Guild Members Around the Town

 

SDWEG is proud to note when its members are engaged in creative activities with other organizations around San Diego and beyond.

Several members are giving lectures for Oasis of San Diego, an organization dedicated to life-long learning for older adults. The following SDWEG members are serving as lecturers in the “Spring semester” of Oasis classes.

Philip Pryde — His two 90-minute lectures this term are titled “Bird Migration: Marvels, Myths and Mysteries” and “The Uniqueness of the San Diego Region,” based on his book San Diego: An Introduction to the Region.

Richard Lederer — Popular columnist and radio personality on all matters linguistic, Lederer will conduct two Oasis lectures: “Dances with Words” and “An Afternoon of Language and Laughter.”

Chloe Edge — In Escondido, Chloe will be conducting two six-session writing workshops titled “Creative Writing,” where she will encourage writers to expand their writing experience.

Frank Newton — SDWEG’s newsletter editor is conducting three 90-minute history lectures: “The Pizarro Brothers and the Inca Conquest,” “The Bloody French Revolution,” and “Napoleon’s Imperial Launch (and crash landing in the South Atlantic).”

Ruth Leyse-Wallace — In Escondido, Ruth’s expertise as a nutritionist will be brought to bear in her lecture “How Do Nutrients Affect Mental Health?”

Anne Hoiberg — Anne is an inductee into the Women’s Hall of Fame and she is also President of the Women’s Museum of California. Her two Oasis lectures are titled “Inspiring Women from San Diego’s History” and “ Pioneering Women in Politics.”

Lola Sparrowhawk — Although not currently a member, Lola is a long-time SDWEG member and an avid supporter, and she will be conducting a 5-session workshop titled “Introduction to Creative Writing” as well as a 6-session workshop on “Creative Writing.”

Introducing New Board Members

Board table with empty chairs around it

From the November issue of The Writer’s Life.

Board elections were held at the October 23 meeting. Five members were elected to serve two-year terms, beginning January 1st. The one winner who is an incumbent to the board is Mardie Schroeder, our current president. Mardie has been a SDWEG board member the past two years, and she writes the “What You Missed” feature for the SDWEG newsletter. She had stories published in The Guilded Pen each year since 2014. Her novel Go West for Luck Go West for Love was published in 2015. The other four election winners are brand new to the SDWEG board. They are:

Janet Hafner’s professional career includes teaching at Palomar College, where she instructed teachers in Spanish and in ESL (English as a Second Language). She has written a children’s novel titled Eye of an Eagle, and concomitantly she is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She has published stories in SDWEG’s The Guilded Pen since 2015, and she has an essay appearing in the 2017 edition of the Oasis Journal.

Adolpho Sanchez is Past-President of Management Training Teams, Inc., and is currently Executive Director of United Systems Institute, Inc. He holds a BA in Psychology and an MSW from San Diego State University as well as a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Pittsburgh. Adolpho received Volunteer Entrepreneurship Training and Counseling and also Job Search Assistance Training and Counseling at the North University City Public Library.

Ken Yaros practiced family dentistry for 45 years and is now semi-retired. Shortly after retiring, he awoke one morning at 3 a.m. with an intense urgency to write a movie… of all things! He never wrote much outside of professional letters up to that time. Evidently, the writing bug bit him big time. For the past five years, he has had an opportunity to learn, improve, and aspire through relationships with other passionate writers, first at Oasis and now through SDWEG and a writing critique group.

Frank Newton’s eclectic working life includes being the founding executive director of two national nonprofit organizations and executive director of three local nonprofits. He was editor of a Smithsonian publication titled “The New World,” and also owner/publisher/editor of a senior citizen community newspaper titled “The Silver Wave” in Santa Barbara. In 2015 he published an award-winning middle school novel based on Aztec culture, titled The Trials of Tizoc, and he is now a lecturer for Oasis on Aztec and Inca history. Incidental to any of this, Frank received a White House appointment (under President Clinton) as the Southwest Regional Director of the federal Corporation for National and Community Service, and (eons ago) also earned a Ph.D. in Psychological Anthropology from UCLA.

Photo credit: Benjamin Child

Election Results for Board of Directors

Congratulations to the 2018-2019 Board members, elected at the October meeting:

  • Janet Hafner
  • Frank Newton
  • Adolpho Sanchez
  • Mardie Schroeder
  • Ken Yaros

The newly elected members will join the five Board members whose terms continue through 2018:

  • Laurie Asher
  • Gered Beeby
  • Marcia Buompensiero
  • Bob Doublebower
  • Rick Peterson

All Board members, including those whose terms expire at the end of 2017 and the newly elected members, should attend the next Board meeting on November 14, 2017, 5:30 p.m., at which time officers for 2018 will be elected.

All members of the Guild are welcome to attend Board meetings as spectators. Any Guild member wishing to speak at a Board meeting should contact President Mardie Schroeder before the meeting begins.

SDWEG Members Around the Town

From the October issue of The Writer’s Life

SDWEG is proud to note when its members are engaged in creative activities with other organizations around San Diego and beyond. Currently, several members are giving lectures for Oasis of San Diego, an organization dedicated to life-long learning for older adults.The following SDWEG members are serving as lecturers in the “Fall semester” of Oasis classes.

