Fingers crossed as I jumped in with both feet to replace Carol Martens as the Visit Tuolumne County OWAC Fall Conference Raffle Queen. It always starts out slow. Who should we ask? What should we ask? Getting and coordinating the donations. Do we have enough? Do we have too much? Will anyone really be interested?

Not to worry. It all went off, mostly, without a hitch. So many friends and members came forward with offerings; the raffle table was filled to capacity. Then the frantic work to sell tickets. Shaking the bag of raffle tickets. Digging deep. The exciting moments when tickets are selected The last-minute auction of a beautiful pair of boots handcrafted by Patrick Young. .  All the happy smiles on the winners’ faces.

Thank you so much to everyone who made this so successful and helped us raise more than $1,000 for OWAC.

Mickey Abbey, Custom Glass by Mickey
Patrick Young
Carol Martens
Diana Lindsay, Sunbelt Publications
Matt Johanson
Betsy Senescu
Steven T, Callan
Peter Schroeder
Risa Wyatt
Bob Semerau
Barbara Steinberg
Carrie Wilson
Gigi de Jong

Please keep our spring conference in mind for future raffle donations. We’ll be at Big Bear, May 8-10, 2022. Contact Raffle Queen Carol Martens if you have something marvelous.

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Barbara Steinberg

Barbara Steinberg is a freelance travel writer and omni-local. Recognized as a California travel authority, she’s been exploring and writing about the Golden State for more than 30 years. She is everywhere you want to be in California – off road and on, urban and rural, 5-star resorts and hidden hot springs, gourmet or dive, but never happier than when she's exploring back roads. Barbara has been a member of California Watchable Wildlife for more than 25 years and serves as their Outreach Coordinator representing the organization at wildlife and nature festivals throughout the state. She graduated cum laude from California State University, Sacramento with a BA in Communications Studies. She is a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of California and California Roundtable on Recreation Parks & Tourism and Subaru Ambassador.


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