May 2021 Presidents Message

Last month started off right with a fishing trip to the Crooked River in Central Oregon. The weather was good and we caught some nice fish, but none anywhere near as big as Dave Vedder’s STS cover shot, a Lake Trout from the Great Slave Lake. Congrats Dave!

John Kruse reports the spring Sportsmans Show circuit went pretty well, running at about 60% capacity. Hopefully many of you were able to make it to a show, pick up some good deals plus get some trips & story ideas lined up.

Besides the Sportsmans show, I went to a local fly shop that I hadn’t been in in way too long and caught up with a couple of the guys, talking about a variety of topics from urban deer on cameras to carp fishing. Actually talking to people always produces a wealth of information. The challenge is to get it recorded then incorporated into blogs and articles.

The NOWA EIC contest went very well. We had over 100 entries and the top prize winner was Brad Trumbo, who took home $450 in prize money and then generously donated back to NOWA. Thanks Brad!

Working on the EIC Contest with Matt & Alan Liere served as a reminder that I’ve let my photography slide but this has also me motivated to put in a stronger effort to get more and better photos this year.

We had the NOWA business meeting on Zoom this year. Being new to Zoom and I wasn’t sure about hosting the meeting but got a boost in confidence from NOWA’s newest member Garrett Lesko, who understands this new technology. He’s also a very talented fly tier and outdoor writer. Check out his website and contact him if you need a Zoom presentation, he’s got lots of great subjects to choose from.

Some housekeeping regarding NOWA’s website & communications: Email updates go out once or twice a month and most of you are already on our email list. If you’d like updates in real time put your email in the SUBSCRIBE TO BLOG VIA EMAIL option and you’ll get an email notice every time a new blog is published, which averages 3 to 5 times per month. If you’re on a PC this option is just to the right of this post, but if you’re on a smartphone you’ll need to scroll down a ways to find it.

In closing, it’s been very interesting to watch the Simpson Proposal to remove the 4 dams on the Lower Snake River begin to take shape. In my neck of the woods the Association of Northwest Steelheaders thinks it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread, while my favorite environmental cause WaterWatch Oregon thinks it’s Trojan Horse designed to suspend nearly all the legal environmental protections on the books. For the record I’m not trying to get anyone to change sides (if you’ve picked one) but point out it’s a big deal with lots of potential to produce compelling outdoor journalism no matter what side you are one.

Have a great month!

Dave Kilhefner

NOWA Annual Meeting—Tuesday, April 27 at 6pm

Dear NOWA Members,
Like everything else, NOWA’s Annual Business Meeting will be virtual this year. We expect the meeting to run about 90 minutes.
Tuesday, April 27 at 6 pm
Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 973 5751 7992
Passcode: 107013
Highlights include:
~Announcement of Excellence in Craft Winners
~New NOWA officers take office
~Opportunity for your input about how NOWA can best serve members needs  

If you’re not familiar with Zoom, here’s a guide to how set up an account and join meetings: Guide – Getting Started on Zoom.pdf
If you have questions please contact Risa Wyatt (; 415.828.7839 ) or Dave Kilhefner (; 503-799-0173)

Risa Wyatt & Dave Kilhefner

2021 Happy New Years from NOWA

Fellow NOWA Members Dave K and Dave V on assignment in Guyana in 2017

Hi Everyone,

Well, we made it! If you’re like me you breathed a sigh of relief as 2020 slid into the rearview mirror. While “everything” is not over yet, we are closer to the finish line and a return to more normal lives.

Not long ago NOWA President Ron Kerr decided to step down. Ron did a lot for NOWA over the years and will always be part of the organization. I’d like to extend a big THANK YOU to Ron for all his efforts over the years!

I’ve agreed to be on the next election ballot as President and will stay on as long as I’m needed. If you’d like to serve as President, by all means throw your name into the hat! Our By-Laws require an election and it’s way more fun with more than one candidate. Like nearly every non-profit organization these days we have more positions than we have volunteers to fill them. Given this I’ll be reaching out in the near future to see if some of you could help us out.

