ASJA PNW Meeting 2023-06

ASJA members from Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia got together on June 15 for the regular monthly meeting of the Pacific Northwest chapter.

Also attending the virtual meeting this month: Rachel Phelps An, a new ASJA member from Maple Valley, Washington with a special interest in modern suburban homesteading.

Sharon Elaine Thompson updated the group on a snack chat she co-hosted with Spencer Boos as part of the ASJA annual conference, held virtually this year. Sixteen ASJA members attended the informal, online chat session, set up to help members interested in starting a regional chapter. The session included information on how the Pacific Northwest chapter originated, how meetings are structured, and the teamwork involved in running the chapter, creating a website and producing a newsletter.

In member news:

The Illinois Caper, by Liz Hartley (aka Sharon Elaine Thompson) was recently added to the Multnomah Country (Oregon) Library’s digital catalogue as part of a contest to select books by independently published authors for the library’s collection.

Darlene West’s essay, Wonder, about dream-like images of wild animals in British Columbia, appeared in The Common, an award-winning literary journal with a focus on stories that embody a strong sense of place.

The Pacific Northwest chapter will take a summer break for July and August, reconvening in September.

ASJA members attending the June meeting: Rachel Phelps An, Maxine Cass, Fred Gebhart, Catherine Kolonko, M. Carolyn Miller, Joanna Nesbit, Randy Stapilus, Sharon Thompson, Darlene West.