Adelia Kimball Founders' Award
At our club meeting on May 15, 2012, we announced that Rebecca Schenck was the 2012 recipient of the Founders Prize. The Founders Prize was established to honor long-standing service to the Charlotte Writers' Club and the literary community. Rebecca was nominated by Irene Blair Honeycutt. Irene stated that Rebecca "has always been an exemplary member of the Charlotte Writers' Club; and in her quiet manner and 'with grace under pressure,' Rebecca moved the Club forward in the various roles she played."
When Rebecca Schenck returned to Queens College (now Queens University of Charlotte) to get a bachelor’s degree in 1976, her favorite class was Paul Newman’s Advanced Composition. He had his students submit entries to contests sponsored every month by the Charlotte Writers' Club, and that year Becca won a prize in each contest, including first place in Poetry and Short Story. She then joined the Club, and with her husband Gordon (now deceased) was Hospitality Chairman, meeting at the Barclay Cafeteria on Independence Boulevard.
She continued to win prizes in poetry and non-fiction, some of which were published in literary journals and anthologies. In addition to occasional monthly contests, she chaired the annual Elizabeth Simpson Smith Short Story Contest for the first six years after Ed Smith established that endowment in memory of his wife.
The Mint Museum Auxiliary contacted the Writers Club to get an editor for its annual Antiques Show Catalog, a role Rebecca held for two years; and for many years she represented the Writers Club on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Arts & Science Council.
She was president of the Charlotte Writers Club for a two-year term in 1980-81, and she was given the Aline Thompson Award for Service to the Writers Club, named in honor of a former CWC president.
Rebecca continues to write, and her chapbook is due out in 2012.
Join us as we honor Rebecca for her many contributions.