And a beautiful welcome it was, as more than 100 of us converged for our 20th Anniversary celebration conference. As always, for me, the highlight is seeing friends I've known since I joined in the early 2000s, and meeting new friends. WWW is such a supportive group.
One of the features of this year's conference was the beautiful quilt, put together by Sherry Johns, with squares made by members of WWW. It was featured at the Golden Quilt Museum and we all bought raffle tickets for a chance to win. The lucky lady was Vicki Rondeau, who immediately gifted it back to Sherry! Options are being explored as to what to do with the quilt in the future.
Another treat for us was the screening of the film "Cherokee Word for Water," based on the true story of Wilma Mankiller, who was instrumental in helping a Cherokee community call on traditional Native values of
reciprocity and interdependence to rebuild their community. Set in the
early 1980s, the screenplay was inspired by the Bell Waterline Project in Oklahoma,
which was the subject of national media coverage.
And, of course, a big part of the WWW conference is recognizing the WILLA Literary Award Finalists at a special luncheon and the Winners at the final banquet. (We will have more about these fabulous authors in a later blog). Congratulations to all!
Now, mark your calendars for October 8-12, 2015 for our next conference in Bend, OR. Jane Kirkpatrick and Shanna Hatfield have already been hard at work planning! I'm looking forward to seeing you all again!