When Doris joined KAC in 1983, she was a member of District Seven until 1989 when the districts were reorganized, and she found that she was now a member of District Six. In 1996 she was elected secretary of her district for two years, and in 2000 she was elected district president for two years. That same year she took the office of state recording secretary, and in 2002 she assumed the duties of state vice-president for two years. During that time, Doris also took the office of state recording secretary, then assumed the duties of state vice-president for two years. She then served KAC’s 62nd state president (2004 to 2006).
Doris remained on the board as parliamentarian from 2008-2016. It is quite possible that Doris installed more state officers into office than any other member of Kansas Authors Club.
In 2012 Doris received a Service Award of Merit from the Club for "loyal and enthusiastic support of the organization," also saying that she was "instrumental in the Centennial Celebration of KAC." The centennial book that was published while Doris was president included poetry and prose entries from members of the club and was distributed to all members for free.
Doris wrote columns about "the good 'ole days" for the Hutchinson News and "I Remember" columns for the Rural Messenger.
by Doris Schroeder
Entry to the 2014 KAC Yearbook
The Kansas Authors Club is one of the oldest writing groups in the U.S. and possibly the world. It began in 1904, and life was very different from what it is today. To read somebody’s writing was one of the few things that could be done for entertainment.
On the 100th anniversary of the Kansas Authors Club in 2004, we enjoyed a play put on by the Topeka writers, showing the quiet determination of the members. Opportunities were not as abundant in the beginning of the twentieth century as they are today. Can you imagine having to write with a scratch pen that had to be dipped in an inkwell? Could you do your writing by the light of a dim kerosene lamp while you were wearing glasses without progressive lenses? While you were writing, you would occasionally stop to add coal or wood to the fire. You had to write out each copy. If you wanted more than one, you used a sheet of carbon paper.
In the time frame of the beginning of our organization life was tough in the physical sense. We had such illustrious members as Margaret Hill McCarter, the first woman to address a Republican National Convention. Another famous writer was William Allen White, the well-known newspaper editor from the Emporia Gazette. Who hasn’t heard of Arthur Capper, a two term governor of Kansas and a five term senator who demonstrated his interest in young people with the establishment of the Capper Foundation for crippled children and many more. They all had a gigantic vision for the writers of Kansas.
As writers, we have it all in 2014. We have modern technology. It is easy to type on computers, send e-mails and texts, getting information by pressing a button, getting information and taking pictures with our smart phones. “But what good is that if we lack purpose?”
When we are born into this world, we have some talents given to us. If we have Christ in our life, we are given spiritual gifts that God would like us to carry on. In other words, we are created for a purpose. The fact that we have the talent of writing certainly must have some significance as to our function.
We may not have all the answers but we can put our own thoughts down to get people to think about the possibilities. We can write stories from our imagination and/or experience to help come up with solutions. We can help people get their thoughts going and perhaps inspire others to get involved. We, as writers, can help flavor the thinking of the people.
Making the world a more interesting place to live the purpose-driven life, the writers in the Kansas Authors Club are definitely the salt of the earth!