Daymaker - a person who performs acts of kindness with the intention of making the world a better place.
~ David Wagner
, author of Life as a Daymaker; how to change the world by making someone's day ~

DayMaker - any thought, word, or deed that spreads happiness, compassion, or fruitful ideas.
~ Annis Cassells ~

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Jack London Award



Every two years, each branch of the California Writers Club may select a member to be presented the prestigious Jack London Award. This award recognizes members’ service in furthering the CWC’s goals. For 2013, my branch, Writers ofKern, chose me.

As I sat among friends and fellow writers at the May meeting, I scanned down the Agenda, waiting for the announcement of this year’s JLA honoree. I was stunned when President Dana Martin said my name, and then read WOK's nominating letter. I was touched -- and surprised to realize that what is second nature to me would be perceived as award-winning.



The third weekend in July, Judy and I drove to Oakland, California, where the California Writers Club meets. Arriving early on Saturday afternoon, we thought we'd do a little exploring.  We took the BART into downtown Oakland and walked to Jack London Square.



Pedalfest, a celebration of all things related to bicycles, was in full force. Soon we were surrounded by hundreds of bikes and cyclists. We strolled through the festive booths, shooting a few photos then settled at Kincaid’s for a lovely dinner by the Inner Harbor.


On Sunday, at a special Jack London Awards luncheon and entertaining program, I felt proud to stand with other writers from all over the state who were also honored. 


Becoming acquainted and sharing ideas with different CWC members was fun and instructive. I found that though our experiences varied, we have common goals for our organizations. (See the California Writers Club website to read recipients’ bios or nomination letters.)


Receiving the Jack London Award was a special occasion and honor that I will always treasure.


~ xoA ~



12 comments:

  1. Annis,
    Congratulations again. You have a giving spirit. Thanks for sharing the event with us.
    Joan

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    1. That's so kind of you, Joan. Thank you! xoA

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  2. The award could not have gone to anyone more deserving. So thrilled to have you as a member of WOK and so blessed to be able to call you "friend."

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    1. Thanks, Dana. I am delighted to be part of this wonderful group of writers who have become dear friends. xoA

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  3. Annis, I am so happy for you! I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this award. Congratulations!

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    1. Thank you, Joan. I appreciate your kind comment and look forward to when you're back among us. xoA

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  4. Congratulations, Annis. As I've gotten to know you somewhat over the past couple summers, what I read does not surprise me in the least. You're simply being you, the only way you know how to be.

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    1. Bless your heart, and thank you, Carol. What a sweet thing to say. I appreciate it and look forward to some time together for a visit. xoA

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  5. Hi Annis - Congratulations on being honored for doing what comes so naturally to you...a very special recognition. Look forward to seeing you at our discussion next week!

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    1. Thank you, Sue. That's dear of you to say. I'm looking forward to visiting at our book group meeting, too! xoA

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  6. Congrats on that wonderful honor! Keep on writing...your material is such a joy to read. :)

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    1. Christine, thanks so much for your kind and encouraging words. Great to see you in Billings this year. xoA

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