Now for the most important news. The NOWA EIC contest is underway. The deadline for submissions is February 1st. We’ve got plenty of prize money so don’t miss your chance! Email or call me or Matt Liere if you have any questions.

The NOWA directory is now online, here’s the link:

We have set up a doodle poll for some professional development seminars that are in the works. Please take a moment to make your wishes known by clicking the links below.

Topics for Seminars

Best Time for Seminars

All the best in 2021,

Dave Kilhefner

July 2019 Vice Presidents Message

Greetings NOWA members,

NOWA’s 2019-2020 motto/mantra: NOWA continues to be strong and growing.

2020 Conference

The Shilo Inn in The Dalles, Oregon is the site of our 2020 Conference. The dates are April 30 through May 3.

The Shilo has changed hands recently. The new general manager started work on Tuesday. Will keep the membership informed of the conference preparations.

2021 Conference

Suggestions for 2021 Conference sites are welcome. Having a site picked before the next conference will allow our members to plan for the future.

Officers and Board Members

Update on our president, Ron Kerr from Debbie Kerr on Tuesday, July 16:

Ron got home from his final treatment in Kelowna this past weekend. Definitely not something he ever wants to repeat. Because his cancer was deemed “aggressive” they were doing fairly intense treatment, and have told him it will be a few weeks before the effects begin to wear off.

Unfortunately, during the process, which we don’t believe had anything to do with the cancer treatment as far as we know, Ron has been losing his voice and cannot carry on a conversation. He is scheduled to see a specialist to find out what that problem is. Seems lately that if it is not one thing it’s another. Needless to say Ron will not be chiming in on the conference call, but wishes you all the best and congratulates you, as do I, for rebuilding NOWA.

NOWA board member Sharon Wilson resigned effective July 16, the same day of our July board meeting. Dave Vedder was elected to fill this position, until the 2020 conference.

Constitution and Bylaws

A new page has been placed on our website with the proposed Constitution  and Bylaws changes for review. Members are encouraged to review the document and contact Bob, Dennis or Risa with questions. Janie and Bert Gildart are also members of this committee.

Also, when working on Constitution  and Bylaws, the question always comes up: Why change them? They were written back in the 1980’s with few changes, so most of the changes fall under the heading of “modernization.” Also, there are some small changes to the grammar and other stuff. Check them out:


The membership committee continues to contact members for reinstatement. They are also working to recruit new members.

 Website and facebook page

The NOWA website and Facebook page have become our information hubs.

Dave Kilhefner maintains the website and John Kruse maintains the Facebook page.

Members Only Area

Interest has been expressed in an online Members Only area. NOWA is testing this concept using Dropbox (it’s free) and has a password protected document storage area. The current documents available are all the newsletters from  May 2009 to Jan 2019 plus the last 4 membership directories. If you’d like access email


Dave Kilhefner is the chairman of the finance committee. Committee members include  Ron Kerr, Peter Schroeder and Jeremy Johnson. We’ll upload the committee reports in the Dropbox members only area in the near future.

Board meetings

The board of directors held a teleconference meeting on Tuesday, July 16, from 6 to 7 p.m. Chris Batin was the chairman.

We will schedule and hold a board meeting every month. The meetings will be short, an hour or less.

Electronic voting

OWAA uses electronic voting. NOWA is reviewing this way of voting away from the annual conference. Basically, each member’s e-mail address gets one vote. The program allows only one vote be cast from an email address.


NOWA is working on simplified qualifications for the various categories for membership, following the example set by OWAA. They also don’t use a committee to approve the qualifications for membership.

NOWA is currently working on a Blogs membership catagory and is following OWAA’s lead, who lists a membership category of Blogs as:

“You are a citizen journalist who writes for a blog or other digital media that is updated with original content at least twice a month and receives 500 AUVs (Average Unique Views) per month over a 12-month period, or generates income.”

