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ACPA Barbwire December 2015

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Roundup'of'news'from'the'Alberta'Cowboy'Poetry'Associa9on'(ACPA)'''''''' ' ''December'2015' In'this'Issue: '' Message&from&the&new& President&of&ACPA& Message&from&BJ&Smith,& Past&President,&ACPA && So&Long&and&Thank&you,&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&& Judy&Dalgliesh & && Gatherings&reviews & &Lewistown,&MT&&&& &Trail's&End& &Stony&Plain& News&from&Poets&and&&&&&& Musicians& 2016&Gatherings&Dates& & && Meet&Your&New&ExecuKve& Members:& &&&&&Secretary& &&&&&NewsleNer&Editor& Christmas&Poem& by&Harold&Webber& Breaking&News!&The'Barbwire' Dispatch'is'now'open'to'all' members,'fans'and'prospec9ve'fans' and'it'will'arrive'in'your'inbox'every' other'month.' '''''Discussions'at'the'Annual'General' mee9ng'that'carried'through'to'the' Execu9ve'mee9ng'led'to'the'Board' "stretching'the'Wire"'to'include'the' general'public.' '''''Previously,'the'Dispatch'had'been' sent'to'Alberta'Cowboy'Poetry' Associa9on'(ACPA)'members'only.'' '''''A'newsleOer'is'a'vital'tool'to' connect'with'prospec9ve'fans'of' Cowboy'Poetry,'as'well'as'ACPA' members.'Gatherings'are'dying'and' if'we'wish'to'meet'the'ACPA'goal'to' preserve'"the'history'and'lifestyle'of' the'cowboy'and'the'rural'way'of' life",'we'need'to'reach'more'people.'' '''''The'Board'decided'to'build'a' wider'audience'which'will'benefit' the'western'entertainers'and' current'fans'of'our'Gatherings.' '''''As'a'member'you'can'help'us'by' sharing'this'issue'with'your'friends' and'family,'and'personally'invi9ng' them'to'subscribe.' '''''If'one'of'our'members'has'shared' this'issue'of'Barb'Wire'Dispatch'with' you,'Welcome'to'the'Wonderful' World'of'Cowboy'Poetry.'You'are' about'to'be'surprised'and'delighted,' entertained'and'energized.'If'you' have'rural'roots,'you'll'feel'right'at' home'as'our'poets'and'musicians'share' stories'of'their'lives'and'those'who' have'ridden'these'trails'before'us.' ''''You'don't'have'to'be'from'the' country'to'enjoy'the'stories'and'laughs' we'share'at'Gatherings'all'over'the' province,'the'country'and'the' con9nent.'You'will'meet'some'down'to' earth'folks'in'the'audience,'quietly' tapping'their'toes'and'politely' applauding'the'performances.' ''''Tradi9onally,'the'Barbwire'Dispatch' has'been'seen'as'an'exclusive'benefit' for'members.'The'Board'decided' repurpose'the'Dispatch'and'to'work' harder'at'offering'other'benefits'to' members,'like'promo9ng'their' performances'and'crea9ng'more' opportuni9es'to'perform,'which'the' Barbwire'Dispatch'will'do'more'of'with' its'more'frequent'edi9ons.'' '''''Members'will's9ll'receive'Barbwire' Dispatch'Insider'reports.'We'urge'you' not'to'share'these'messages'with'your' friends.'They'will'be'clearly'marked.' '''''Finally,'we'have'a'few'members'that' receive'a'printed'copy'of'Barbwire' Dispatch.'If'only'we'had'pony'express' postal'rates!'Prin9ng'and'mailing'our' Dispatches'is'a'major'expense'for'the' ACPA.''Help'us'reduce'costs.'' '''''If'you'have'an'email'we'encourage' you'to'let'us'know'so'we'can'send'an' online'version.'If'you'need'help' securing'an'email'address'contact'our' new'Editor.' www.AlbertaCowboyPoetry.com' Twis9ng'the'Barbwire'Dispatch'

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