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Before thumbing through our virtual photo albums and watching videos of past events, make sure that you're taking advantage of all the opportunities to engage with OWA, network with other members, and develop professionally. Take a look at the OWA Calendar to find an upcoming event tailored just for you, such as OWA Reads, regional events, one of our Advisory Group meetings, Vision Expo, etc.!

November 2021

Crafts, Cookies, & Cocktails

Crafts, Cookies, & Cocktails
November 10, 2021

Get a jump start on the holiday season with some crafts, cookies, and cocktails designed to make your festivities unique and memorable!

November 2021

Q4 Sales and Marketing Advisory Group

Q4 Sales and Marketing Advisory Group
November 9, 2021

Join Advisory Group Leads Paula Blomquist and Cha-Ling Delgado as they lead us through a new and exciting discussion.

October 2021

Q4 Professional & Personal Development Advisory Group

Q4 Professional & Personal Development Advisory Group
October 21, 2021

Join Advisory Group Leads Kathy Cruz and Karen Michaelson as they lead us through a new and exciting discussion.



October 2021

Q4 Finance Advisory Group

Q4 Finance Advisory Group
October 20, 2021

Join Advisory Group Leads Emilia Flamini and Kathy Rismiller as they lead us through a new and exciting discussion.

October 2021

ELEVATE: An Evening to Celebrate the 2021 OWA Award Recipients!

ELEVATE: An Evening to Celebrate the 2021 OWA Award Recipients!
October 19, 2021

You're Invited to Elevate, a Virtual Event Celebrating the 2021 OWA Award Recipients and Featuring an Encore Presentation of Keynote Speaker Dr. Connie Mariano!

October 2021

"Career Day" - Pacific Northwest Membership Event
October 14, 2021

You're invited to a special Pacific Northwest virtual membership event on Thursday, October 14, at 6:30 PM PST, featuring a panel of women from a variety of roles in the optical industry. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from their career experiences, especially during the recent COVID upheavals!



September 2021

OWA Reads -

OWA Reads - "Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World"
September 30, 2021

OWA Reads meets quarterly to discuss the latest book selected by the group. Each meeting features a different member host.

September 2021

Canada Virtual Networking Event

Canada Virtual Networking Event
September 29, 2021

The OWA is excited to announce the next OWA Canadian Virtual Networking Event to be held on Wednesday, September 29, at 11 AM EST. Shelley Logan will share some exciting OWA updates, and special guest speakers Dr. Trisha Beal and Dr. Beth Lennox will address Three Ways to Maintain or Refine Office Culture Pre- and Post-Pandemic.

September 2021

Connection Series:  <em>The White House Doctor, Connie Mariano</em>

Connection Series: The White House Doctor, Connie Mariano
September 23, 2021

The OWA is pleased to announce that Dr. Connie Mariano will be the featured speaker at the Connection Series luncheon event. The White House Doctor, one of OWA's 2021 business book selections, recounts Dr. Mariano's nine years of serving under three sitting presidents.



August 2021

OWA Wellness Enrichment Event

OWA Wellness Enrichment Event
August 19, 2021

Join us as renowned Equinox Premium Fitness Experts* explain how their Three Pillars of Fitness (movement, nutrition, regeneration) can help you unlock your daily potential!

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July 2021

Q3 Professional & Personal Development Advisory Group

Q3 Professional & Personal Development Advisory Group
July 22, 2021

Join Advisory Group Leads Pamela Capaldi and Kathy Cruz as they lead us through a new and exciting discussion.

July 2021

Q3 Finance Advisory Group

Q3 Finance Advisory Group
July 21, 2021

Join Advisory Group Leads Emilia Flamini and Kathy Rismiller as they lead us through a new and exciting discussion.



July 2021

Q3 Sales and Marketing Advisory Group

Q3 Sales and Marketing Advisory Group
July 20, 2021

Join Advisory Group Leads Paula Blomquist and Cha-Ling Delgado as they lead us through a new and exciting discussion.

June 2021

OWA Reads -

OWA Reads - "Seven More Days: Live a Life That's Bursting with Positivity and Happiness ... Before It's Too Late"
June 24, 2021

OWA Reads meets quarterly to discuss the latest book selected by the group. Each meeting features a different member host.

June 2021

Welcome Back - LIVE OWA Regional Event in Orlando, FL!

Welcome Back - LIVE OWA Regional Event in Orlando, FL!
June 3, 2021

Hosted by: OWA Membership Committee



May 2021

National Membership Event - Building a Circle of Support

National Membership Event - Building a Circle of Support
May 19, 2021

May 2021

Food for Thought - LIVE with Celebrity Chefs

Food for Thought - LIVE with Celebrity Chefs
May 6, 2021

Join us for Food for Thought's recording of the LIVE May 6th event with four optical "Celebrity Chefs" in celebration of Mother's Day and the women we love everywhere. It's a party not to be missed!

