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					E XECUTIVE D IRECTOR ’ S R EPORT
            by Keith Stelter
                                                                                    NOV06
                                                                                     C A L E N D A R
                                                                                    November 18—Boy’s hunt for Operation Orphans at
Writing contest winners ...                                                         Camp Gene Ashby near Mason. For information, con-
                                                                                    tact Tom Hewitt at tdhins@yahoo.com or call (210) 410-
TOWA participating with                                                             9468 or log on to www.operationorphans.org

                                                                                    December 2—Boy’s hunt for Operation Orphans at
other Associations ...                                                              Camp Gene Ashby near Mason. For information, con-
                                                                                    tact Tom Hewitt at tdhins@yahoo.com or call (210) 410-
Chevrolet sponsorship of EIC                                                        9468 or log on to www.operationorphans.org

                                                                                    January 6—Girl’s hunt for Operation Orphans at Camp
First I want to congratulate the winners of TOWA’s Writing Contest. We spon-
                                                                                    Gene Ashby near Mason. For information, contact Tom
sored a contest for the fifth graders in the McAllen School District. The contest
                                                                                    Hewitt at tdhins@yahoo.com or call (210) 410-9468 or
had two categories. The Fishing category was won by Aaron Quintanilla and           log on to www.operationorphans.org
his story, ‘My Best Fishing Trip.’ Second place went to Kendal Heath and his
story ‘Kerplunk!!’ The ‘Other’ category which covered any outdoor story was         Jan. 11-14—SHOT Show at the Orange County
won by Jesse Pistokache and his story, ‘Just Me and My Father,’ Second place        Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. For media registra-
went to Rebecca Garcez and her story, ‘My Outdoor Adventure.’ Their stories         tion, visit www.shotshow.org or contact Lori Thomas of
will appear on the TOWA website.                                                    NSSF at lthomas@nssf.org or call 203-426-1320.