Philip Pryde — His three 90-minute lectures are titled “The Search for the True Mary Magdalene,” based on his review of the works of biblical historians; “Russia, Ukraine and Crimea: Why the Conflict?” based on his 32 years of courses on the USSR at San Diego State University; and “The Uniqueness of the San Diego Region,” which is based on his book San Diego: An Introduction to the Region, which is now in its 5th edition.

Richard Lederer — Popular columnist and radio personality on all matters linguistic, Lederer will conduct two Oasis lectures: “Monsters Unchained,” where he will regale his audience with poems and puns from his new Halloween book, and “The Light Side of Aging,” where he will explain his certainty that there is only one way to age well – with a smile. Richard also has an essay titled “Mensans Amuse with Clerihews” appearing in the September issue of the Mensa Bulletin magazine.

Chloe Edge — Chloe will be conducting two six-session writing workshops titled “Creative Writing,” where she will encourage writers to explore and expand their creative writing experience.

Frank Newton — Our new SDWEG newsletter editor is conducting a 90-minute lecture titled “Cortez and the Aztec Empire,” where he will demystify the Spaniards’ brutal conquest. Frank will also be a judge for the Jose Marti Awards in Journalism, given annually to Hispanic newspapers and magazines by the National Association of Hispanic Publications.

Janet Hafner — Janet’s story titled “In the Middle of Queens” was accepted for publication in the annual Oasis Journal (published by Imago Press, Tucson). The Journal began in 2002 as an anthology of stories, poems and essays written by older writers throughout the country. Janet’s story is a fond recollection of her father’s thoughtful service to her neighbors in Queens, NY.

Tip of the Hat to . . .

From the February edition of The Writer’s Life

  • Peggy Hinaekian, whose book, Of Julia and Men, is included in the San Diego Public Library’s Local Author Exhibit.
  • Newsletter Editor Laura Roberts’ book, Everything I Need to Know About Love I Learned From Pop Songs, is also included in the Local Author Exhibit.
  • Gary Winters, for having two poems selected for the San Diego Poetry Annual. One poem will be in the veterans section, as Gary is a former United States Marine.
  • Guild members Richard Lederer (“Conan the Grammarian” on Feb. 6), Tom Leech (“Tales From the Trails: San Diego’s Rich Outdoors History” on April 25), and Frank Newton (“The Conquistadors and the Inca” on Feb. 25, and “The French Revolution and Napoleon” on Feb. 22) who are all teaching courses at San Diego Oasis this spring.

Tip of the Hat. . .

. . .SDWE/G member Frank Newton, who won first prize in the category of Best Youth Historical Fiction at the 2016 International Latino Book Awards. Frank’s novel, The Trials of Tizoc, is about an Aztec boy who struggles to save his parents from a gruesome death. The aim is to teach middle school and high school students about Aztec culture prior to the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors.

Tip of the Hat to . . .

From the September issue of The Writer’s Life

  • Peggy Hinaekian, who has scheduled a book signing event and/or exhibit of the etchings from her book at The Riford Library in La Jolla on Saturday, September 17 at 3 pm.; Barnes and Noble in Mira Mesa on Saturday, October 1, from 4-6 pm, and La Jolla Art and Wine Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8 and 9.
  • Rick Lakin for digital publication of new authors’ titles in June, July, and August.
  • Phil Pryde, author of San Diego: An Introduction to the Region, for being featured in an interview by columnist Fred Dickey in the Aug 22, 2016, issue of the San Diego Union-Tribune.
  • Chloe Edge, Dave Feldman, Richard Lederer, Tom Leech, Caroline McCullagh, and Frank Newton for teaching courses at OASIS San Diego and Escondido during the fall 2016 semester.

Tip of the Hat to . . . .

From the July Newsletter

  • Frank Newton, PhD, who will be teaching three classes at Oasis-Mission Valley, on August 2, 9, and 13th. The lectures will focus on Cortez’s conquest of the Aztecs and Pizarro’s conquest of the Incas, providing historical background used in his recent book, The Trials of Tizoc.
  • Joe Bonpensiero for publication of his new book Dinner in Happy Valley: A Humorous Memoir – If it wasn’t for the war!
  • Ruth Leyse-Wallace, PhD, for presenting a nationally broadcast webinar for nutrition professionals on “Conducting a Nutrition-focused Physical Examination in the Behavioral Health Environment,” related to the content of her book.

Tip of the Hat

From the June Newsletter.

  • Frank Newton for acting as editor of a forthcoming book about holidays celebrated by Latinos in the United States, a compilation of columns nationally syndicated by the Hispanic Link News Service.
  • Caroline McCullagh for her new book, The Ivory Caribou, published by Rick Lakin at iCrew Publishing, with a release date of June 7, 2016.

Member Marketing News

From the March 2016 edition of the newsletter

The latest marketing activities reported by group members include

  • Frank Newton’s contact with a 7th-grade teacher who will have a “Pizza with the Author” day after class members read his book The Trials of Tizoc;
  • Tom Leech’s baseball caps with the subjects of his books embroidered on the front; and
  • Rick Lakin’s author interview podcasts.