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Who We Are 2008

The 2008 Operating Board took over on January 1. Pam Meyers remained as secretary for two more years, and Pam Hillman continued in her role as treasurer for two more years. Becky Yauger took over the new position of Membership Officer, handling all membership duties formerly conducted by the treasurer.

During January, Sara Mills resigned as Crit Group Coordinator and was replaced by Linda Rondeau. Tiff Coulter stepped down as the Online Course Coordinator. Tiff was replaced by Sharon Lavy.

Camy Tang once again agreed to coordinate the Genesis Contest and Ronie Kendig signed on to coordinate the Book of the Year.

The Scholarship Program for 2008 was announced in early 2008. For the first time, the awards would consist of full scholarships, including a transportation allowance. Five scholarships would be handed out to the five top scoring applicants.

During March, the Advisory Board and Operating Board traveled to Minneapolis and held their spring meetings at the Sheraton-Bloomington, site of the 2008 National Conference.

More chapters began during 2008, including the Idahope Chapter in Idaho and the Louisiana Christian Fiction Writers.

In May Melanie Dickerson took over the reins of the ACFW Book Club from Michelle Rodgers.

Registration for the annual national conference to be held in Minneapolis, MN in September opened in early June. Excitement spilled through cyberspace as members anticipated another four days of opportunities to meet with editors and agents and be taught craft by many outstanding people from the industry. Also heightening the excitement was a planned 100+ author book signing at Mall of America.

June brought our 20th chapter when a new group formed in Richmond, VA in the Mid-Atlantic zone, and in August another new chapter formed in Houston.

On September 18-21, the ACFW National Conference was held at the Sheraton-Bloomington, in the greater Minneapolis area. Over 400 members gathered to hear keynote speaker Angela Hunt, pitch their stories to top editors and agents in the industry, and be educated in the craft of writing. Margie Lawson taught the early bird session. Many old friendships were renewed and new ones ignited. On Saturday afternoon, more than 100 authors gathered in the Rotunda area of Mall of American for a gigantic book signing. This unprecedented event drew many fans to the mall to have their favorite books signed and to meet the authors. The event drew many new readers of Christian fiction.

On Saturday evening, members and their guests attended the Annual Awards Banquet and dined on steak dinners as the winners of the Genesis contest for unpublished authors, the Book of the Year contest for published authors, Mentor of the Year, Agent of the Year, and Editor of the Year, and Member Service Awards were announced. The results were as follows:

Mentor of the Year 2008 

Janice Thompson

Agent of the Year 2008 

Kelly Mortimer

Editor of the Year 2008 

Krista Stroever - Steeple Hill

Member Service Award 2008 

Sharon Lavy

Click here for the 2008 Finalists and Winners for the Genesis Contest.
Click here for the 2008 Finalists and Winners of the Book of the Year Award.

In October nominations opened for the following Operating Board positions: President, Vice President, Publicity Officer, Zone Officer and Volunteer Officer. The Operating Board for 2009 will be:

President – Cynthia Ruchti
Vice President – Cheryl Wyatt
Zone Officer – Ane Mulligan
Publicity Officer – Angie Breidenbach
Treasurer – Pam Hillman
Membership Officer – Becky Yauger
Volunteer Officer – Margaret Daley
Secretary – Pam Meyers
During December Cynthia Ruchti stepped down from Topic of the Week Coordinator to prepare for her new president position. Syndi Hawkins took over as the new TOTW person.

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