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April 2021

Professional and Personal Development Advisory Group

Professional and Personal Development Advisory Group
April 22, 2021

Join the Professional and Personal Development Advisory Group for our April Zoom Meeting. This session will start to shine a light on YOU! Are you an introvert, extrovert or ambivert? In order to network out in the world — beyond yourself — you need to know yourself. The articles this month provide some intriguing thoughts on the subject which I hope you enjoy in preparation for our discussions.



April 2021

Finance Advisory Group

Finance Advisory Group
April 21, 2021

Join the Finance Advisory Group for our April Zoom Meeting.

April 2021

Sales & Marketing Advisory Group

Sales & Marketing Advisory Group
April 20, 2021

Join the Sales & Marketing Advisory Group for our April Zoom Meeting.

March 2021

OWA International Women's Day Virtual Event: Choose to Challenge Through Connection

OWA International Women's Day Virtual Event: Choose to Challenge Through Connection
March 10, 2021

Revisit the OWA's 2021 International Women's Day Celebration with an inspiring presentation from Erin O'Malley.

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March 2021

The Power Hour Radio Show Features the OWA

The Power Hour Radio Show Features the OWA
March 3, 2021

Connect, Inspire, Lead — these are the core values of OWA. In recognition of International Women's Day, Power Hour sits down with OWA President Robyn Crimmins and members Janna Neal (Vice President of Operations for Zyloware), and Trudi Charest (Co-Founder of Marketing 4ECPS), about how OWA inspires and supports its members.

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September 2020

ELEVATE: An Evening to Celebrate the 2020 OWA Award Recipients and

ELEVATE: An Evening to Celebrate the 2020 OWA Award Recipients and "Master the Art of Hello"
September 17, 2020

OWA's virtual ELEVATE event — An Evening to Celebrate the 2020 OWA Award Recipients and "Master the Art of Hello" — celebrated 2020 Pleiades Award honoree Millicent Knight, OD, Pyxis Award honoree Jean Sabre, and Visionary Award honoree Sheena Taff. Our featured keynote speaker was Paula Calise, 2020 Founder and Principal at Linked Executive Search.

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March 2020

Annual Star Award Cocktail Reception & Networking Event

Annual Star Award Cocktail Reception & Networking Event
March 27, 2020



March 2020

Mississauga, Ontario Regional Event

Mississauga, Ontario Regional Event
March 5, 2020

The OWA hosted yet another regional in Canada, this time is Mississauga, Ontario, on March 5, 2020. The event was held at ROI Corporation and was hosted by Trudi Charest and Shelley Logan. Optical professionals across the area were treated to a fun evening . . . .

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November 2019

Toronto, Ontario Regional Event

Toronto, Ontario Regional Event
November 14, 2019

The OWA hosted its first regional in Ontario, Canada on Nov. 14, 2019. Trudi Charest, co-founder of Marketing4ECPs and member of the OWA Membership Committee, along with Shelley Logan, Westgroupe Sales Manager for Ontario and Western Canada, were the hosts for the event . . . .

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October 2019

Arlington, Virginia Regional Event

Arlington, Virginia Regional Event
October 11, 2019

IDOC hosted an OWA regional in conjunction with their 2019 National Conference on October 11. They boasted a record attendance of 117, including optical leadership from The Vision Council, manufacturers, and local businesses. Guests were treated to an evening of . . . .

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September 2019

2019 Vision Expo West - Networking Reception and Raffle

2019 Vision Expo West - Networking Reception and Raffle
September 20, 2019

OWA boasts record attendance at both Las Vegas events: the Thursday Connection Series luncheon, featuring Brave Leadership author Kimberly Davis, and the Friday evening networking, raffle, and auction event.

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September 2019

Connection Series:  <em>Brave Leadership</em>

Connection Series: Brave Leadership
September 19, 2019

Brave Leadership draws from years of working with leaders across all industries and the latest research in psychology, sociology, business, and the arts. In this provocative and inspiring session, Kimberly Davis will bridge traditional how-to with a personal development approach to demystify what it takes to be the brave leader you were born to be.

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August 2019

San Diego, California Regional Event

San Diego, California Regional Event
August 6, 2019

The OWA held its second San Diego regional event on August 8th at SportRx. Hosted by regional lead, Alana Whitaker of Luxottica, the happy hour event enabled over 55 local optical industry professionals to connect, network and learn more about the OWA . . . .

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June 2019

Calgary, Alberta Regional Event

Calgary, Alberta Regional Event
June 6, 2019

The OWA held their first-ever Canadian regional event in Calgary, Alberta, on June 6, 2019. Trudi Charest, RO, co-founder of Marketing4ECPs, and member of the OWA Membership Committee, hosted the evening, which boasted 50 attendees!