Thanks go to Supporting Members, Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s for donating           Jan. 24-27—Safari Club International’s 35th Annual
gift certificates to the winners. National Wild Turkey Federation, and National     Hunters Convention in Reno, Nevada. Professional
Wildlife Federation donated subscriptions to their magazines to the winners         journalists wishing to attend SCI’s 35th Annual Hunters’
                                                                                    Convention as members of the working media may reg-
and the home rooms of the winners. Thanks for all the support and to the teach-
                                                                                    ister online at www.sci-foundation.org/pr/pressreg07 or
ers who encouraged their students to enter. These young people, already show-
                                                                                    call Gary Swingle, SCI Marketing and Communications
ing an interest in outdoor experiences and writing about them, are where the        Coordinator, at 520-620-1220, ext. 337.
future is.
                                                                                    May 9-11, 2007—“Working Waterways & Waterfronts -
Over the past several months, a number of our members have attended other           A National Symposium on Water Access," is set at the
association annual conferences. This is a way for us to show TOWA’s flag. It        Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel under the auspices of
also supports us in our quest to be the GOLD STANDARD of outdoor commu-             the Virginia Sea Grant Program. The conference will
nicators associations. We gain knowledge at each conference, just as we share       bring together experts in many fields to delve into issues
our experiences with the other associations. We were officially represented at      that surround the rapid conversion of working water-
the SEOPA Conference in Decatur, Ala., by Ralph Winingham. Ralph attended           fronts -- marinas, boat repair yards, fish piers and char-
many sessions and talked with lots of folks. He gave an excellent report to the     ter fishing docks -- to other uses such as private residen-
board and his article is included with this newsletter. Also in attendance were     tial developments and non-water dependant business-
Rob McCorkle, Steve Lightfoot, and myself. I was fortunate to meet Thayne           es. Press Contacts: Erin Seiling: (804) 684-7167 or Tom
Smith at the conference. He is a TOWA Life Member. Bob Lusk, our 2007 con-          Murray: (804) 684-7190.
ference program chairman, met with many of our Supporting Members, seek-            July 11-13, 2007—ICAST trade show. For the next two
ing input and advice for our conference to be held in McAllen on March 8,9,10.      years, ICAST will be held at the Las Vegas Convention
                                                                                    Center. ICAST 2007 will be July 11 - 13, 2007, and
TOWA was represented at the OWAA Annual Conference in Lake Charles,
                                                                                    ICAST 2008 will July 16 - 18, 2008. For information, con-
Louisiana, by Bill Mills, Earl Nottingham, Steve Lightfoot, Rob McCorkle,
                                                                                    tact Mary Jane Williamson, communications director,
                                                            Continued on page 8     mjwilliamson@asafishing.org or (702) 519-9691, x227.
                                                                  Page 1
      TOWA OFFICERS, BOARD
 President
 Burt Rutherford                (806) 353-8116
                                                                 E X C E L L E N C E I N C R A F T UPDATE
 towa@arn.net                                                                                      by Ralph Winingham
 President-Elect
 Ralph Winingham                (210) 240-6149                   For those who missed the announcement at the Bandera conference or who did not attend
 rwiningham@juno.com                                             our Hill Country gathering this year, our Excellence in Craft competition will have sweet-
 Treasurer                                                       er rewards in 2007.
 Bill E. Mills                  (281) 448-5811
 offtheroad.mills@earthlink.net
                                                                 Thanks to the generosity of Chevrolet, we will be able to present cash awards to winners
 Executive Director
 Keith Stelter                  (281) 357-8467                   of the contest. As we announced in Bandera, Chevrolot has donated $5,000 that can be
 8278 London Town Pl #111                                        disseminated at our discretion.
 Spring, TX 77389          cell (832) 381-0684
 luckykhs@msn.com                                                In connection with this good news for contest participants, the TOWA Board of Directors
                                                                 has decided to present a $200 check to each first place recipient and a $50 check for each
             BOARD MEMBERS
                                                                 second place award. Third place and honorable mention recipients will continue to receive
 Board Chairman
 Jonette Childs                 (361) 729-0239
                                                                 a certificate of their achievement.
 saltex@pyramid3.net
 Lefty Ray Chapa (2007)         (210) 260-6154
                                                                 To help maintain the prestige and individual recognition of the best effort of our members,
 leftyray@leftyray.com                                           the board has decided to upgrade and streamline the EIC categories. The main change has
 Ray Keeling (2007)             (281) 630-3878                   been to reduce the number of categories from 32 to a more manageable 24, with a goal of
 captraykeeling@sbcglobal.net                                    highlighting the best outdoor journalism in the state in a modern, effective manner.
 John Goodspeed (2008)          (210) 250-3417
 jgoodspeed@express-news.com                                     During the McAllen board meeting on Sept. 30, the Board unanimously approved the fol-
 Bob Lusk (2008)                (903) 564-5372                   lowing changes to the EIC rules and categories:
 pondboss@texoma.net
 Earl Nottingham (2009)         (512) 389-4993                   A. Credit card payment of the $10 per entry will now be authorized through the PayPal
 earl.nottingham@tpwd.state.tx.us
                                                                 option on the TOWA website. A service fee will apply.
 Barry St. Clair (2009)         (903) 670-2222
 barry.stclair@tpwd.state.tx.us
                                                                 B. Categories of entries have been altered to the following:
 Supporting Member Liaison
 Dennis Phillips                (800) 248-9687
 dennis@walkeragency.com                                         1-4. Photo:There will be four categories, rather than eight, with no distinction between black and
                                                                      white and color entries. The categories will be People, Wildlife, Nature and Scenic.
           COMMITTEE CHAIRS
 Scholarship                                                       5. Radio (no change).
 Chester Moore, Jr.            (409) 882-0945
 cmoorehunt@gt.rr.com                                              6. Video. There will be one category and there will be no distinction between for-
 Web Master
 J.P. Greeson                  (817) 488-8824                        profit and non-profit.
 jpg@outdoorsites.net
 Member Activity Trips                                             7. Illustration (no change).
 Jim Darnell                   (512) 357-6858
 ggodarnell@ev1.net                                                8. Publication under 25,000 (no change).
 Site Selection
 Rob McCorkle                  (830) 866-3533
 robert.mccorkle@tpwd.state.tx.us
                                                                   9. Publication over 25,000 (no change).
 Newsletter Editor/Publisher
 Burt Rutherford               (806) 353-8116
                                                                  10. Fiction. There will be one category and there will be no distinction based on circulation.
 towa@arn.net
 Photographers                                                    11. Column. There will be one category and there will be no distinction based on circulation.
 Capt. Ray Keeling and David Redwine
 Historian                                                        12. Newspaper Feature under 25,000 (no change).
 John Thompson
                                                                  13. Newspaper Feature over 25,000 (no change).
 TOWA News is published monthly for the Texas Outdoor
 Writers Association by Burt Rutherford and printed as a
 service to TOWA members by Custom Printing of Amarillo.          14. Magazine Feature under 25,000 (no change).
 Layout       by      Graphic       Design      by      Kim,
 kim_lester@sbcglobal.net. TOWA was formed in 1958 as a           15. Magazine Feature over 25,000 (no change).
 professional/social organization for those who communicate
 about hunting, fishing and other outdoor pursuits, as well as
 those in business and industry connected with the outdoors.      16. News reporting under 25,000 (no change).
 Readers are urged to submit material by the 15th of each
 month. For advertising information, contact Burt Rutherford      17. News reporting over 25,000 (no change).
 at (806) 570-4570 or burt@towa.org. TOWA News is e-
 mailed to members and mailed first class from Amarillo,
 Texas. Need to log onto the Members Only section of the          18. Opinion. There will be one category and there will be no distinction based on circulation.
 web site (www.towa.org)? Password is valley.
                                                                  19. Humor. There will be one category and there will be no distinction based on circulation.

