HISTORY OF THE PIKES PEAK BRANCH

NATIONAL LEAGUE OF AMERICAN PEN WOMEN

Pikes Peak Branch, National League of American Pen Women, was organized in November 1954, with six Charter Members. These Charter Members were Myrtle Chance Allen, Evelyn Reese Chase, Rae B. Cross, Nell Womack Evans, Bertha O. Klug, Sylvia Pezoldt, Roslee Porter, and Elizabeth Shafer. The Group’s Charter was granted on March 12, 1955.

Throughout the years, this organization of professional creative writers, artists and musicians has grown to a membership between 25 and 35. The NLAPW motto, “One for all and all for one”, is no mere cliché with Pikes Peak Branch members, who share each other’s interests, problems, sales, and triumphs.

This is done on a Branch basis, in smaller workshops, and on a one-to-one basis, with members sharing market tips and news, techniques and helpful criticisms, and sustaining one another through solid and lasting relationships.

Members are active professional women selling their books-fiction and nonfiction, music and verse to a great variety of national publications, editing, reporting, lecturing, performing, researching, taking photographs, working in advertising and public relations, creating commercial and fine art, holding one-woman juried shows, and selling their paintings and sculptures.

As a Branch and individually members have won awards in state, regional, national and international awards for their work in art, music and writing. Many have been listed in several Who’s Who: e.g., Directory of International Biography, International Who’s Who in Poetry, 2,000 Women of Achievements, Who’s Who in the West, Who’s Who in American Women, and Outstanding Young Women of America, to mention a few.

Throughout the years, the Branch has sponsored writers ‘conferences, hosted art shows, juried art and poetry contests, events to encourage and support young women in the arts and other opportunities such as the annual Member Art Show. Currently, the Pikes Peak Branch sponsors two outreach programs locally-The Poetry in the Schools Project, Musical Instruments in the Schools and their Annual Elementary Book Drive in collaboration with the local chapter of DAR. The Flash Fiction Contest brings the Branch recognition nationally and internationally annually. Their vision continues to provide support to all Branch members, and further seek ways to put the National League of American Pen Women in the public eye.

Currently, the Branch meets on the second Saturday of each month. Traditionally, in earlier years, a new member received a bracelet and a charm. The expense and the demise of the popularity of the dangle bracelet has allowed that tradition to die. The Owl Award which is given each month to an outstanding member who in recognition of her service to the Branch. The Pikes Peak Branch growth is always ongoing for creative women who in recognition for artistic accomplishment, supports, encourages and challenges one another as members of an exciting and creative community.

Leadership

President | Nancy Godbout Jurka

Vice-President | Linda Bridges

Secretary | Sara Byrn Rickman

Treasurer | Brenda Speer

Flash Fiction Contest Chair | Cindi Carroll

Art Chair | Rosie Eylens