The National League of American Pen Women is made up of women who have demonstrated creative talents in art, letters and music composition.
There are over 78 branches of Pen Women throughout the United States. In some states there are state associations of affiliated branches. This branch, Santa Clara, California, started March 23, 1922.
The mission of the League is to encourage the production of creative work of professional standards in art, letters and music and to provide activities and educational, creative and professional support to non members in those fields via outreach. The league is a not-for-profit organization. The League is strategically headquartered near the center of the nation's capital in the Pen Arts building, a historic home once occupied by the son of Abraham Lincoln.
2018 -2019 Santa Clara County Branch Officers
President Luanna Lesiure
Vice President Patricia Dennis
Secretary Marcia Sivek
Treasurer ShaRon Haugen
Membership/Achievers/Parlamentarian Susan Zerweck
Sunshine Barbara Chamberlain
Scholarship Luanna Lesiure
Scholarship co-chair Patricia Dennis
Website/Publicity Patricia Dennis
Outreach Chair Dorothy Atkins
Celebrity Luncheon Chair Cyra Cowan
Northern California Officers
President- Dorothy Atkins
Vice President- Judy Bingman
Treasurer- Barbara Chamberlain
Secretary- Carolina Henry
Our meetings are the first Saturday of each month from October through May. Information on the location can be obtained from the corresponding Secretary.
We have a celebrity luncheon in February honoring local women writers, artists and composers. The proceeds of this luncheon are used for scholarship awards for senior high school women in the arts, undergraduates, or women returning to school.
Activities include a field trip and special event in which nominated achievers are honored at the Celebrity Luncheon.