                                                                  20. Book (no change).
The TOWA Newsletter is proudly sponsored
by Gulf States Toyota. For information, go to
www.buyatoyota.com.                                                                                                                            Continued on page 8
                                                                                     Page 2
            TEXAS OUTDOOR WRITERS ASSOCIATION
            E X C E L L E N C E I N C R A F T Contest Rules
                               The TOWA Excellence in Craft Contest
                                         is Proudly Sponsored by:
Send entries to:                                                                                  CHEVROLET
     Lefty Ray Chapa, 5903 Babcock Rd, #2108, San Antonio, TX 78240
1.   Entries must be postmarked by Nov. 30, 2006. Postmarks after Dec. 1              CATEGORIES
     will be returned unopened.
                                                                                      PHOTOS Attach clipping or tear sheet showing photo in print. The distinction
2.   Each member is limited to one entry per category. The Over 25,000 cir-           between color and black & white photos has been eliminated. Photos should
     culation and Under 25,000 circulation division has been eliminated in a          be unmounted and cannot be more than 11x14 inches in total size. Tape a sec-
     few categories. See each category for details.                                   ond copy of the entry form to the back of the photo. Entries should be mailed
3.   Entries must have been published or broadcast between Oct. 16, 2005              in a manila clasp envelope with entry form taped to claspless side.
     and Nov. 15, 2006.                                                               Category 1) Outdoor Photography, People - Photos with an outdoor-related
4.   Each entry must be accompanied by an official TOWA EIC entry form.               theme. Members are allowed to enter only one photo in each category. Include
     Legible photocopies of the form are acceptable. Forms must be taped to           tear sheet or web printout and one unmounted print. A print of each photo is
     the outside of the envelope.                                                     required for judging. No slides will be accepted.
5.   EIC officials will take measures to ensure that all entries are available to     Category 2) Outdoor Photography, Wildlife - Photos with an outdoor-related
     be picked up at the conference, but will not be responsible for loss. Those      theme. Members are allowed to enter only one photo in each category. Include
     entries not picked up at the conference will be destroyed.                       tear sheet or web printout and one unmounted print. A print of each photo is
                                                                                      required for judging. No slides will be accepted.
6.   Judges will be knowledgeable in the field they are asked to judge; as pro-
     fessionals, there will be no reason to delete bylines or names.                  Category 3) Outdoor Photography, Nature - Photos with an outdoor-related
                                                                                      theme. Members are allowed to enter only one photo in each category. Include
7.   The EIC Chair will be the sole judge of any dispute or question concern-
                                                                                      tear sheet or web printout and one unmounted print. A print of each photo is
     ing the competition.
                                                                                      required for judging. No slides will be accepted.
8.   Winners will be announced at the annual conference. All judges’ decisions
     are final.                                                                       Category 4) Outdoor Photography, Scenic - Photos with an outdoor-related
                                                                                      theme. Members are allowed to enter only one photo in each category. Include
9.   Each entry must be submitted in a separate manila envelope. Two copies           tear sheet or web printout and one unmounted print. A print of each photo is
     (one original and one photocopy is acceptable) of each entry in the writ-        required for judging. No slides will be accepted.
     ing categories must be submitted with one completed copy of the entry
     form. Send tear sheets, not complete publications. Note about Internet           Category 5) Outdoor Radio - Presentations and programs with an outdoor
     work: If an article has not been published and paid for, or used as a paid-      theme. Entries should be on cassette tape or CD and include no more than one
     for image in an Internet publication, it does not qualify. If work appeared      program. If multiple programs are included on the tape, only the first one will be
     on an Internet site, a printout of the web page will suffice as a tear sheet.    judged. Date of broadcast will be certified on the entry form by station manag-
                                                                                      er. Include two cassette tape or CD copies of the program in a clasp envelope.
Both copies of the printed material will be submitted in a clasp envelope, with       Tape entry form to claspless side of the envelope. Identify contest category on
the entry form taped to the front of the envelope. Clearly identify the category      tape case in the event the tape becomes separated from entry envelope.
of each entry.
                                                                                      Category 6) Outdoor Video - Presentations and programs with an outdoor
Photos, books, tapes, DVDs and CDs should also be placed in a clasp enve-             theme. Entries can be instructional videos, commercial or non-commercial tel-
lope with the entry form taped to the claspless side of the envelope. Identify        evision programs, video news segments, for-profit productions, non-profit,
each entry so that it may be identified if it is separated from the form.             agency, etc. Entering member’s participation must be provided on entry form -
Only one copy of photography, radio and video entries is required. Photos must        i.e., producer, narrator, camera operator, etc. Also, proof of distribution or airing
be unmounted. Photography entries must have a tear sheet attached showing             must be certified on entry form by station manager for TV and producer for
the photo in print. Note about Internet work: If a photograph has not been pub-       video. Include two VHS tapes or DVDs of the program in a clasp envelope.
lished and paid for as a magazine image, or used as a paid-for image in an            Tape entry form to claspless side of the envelope. Identify contest category on
Internet publication, it does not qualify. The same qualification is true of illus-   tape case in the event the tape becomes separated from entry envelope
trations. If work appeared on an Internet site, a printout of the web page will       Category 7) Outdoor Illustration - Original artwork with an outdoor-related
suffice as a tear sheet.                                                              theme. Artwork must have been published and be the sole work of the mem-
