Merit Award for Service to the Club
October 22, 2022
Nominated by Cheryl Unruh
Eventually, I did meet this man of mystery when he joined the Emporia Writers Group. He shared his writing with us, poetry and short stories. He then published a book of his work, and he published books for other poets. He also takes charge of organizing a formal spring and fall reading for the group at the William Allen White Library.
I am nominating Curtis for this merit award for service for his dedicated and enthusiastic leadership in the Kansas Authors Club and in District 2.
Curtis has been a member of Kansas Authors Club since 2018. Curtis has served as State Newsletter Editor (2021-present), D2 Vice President (2021), and D2 Website Manager (2020-present). Curtis was one of the four-member team that made our 2020 Virtual Convention possible. He has volunteered each year since joining as a judge for our youth writing contests.
Curtis is currently serving as Chair of the Convention Planning Committee. We’ve had monthly zoom meetings and if he announces a 35-minute limit for a meeting, Curtis keeps the meeting at 35 minutes. How he accomplishes that is something of a mystery, but somehow everything gets covered and no one feels rushed. That’s good leadership.
Curtis has a good heart. He is friendly, has a great sense of humor, and makes a point to look for the positive side of things. And like those days he helped out at Emporia’s bookstore, he’s willing to jump in and help out at other writing events and gatherings - such as being the chief wrangler for this convention. Curtis Becker is a friend, a leader, a man of mystery, a man of many talents.
--Cheryl Unruh, D2 member (Emporia)