Hello OWAC members!

Since our next conference is not yet scheduled, we thought it would be fun to get together in a different way for an evening of outdoor storytelling. Join us for a Zoom Meetup with our first storyteller, OWAC Board member, Matt Johanson.

This first program will include tales of adventure, close calls, plenty of incredible photography, area lore and history, and some video from Matt’s personal collection. The evening will conclude with a quiz game and book giveaway!

April 11, 2023, at 7 p.m.

A zoom link will be sent to all active members so plan to be there for this first of a series of periodic events.

Matt has supplied us with a brief program description:

Prepare to be inspired. Discover little-known waterfalls and scenic outings in Yosemite National Park.

Experience the exploits of mountaineering legends Royal Robbins, Lynn Hill, and Tommy Caldwell.

Learn secrets to success on the John Muir and Pacific Crest Trails.

Dare to dream about climbing Half Dome, Mount Whitney, and Mount Shasta.

Award-winning author Matt Johanson combines history, photography,

and decades of personal experiences in “Tales and Trails of California Mountains.”

This unforgettable hour will motivate you to launch your own outdoor adventures.

Let’s work together to make this the first of a series. We all enjoy the craft improvement sessions at our OWAC conferences. With the spring conference cancelled and fall conference undetermined, why wait until the next in-person event to share and learn from each other?

Anyone with an outdoor topic or professional guidance to share, please speak up to get in the que

and be scheduled for our future OWAC OUTDOORS zoom sessions.


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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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