Send a $10 entry fee for each individual submission. Make all checks or money         ber. Include tear sheet showing publication or printout of web page showing art.
orders payable to TOWA. Do not send cash. You can include the fee for all             IF SENDING ORIGINAL ART, mount on stock of appropriate size. Attach entry
entries on one check. If a check is not included with your entry package, the         form to back of mounting stock.
package will be returned to you marked, "Not valid for judging."
                                                                                      Category 8) Outdoor Publication, Under 25,000 - Publications (magazines,
Credit cards via PayPal may be used by accessing the TOWA website. A serv-            newsletters) with an outdoor-related theme. TWO copies of the entire, original
ice fee will apply. Print the website receipt and enclose it with your entry. If a    publication are to be included in entry packet. The TOWA member submitting
printed receipt is not included with your entry package, the package will be          the entry must be responsible for overall production of the publication - editor,
returned to you marked, "Not valid for judging."                                      publisher, owner, etc. Role of the TOWA member must be included on the entry
                                                                                      form. Place materials in a manila envelope of appropriate size and tape entry
Cash Awards A $200 check will be awarded to each category winner. A $50               form to claspless side of envelope.
check will be awarded to the second place winner of each category. Third place
and honorable mention recipients will continue to receive a certificate of their
achievement.                                                                                                                                 Continued on page 4
                                                                               Page 3
     TEXAS OUTDOOR WRITERS ASSOCIATION
  E X C E L L E N C E I N C R A F T Contest Rules continued
Category 9) Outdoor Publication, Over 25,000 - Publications (magazines, newslet-              articles/columns, submit only tear sheets. Do not send the entire publication. Entries
ters) with an outdoor-related theme. TWO copies of the entire, original publication are       should include two copies (one original tear sheet and one photocopy is acceptable).
to be included in entry packet. The TOWA member submitting the entry must be                  The copies should be submitted in one clasp-type manila envelope with the entry form
responsible for overall production of the publication - editor, publisher, owner, etc. Role   affixed to the front of the envelope.
of the TOWA member must be included on the entry form. Place materials in a mani-
la envelope of appropriate size and tape entry form to claspless side of envelope.            Category 18) Outdoor Opinion Writing - An article or broadcast that takes an edi-
                                                                                              torial stand on a specific outdoor-related issue. With videotape and radio entries, the
Category 10) Outdoor Fiction, Under 25,000 - Fiction with an outdoor-related                  entry must be the first and preferably only thing on the tape. A statement of the
theme. Can be from newspaper, magazine, Internet publication or newsletter. For indi-         writer’s/broadcaster’s purpose or background on the issue is encouraged on the entry
vidual articles/columns, submit only tear sheets. Do not send the entire publication.         form, as this could assist judges in gauging impact of the work. For individual
Entries should include two copies (one original tear sheet and one photocopy is               articles/columns, submit only tear sheets. Do not send the entire publication. Entries
acceptable). The copies should be submitted in one clasp-type manila envelope with            should include two copies (one original tear sheet and one photocopy is acceptable).
the entry form affixed to the front of the envelope.                                          For video entries submit two video tapes or DVDs. For radio entries submit two cas-
                                                                                              settes or CDs. The copies should be submitted in one clasp-type manila envelope
Category 11) Outdoor Column - Bylined column on an outdoor-related topic. Can                 with the entry form affixed to the front of the envelope.
be from newspaper, magazine, Internet publication or newsletter. For individual arti-
cles/columns, submit only tear sheets. Do not send the entire publication. Entries            Category 19) Outdoor Humor - Humor - fictional or fact-based - with an outdoor-
should include two copies (one original tear sheet and one photocopy is acceptable).          related theme. This category is open to print and broadcast media. With videotape
The copies should be submitted in one clasp-type manila envelope with the entry form          and radio entries, the entry must be the first and preferably only thing on the tape. For
affixed to the front of the envelope.                                                         individual articles/columns, submit only tear sheets. Do not send the entire publica-
                                                                                              tion. Entries should include two copies (one original tear sheet and one photocopy is
Category 12) Newspaper Feature, Under 25,000 - Feature treatment of an outdoor-               acceptable). For video entries submit two video tapes or DVDs. For radio entries sub-
related topic in a newspaper of general circulation. Sidebars and graphics can be             mit two cassettes or CDs. The copies should be submitted in one clasp-type manila
included. Submit one full-page tear sheet including byline, date and publication. Do          envelope with the entry form affixed to the front of the envelope.
not send the entire publication. Entries should include two copies (one original tear
sheet and one photocopy is acceptable). The copies should be submitted in one                 Category 20) Outdoor Book - Published book on an outdoor-related subject. Book
clasp-type manila envelope with the entry form affixed to the front of the envelope.          can be fiction or non-fiction. Book must have been published during contest year. One
                                                                                              copy of the book should be included in the entry packet, with entry forms attached to
Category 13) Newspaper Feature, Over 25,000 - Feature treatment of an outdoor-                the books. BOOK WILL BE RETURNED at conference.
related topic in a newspaper of general circulation. Sidebars and graphics can be
included. Submit one full-page tear sheet including byline, date and publication. Do          Category 21) Web Page - Web site with an outdoor-related theme. Sites should be
not send the entire publication. Entries should include two copies (one original tear         judged on their usefulness to the public and/or outdoor communicators. Entrants
sheet and one photocopy is acceptable). The copies should be submitted in one                 should include web address on entry form, and contest Chair will pass these address-
clasp-type manila envelope with the entry form affixed to the front of the envelope.          es along to judges. The entry form should be affixed to the front of the envelope.

