Welcome to the Boca Raton Branch of the National League of American Pen Women
The National League of American Pen Women was founded in 1897 to promote
the development of creative women in the arts. Our Boca Raton Branch is one of the largest branches in Florida, and one of the largest in the nation. In April 2019, we celebrated our 43rd birthday!
Our branch, whose proud history originated with a modest “baker’s dozen” in 1975, now enjoys 41 national members and 8 patron members who support our efforts. Members bring diverse talents in all areas of the arts, not only to our monthly informational program luncheons, but to the entire community. Among our members you’ll find newspaper and magazine writers, screenplay and book authors, sculptors and painters, photographers, public relations and advertising experts, composers and allied professionals. Allied professional membership is open but not limited to gallery/museum curators; video, television, theater and film producers and directors; music conductors, and performing artists in opera, ballet, symphonic orchestras, contemporary music, drama, film, dance, choral and theater.
Our branch has long been active in the community, routinely reaching out with writing workshops, as well as public art shows, book talks and panel discussions. We also develop programs with longer and more involved goals. We developed an outreach program with the Gateways Book Program to aid those incarcerated in the Girls Juvenile Detention Center in West Palm Beach. Another program helped Palm Beach County teachers by offering our members’ talents and expertise in the arts for use in the classroom. In 2015 we initiated an annual holiday Party of the Arts Program at the Milagro Teen Center for the Expressive Arts in Delray Beach. Our mission as a 501(c)3 organization is to serve our communities through the arts..
Our Achievement Awards Program provides monetary awards to outstanding high school 12th grade students and students in Palm Beach County colleges and universities to promote their careers in the fields of art, writing and music. Candidates for awards are selected every two years. In 2018, the Branch provided additional awards to students with financial need who demonstrated talent in the arts. In 2019, one high school student and two college students received $1,000 each for achievement in letters, music and art.
The Boca Raton Branch is an active member of the Florida State Association and the NLAPW. Jean Holmes was a two-term past president of the Boca Branch in 1994 – 1996. She also served two terms as Florida State Association President and was President of the National League of American Pen Women in 2010 – 2012. Mary Twitty served as President of the Boca Raton Branch in 2011 – 2013. She served as Parliamentarian for the Florida State Association in 2014 – 2015, and for the Boca Raton Branch. Sheila Firestone, Boca Raton Branch music member and Music Chair, served a two-year term as First Vice President of the Florida State Association in 2010 – 2012, and served two terms as President of the Boca Raton Branch from 2014 – 2018.
The Boca Raton Branch holds program luncheon meetings the 3rd Thursday of the month. Our luncheons are held from October through April at the Delray Beach Golf Club, Delray Beach, FL, and at other venues. (See the Luncheon page for location details.)
For specific information about becoming a member of the Boca Raton Branch, please visit our Membership page.