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SPAWNews, July 1998 - Archives Available

A New, Exciting Team for SPAWN

by Mary Embree

I am delighted to announce that we have a new Executive Director and a new Santa Barbara Chapter President (now called the Santa Barbara County Chapter). We have put the Ventura and Conejo Valley Chapters together and are now calling it the Ventura County Chapter—and we have a new president for that chapter, too.

Mary Ellen Cresswell becomes Executive Director of SPAWN as of July 1. An artist and a writer, she also brings with her a wealth of experience in nonprofit organizations. Mary and I have met with each other and with the Leadership Committee, and the transition is progressing smoothly. She is enthusiastic about continuing SPAWN according to its stated mission but with a commitment to making it an even more viable organization. She can be reached at 805/496-3056; her email address is

Dallas Glenn, who has organized and conducts SPAWN's Santa Barbara Writers Circle, will become the President of the Santa Barbara County Chapter.

Dallas is a published writer and the former publisher/owner of The Chicago Connection magazine. A public relations specialist, she also has experience as a board member and vice president of a nonprofit organization. Her phone number is 805/899-1174 and email is

Carol Doering is the new President of the Ventura County Chapter. Carol has been active in SPAWN, volunteering her services in a number of capacities over the past two years. She is also an active member of other writer's organizations and will be helping to blend and coordinate SPAWN activities with those of other groups, leading us into exciting and productive new directions. Call her at 805/493-1081.

Leadership Committee

The following members attended our organizational meeting on June 14: Imogene Bercaw, Mary Cresswell, Carol Doering, Mary Embree, Patricia Fry, Dallas Glenn, Bob Keats, Teddi Knight, Virginia Lawrence, Patrick O'Kelly, Hal Ranzenhofer, and Roni Tagliaferri. Everyone contributed suggestions and those who could, volunteered to help with the new leadership of SPAWN. A Leadership Committee was formed and another meeting is scheduled for Sunday, June 28. At the time this newsletter went to press, that meeting had not yet taken place.

We could use more people in our Leadership Committee to help in the planning and implementation of our goals. As Mary Cresswell says, "You can't have too many volunteers." If you are available to contribute any time whatsoever, even if it's only an hour or two a month, please contact Mary C. or your chapter presidents and let them know.

Spawn Santa Barbara Writers Circle

The Writers Circle is for members of any level who seek a safe place to read and give feedback. Meetings are the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, 6 to 8 p.m. at 515 Red Rose Lane #1. For more information call Dallas Glenn at 805/899-1174; or Email her at

NOTE: Please contact Mary Embree at 805/643-2403; Email for date and location of the next Creativity Salon.

Chapter News

Ventura County Chapter

The Conejo Valley and Ventura chapters have merged and have become the Ventura County Chapter of SPAWN. There will be no Ventura County Chapter meetings in July and August. Carol Doering is the new chapter president. For information on future meetings or to volunteer to help with chapter business, please contact her at 805/493-1081.

Santa Barbara County Chapter

July 11, 1:30 p.m. at Karpeles Manuscript Library & Museum: The chapter presents Beverley Jackson's Adventures with Agents and Publishers, a talk with the renowned columnist, author, lecturer, civic activist and bon vivant who will share her experiences in the publication of her acclaimed book Splendid Slippers—A Thousand Years of an Erotic Tradition. And does she have stories to tell! A long-time featured columnist for the Santa Barbara News-Press and the Santa Barbara Independent, Beverley is currently a freelance writer for English and American magazines. She lectures widely and is active in local charities and worthwhile projects. For information or to help out at chapter meetings, call chapter president Dallas Glenn at 805/899-1174.

Hal Ranzenhofer, who we call "Mr. SPAWNews" because he's not only Editor of the newsletter, he folds, stamps, labels and mails it, has recently undergone triple bypass surgery. He is recovering very well, according to our spies.

To help speed his healing and get him back home soon, you might want to let him know that we miss him by sending him a get-well-soon card c/o Dr. & Mrs. Robert Gordon, 10015 Bayou Glen, Houston, TX 77042.

Board of Directors

Mary Embree

Founder and President

Jim Lane

Vice President

Virginia Lawrence, PhD


John C. Woodward, Esq.


Frances Halpern

Marsha Karpeles

Richard F.X. O'Connor

Marcia Grad-Powers

Melvin Powers

Advisory Council

Patricia Fry

Author, Publisher

Rosalie Heacock

Literary Agent

Andora Hodgin

Writer, Editor, Publicist

Irwin Zucker

Book Publicist

Mary Ellen Cresswell

Executive Director, SPAWN

Telephone: 805/496-3056


SPAWNews is published by

Small Publishers, Artists & Writers Network

P.O. Box 2653, Ventura, CA 93002


Fax: 805/643-2403

Hal Ranzenhofer, Editor

Telephone: 805/984-3216


Virginia Lawrence

SPAWN Webmaster


Dallas Glenn

President, Santa Barbara County Chapter

Telephone: 805/899-1174


Carol Doering

President, Ventura County Chapter

Telephone: 805/493-1081


To provide education, information, resources and a supportive networking environment for artists, writers, and other creative people interested in the publishing process.


SANTA BARBARA CHAPTER: Saturday, July 11, 1:30 p.m.

Karpeles Manuscript Library, 21 W. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara Directions: 101 Freeway to Carrillo, right on Carrillo, left on Chapala, right on Anapamu. (Parking in back, off Chapala, just before Anapamu.)

Guest donation: $5

VENTURA COUNTY CHAPTER: No meetings in July and August!

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