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    RWA Emma Merritt Service Award

    The RWA Emma Merritt Service Award is presented for the accumulated body of work a member has contributed as a volunteer to RWA. The award is not only for service to individual chapters, but is intended to honor major commitments of service to RWA. A member may receive the RWA Emma Merritt Service Award only once in a lifetime. In the past, the RWA Emma Merritt Service Award has also been known as the Golden Rose and the National Service Award.

    To nominate a member for the RWA Emma Merritt Service Award, click here or e-mail nominations@rwa.org.

    2015 RWA Emma Merritt Service Award

    Lorraine Heath

    Lorraine Heath
    A RITA-winning, best-selling author of more than 50 published romantic fiction novels (her current publishers are Avon Books and HarperTeen), Lorraine Heath has been a member of RWA since 1993 and has served on the RWA Board (as Secretary and a Director). In 2014, she was given the RWA Service Award. Heath currently serves on the RWA Bylaws Committee.

     

     

    Past Emma Merritt Service Award Recipients

    • 2014: Trish Milburn
    • 2013: Nancy Haddock
    • 2012: Laura Hayden
    • 2011: Michelle Monkou
    • 2010: Jennifer Crusie
    • 2009: Sherry Lewis
    • 2008: Linda Winstead Jones
    • 2007: Gayle Wilson
    • 2006: Shirley Hailstock
    • 2005: Carol Prescott
    • 2004: Alicia Rasley
    • 2003: Debra Dixon
    • 2001: Libby Hall
    • 2000: Claudia Yates
    • 1999: Janis Reams Hudson
    • 1998: Robin Lee Hatcher
    • 1997: JoAnn Ferguson
    • 1996: Christine Pacheco
    • 1995: Rita Gallagher, Cathie Linz, Debbie Macomber, & Karan Richardson
    • 1994: Margaret Brownley, Patt Marr, & Maggie Osborne
    • 1993: Darlene Layman, Harold Lowry, aka Leigh Greenwood, & Nora Simpson
    • 1992: Emma Merritt
    • 1991: Kathy Clark & Jeanne Triner
    • 1990: Marian Jones
    • 1989: Jan Milella
    • 1988: Jasmine Cresswell & Selwyn Young
    • 1987: Linda Nusser
    • 1986: JoAnn Ross
    • 1985: Marianne Willman

    Historical Note: from 1985 through 1989 the award was known as the Golden Rose. From 1990 through 1995 it was known as the National Service Award.