Sunday, March 19, 2023

APRIL SPEAKER - Julie Turner Crawford/ Doing Research on Your Project

Julie Turner-Crawford is a native of the Ozarks, growing up in Dallas County, Mo. 

Julie graduated from Missouri State University with a degree in agriculture communications and began her career in Lexington, Mo., as a sports/government reporter, covering sports for three high schools, county and city government, as well as general news writing and 


Julie’s career lead back to the Ozarks in 1999 when she went to The Lebanon Daily Record in Lebanon, Mo. During her tenur
e at the LDR, Julie was the lead reporter for government, crime and courts, agriculture and outdoors, and feature writer. 

While at the Lebanon Daily Record, Julie received multiple writing, reporting and photography awards from the Missouri Press Association, the Associated Press and the National Newspaper Association. 

She took hiatus from the daily newspaper industry for a year and a half, but returned to The Daily Record where she went on to become associate editor and eventually editor. 

Julie managed an award-winning news crew of six reporters. 

In 2015, Julie was presented with the opportunity to go back to her first love — agriculture. 

Julie is the managing editor of Ozarks Farm & Neighbor newspaper, a production agriculture publication based in Lebanon, Mo., with editions that cover Southwest Missouri, Northwest Arkansas and Northeast Oklahoma. In all, Ozarks Farm & Neighbor reaches an estimated 24,000 to 25,000 readers in Missouri, and 13,000 to 14,000 in Arkansas/Oklahoma. 

OFN utilizes a great group of freelance writers who help tell the stories of farmers and ranchers in the Ozarks and stories that are unique to the Ozarks. 

She will be speaking on I will be talking about doing your research on your subject. It can make a big difference in your writing. Also, what is first person, second person and third person? When can you use each. Lastly, tighten up your writing.


Tuesday, March 7, 2023

March Speaker/Dayna Ault


Dayna Ault has eight children who were the inspiration for her first t

wo children’s books, Benjamin’s Coin Purse (2001) and Who Made This Mess? October, 2022

She published The Missouri Autism Report Magazine for seven years (2010-2017), and wrote for church, parenting, business, and municipal publications, all while homeschooling her children. 

Dayna has served as an Alderwoman in her small Missouri town and serves as a deaconess in her church and enjoys teaching Sunday School. She is a member of several organizations including the Springfield Writer’s Guild, (SWG) the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), BookCamp (Chad Allen), Self-Publishing Masterminds (April Cox) and of Children’s Book Insiders (CBI). She organizes and runs Kidlit Connect, an online critique group for children’s writers, and leads her local Children’s Genre Group with SWG.

Dayna has one college student still at home, one very understanding husband, 15 grand-children, an American Eskimo and a very fluffy, needy gray cat.


Saturday, January 28, 2023

February Meeting

 Our February meeting is a MEMBERS ONLY meeting.  This is the month we celebrate our members and their JANO accomplishments.  

Join us in March when our speaker will be Chrissy Willis and Ruth Weeks who will give us TIPS ON PUBLIC SPEAKING 

Tuesday, January 3, 2023

January 7th, MEGA WRITE-IN



January 7th 2023

Location:  Library Center

In the Auditorium

If you’re participating in JANO, this is a perfect day to come and write.

A lunch of sandwiches and chips will be provided by Goodcents, for those who paid, but feel free to bring munchies to share.

Don’t forget your laptop, chargers and flash drives and be prepared to spend the day writing.


Tuesday, November 8, 2022

November 11, 2022 Speaker, Marilyn Quigley


Marilyn Quigley is professor emerita of English at Evangel University where she taught 32 years. She was director of composition there and also taught creative  writing and literature. Marilyn has

published three books. "Hell Frozen Over: The Battle of the Bulge" and "Journey to Elsewhere," a time travel book for children are in print, and "My War at Windsor School" was recently published on Amazon Vella. Earlier in her life she published a children's musical called "From Pit to Palace."

               Marilyn was selected as a visiting fellow with the Independent Women's Association in Washington, DC during 2021 during which she published 20 political op eds for major digital outlets. A recent small project was writing the narration for her church Christmas cantata.

She is a member of Springfield Writers Guild, a book club, and Schweitzer Church.

Marilyn is married. She has two sons and three grandchildren. She loves to travel, and in August she visited Scotland and Ireland. She enjoys playing violin in two bands, and making movies of her travels.

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Sept. 10th Speaker, Presiding Judge


Judge Mark A. Powell was appointed as associate circuit judge

for the 31st Judicial Circuit in 2000. In this role, his judicial assignments have included general associate criminal and circuit civil matters. Prior to being appointed to the bench, he was in private practice in Springfield.

 Here are a few things he will be discussing, but come prepared with questions of your own..


 1)  How he prepares behind the scenes for a court case.

2)  Some unorthodox/unusual cases.

3)  How he might handle an unprecedented murder case.


Saturday, July 30, 2022

August 13th Speaker/ Mindy Spitz Shamanic Practitioner, Healer & Visionary


Mindy Spitz is a trained Shaman in the ancient ways of the Earthkeeper, the Pampamesayoq, of the Q’ero region, in the high Andes of Peru (tradition of Inca of Peru)


A Shaman is one who can travel between this world and the world of spirit and can track the origins of illness and blockages.


Mindy’s life evolved to a new level after training 2 ½ years in the medicine ways of Peru with Karen Duncan, who taught with Alberto Villoldo’s Four Winds Society before embarking on her own teaching career. She has studied in Peru with the indigenous medicine women and men of the Q’ero nation as well as with Jose Luis Herrera, of Rainbow Jaguar and the Andean Research Institute. Mindy’s quantum leap took place when Doreen Virtue, the premier expert on Angels, gave her an on air reading that urged her to help other lightworkers find their way.

Mindy lives in Southwest Missouri, loves to hike, canoe and expand her connection to the land she loves. She has a passion for holistic health, the environment and animals. She campaigns for organic food safety, natural health choices and alternative energy sources, and especially TREES!

APRIL SPEAKER - Julie Turner Crawford/ Doing Research on Your Project

Julie Turner-Crawford is a native of the Ozarks, growing up in Dallas County, Mo.  Julie graduated from Missouri State University with a deg...