What is the Lynne Wilding Meritorious Service award?

For our newer members, Lynne Wilding was RWA’s inaugural (and longest-serving) president two decades ago and we remember and honour her by awarding a meritorious service prize in her memory.

RWA wakes and sleeps on the efforts of its volunteers: some have carried out their role for years; some have just taken on a role for the first time and are working like Trojans; others swap roles regularly to get a strong understanding of how RWA runs; and some give as much time to the running of RWA as they do to their own writing and families.

An award for volunteers in an organisation that could not run without them must surely be our most important. Yet, every year the contributions of some fantastic individuals go unnoticed, perhaps because everyone thinks that someone else will nominate them.

The Lynne Wilding Meritorious Service Award is a member-nominated award. If no-one tells us how great they are, they may never be nominated. So if there is someone who you know who is a brilliant ambassador for romance and for RWA and who gives much of their time to the organisation we all love, please take a moment to sing their praises to the official nominations committee this month. Nominations are confidential so you don’t need to worry about whether they’ll growl at you for singling them out for attention. They absolutely deserve their moment in the spotlight!!

By now, you are no doubt thinking, ‘I know someone who gives generously of their time. How do I nominate them for a LWA?’

Here’s what you do:

1.  By 1 June 2013

2.  In a letter or email, write your nominee’s full name and why you believe they should be considered for this very special award. Also include your own name and address details (you must be a current, financial member of RWAustralia to make a nomination). Feel free to wax lyrical to communicate exactly what it is that makes their contribution so special.

3.Post your nomination to:

Lynne Wilding Service Award,
PO Box 1236 Neutral Bay NSW
2089 Australia



It’s that easy.


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