Greg Gulbrandsen has volunteered to be our NOWA Blog/Vlog authority in the capacity of answering questions about these relatively new categories.

He suggested changing the term “citizen journalist” to “digital journalist.” An OWAA representative indicated some OWAA members were reluctant to accept the category, but it was finally accepted.

Greg said blogging and vlogging can be a money-making way of communicating. NOWA needs to recruit new members. The old way of newspaper and magazine writing is coming to an end. Perhaps blogging and vlogging will provide new/younger members for NOWA?

What do you think?


The board is open to any and all questions and comments. Open dialogue is encouraged, as are e-mails and telephone calls between members.

What did I forget? Let me know.


NOWA Vice President

NOWA’s Constitution and Bylaws Changes

NOWA’s Constitution and Bylaws are undergoing some changes.

If you’d like to be part of this process, please review the Constitution & Bylaws Changes document contained in the link below; the proposed changes are in red.

Next, either answer the poll or email your comment’s to Dennis Clay, Bob Mottram and Risa Wyatt by  September 9, 2019.  Their emails are:;;


CONST BYLAWS 2019 Proposed Changes

June 2019 Vice President’s Message

Greetings NOWA members, NOWA continues to be strong and growing.

A month after our 2019 conference and the positive feelings continue to grow. Now NOWA is working on the 2020 conference. The tentative dates are April 30 through May 3. The location is the Shilo Inn in The Dalles, Oregon. In addition, NOWA members are looking for a 2021 conference site in Idaho.

Officers and Board Members

Our president, Ron Kerr, is undergoing chemo for the next few weeks, so send positive thoughts and prayers his way.

Bert Gildart was left off the list of new board members in my last report. He is filling John McFarland’s position until the term is complete in 2020.

Joe Warren was elected to fill a vacant position for a three-year term, ending in 2022.


EIC contests

Risa Wyatt and Dennis Dauble are reviewing the EIC rules and regulations. They will make recommendations for changes. Then, Dave Vedder and Alan Liere will conduct the EIC contests.

Constitution and Bylaws

Bob Mottram is the chair of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee. His committee of Janie Gildart, Dennis Clay, Dave Kilhefner and Bert Gildart have met two times in teleconferences.

A new page will be placed on the website with the proposed changes for review. Members will be encouraged to discuss the changes, most likely on a group teleconference as this venue has worked very well in the past. Feel free to contact me by e-mail about the proposed changes. We can then arrange a one-on-one telephone call or the teleconference if needed. The membership will be able to vote on the changes in a few months.


Dennis Dauble is the chair of the membership committee. He is guiding Janie Gildart and me in an effort to call every member listed in the current directory about continuing or rejoining membership in NOWA.

Website, directory and newsletter

The NOWA website is destined to become our information hub.

This website will provide the information previously distributed in our monthly newsletter, containing this report, other committee reports, craft improvement articles and member news will also appear on the website.

Dave Kilhefner maintains this site and is working on the membership directory.


Dave also is the chairman of the finance committee. Other members of this committee include Ron Kerr, Peter Schroeder and Jeremy Johnson. Look for his report on the website.

Conference site selection

Dennis Dauble, chairman of the 2020 conference site selection committee, secured The Dalles, Oregon for our 2020 conference site.

We are looking for appropriate conference sites in Idaho for our 2021 conference.

The ultimate goal is for NOWA to receive requests from throughout our coverage area to hold our conference in certain communities. Perhaps this goal is beginning to come true. Look what arrived in my inbox on May 31:

Hello from sunny Yakima!

I wanted to inquire about hosting your 2022, or future, NOWA Conferences. The Yakima Valley has so much to do, see and experience outdoors and I believe your attendees would have an amazing time here.

