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: https://nowaoutdoors.com/nowa-constitution-and-bylaws/

Membership

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@kbi-ins.com.

Finance

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.

Qualifications

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?

Questions/comments?

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.

Dennis

NOWA Vice President

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.

Committees

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.

Membership

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.

Finance

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.

Qualifications

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.

Questions/comments?

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.

Dennis

NOWA vice president