Yellow Rose Award Winners

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Service Above and Beyond

The Yellow Rose Award is the highest honor bestowed by the chapter, in recognition of service to the authors of the North Texas RWA. Winners are nominated for going above and beyond the call of duty that year.

Each winner receives yellow roses, a gift card, an acrylic award and a certificate.


2018: Cindy Dees


2017: Amanda McMurrey

“She has worked tirelessly to bring us meeting presenters and an awesome special event with Margie Lawson. She is always enthusiastic, positive, and brings a real punch of energy to our organization!”

“I think Amanda kicks butt and takes names.”


2016: Lisa Fenley

“Not only has Lisa served as the chapter secretary for three years, she has also been the Great Expectations Coordinator. She took on the contest role and made it her own. The GE is a time-consuming job and the major fundraiser for our chapter. I know that Lisa put her writing on hold during the busiest times of the contest, but also had to put her family on hold as well. THEN, she volunteered to do it again…Thank you Lisa !!”

“Lisa has juggled her secretarial with running the Great Expectations two years running. She deserves this recognition as just one more way to show our appreciation for her hard work and good humor.”

“Not only has Lisa been our secretary for two years, but she has chaired the Great Expectations contest two years running. That, on its own, requires a great deal of time away from her own writing goals and family, and the ability to channel frustration. Lisa is generous with her time and talents in assisting with whatever needs our chapter has.”

“Lisa has served the chapter as Secretary for the last two years and for the last two years (plus the one upcoming!), has also run the chapter’s Great Expectations contest. Beyond membership dues, this contest generates a lot of money for the chapter, allowing us to bring in monthly meeting speakers and conference speakers. It is also very difficult and time consuming. This year she added Contest Coordinator to her titles. I honestly can’t believe all she does for NTRWA members and truly appreciate her service.”


2015: C.A. Szarek

“Either as the Writing Incentives Chair or Published Author Group Liaison, Chrissy has encouraged NT members to write and be proud of it. She’s a prolific writer setting a great example for others by producing work, promoting, and volunteering for NTRWA.”

“Almost from the first day she joined NT, Chrissy has volunteered to help with whatever our chapter has needed, whether it’s been behind the scenes to offer help with for our conferences and book signings, or up front with the Writing Incentives and as our PAN Liaison. Whenever a board member needs help, she is there to eagerly offer a hand. She has gone above and beyond for our chapter.”

“When I first became a member, Chrissy was in charge of the monthly spotlight. Now, she steps up whenever anyone needs anything. She is welcoming to new member, friendly, and willing to share her knowledge with newer writers.”


2014: Jen FitzGerald

In 2014, Jen served as NT treasurer and as first coordinator for The Carolyn Readers Choice Award Contest. She’s been a member of NT since 2006.

“Jen FitzGerald works tirelessly for our chapter. She’s held board positions in the past and is is our current Treasurer. She launched The Carolyn Award last year and ran the entire contest on her own.”

“For her tireless efforts on researching contests and getting our Carolyn Contest up and running in its first year. She spent countless selfless hours on it and continues to do so through the start of this second contest year as well.”

“She has served the chapter as President, Membership Chair, Treasurer and probably other offices I don’t know about — as well as creating and running the first Carolyn Contest. She goes out of her way to make visitors and new members feel welcome, and brings positive energy to every meeting.”


 2013: Angi Morgan

In 2013, Angi served as NT’s treasurer, Great Expectations Contest coordinator, as well as handling the charm bracelet/writing incentive program.

“I would like to nominate HER because not only does she work hard she makes everything she does fun.”

“Angi goes above and beyond to help out fellow chapter mates and in the process, sacrifices her own writing time to make sure things get done. The writing incentive charm bracelet program was a great motivator to myself and others to reach their writing goals.”


 2012: Nikki Duncan

“I want to nominate Nikki Duncan. She has worked tirelessly to arrange great programs and plan wonderful conferences. That’s why I think she should get the award.”

“I’d like to nominate Nikki for the Yellow Rose. The programs the last year have been really interesting and the retreat and conferences have all been wonderful.”


 2011: Clover Autrey

“Clover has an unwavering positive attitude and tirelessly worked for the NT PRO group despite the fact that during that time she was dealing with difficult personal challenges and almost unbearable grief.”


 2010: Carolyn Williamson

“Carolyn was nominated for the Yellow Rose award because of her monthly contributions to the chapter.”


 2009: Marsha West

In 2009, Marsha served as the Hospitality Chair and consistently provided fun door prize drawing items.

“Marsha West has been a member of RWA and NTRWA for a little over two years. Almost since joining NT, she’s been the Hospitality Chair. Volunteering comes naturally to this teacher/principal turned romance writer. She’s always jumping up with her hand in the air and always bringing the brightest door prizes to every meeting. Or sending them to the national conference for the literacy book signing.”

“Marsha also worked with the North Texas Two Step committee. The door prize baskets were awesome and the chapter has Marsha to thank for raising a considerable amount of money which defrayed membership attendance costs.”


 2008: Marty Tidwell

In 2008, Marty served as the chapter’s Web Site Director and contest coordinator. In addition to this, Marty took on the Decoration Committee for the 25th anniversary celebration in March of 2008. Her decorations and goodies made the event just that much more special.

“I’d like to nominate Marty Tidwell for the Yellow Rose. In addition to being a wonderful person and so very supportive of her fellow writers, Marty went above and beyond the call of duty for the 25th Anniversary celebration, making the whole event incredibly festive. (All those crafts and decorations? Not part of her job description!)”


 2007: Gina Nelson

 2006: Jen FitzGerald

 2005: Angi Platt

 2004: Patricia Vermeire

 2003: Juliet Burns

 2002: Andrea Geist

 2001: Shannon Canard

 2000: Sherry Davis

 1990: Francis Ray