December 20, 2018

Dear TOWA members, Merry Christmas!

I hope this finds everyone safe and happy, content, and satisfied during the holidays.  I also hope Santa fixed the brakes on his buggy during the summer and all of you enjoy a special treat – whether it’s a grandchild’s laugh, a special friend’s smile, or the Lamborghini with a big red bow that you know you deserve.

This is a quick rundown for 2018, as well as, a preview for the TOWA 2019 Annual Conference.

2018 was a great year for TOWA.  With Ms. Hailey Boeck at the helm, the TOWA Student Chapter at Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi has done a big job attracting interest in universities across the state.  Ms. Boeck along with local 4-H shooting sports leaders coordinated the RAM and NISSAN shooting teams at the TOWA 2018 Fall Stampede.  These public shooting competitions (long range, pistol, sporting clays, and a walk-through archery course) act as a funding mechanism to aid the TOWA Klepper Scholarship Fund.

      

photos courtesy of Sam Caldwell

The entire scope of the Fall Stampede is to create an informal and fun setting for a membership drive, as well as, provide an attractive venue for sponsors to showcase their wares to the media and public.  Centrally located between Houston, Austin, and San Antonio – this event has the potential to attract national attention and also aid in mentoring the next generation of outdoor journalists.

In 2018, TOWA also enjoyed a free booth at the Outdoor Sportsman Group (OSG) Show at the George Brown Convention Center in Houston.  OSG includes the Sportsman Channel, Outdoor Channel, 28 regional magazines, and 14 national magazines such as Guns & Ammo, Bow Hunting, Shooting, and Gun Dog.

photos courtesy of Sam Caldwell

The TOWA 2019 Annual Conference is once again in Corpus Christi at the Radisson Hotel.  The dates are Thursday through Sunday, February 28 to March 3.  This year’s theme is “The Good News – Texas Conservation”.  Seminar speakers include Kirby Brown with Ducks Unlimited, Carleton Turner with the Big Horn Society, John Shepherd with the Texas Foundation for Conservation, TOWA student chapter leader Hailey Boeck, Gaye McElwain with the Texas Railroad Commission, and Tim Kleinschmidt with the Texas Department of Agriculture.  The subject matter covers habitat reclamation and also emerging eco-friendly technologies in agriculture, industry, and energy production.

photo courtesy of David Sikes

The target of this year’s Friday Night Roast is Kendal Hemphill.  Also, the National Shooting Sports Foundation is once again sponsoring the Excellence in Craft Awards with RAM co-sponsoring and giving away one-week use of a RAM Truck to each 1st-Place winner.

We encourage everyone to attend this year’s conference, meet the students, meet the new members, thank our sponsors, and help reenergize the core of what has made TOWA great for more than 60 years!

*MERRY CHRISTMAS*

                Sincerely yours,

Herman Brune, TOWA president

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