From OWAC Executive Director, Bob Semerau


OWAC opportunities

The 2022 EIC awards competition is opening for all OWAC members to submit entries and win some awards and cash! Check out the announcement in this newsletter.

The OWAC Pat Vachini High School Writing contest is open, and we are excited to have more schools participating than ever before.

Our OWAC Spring Conference scheduled for May 10-12, 2022, at Big Bear Lake, California is looking to be one of our best ever. Pre-and-post conference activities will be available if you are interested in exploring the beautiful Big Bear Lake environs. Details are being finalized, with registration opening up March 14, 2022, so block out the dates. The folks at Visit Big Bear have pulled out all the stops and are planning something great. The activities are unique to the area and our raffle is on track to offer some exciting items that you just won’t be able to resist.

As always, there are three ways you can help OWAC:

  • Contribute to the website and newsletter by posting to our News & Posts page. Login to with your member credentials and click on Submit a Post.
  • Bring in a new member. You know people who might qualify for OWAC membership. Do them a favor, introduce them to OWAC and ask them to join!
  • Send in to me contact information of organizations you think would benefit from hosting an OWAC conference. We are always looking for new locations of interest.



Bob Semerau

Executive Director, [email protected]


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Bob Semerau

The many years I have spent running my own business gives me a unique perspective on managing projects and creating effective programs. Coupled with the ten years I have been writing for Western Outdoor News these experiences have allowed me a set of skills perfectly suited for the OWAC Board of Directors. During my tenure as OWAC Vice President we have achieved substantial progress in the way OWAC operates and how we serve our membership. These contributions have been some of the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences of my professional life. The further development of the craft awards program, working with each successive chair person, is among the many progressive developments I have accomplished as a volunteer on the OWAC Board. My interest in making OWAC work better, adding value both professionally and personally for each member, is the driving force behind my desire to stay aboard and complete initiatives recently begun. I seek your vote for re-election to the board so I may further the cause of OWAC and its membership and help it to continue to build as a unique, and outstanding, professional organization.


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