Category 14) Magazine Feature, Under 25,000 - Feature treatment of an outdoor-                Category 22) Supporting Member Award - Information - written or broadcast- pro-
related topic in a magazine of general circulation. Sidebars and graphics can be              duced by a TOWA Supporting Member related to an outdoor theme. This category
included. For individual articles/columns, submit only tear sheets. Do not send the           can include videos, brochures, press packets, news releases, newsletters or other
entire publication. Entries should include two copies (one original tear sheet and one        methods of reaching the public or outdoors communicators. Entrants are not required
photocopy is acceptable). The copies should be submitted in one clasp-type manila             to remove identifying marks of writer or product(s) from entries. One entry per com-
envelope with the entry form affixed to the front of the envelope.                            pany, please. Entries should be mailed in a manila clasp envelope with entry form
                                                                                              taped to claspless side. Winners in this category will earn trophies for first and sec-
Category 15) Magazine Feature, Over 25,000 - Feature treatment of an outdoor-                 ond place and certificates for third place and honorable mention. No cash awards will
related topic in a magazine of general circulation. Sidebars and graphics can be              be given.
included. For individual articles/columns, submit only tear sheets. Do not send the
entire publication. Entries should include two copies (one original tear sheet and one        Category 23) Special Projects/Conservation - An article or broadcast that takes a
photocopy is acceptable). The copies should be submitted in one clasp-type manila             conservation stand on a specific outdoor-related issue or educates and informs the
envelope with the entry form affixed to the front of the envelope.                            public about conservation efforts. With videotape and radio entries, the entry must be
                                                                                              the first and preferably only thing on the tape. A statement of the writer’s/broadcast-
Category 16) Outdoor News Reporting, Under 25,000 - Reporting of an outdoor-                  er’s purpose or background on the issue is encouraged on the entry form, as this
related issue. This is a category for articles generally considered to be objective           could assist judges in gauging impact of the work. For individual articles/columns, sub-
reporting of facts and issues surrounding a topic or topics, and is to be judged by           mit only tear sheets. Do not send the entire publication. Entries should include two
accepted standards of journalism. A series of articles on a single issue may be con-          copies (one original tear sheet and one photocopy is acceptable). For video entries
sidered a single entry. Sidebars and graphics may be included. For individual                 submit two video tapes or DVDs. For radio entries submit two cassettes or CDs. The
articles/columns, submit only tear sheets. Do not send the entire publication. Entries        copies should be submitted in one clasp-type manila envelope with the entry form
should include two copies (one original tear sheet and one photocopy is acceptable).          affixed to the front of the envelope.
The copies should be submitted in one clasp-type manila envelope with the entry form
affixed to the front of the envelope.                                                         Category 24) Original Internet Story – An article with an outdoor-related topic for
                                                                                              which payment was received. Must be an original story and not a reprint. Entries
Category 17) Outdoor News Reporting, Over 25,000 - Reporting of an outdoor-                   should include two copies of the web page. The copies should be submitted in one
related issue. This is a category for articles generally considered to be objective           clasp-type manila envelope with the entry form affixed to the front of the envelope.
reporting of facts and issues surrounding a topic or topics, and is to be judged by
accepted standards of journalism. A series of articles on a single issue may be con-
sidered a single entry. Sidebars and graphics may be included. For individual

