Service Awards


In 2010 this award was instituted in memory of our founder to honor a member with years of outstanding service to the Redwood Branch, to be given in alternating years of the Jack London Award.  Helene served as the branch's first president after she and 45 charter members founded the Redwood Writers.

Robin Moore (pictured, right), the 2016 winner of the Helene S. Barnhart Award, with the 2014 winner,
Juanita J. Martin.

Robin Moore (pictured, right), the 2016 winner of the Helene S. Barnhart Award, with the 2014 winner, Juanita J. Martin.

Robin Moore was recognized for her service to the Redwood Writers and presented with the Helene S. Barnhart Award at the general membership meeting in May 2016.

Robin joined Redwood Writers in February 2006. She began volunteering shortly thereafter and hasn’t stopped since. You may see her but rarely hear her because she’s quiet, reserved, and modest about her contributions to our branch. She spent at least three years at the monthly meeting registration table, and was both a board member and newsletter editor in 2010-2012. She chaired the Technology Workshop in 2011. She has also been a contributing team member of the nominating committee for three years; the winter workshops for two years; the Book Festival for three years; our writers’ conference for three years; Library Workshops and Agents’ Day in 2009; Salon team member and host for six years; feature writer to newsletter from 2009, on; Poetry Night team in 2010; Anthology proofreader three years; Odd Month Readings assistant 2008-2009; Open Mic co-chair 2012 to the present; plus, various other roles on committees and in other club events.

Robin has been a member of two children’s writers’ critique groups for years, has been published in at least six anthologies, and works diligently on her YA novel and other short stories—all this in between taking care of a large rural property with her husband Kevin and spending many hours atop her beloved horses, Willa and Gracie.

Redwood Writers is so fortunate to have such a dedicated member. Congratulations, Robin, and heartfelt thanks to you for your extraordinary service to our branch! You are what makes Redwood Writers so successful. You are a model for “writers helping writers.”

Past Recipients: At the Redwood Writers Conference in April 2014, Juanita Martin was given this award for her long volunteer service to the Redwood Branch of the California Writers Club. Ana Manwaring was presented with this service award at the RW Conference in 2012. Kate Farrell was awarded the first Helene S. Barnhart Award from Linda Loveland Reid at Redwood Writers Club meeting in October 2010.


Juanita Martin


Ana Manwaring


Catherine Farrell




Jack London Award: Every other year, CWC branches may nominate a member to the CWC Central Board to receive the Jack London Award for outstanding service to the branch.


Redwood Branch
Jack London

Sandy Baker

Sandy Baker

Past Redwood Branch Recipients of the
Jack London Award

2015: Jeane Slone
2013: Linda Loveland Reid
2011: Linda C. McCabe
2009: Karen Batchelor
2007: Catherine Keegan
2005: Mary Rosenthal
2004: Gil Mansergh
2003: Nadenia Newkirk
1998: Barbara Truax
1997: Mary Varley
1995: Mildred Fish

1993: Alla Crone Hayden
1991: Waldo Boyd
1989: Mary Priest
1987: Margaret Scariano
1985: Ruth Irma Walker
1983: Inman Whipple
1981: Pat Patterson
1979: Peggy Ray
1977: Dianne Kurlfinke
1975: Helene (Schellenberg) Barnhart


Ina Coolbrith Award: Periodically, the CWC Central Board bestows the Ina Coolbrith Award to honor a member for exemplary service to CWC and/or the Central Board.

(No Redwood member has yet received this award.)