Recently, we were notified that our kind and supportive member, Jan Hawke, passed away several weeks ago. Many of you may have noticed Jan’s silence on social media and the fact that she had not posted a blog with her usual regularity, or sent out her regular tweets in support of other authors. All that we know, is what we are sharing with you now.
Jan joined RRBC in April 2014. Aside from being one of the most awesomely supportive members of RRBC, she served on the Governing Board as Administrative Asst. II from June 2015 until January 2017. Because of her dedication to the club and the TEAM, she was awarded Lifetime Membership status on April 14, 2016.
Jan was the author of “MILELE SAFARI” and she also wrote under the pen name of Sian Glirdan. She inspired many of us to be kinder and gentler with each other, and also, more giving of our time.
To show just how kind Jan was, I am sharing a snippet of my response to her resignation from the board, shortly after the loss of her husband; her reply then follows mine:
Nonnie to Jan:
I want to THANK YOU personally for all your dedication to the team and the club this past year. Your help has truly been invaluable.
Thank you for continuing on as Moderator for our monthly BOOK CLUB DISCUSSIONS. You’re good at handling that!
You are so greatly appreciated for all that you have offered to us and for who you continue to be.
Jan to Nonnie:
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time on the governing board and, as you probably realise, I made the decision to leave based on knowing that I wasn’t going to be able to continue to contribute as much as I’d want to in the future, and not because I wasn’t happy in the post.
The Book Club Discussions are one of my favourite things at RRBC and are very easy to schedule, so I’m looking forward to carrying on with that as often as needed. If you did ever need emergency/temporary assistance with specific tasks (like the block parties etc.) I’d be happy to lend a hand, so please let me know if you ever did need a hand with something you know I could handle. 🙂
Thank YOU for being such a great team leader and President and making RRBC such a fun and friendly place to be, on or off the board. I’m off to start tweeting for BTR now – maybe ‘see’ you in the Peanut Gallery! 😉
As President of RRBC, it is my duty to lead the charge of ensuring that her memory is kept alive and that she will never be forgotten. If you have not picked up a copy of Jan’s book, please head to Amazon today.
If Jan Hawke touched your life in any way, please share your memories and comments below.
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