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      TEXAS OUTDOOR WRITERS ASSOCIATION
   2 0 0 6 E X C E L L E N C E I N C R A F T ENTRY FORM
The Excellence In Craft Contest is a member opportunity to receive special recognition for journalism
excellence. Submission must be outdoor oriented. Associate members are not eligible.
      The TOWA Excellence in Craft Contest is proudly sponsored by Chevrolet.

CATEGORY NUMBER:_____________

CATEGORY NAME:___________________________________________________________________

Your Name: _________________________________________________________________________

Address: ____________________________________________________________________________

___________________________________________________________________________________

Name Of Publication: __________________________________________________________________

Date of Publication: ___________________________________________________________________

Your Role In Production (Video/TV Radio ONLY): ___________________________________________

Distribution/Further Information: __________________________________________________________

___________________________________________________________________________________

___________________________________________________________________________________

Certified Signature: ___________________________________________________________________

Date: ____________________

COMMENTS: (Purpose statement, technical data, etc. that might assist the judges in evaluating your entry:




ALL entries in each category entered require entry fee of $10 each. You may write one check for all categories entered. Each
entry into each category must be postmarked no later than November 30, 2006. All entries received after this date will be
returned unopened.
                                                Send package and check to:
                                               EIC Chair Lefty Ray Chapa
                                                5903 Babcock Rd. # 2108
                                                 San Antonio, TX 78240
                                                           Page 5
                                   SEOPA Convention Report
                                                                        By Ralph Winingham

                               Outdoor writers across the country        are getting more and more powerful. The Humane Society
                              are being called to arms in the bat-       wants to be the NRA (National Rifle Association) of the animal
                         tle for the future if they are interested in    rights movement. They are in our schools, they are in our feder-
preserving this country’s hunting heritage for today’s hunters,          al courts and they are in every legislature (state and federal).”
their children and grandchildren.
                                                                         Countering this effort to destroy the hunting heritage of this coun-
This message was presented to about 300 members of the                   try will require an offensive battle on several fronts, Kane said.
Southeastern Outdoor Press Association (SEOPA) at their fall             Among the efforts should be to increase the number of young-
conference in Decatur, Ala., by the fledgling Outdoor Journalist         sters participating in outdoor activities to help build the dwindling
Education Foundation of America.                                         base of hunters; improvement of habitat and places for people to
                                                                         hunt and fish; and reinforcement with the public in general that
The conference was the 42nd annual gathering of the group that           hunting and fishing are socially acceptable activities, he said.
represents outdoor writer organizations in 14 states, including
Texas. Featured keynote speaker was Alabama Gov. Bob Riley.              Another panel member, David Martosko of the Center for
                                                                         Consumer Freedom, said his group is taking an active role in the
With a goal of obtaining a $5 million endowment to pursue an             battle for public opinion with advertising and promotional cam-
aggressive program of attracting, educating and mentoring the            paigns. “We need to get people angry,’’ he said. “They (anti-
next generation of outdoor journalists, officials with OJEFA             hunting groups) are always going to outspend you. When the
stressed that everyone with an interest in the outdoors should           public has a lower estimation of the animal rights movement,
become involved.                                                         everyone working against the animal rights (agenda) wins. We
“Lack of public awareness and apathy have become a national              need to influence public opinion because public opinion prob-
concern,’’ said Gail Wright, a former SEOPA executive director           lems become legislative problems,’’ Martosko said.
and chief executive officer of OJEFA. “The antis plan to end our         Representing the NRA, Darren LaSorte, manager of the Institute
hunting and they are now in a position to use the lobbying               for Legal Action, said that the more outdoor writers and others
process to strip Americans of their hunting rights,’’ she added.         disseminate information about the activities of anti-hunting
As part of their awareness sessions called “The State of Outdoor         groups and how their money is spent, the more support will build
Journalism in the 21st Century’’ and “Americans Under Attack:            for the hunting and shooting community. “The anti-hunting
An In-depth Look at the Animal Rights Movement,” a panel of              groups are trying to eliminate hunting opportunities so that there
professionals presented an eye-opening look at the problem.              will be a reduced number of hunters. If they can reduce our num-
                                                                         bers to make us politically inconsequential, we will lose our
“In 1980, there were seven principal anti-hunting groups with an         voice,’’ LaSorte said.
income of about $7 million,’’ said Rick Story of the U.S.
Sportsman’s Alliance. “Today, there are 3,100 anti-hunting organ-        Serving as the exclamation point to the call to arms, Governor
izations with an income of nearly $400 million. The Humane               Riley told the group that everyone should continue and reinforce
Society of the United States is the leader – they are the most dan-      their efforts to educate the public about the benefits of outdoor
gerous animal rights movement in this country,” he said.                 activities. “There is nothing wrong with what we do and we
                                                                         should not apologize for it,” he said. “We have a culture to pro-
 Story said many people donating money to the Humane Society             tect that helps preserve our hunting heritage.
are not aware that the group does not spend funds to take care
of pets like dogs and cats, but is an activist organization with a       “Most people will not read or remember a political article on an
goal of eliminating hunting; medical research utilizing animals;         editorial page, by they will read and remember an outdoor article
and even the private ownership of animals. “PETA (People for             on a sports page,’’ Riley said. “We can win every time.’’
the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is a joke in comparison to the         Further information on the efforts by the various groups working
Humane Society,’’ he said.                                               to preserve the country’s hunting heritage is available at the fol-
Bob Kane of the Sportsman’s and Animal Owners’ Voting                    lowing web sites: OJEFA@aol.com; www.ussportsmen.org;
Alliance, echoed Story’s comments and emphasized: “We are                www.consumerfreedom.com; www.huntandshoot.com and
losing this fight and it is going to get much worse. These people        www.nra.org.


