OUTSTANDING BOARD MEMBER WINNERS

Mike Cramond, during his term on the Board of Directors, felt that an outstanding board member should be recognized in a special way. In 1974 and 1975, he presented four board members with jade bolo ties as a memento of service to OWAA. The board continued the bolo tradition until 1985. A plaque is now presented. Fellow board members select recipients.

OWAA board of directors in a meeting
OWAA's Board of Directors meet in Gulf Shores, Alabama in 2020

PAST WINNERS

1974 – Wally Taber
1974 – Sheila Link 
1975 – Norman M. Strung 
1975 – Bill Potter 
1976 – Jim Bashline 
1977 – W. Glenn Titus
1978 – Bob Gooch 
1979 – Ed Park 
1980 – William H. Chaffee 
1981 – George H. Harrison
1982 – David J. Richey 
1982 – Zack Taylor
1984 – Glenn Sapir
1985 – Al Spiers 
1986 – W. Horace Carter
1987 – Zack Taylor
1988 – David J. Richey 
1989 – Tom Huggler
1990 – Don L. Johnson 
1991 – Glenn L. Sapir
1992 – John A. Barsness
1993 – Betty Lou Fegely
1994 – Tom Stienstra
1995 – Spencer E. Turner
1996 – Rich Patterson

1997 – Kristin Merriman-Clarke
1998 – Tim Christie
1999 – Chris Batin; Laurie Lee Dovey
2000 – Rich Patterson
2001 – Laurie Lee Dovey
2002 – Rich Patterson
2003 – Jim Low
2004 – Phil Bloom
2005 – Tim Christie
2006 – Jack Ballard
2007 – Peter Schroeder
2008 – Peter Schroeder
2009 – Mark Taylor
2010 – Mary Nickum
2011 – Matt Miller
2012 – Matt Miller
2013 – Paul Queneau
2014 – Colleen Miniuk
2015 – Colleen Miniuk
2016 – Tom Keer
2017 – Colleen Miniuk
2018 – Christine Peterson
2019 – Colleen Miniuk
2020  Christine Peterson
2021 
 Matt Miller, Colleen Miniuk, Christine Peterson

Learn about OWAA’s other contests and awards.

About OWAA

Recognized as “The Voice of the Outdoors,” OWAA is the nation’s largest organization of professional outdoor journalists. Its membership includes writers, photographers, videographers, radio and TV personalities, digital storytellers and artists. Formed in 1927, the nonprofit association’s mission is to improve the professional skills and opportunities of its members, set the highest ethical and communications standards, encourage public enjoyment and conservation of natural resources, and mentor the next generation of professional outdoor communicators. https://owaa.org

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