

Nannie M Lancaster

When searching for a bit of history, Cat came upon this video presented by the US Census Bureau in March of this year. Woot! They spotlighted NLAPW and one of our founding members. Check out some of their other videos for historical snippets in their This Month in History section.


Please, please, please share with your friends ... Our newsletter needs stories! Thank you to everyone who submitted following March's meeting in my absence! I will NOT be in attendance for April's meeting, so please keep 'em coming!

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.

In Honor of National Poetry Month

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