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                         MEMBER
Jim Binns reports, “We are having severe drought conditions in East            Contact: Ingrid Niehaus, 949-499-2225, ingridn2@mindspring.com;
Texas and it (along with other factors) is drastically affecting Toledo        www.hobiefishing.com
Bend Lake. Our TOWA associates might want to take a look at our
Toledo Bend website http://www.tb-guide.com and you will see an
article (Toledo Bend Low Water) that ran in the Jasper and Hemphill            The National Wild Turkey Federation says Thanksgiving is a time
newspapers.”                                                                   for family. Unfortunately, many families across the United States are
                                                                               in need during one of the most celebrated holidays of the year.
                                                                               According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 37 million people were living
Rob McCorkle has new digs deep in the Hill Country. Here’s his                 in poverty in 2004.
new contact information:
                                                                               That means millions go without a hot Thanksgiving meal. With these
Home address is P.O. Box 1588, Medina, TX 78055, Ph. 830-589-                  people in mind, and in keeping with the spirit of giving back, the
3015. Work address is TPWD Heart of the Hills Fisheries Research               National Wild Turkey Federation stepped up to start the Turkey
Center, 5103 Junction Hwy., Ingram, TX 78025, Ph. 830-866-3533.                Hunters Care program.
E-mail remains at robert.mccorkle@tpwd.state.tx.us
                                                                               Through the program, local NWTF chapter volunteers team up with
                                                                               church ministries, food pantries, children's organizations, homeless
Dick Cabela, founder and chairman of the board of Cabela’s, was                shelters, National Guard units and other civic service organizations
inducted into the Direct Marketing Association Hall of Fame.                   to donate turkeys. For information, contact Jonathan Harling at jhar-
Established in 1978, the DMA Hall of Fame honors direct-marketing              ling@nwtf.net or (800) 843-6983.
professionals’ outstanding career contributions to the practice,
growth and stature of the direct-marketing discipline.
                                                                               Toyota Outdoor Event Sponsorships for November 2006 are:
Dick Cabela founded Cabela’s in 1961 at his kitchen table. Cabela’s is
now the nation’s largest direct marketer, and a leading specialty retailer,    • Nov. 2 - 5 – Outdoor Bassmater Tournament, Ouchita Lake, West
of hunting, fishing, camping and related outdoor merchandise. Cabela’s         Monroe, Louisiana
mails more than 120 million catalogs annually with more than 70 distinc-       • Nov. 8 - 12 – Bass Pro Grand Opening, Garland, Texas
tive titles. For information, contact David Draper at 800-331-3454
                                                                               For information, contact Marilyn Pippen at marilyn@hopkinspr.com
                                                                               or (214) 828-0066.
Colorado Outdoor Adventure Guide School (COAGS) of Colorado
Springs, Colo. is among the firms selected for the 2nd annual “Aggie
100” list of the fastest-growing companies in the world owned and              Shooting five hand-thrown clay targets with a speed pump, and from
operated by Texas A&M University former students. COAGS was rec-               the hip is possible . . . just ask Winchester Ammunition exhibition
ognized in the Top 50 of the 2006 Aggie 100 honorees.                          shooter Patrick Flanigan.
Established in 1997, Colorado Outdoor Adventure Guide School has               Flanigan set the new record using the Winchester® 1300 speed pump
become the leading vocational school in the nation, specializing in train-     and Winchester AA® ammunition this summer, during an exhibition
ing and job placement of professional outdoor guides. For information,         performance at the Milford Hills Hunt Club in Johnson Creek, Wis., on
contact     Gary     Jordan     at     1-800-714-4864,         customer-       his first attempt. Visit www.patrickflanigan.com to view a video of his
service@guideschool.com or log on to www.guideschool.com                       record and for a schedule of his upcoming events and performances.
                                                                               For more information on Winchester products, visit www.winches-
                                                                               ter.com Press releases and images can also be found on the website
Hobie’s ultra lightweight, 9’ 7” Mirage Sport Fish is proving to be            by clicking on ‘Press Room.’
the perfect boat to get kids started kayak fishing. It is designed with
a unique adjustable seat that accommodates youth as short as four              For further information, contact Kevin Howard at (573) 898-3422,
feet. As the seat is moved forward, the adjustable pedals move back-           khoward@howardcommunications.com or Mike Capps at (573) 898-
ward, shortening the distance for smaller paddlers. The Sport Fish is          3422 mcapps@howardcommunications.com. Media Website:
built around Hobie’s patented MirageDrive® system that lets kids               www.howardcommunications.com
pedal, leaving their hands free for learning to cast, hook, and land
fish. Steering is controlled via an easy-to-use fingertip-controlled
rudder system.                                                                 Of the 100 dealerships earning the Grow Boating® Marine Industry
                                                                               Certification, 58 are Yamaha Marine dealers, and the majority of
Getting kids to fish accomplishes three things that are important to           those have taken part in Yamaha University dealer management train-
Hobie. First, it provides a way for kids to get out and exercise.              ing.
Second, getting youth involved in fishing is the most important insur-
ance that the sport will continue to thrive. Third, fishing contributes        “We congratulate our Yamaha dealers for building businesses based
to family and social values. The Recreational Boating & Fishing                on providing a high level of customer satisfaction,” said Martin
Foundation reports that most people are first introduced to fishing by         Peters, Yamaha Marine Group dealer education manager. “Marine
a family member, that fishing and being outdoors are key ways to               Industry Certification and Yamaha University have a common goal -
achieve family bonding, and that as an outdoor recreation, fishing             - improving customer satisfaction. It’s gratifying to see so many YU
gives everyone a reason to care about natural resources.                       graduates among those achieving Marine Industry Certification.”
As an extra added bonus, a sail package is offered as optional gear,           For information, contact Mike Walker at mike@walkeragency.com
giving kids another way to enjoy their Hobie on those days when the            or Dennis Phillips at dennis@walkeragency.com. Both can be
fish are not biting.                                                           reached at (800) 248-9687.

