Diamond in the Rough 2016 NOWA Conference at diamond lake, oregon

Embracing opportunity, Adela Jackson accepts the challenge as the new NOWA Executive Director

at the 43rd Annual Northwest Outdoor Writers Association Conference April 28-May 1, 2016, Diamond Lake Resort, OR.

Joe Warren, NOWA President making delicious pancakes for the Thursday morning Board of Directors breakfast.

The Board of Directors "hashing it out" at breakfast!

Getting all our ducks in a row before the conference begins: Scott Croft, Adela Jackson and Conference Chairman Craig Schuhmann.

No whining allowed at our Thursday evening, annual Wine Social! Jo and GI Wilson and Ron Kerr made sure of that!

Vice President Jim Foster from Salmon, Idaho is the conference chairman for the 2017 conference in Sandpoint, Idaho.

John Kruse, now full-time with American Outdoors Radio, celebrating his first day of retirement from the police department.

The conference begins on Friday with an introduction to the Crater Lake area by Jim Chadderdon, new supporting member Discover Klamath VCB

followed by lunch provided by supporting member National Shooting Sports Foundation. Gary Lewis says we missed you Bill Brassard!

Supporting member Scott Brown, Ram Trucks shares the latest updates with NOWA President Joe Warren.

Getting a peek behind the scene at the Ram Trucks Demo

Board member Dennis Kirkland approves of the new trucks.

and so does Dave Vedder and his Ram Dog!

RAM Trucks provided the latest trucks for writers to test drive.

All the way up to Crater Lake for our snowshoe trek.

Working off lunch as we snowshoe around the perimeter of Crater Lake.

What a beautiful and exhilarating adventure! Thanks to the National Park Service for their guidance.

Fred Peterson award winner and supporting member BoatU.S. Always enthusiastic Scott Croft stays engaged with members and offers his services.

Scott provided goodies for the fishing derby on Diamond Lake. Macks Lure provided lures and prizes for winners.

Tshombe Moore, Navionics supporting member, enjoying the conference with his lovely new bride, Debra

Debbie Kerr and Dave Vedder heartily approve of the food and service provided by the staff at Diamond Lake Resort.

Keith Szafranski's Antarctic penguin photo from the raffle competes with the scenic view of Diamond Lake's activities. 

Our annual raffle is always a fun success thanks to the hard work of Jo Wilson and Pam Vedder.

Networking with talented outdoor photojournalists, delicious food, great beer and good friends! Who could ask for more?

Veteran members Jack McNeel, Diane and Doug Wilson hope to see you next year at the 2017 NOWA conference in Sandpoint, Idaho!

We'd love to have you join us! Contact NOWA at 907-322-8000 or visit our website: www.nwoutdoorwriters.org

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