Kelly Darbyson, Convention Account Manager, Yakima Valley Tourism

Here is my reply:

Greetings Kelly,

Great to hear from you. Your inquiry about the NOWA conference in the Yakima Valley is welcomed and will certainly be considered. Let’s look at our state rotation: The year: 2019, Washington; 2020, Oregon (The Dalles); 2021, Idaho; 2022, Montana; 2023, Washington.

Consider joining NOWA as a supporting member now and attending the conferences until Washington is available again. As a supporting member you will be able to contact our members and provide press releases for our website.

Anxious to visit with you about the conference possibility.

Best, Dennis NOWA Vice President

Kelly indicated she would become a supporting member. Will guide her in this direction and attending our future conferences.

Board meetings

The board of directors held a teleconference meeting on Thursday, June 6, from 6 to 7 p.m. Bob Mottram was the acting chairman pro tem. Instead of going into detail here, the minutes will be produced on this website for all to see.

We will schedule and hold a board meeting every month. The meetings will be short, an hour or less.

Electronic voting

OWAA uses electronic voting. This avenue is being pursued as a way to save NOWA money, as mailing ballots will not be necessary. Basically, each member’s e-mail address gets one vote. The program allows only one vote be cast from the address.


OWAA also has simplified qualifications for the various categories for membership. They also don’t use a committee to approve the qualifications for membership. NOWA is also exploring these possibilities. More later.


The board is open to any and all questions and comments. Open dialogue is encouraged, as are e-mails and telephone calls between members.

What did I forget? Let me know.


NOWA vice president

May 2019 Vice President’s message

NOWA: Strong and growing

From Dennis L. Clay, NOWA Vice President

The 2019 NOWA Annual Conference is just a week past. My heart beats with delight at the positive feelings radiating from the members during the conference, at the end of the conference and continuing after our rendezvous. Think positive was the theme of the conference. These two words will continue to radiate from the officers to the membership.

The old NOWA I remember from 10 and 20 years ago appeared at this conference. Old friends reconnected and new friendships were solidified.


Ron Kerr is now the NOWA president and Dennis Clay is vice president. Matt Liere is our second vice president and Chris Batin is the Chairman of the Board.

New or reelected Board members

Janie Gildart and Risa Wyatt were reelected to new three-year terms as board members. Joe Warren was elected to his first term on the board.


Risa Wyatt and Dennis Dauble volunteered to look over the current EIC rules and regulations and make recommendations for changes. These two, however, didn’t want to conduct the contest.

Up stepped Dave Vedder who said he would run the contest, but didn’t want to commit to any other committee during the year. Alan Liere volunteered to help Dave in this effort.

Bob Mottram was asked to chair the Constitution and Bylaws Committee. He has solicited other members to participate. They are already picking through the documents looking for minor and major changes.

Greg G. is the new chairman of the ethics committee. He accepted and will find one or more members to assist him.

Dennis Dauble has volunteered to chair the membership committee. He has many volunteers to help in this effort. Doug Wilson will work for additional membership by contacting current members and challenging them to recruit another member. Janie Gildart and I plan to call every member listed in the current directory about continuing membership or rejoining NOWA.

Dave Kilhefner has volunteered to maintain the NOWA website, make regular blog posts, coordinate with John Kruse on the Facebook page and produce the NOWA Membership Directory. He is also the chairman of the finance committee. Other members on this committee are Ron Kerr, Peter Schroeder and Jeremy Johnson.

2020 Conference

Next year, 2020, we are meeting at The Dalles, Oregon. The dates are April 30, May 1, 2, 3. The conference headquarters will be the Shilo Inn. We will begin negotiating the contract in the next few weeks.

We need a site-selection committee to work on an Idaho location for 2021. Any volunteers from Idaho?

Board meetings

The board of directors voted to hold a board meeting teleconference every month. The first will be in June. Don’t know the date or time yet.

These meetings will be short and to the point, convened to conduct NOWA business. The monthly meeting will be cancelled if there is no pending business.


The NOWA board is open to any and all questions and comments. Open dialogue on the website is encouraged, as are e-mails between members.

Respectfully submitted,