Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Mark Twain

JoAn Dilweg is the instructor for "Mark Twain: The Musical and One-Act Plays by Mark Twain," a two-session class meeting on May 8th and 15th.

During the first class, NKA members viewed Mark Twain: The Musical, a stage musical biography that combines scenes from Twain's life with production numbers based on his best-loved books, including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Life on the Mississippi, The Innocents Abroad, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. The show was performed in Elmira, New York, and in Hartford, Connecticut, and telecast on public television stations. Ms. Dilweg secured royalty permission, and the show was presented at Highland High School in Pocatello as part of the "Mark Twain Across the Curriculum" activities. Scenes from the Elmira and Highland performances were also viewed.

The second class session will consist of reading and sharing several of Twain's one-act plays. Twain's writing was influenced by his experiences as steamboat pilot, writer, lecturer, essayist, entrepreneur, traveler, and more. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Zonta Award for NKA's Shirley McElprang

In April, NKA's own Shirley McElprang received a "Woman of Achievement" award from the local chapter of Zonta International, a global organization of professionals. Founded in 1919, Zonta International works to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. 
 Shirley and some of her NKA supporters
NKA was proud to nominate Shirley for this award as a way to show our gratitude for all that Shirley does for our organization. 
     Zontians all over the world volunteer their time, talents and support to local and international service projects, as well as scholarship programs aimed at fulfilling Zonta's mission and objectives, which are:
     To improve the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women at the global and local level through service and advocacy.
     To work for the advancement of understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of executives in business and the professions. 
     To promote justice and universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. 
     To be united internationally to foster high ethical standards, to implement service programs, and to provide mutual support and fellowship for members who serve their communities, their nations, and the world. 
Zonta International, its districts and its clubs are nonsectarian and nonpartisan. To learn more about the organization, go to
To read more about Shirley and her work for NKA, go to: