Friday, December 30, 2016

Good-bye 2016, Hello 2017!

Can you believe it's almost 2017?

The Great Lakes Chapter has had several reasons to celebrate this year, with new contracts signed, books released, award nominations, and more. We hosted some amazing speakers and learned some valuable fiction-writing skills.

As we head into 2017, we say good-bye to 2016 and also to the Great Lakes Chapter. It's been a great run, and some lasting friendships have been made. Even though we won't be an official chapter of ACFW anymore, we still have access to other local groups and the national group. We'll also be able to stay in touch online and - hopefully! - in person.

There's no way to know what's in store for us individually or as a group in 2017, but Proverbs 3:5-6 give me peace and comfort as we set out on new paths:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your path straight. (NIV)

Deb Allard said it well when she said, "I would just say that I'm very sad the chapter has had to close. I'll miss the webinars and the meet & eat lunches with seminars. The cost was far less than non-GLC writing opportunities. God bless our members and all their endeavors."

Have a blessed and wonderful new year!

Karin Beery
Chapter President