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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Mon Feb 8, 1999  3:21 pm
Subject:  Great SignWriting Meeting!

February 8, 1999

Dear SignWriting List Members -
Yesterday we held our annual SignWriting Membership meeting. It is a Board
Meeting, but SignWriting members also attend and everyone can vote. We had
20 people here in my home in La Jolla, California. People from all walks of
life attended..members of the Deaf Community, members of the
Danish-American community, sign language students, scientists, and people
working in marketing and fund raising. Phil Carmona and Nancy Romero
interpreted. Refreshments were donated by "Jonathan's", a local supermarket.

After the voting, Darline Clark Gunsauls and Dave Gunsauls told about their
work with the DAC in 1998. Their adorable daughter Tiffany, who is
two-and-a-half years old, wore a beautiful blue dress and patent leather
shoes! She is a native signer, and chimed in that she likes videotapes. Her
Mom did a wonderful videotape in 1998 which is the first in a series
entitled "the SignWriting Children's Stories video series". So Tiffany sat
and watched Mom tell Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty in ASL while we
continued with our meeting!

Our group then started a great conversation about fund raising. Everyone
contributed ideas. It was like a family reunion with everyone pulling
together - a warm feeling!

Nancy Romero, who also interpreted, is skilled in SignWriting and
DanceWriting. Nancy's story, "Ivan the Giraffe" was recently posted on our
web site:

Ivan the Giraffe

I asked Nancy to take her interpreter's hat off for a few minutes to tell
us about her new story and she described this giraffe at the San Diego Wild
Animal Park! Apparently several SW List members wrote privately to Nancy
about her story, and she really enjoyed that!

Anne Goldman, one of our Board Members, is originally from Denmark. Anne
told the group about a project planned for 1999. Anne and I will be sharing
the job of translating an 80 page report that is written in Danish. We will
be creating an "English version" of the same document, although the
diagrams will always be in Danish Sign Language. The report is called:

Forsogsprojekt Paa Doveskolen I Randersgade Kobenhavn, Danmark, 1985
"Undervisning I Tegnskrift/Tegnsprog"

Research Project At The Deaf School At Randersgade, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1985
"Instruction In SignWriting/Sign Language"

You can read a little introduction about this report right now on this page:

I am scheduled to post our translation as a Special Feature on April 12th.
I really appreciate Anne's help on this project...we barely know where to
begin, but my guess is, once we get into the translation, it will go

When the meeting adjourned the REAL fun began!! We all chatted and ate,
while watching the new SW History video and the Children's Stories video.
Several people discussed SignWriting at length with me, learning details of
how we write down in columns. Others had new ideas for raising funds. One
person feels he can get a donated Pentium for us. We need it badly, because
the new version of the SignWriter Computer Program, version 5.0, which is
written in Java, requires faster computers. Right now we have old computers
that are not you can see that our computers need to be

So that was our meeting - and it was great one....Wish you all could have
been with us!!

Valerie ':-)

Valerie Sutton at the DAC
Deaf Action Committee for SW


Center For Sutton Movement Writing
an educational nonprofit organization
Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA

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