Local author wins Florida Writers Association honor

Published: Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 9:29 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 9:29 p.m.

Dianne Farb, of Gainesville, who goes by the pen name Rebecca Heflin, is the winner of the prestigious Royal Palm Literary Award for Published Romance for her entry, “Rescuing Lacey.” Farb won out of a pool of more than 300 entries.

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From left, Mary Ellen Lasiter congratulates Geraldine Ward, a member of the GFWC Gainesville Woman's Club and the winner of the “Jennie June Award,” at the General Federation of Woman's Club Southern Region Conference on Oct. 26 in Biloxi, Miss. Ward will compete for the national title at the GFWC's annual convention in June 2014.The GFWC honors two members from each GFWC region for outstanding commitment to club, community and family.

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The award was announced recently at the Florida Writers Association annual conference in Orlando. The Florida Writers Association is a nonprofit organization that supports Florida's established writers. The association has 1,300 members and membership is open to the public.

The Royal Palm Literary Award competition is a service of the Florida Writers Association established to recognize excellence in members' published and unpublished works while providing blind, objective, and constructive written assessments for all entrants.

For additional information, visit the FWA website:, where there is a link to the complete list of 2013 RPLA winners.

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Robert Campbell, a member of American Legion Post 17 in Gainesville, completed the National American Legion College. Campbell was one of 56 members from across the nation challenged to demonstrate creativity, leadership and innovation at The American Legion College Class of 2013.

Members of the class of dedicated Legionnaires completed a six-day course that saw them lay a solid foundation for American Legion post revitalization in a variety of settings to include a rural area, the inner city, suburban communities, metropolitan areas with special emphasis given to working with the Armed Forces.

They were also provided with the instruction and tools to construct resolutions for American Legion activities at their respective posts for presentation at a mock department meeting.

The National American Legion College is designed to reinforce a volunteer's leadership, management and communication skills, and to help prepare young members of The American Legion to lead the nation's largest wartime veterans organization on the local and state level.

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