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June 2019

Denver, Colorado Regional Event

Denver, Colorado Regional Event
June 4, 2019

The first-ever Optical Women's Association (OWA) Regional Event in Denver, held June 4, 2019, featured an exciting VIP networking event at Von Miller's Celebrity Bowling Bash, a fundraising event for Von's Vision — which provides vision screenings . . . .

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June 2019

Dallas, Texas Regional Event

Dallas, Texas Regional Event
June 4, 2019

Dallas, Texas, was the site of another OWA regional event, this time on June 4, 2019. Hosted by regional lead Sunny Yarrish of Essilor of America, the evening centered around the theme of "The Power of Community". Special guest speaker Britt . . . .

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May 2019

New York City, New York Regional Event

New York City, New York Regional Event
May 9, 2019

The OWA held a regional networking Thursday night in New York City (at the Safilo showroom). Great attendance, great networking, and a panel discussion on retail.

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March 2019

OWA Star Award Ceremony

OWA Star Award Ceremony
March 22, 2019

OWA members and guests gathered to celebrate the OWA's "Star Birthday" — 22 years on the 22nd — of supporting and promoting the professional development of women involved in all facets of the optical industry!

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March 2019

OWA Champagne Breakfast Celebrating Women in Leadership

OWA Champagne Breakfast Celebrating Women in Leadership
March 21, 2019

The OWA celebrated three remarkable women and their impact on the optical industry on March 21 during Vision Expo East at the OWA Champagne Breakfast.

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December 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Regional Event

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Regional Event
December 20, 2018

The last OWA regional event of 2018 was held in Philadelphia, PA on December 20. Hosted by Eye Designs, the attending women embrace the holiday spirit by wrapping donated gifts for a very special local family who had just lost their . . . .

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November 2018

San Diego, California Regional Event

San Diego, California Regional Event
November 30, 2018

The OWA hosted its first San Diego Regional Event on November 30, 2018 and featured an evening focused on leadership, a discussion of the OWA business book selection "Earning It", networking, and creating handmade ornaments . . . .

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October 2018

Rancho Cordova, California Regional Event

Rancho Cordova, California Regional Event
October 4, 2018

The OWA held a regional event in Rancho Cordova, California, on October 4, 2018, hosted by VSP. A strong leadership panel consisting of Robyn Crimmins (VSP Optics), Tiffanie Burkhalter (VSP Global), Heidi Pham-Murphy, O.D. (Eye Designs . . . .

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September 2018

2018 Vision Expo West - Networking Reception and Raffle

2018 Vision Expo West - Networking Reception and Raffle
September 28, 2018

Enjoy these photos from the Networking Reception and Raffle.

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September 2018

Connection Series:  <em>Earning It</em>

Connection Series: Earning It
September 27, 2018

Author Joann Lublin was the featured speaker at the 2018 Connection Series event — Earning It: Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World at Vision Expo West on Thursday, September 27th.

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July 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Regional Event

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Regional Event
July 26, 2018

Philadelphia was the site of the July 26, 2018 OWA Regional Event hosted by Luxottica and held at Eye Designs. The evening featured a networking program as well as a tour of the Eye Design facility. All current and potential . . . .

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June 2018

Orlando, Florida Regional Event

Orlando, Florida Regional Event
June 12, 2018

Sunny Orlando was the site of the first OWA regional event in Florida, held June 12, 2018. Hosted by Angela McCoy of MyEyeDr, breakfast at the Orlando Marriott Lakeside was the center of this "Meet, Greet, & Eat" networking morning.

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June 2018

Dallas, Texas Regional Event

Dallas, Texas Regional Event
June 6, 2018

The OWA held its third Dallas, TX, regional networking event on June 6th, 2018, hosted by Nouveau Eyewear. All current OWA members, and potential new members from the surrounding area, were invited to meet other seasoned professionals . . . .

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March 2018

2018 Vision Expo East Annual Star Award Cocktail Reception & Networking Event

2018 Vision Expo East Annual Star Award Cocktail Reception & Networking Event
March 16, 2018

The annual OWA Star Award Cocktail Party & Networking Event welcomed members and supporters to the fantastic second floor at the Eventi Hotel during Vision Expo East to enjoy great food, a slick jazz combo, and introduce the new honorees' "Charity of Choice" program.

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March 2018

Champagne Breakfast Celebrating Women in Leadership

Champagne Breakfast Celebrating Women in Leadership
March 15, 2018

The OWA celebrated three remarkable women and their impact on the optical industry on March 16 during Vision Expo East at the OWA Champagne Breakfast.

