One of the organizations I belong to besides OWAA, is the MI Outdoor Writers Association. They held a meeting recently at which annual awards were handed out. I was honored to receive the Dave Richey Commmunicator of the Year Award from the organization. Richey was a longtime member of MOWA and OWAA who passed away a number of years ago. Dave was a veteran writer, having written thousands of magazine articles and numerous books. He was the outdoor writer for the Detroit News for a number of years before he retired. What makes the award extra special for me is Dave was one of my mentors. He helped my writing career and I got the chance to spend time afield hunting and fishing with him.