Who We Are 2001
The Plot Develops 2001
With the e-mail loop, members quickly began to think of each other as family and with every family comes celebrations. Tracey Bateman became the ACRW Birthday Greeter. Names of whoever was celebrating a birthday on a given day were announced to the loop and members were encouraged to send private e-mail greetings to the celebrant. It wasn't unusual for a birthday person to open their e-mail to birthday wishes from almost everyone in ACRW.
On January 29, 2001, ACRW celebrated its own birthday. At the ripe old age of one year, membership was now at 100. Everyone celebrated because the prayer goal of 100 had been reached sixteen days ahead of the target date of February 15. God was blessing ACRW.
As ACRW continued to grow so did the need for volunteer help. In March, Sandra Moore was selected as Webmaster of the new website, and in April, Rachel Hauck and Patty Hall agreed to co-host the Verse of the Week. In July. DiAnn Mills and Sharon Dunn collaborated on starting the ACRW Experts File-a resource to be available on the website that listed members' areas of expertise. In September, Margaret Brooks agreed to take over as Crit Group Coordinator.
August brought ACRW's first Book in a Week Challenge. Members were encouraged to sign up and write for an entire week without stopping to edit. The goal was to write a complete story in seven days.
On October 26-27 the Second ACRW Regional Conference was held in Houston, TX. The conference was coordinated by DiAnn Mills. Keynoter, Deb White Smith spoke on the Six Stages of a Writer. Other speakers included Becky Germany of Barbour Publishing, and ACRW's DiAnn Mills and Lynn Coleman.
The next month, the Board announced that ACRW's first National Conference would be held during October 2002, in Kansas City, MO. Best-selling author Karen Kingsbury would keynote and member Dorothy Featherling would coordinate the event.
The Backstory 2001
By October ACRW had increased its membership to 140 members and during the same month the Board held its first face-to-face board meeting in Couer d-Alene, Idaho. Attending were: President Lynn Coleman, Vice-President Andrea Boeshaar, Treasurer DiAnn Mills, Brandilyn Collins, and member-at-large Tracie Peterson. Secretary Gail Martin was out of the country at the time. The main goal of the Board's meeting was to set goals for ACRW's future.
The Board worked hard and after the meeting they announced that the following topics had been discussed, defined and decided upon:
- Incorporation - ACRW would become incorporated.
- Elections of Board - An Operating Board would be elected by members to preside over the day-to-day operations of ACRW.
- Formation of an Advisory Board which would not be elected.
- Membership Drive to get the word out about ACRW to Christian writers.
- Incentives for published authors that would encourage them to join ACRW, including announcement of new book releases on the ACRW website and a Book of the Year contest.
In late November 2001 nominations opened for positions on ACRW's Operating Board.