The New Year brings with it renewed hopes for a vibrant, fulfilling year ahead.

The 2022 EIC awards competition is just around the corner, so watch for information on that exciting event, coming soon!

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

The brightest light of this new year is the OWAC Spring Conference scheduled for May 8-11, 2022, at Big Bear Lake, California. Details are being finalized, with registration opening up around March 8, 2022, so block out the dates.

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

1) Contribute to the website and newsletter by submitting to the blog on the website at log-in and click on submit a story.

2) 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!

3) Send in to me contact information of organizations you think would benefit from hosting OWAC’s Fall 2022 conference. We are open for new locations of interest



Bob Semerau

Executive Director

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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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