The last meeting of 2020 of our Diamond State Branch took place at Karen Kuhrt’s home on Tuesday, December 8th. Karen’s home was adorned with many wonderful Christmas decorations which made for a festive atmosphere. We wore our masks and had ample room to spread out yet enjoy each other’s company. We had a wonderful dining table full of luncheon items which and ended with our cookie exchange.
Proposed Amendment Discussed
We discussed at length the Proposed Amendment to add men to our membership. Not all of you responded to my request for feedback, but from the ones who did take the time to weigh in, the consensus was NO, not at this time. The feeling expressed in many of the emails that I received, and the sentiment of those of us attending this meeting, was that we have a special connection, a sisterhood of women in our Branch. Adding men into the mix would change our chemistry. There are various other organizations for creative people in our area which include men, so they are not at a disadvantage. We have always opened our meeting to the public, men, and women alike. We have both male and female presenters and rely on men at times to help us out, but we would prefer to remain an Organization for Creative Women. From the feedback I have received from other Branch Presidents, all but one Branch voted NO to the Proposal, primarily because they are aging out and need members. It is unlikely that this Proposal will go much further.
Those of us attending this last meeting discussed how our joint project with writers and artists should be set up. The artists brought a painting, Sandra Michel, our only writer in attendance, brought poems which she read. We talked about how difficult it was to select which painting or piece of writing to bring. Which piece would be inspiring and be chosen by someone else? It is not as easy as one would think. I have invited Carol Mangano, a prospective member who attended the meeting to participate in this event.
When received, the jpegs and the written pieces will be posted here on the website. There will be 2 slots for each painting and 2 slots for each written piece. Once the two slots are filled, you will have to choose another piece from which to work. I will label each slot with a member’s name.
Please submit your written pieces and paintings as attachments to an email to me.
Please send in your Rehoboth Beach Deposit for next September
Betsy Greer has asked me to remind you that she needs to send into Crawley Realty our deposit for the rental in Rehoboth Beach. To date, only 5 people have given her their $200 deposit. That is not enough to reserve that week. If you are planning to be a part of our group next September, please send Betsy the $200 deposit asap.
Scholastic Writing Competition Update
Betsy Greer has been remarkably busy this month processing our regional writing entries for the 2020 Scholastic National Student Writing and Art Competition. Now that the work is submitted, Tara Lee Morgan will begin getting all these entries judged for awards. This year there are 300 students from the Region who have entered proximately 440 entries. The total number is down from last year, however there are 12 – 14 portfolios submitted which is remarkably more than prior years. It appears that some students have used their time during Covid restrictions productively. Unfortunately, because of Covid and gathering restrictions in Delaware, the Regional Awards Celebration usually held at Delaware State University in Dover in February will be virtual this year. There will be no art and writing on exhibit in the Gallery. Award certificates and teacher pins will be mailed out directly from Scholastic to the participating student winners and their teachers. Although this means much less work for us, it is disappointing to those of us who work on our outreach project not to have the opportunity to see these young winners with their parents and teachers in Dover this year.
Tracey Landmann November is National Novel Writing Month and Tracey completed the challenge of writing a 50k word novel on November 28th. She has been busy this month with planning a series of cognitive development mural video workshops to fulfill her Mature Women Pen Women Grant she received in 2019. She hopes that in-person workshops and related activities will follow when it is safe to do so.
Karen Kuhrt has recently won a First Place in the Tish Silver and Gold Art Show at the Tish Fine Art Plus Company Gallery in Chesterfield, Maryland. Prospective member, Carol Mangano was also in this Show and won third place for her piece. Prize money was awarded along with Certificates. To make the event even more special, both paintings SOLD. The Show runs through January 3rd. Congratulations to Karen and Carol.