WHEREAS, the Virginia Writers Club was established in Richmond by author James Branch Cabell on November 20, 1918, making it the oldest writers club in continuous service east of the Mississippi River, and the third oldest in the United States; and
WHEREAS, the Virginia Writers Club grew from a handful of Richmond writers, meeting in private homes, to a ten-chapter nonprofit corporation, with a membership of close to 300 published authors, aspiring writers, and other literary arts enthusiasts; and
WHEREAS, the Virginia Writers Club welcomes members without discrimination and offers camaraderie, encouragement, and learning for writers with a diverse range of experience and skill; and
WHEREAS, the Virginia Writers Club strives with an unceasing commitment to foster the art, craft, and advocacy of the literary arts throughout the Commonwealth, and its accomplishments help to brand Virginia and its writing community as major literary influences in American culture;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize November 20, 2018, as the 100th ANNIVERSARY OF THE VIRGINIA WRITERS CLUB in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.