Promote Tennessee Storytelling as a Member of the 
Volunteer State Tellers 
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*Providing Essential Exempt Status to Our Membership  Volunteer State Tellers is the only state nonprofit storytelling organization that has a 501 (c) 3 tax exempt status. This IRS classification is essential for donations, grants, and fundraising.        
*Sponsoring Storytelling Events  We offer Middle Tennessee events as Tellabration, World Storytelling Day, and concerts by Master Tellers 

*Free Website  Our free website offers storytelling news and links and promotes individual members and guilds.  We also have a "Find a Storyteller" page.

*Networking, Communication, and Resources   We are a broad range of talented storytellers, professionals, educators, teaching artists, and librarians

*Storytelling News   Learn about storytelling events and opportunities around the state

*Investment in Tennessee Storytellers  The Board will be developing plans to offer mini grants to members

Marjorie Shaefer, Johnson City, TN             

Member at Large

A hearty welcome to Marjorie Shaefer, member of the Jonesborough Storytelling Guild and our new Board member at large.

Marjorie Shaefer, also known as Mother Goose, followed her dream to Johnson City and enrolled in the Storytelling Program at ETSU after 40 years living in the Detroit area of Michigan. She hopes to finish the degree in 2011.

Since moving to Tennessee Marjorie has been researching and telling stories from local history. "Mary Patton, Black Powder Maker" and "Nancy Ward, Beloved Woman of the Cherokee" are two favorites.

Marjorie Shaefer often tells rhymes and fables as Mother Goose. She is a member of the Mother Goose Guild and is a founding fowl of the famous Gaggle of Mothers Goose. 

Mother Goose loves telling rhymes and fables with her puppet, "Canada Goose" at events for children and for families. Her special program, "Personages that Primed the Pump of Mother Goose Rhymes", adds historical fact for interested adults and seniors.

Marjorie has been telling tales before audiences inside and outside the classroom for over 30 years. Many of her tales were learned from her tall Texan Grandfather who taught with stories. She was once an expert archer, a Girl Scout from second grade to professional, and teacher. She hopes her grandkids will love to tell stories too.

Volunteer State Tellers is a state wide 501(c)3   nonprofit for storytellers and story listeners.

Our Mission 
To promote the art of storytelling through support of Tennessee storytellers and story listeners 

Our Goals
To preserve Tennessee's rich oral heritage 
To foster alliances among members, 
organizations, and 
To serve our communities through events that   
           promote storytelling 

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Welcome New Board Members Bonnie Jannasch and Marjorie Shaefer!

Bonnie Jannasch, Brentwood, TN             

Secretary Treasurer

For the past 40 years Bonnie has worked as a Tennessee educator.She has been a classroom teacher and librarian, who has twice been Teacher of the Year.  

She has written grants to procure funding for special projects and expanded her work by acting as a liaison with community businesses. Her experience includes organized major events.

 Bonnie has a love for storytelling. She considers herself to be a storytelling artist, promoting oral literacy through storytelling. She has conducted storytelling workshops for teachers, and hosted guest tellers to teach and entertain. 

She has shared folk stories and her favorite “Lake Tekakwitha Tales,” stories about growing up in the Ozarks of Missouri and spending summers at her family's lake home. 

She has inspired and coached children to share a tale or two of their own. She's helped organize three Storytelling Festivals where students were showcased along with adult tellers. She continues to grow professionally as a storyteller and is eager to help promote the art to more Tennesseans.

 She lives in Nashville with her husband Karl (quite a storyteller too). They have three lovely daughters and two precious grandchildren.