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                                                                             EXCELLENCE IN CRAFT
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT
               continued from page 1                                                             UPDATE
Donald Gasaway, Julius Knebel and myself. Again, I had a                     21. Web Page (no change).
chance to talk with many of our Supporting Members and cre-
                                                                             22. Supporting Member Award (no change)
ate interest in TOWA in potential new Supporting Members.
Larry Bozka and David Sams won awards in the photo EIC                       23. Special Projects/Conservation. This category will now also
competition. Look in the ‘Photo’ section on TOWA website for                     recognize special achievement in educating and informing
pictures from the conferences. The password is, ‘valley.’ All of                 the public about conservation efforts.
the members who attended other association conferences are
                                                                             24. Original Internet Story. This new category will recognize
to be commended for their interest and support.
                                                                                 the best original story (not a reprint from another publica-
Chevrolet is sponsoring the EIC Awards this year. The rules                      tion) dealing with an outdoor subject. This category has
dates and prize amounts have been sent to you and are includ-                    been added because of an increased interest and participa-
ed with this newsletter. Craig Eppling, Supporting Member                        tion of the outdoor community in this rapidly advancing
                                                                                 information arena.
from Chevrolet, said the idea of their sponsoring the event was
to increase interest, participation and make the event even                 The deadline for submitting entries to the EIC contest this year has
more professional. We all should make a special effort to let               been set for Nov. 30 to allow adequate time for professional judg-
people know about the Chevrolet sponsorship of TOWA EIC,                    ing of the members’ submissions.
to help us improve on our craft.
                                                                            In a related matter, the board also unanimously voted to approve a
The Board has approved that any new member joining in                       bi-annual audit of member qualifications based on the guidelines
November and December will pay regular annual dues…But                      of our professional organization. This audit will consist of a
their membership is good through December 31, 2007. They                    review of our membership list to insure that we are maintaining the
get a two month bonus. TOWA now has over 200 members                        standards of one of the best outdoor journalism organizations in
and 80 Supporting Members. That’s a total of over 280 mem-                  the country.
bers. Let’s go for a total of 300 by January 31. We can do it!              Some members may be asked to provide a letter and/or documen-
GOLD STANDARD is in the cross hair. Start planning now to                   tation providing details about their qualifications, but as stated in
attend the 2007 conference. Information about the conference                our bylaws, the board is permitted to use its discretion in determin-
will be posted on the website by November 10. Watch for it.                 ing whether a member qualifies to remain in Active status.
Visit the website often.
                                                                            With this audit effort, TOWA will continue to demonstrate to our
                                                                            Supporting Members and other outdoor-related organizations that
                                                                            our Active members exemplify the highest degree of professional-
           Thanks for all your efforts.                                     ism in disseminating information to the public.


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