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President’s Page

OUR PREVIOUS/MOST RECENT MEETING

Information about our most recent meetings is available via a link on the “Welcome” page.  (To the left)

Visit the “Programs” page (to the left) to learn about our next meeting and other writer related events.

 

We now post current and most recent columns from our President, our Editor/Web-master, and any member or guest who wishes to contribute to ensure everyone sees them.

(Newest is at the top)

FROM OUR PRESIDENT

 

Hello, fellow scribes.  I hope all of you are staying cool.  Let’s hope the only thing heating up is the collective writing muse.

For our next meeting, we have a couple of changes.  We will still meet in the Shadle Library, but for this month only, we will be in a smaller room – the Classroom.  Also for this month, the room will open at 11:00 a.m., and the meeting will begin at approximately 11:30. Our guest speaker will be Brooke Matson, Executive Director of Spark Central. We will also have a short talk after the break from Annie McKinlay, host of the KYRS Thin Air Radio show Page Turner.

Beginning in September, we will begin to meet on the second Thursday of the month in the largest meeting room at the Shadle Library.  They have reserved this room for us on the second Thursday every month through December of 2023.  The room will open at 1:00 p.m. and we have it reserved until 5:00 p.m.  I am grateful that we have such a nice facility in which to meet, and it seems appropriate for us to be in a building full of books.

See as many of you as possible next week.

Sue Eller, President

 

FROM YOUR EDITOR, WEB-MASTER, TREASURER

         

          One of the big changes in meeting at the library is that we no longer have to spend more than ten dollars to buy a meal, whether we particularly want to eat or not.  We do have refreshments, provided by one or more of our members.  To this point, SASP has been reimbursing those who have provided the cake.  Last month a member suggested passing the hat, so to speak, and letting those who wanted contribute a little to the cost of our gastronomic treats.  I’ll bring a “cake donation” jar and set it by the cake and you may contribute what you will, what you want.  Any contributions will be used to offset reimbursement expenses from our treasury.

There are still several people who were dropped from the “Members” page on our web-site because they have not yet paid dues for 2022.  We’d love to put you back on the list and make your Member Web-Pages available again on our web-site

          Paying dues is easy.  You can pay at any SASP meeting, or you can send a check or money order for $15.00 to:

Spokane Authors and Self-Publishers

P. O. Box 18573

Spokane, WA 99228-0573

          I check the mail weekly, and if we receive any dues payments, I take those payments directly to our financial institution for deposit.  I also try to notify anyone who pays that the dues payment has been received… usually by way of e-mail.

          If your personal situation means paying dues will pose a financial hardship, please contact a SASP Officer or Advisory Board Member.  We will see what we can do to accommodate you. 

 

 

FROM OUR PRESIDENT (Previous)

 

Independence Day 2022

 

Hello, everyone.  I hope this message finds you well and happy.  For all you green thumbers, June was especially friendly to all the flora.  Flowers, food plants, and weeds thrived with the cooler temperatures and lots of rain.

This month I have a couple of housekeeping items to mention.  The Shadle Library has partnered with us to give us a permanent home for our meetings, except for August.  Another group had previously scheduled the use of the larger room before we held our first meeting in May.  We will have the use of a smaller capacity room just down the hall for August only.  Also, we will meet from 11-4 instead of our regular time.  Library personnel agreed to schedule us for the first Thursday of each month, beginning in September, for the foreseeable future.  They are excited to partner with us and are impressed with our group.  They have agreed to help publicize our meetings.  Their only stipulation is that we make them open to the public, which is what we do already.

Next on the list are the pandemic protocols.  Because of our partnership with the library, we will follow their lead and let them set the rules.  At this time, masks and distancing are not required.  If you are more comfortable wearing a mask, you are certainly welcome to do so.  If you come down with Covid, it is common courtesy to let those people know who have come in contact with you while you are considered contagious.  If you are uncomfortable being in the public setting that is our meeting, we will miss you and are working to provide video of the speakers and information in the newsletter to members unable to attend the in-person meeting.

Stan Parks, a long-time SASP member, passed away in June.  He left a legacy of experience and military service, not to mention two novels – Jacob’s Ladies and Jacob’s Legacy – about dentistry in the old west town of Sheridan, Wyoming.  Stan also wrote a memoir of his life, including the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, when he was a senior in high school.  Stan wrote about how that day impacted his life, and even though he never got the chance to publish that book, he had a copy he left for his family.  If you get a chance to read more about his life, Hennessey Funeral Home has a nice memorial tribute to Stan on their website.  You may also leave a comment for his family about your experiences with him.

Finally, I would like to take a moment to thank the Founding Fathers of this great country of ours for giving us the freedom to express ourselves in the printed word.  In this country, we can do so without fear of reprisal.  Let us exercise our freedom of speech to uplift everyone by the things we create with pen and paper (or computer).

See you on July 7th.

Sue Eller, President

 

 

FROM YOUR EDITOR, WEB-MASTER, TREASURER (Previous)

         

          Two or three days ago, my head was filled with all sorts of things to include in this month’s column.  Now as I sit to write it, I find there is a large empty space between my ears.  Perhaps it’s best to just leave well enough alone and wait until next month in the hope that some words of wisdom pop into my mind.

If you have a chance, visit our “Members” page and check your member web-page.  Let me know if there are any updates or corrections that need to be made.  Perhaps you have recently published a book that is not listed there.  I may not be aware of it unless you tell me.  Many still need a photo or head shot of the member, as well as a bio.  If you are not listed on the “Member” page and don’t have a member web-page, it is probably because you are not current in your dues.

          Paying dues is easy.  You can pay at any SASP meeting, or you can send a check or money order for $15.00 to:

Spokane Authors and Self-Publishers

P. O. Box 18573

Spokane, WA 99228-0573

          I check the mail weekly, and if we receive any dues payments, I take those payments directly to our financial institution for deposit.  I also try to notify anyone who pays that the dues payment has been received… usually by way of e-mail.

          If your personal situation means paying dues will pose a financial hardship, please contact a SASP Officer or Advisory Board Member.  We will see what we can do to accommodate you.

Dave Mc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           

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