Throughout our lifetime and careers, many of us join organizations, associations, clubs, and groups to connect with people over a like-minded interest, passion, practice, or cause. Some people do it as part of their professional path, others, as a form of volunteerism, and others, just for plain old fun! And sometimes these associations can change our lives.

I’ve been extremely fortunate that many of the organizations that I’ve joined throughout my lifetime have been game-changers. (I’m looking at you NAPO!!) That’s what happened to me when I joined the Women’s Fiction Writer’s Association (WFWA) in fall of 2016. It changed my life! It’s one of the most supportive organizations I’ve ever had the pleasure of being a part of, filled with talented, open-hearted, and amazing people.

When someone tapped me on the shoulder years ago asking if I’d volunteer, my answer was yes! I’ve had the distinct pleasure of serving as the WFWA Webinar Host since spring 2019, and a passionate member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee since 2018. I love giving back to this amazing community, and being part of the volunteers who make it so special.

So, imagine my delight, when I received notice that I was being recognized as the WFWA Program Volunteer of the Year for 2023! Wow. To be recognized by an organization that I hold near and dear to my heart, and that has helped shape me into the fiction writer who I am today, means the world to me. Thank you!!!!

Here’s the recognition. Mille grazie!!


Lisa, WFWA memberI am happy to share that you are being recognized as the Programs volunteer of the 2023 year to show our appreciation for the extraordinary dedication and hard work you have consistently poured into the Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA). This honor is a testament to your unwavering commitment to our organization, and it is long overdue. Your passion for our mission is truly commendable, and it’s only fitting that we acknowledge your outstanding contributions.

This recognition represents just a fraction of the appreciation we have for you. Your commitment to the webinar program has undeniably played a pivotal role in making it one of the most successful programs within WFWA. Your professionalism is evident, but what truly sets you apart is your character and authenticity. You bring a genuine, wholehearted approach to everything you do, and it shines through in the quality of your work.

Your relentless dedication, the time you invest, and the passion you infuse into each endeavor do not go unnoticed. You don’t merely give your all; you give a piece of yourself to our organization, and for that, we are profoundly grateful.

Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for always giving 110%. It is an absolute honor to work alongside you, and I couldn’t be prouder to have you as a part of our team. You are a shining example of what makes WFWA so special, and your contributions have a lasting impact on our community.

Once again, congratulations on this well-deserved recognition, and please know that your efforts are deeply valued and cherished.