Golden Anniversary Celebration at May Conference
by Susan Maas, OCW Secretary
Former OCW presidents and long-time members shared their wisdom as Oregon Christian Writers celebrated its 50th anniversary in Eugene on May 18, 2013. The book about OCW’s history, The First 50 Years, also debuted at this event.
Marion Duckworth presented the golden anniversary devotions, reminding attendees to “give God your gold.” The first keynoter, Sally Stuart reviewed the history of OCW, describing how the knowledge and courage she received from OCW had helped her career. OCW encouraged her to branch out to new publications, and interconnections with OCW led to new writing experiences.
Melody Carlson, a top-selling author who got her start with OCW, presented the second keynote talk. Melody discussed the future of publishing and the things that never change: people, paying your dues, paying attention, and perseverance. Her abbreviated advice: “Read, read, read. Write, write, write. Allow yourself to make mistakes, and live your life fully.”
During the business meeting, Summer Conference Director Lindy Jacobs promoted the upcoming summer conference in Portland. She also announced the first-ever Cascade Writing Awards, to be presented at the summer conference.
Program coordinator Marilyn Rhoads drew names to give away books by summer conference authors, as well as a $100 Powell’s Books gift card, and a Kindle Fire—the last two gifts provided by a generous donation from Harvest House.
OCW president Maxine Marsolini requested the members’ permission for the OCW board to make changes in the bylaws. These included extending some of the terms of board positions and expanding the bylaws to allow for other changes in the organization, including the expansion of the number of board members who can vote. Both motions passed.
Maxine welcomed first-time attendees and read six publication firsts. Bob Hawkins of Harvest House congratulated OCW for its 50-year anniversary and reminded members that we may never know the full impact of our writing, but should use it to glorify God. Harvest House gave each attendee a copy of The Amish Bride by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould.