Fall Conference Review

Keeping Up with OCW by Susan Maas, OCW Secretary

Rachel Hauck, author of more than a dozen award-winning books, encouraged writers at the OCW Fall Conference to keep trying, even when writing is difficult. We are significant to God, and we should strive to “live a life of significance,” Rachel said. She used the example of Michael Jordan, who said, “I’ve failed over and over again. That is why I succeed.” We should not be afraid to fail, but should keep trying and “leave the outcome to God.” We can be voices leading the way—an echo of God, not of the culture around us.

In her second talk, Rachel cited a commencement speech by Admiral William H. McRaven, giving 10 lessons learned from Basic SEAL Training. “If you want to change the world, keep singing when you’re up to your neck in mud,” McRaven said, adding, “One person can change the world by giving people hope.” Rachel applied this wisdom to writing. When we are under attack is not the time God is calling us to quit. We may burn out if it is all about us, but with the Spirit we have all we need.

In the business meeting, President Maxine Marsolini thanked outgoing Treasurer Frank Yates, Photographer Sam Hall, and Social Media Coordinator Nicole Miller for their work with OCW. Wendy Gorski was introduced and elected as the new treasurer. Business Manager Sue Miholer discussed progress toward the goal of registering OCW as a 501(c)(3) corporation, which will enable OCW to apply for grants and receive charitable contributions.

About 20 first-time attendees were welcomed and 10 publishing accomplishments read. Summer Conference Director Lindy Jacobs announced plans for the 2015 conference, which will include keynoters Ed Underwood and Jane Kirkpatrick. Program Coordinator Marilyn Rhoads held a drawing for donated books, announced upcoming one-day conferences, and presented the day’s workshop leaders.

Eight afternoon workshops gave those present opportunity to focus on areas of interest, and an autograph party afterwards provided time to meet authors and eat ice cream. Attendees left inspired to change the world for God. l

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