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 ~