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Mission, Kan. -- Two persons have been elected to membership on the board of directors of the Hospitalized Veterans Writing Project headquartered in Mission, Kan.
Gary Brownlee of Sabetha, Kan., and Barbara Meyer of Louisburg, Kan. were elected to serve on the board of the organization which provides the nation's therapeutic writing program to veterans served by Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers and outpatient clinics.
Brownlee, a Vietnam veteran, served in the U.S. Army. He is a retired agriculture education teacher having taught in Kansas and Washington. He has been an FFA advisor, youth athletic coach and is a member of the Sabetha Community Hospital Guild. He earned his B.A. degree from New Mexico State University and his M.A. from Kansas State University, both in agriculture education.
A life member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Meyer is a retired bookkeeper. She presently serves in unit, district and department offices and chairmanships in the American Legion Auxiliary. She is a registered volunteer at the Dwight Eisenhower VA Medical Center in Leavenworth, Kan., and has been volunteering for the Hospitalized Veterans Writing Project. Meyer was also elected to the HVWP executive board.
Jerry D. Brown, Independence, Mo., is newly elected president of the HVWP board of directors. Other officers are Bill Byrnes, Paola, Kan., vice president; Eileen Wirtz, Prairie Village, Kan., secretary; Tess Raydo, Westwood, Kan., treasurer; and executive board members, Rose Schilpp, Independence, Mo.; Deborah Dribben, Kansas City, Mo.; Meyer, and immediate past president, Dorothy Van Hoy, Independence, Mo.
For information contact Pris Chansky, HVWP Office (Tues.-Thurs.) 913-432-1214
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Mission, Kan. -- Jerry D. Brown, Independence, Mo., has been elected president of the Board of Directors of the Hospitalized Veterans Writing Project. He is the first male board member and president.
Other officers elected are: Bill Byrnes, Paola, Kan., vice president; Eileen Wirtz, Prairie Village, Kan., secretary; Tess Raydo, Westwood, Kan., treasurer; and executive board members, Rose Schilpp, Independence, Mo.; Deborah Dribben, Kansas City, Mo., Barbara Meyer, Louisburg, Kan., and immediate past president, Dorothy Van Hoy, Independence, Mo.
The 63-year old non-profit organization is headquartered at 5920 Nall Ave., Mission, Kan. Pris Chansky, Olathe, Kan., is administrative manager.
The organization operates the nation's therapeutic writing program for veterans with volunteer writing aides in Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers and clinics. In the 64-page Veterans' Voices magazine, the organization publishes the writings of hospitalized and outpatient veterans. It is published in March, July and October.
For additional information on how to subscribe or to volunteer, call 913-432-1214.
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Mission, KS - Tension Envelope Company and three Veterans' Voices editors will be recognized Saturday (Oct. 31) at the Veterans' Pen Luncheon at the World War I Museum (Liberty Memorial).
Richard Berkley will be accepting the award for Tension Envelope Company. Tina Hacker and Nancy Cox, poetry editors, and Lynn Mackle, prose editor, for Veterans' Voices will be honored for their years of service as volunteer editors for the magazine.
A poetry editor for Veterans' Voices, Tina Hacker, of Leawood, KS, retired from Hallmark Cards after 37 years with the title editorial director. She is especially proud of the project she led that produced cards offering tributes to veterans. An award-winning poet, she has been published in many literary journals and won awards for her work at Hallmark.
Nancy Cox, Kansas City, Mo., a Hallmark employee, has been a poetry editor, with Tina, since 1990. Each time I read a batch of poems, I am struck by the courage of our veterans the courage of battle with its unimaginable smells, tastes, sounds, sights. And the courage to write, for to write they must choose to remember and relive a after almost 20 years, it remains a humbling experience Cox said.
Kansas City, Mo., resident Lynn Mackle has been Veterans Voices prose editor since 2001. A freelance writer and art historian, she is currently writing a catalogue and staging a loan exhibition of the work of painter George Van Millett. A member of the Westport Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, she is serving as veterans affairs chairman.
Guest speaker at the Saturday event is Dr. Samuel Bradshaw, retired chief of psychiatry at the Topeka Veterans Administration Medical Center. Combat Pride, Pain, Prose and Poetry is his topic. Dr. Bradshaw served in the U.S. Army in Germany as Battalion Surgeon and Dispensory Commander.
Information and tickets for the luncheon ($20 each) may be obtained from the HVWP office by calling Pris Chansky at 913-432-1214. The event starts at 11:30 a.m