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November 2017

Columbus, Ohio Regional Event

Columbus, Ohio Regional Event
November 30, 2017

The Idea Foundry in Columbus, OH was the place to be for the state's first ever OWA event on November 30, 2017. Stacey Curcio, VSP, hosted the "Connection & Inspiration"-themed evening which featured speakers Dr. Lorie Lippiatt . . . .

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November 2017

Minneapolis, Minnesota Regional Event

Minneapolis, Minnesota Regional Event
November 28, 2017

The Optical Women's Association (OWA) held a regional meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota on November 28, 2017. All current OWA members and potential new members from the surrounding area were invited to meet other seasoned . . . .

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November 2017

Dallas, Texas Regional Event

Dallas, Texas Regional Event
November 16, 2017

The Optical Women's Association (OWA) held its second regional networking event in Dallas Texas, on November 16, 2017. All current OWA members and potential new members from the surrounding area were invited to meet other seasoned . . . .

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October 2017

Los Angeles, California Regional Event

Los Angeles, California Regional Event
October 5, 2017

OWA Regional Event + Accessories Council hosted an evening of connection, inspiration, and leadership at the Thale Blanc on October 5, 2017.

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September 2017

2017 Vision Expo West - Networking Reception and Raffle

2017 Vision Expo West - Networking Reception and Raffle
September 15, 2017

Throughout the OWA's 20th Anniversary year, our events have shared the common theme of celebrating the OWA's founding in 1997 and have certainly had their fair share of celebratory moments.

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September 2017

OWA Connection: <em>Emotional Intelligence (EQ)</em>

OWA Connection: Emotional Intelligence (EQ)
September 14, 2017

Based on the OWA book selection Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves, moderator Erinn Morgan, editorial director of Eyecare Business magazine, along with five specially chosen panelists, will expand on the four EQ skills . . . .

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June 2017

New York Regional Event

New York Regional Event
June 22, 2017

The first OWA New York regional was held June 22, 2017, in New York City. Hosted by Silhouette at the Silhouette Gallery, attendees were treated to a panel discussion on Social Media, moderated by Marge Axelrad . . . .

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May 2017

Alexandria, Virginia Regional Event

Alexandria, Virginia Regional Event
May 20, 2017

A wonderful OWA networking event was held at the Vision Council May 20, 2017, and was hosted by several OWA members who work for MyEyeDr. Many attended from The Vision Council, Marchon, Luxottica, MyEyeDr. and AOA.

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March 2017

2017 Vision Expo East

2017 Vision Expo East
March 30, 2017

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March 2017

Dallas, Texas Regional Event

Dallas, Texas Regional Event
March 9, 2017

On March 9, 2017, Dallas/Fort Worth-area members of the Optical Women's Association joined together for a social networking event. Maureen Cavanagh, President of the OWA and Jean Scott, a founding member of the OWA shared their . . . .

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January 2017

Tuesday Talks - Mary Anne Murphy, OD

Tuesday Talks - Mary Anne Murphy, OD
January 10, 2017



December 2016

Tuesday Talks - Jill Franze

Tuesday Talks - Jill Franze
December 13, 2016

September 2016

Vision Expo West - Networking Reception and Raffle

Vision Expo West - Networking Reception and Raffle
September 16, 2016

September 2016

The OWA Connection Series Presents:

The OWA Connection Series Presents: "Girl Bosses: Optical Industry Entrepreneurs"
September 15, 2016



September 2016

2016 Vision Expo West

2016 Vision Expo West
September 15, 2016

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April 2016

Star Award Ceremony (Invitation Only)

Star Award Ceremony (Invitation Only)
April 16, 2016

April 2016

2016 Vision Expo East

2016 Vision Expo East
April 15, 2016

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September 2015

Vision Expo West - Networking Reception and Raffle

Vision Expo West - Networking Reception and Raffle
September 18, 2015

September 2015

The OWA Connection Series Presents:

The OWA Connection Series Presents: "Getting Four Generations Working Together"
September 17, 2015

March 2015

Annual Star Award Ceremony & Networking Event

Annual Star Award Ceremony & Networking Event
March 20, 2015



October 2014

OWA Meet & Greet — Long Island, NY

OWA Meet & Greet — Long Island, NY
October 9, 2014

September 2014

Vision Expo West - Networking Reception and Raffle

Vision Expo West - Networking Reception and Raffle
September 19, 2014

September 2014

The OWA Connection Series Presents:

The OWA Connection Series Presents: "Seeing (Blind) Spots? Men and Women Working Together"
September 18, 2014



September 2014

OWA Meet & Greet — West Coast

OWA Meet & Greet — West Coast
September 3, 2014

March 2014

Pleiades Awards Cocktail Reception and Presentation

Pleiades Awards Cocktail Reception and Presentation
March 28, 2014

December 2013

OWA West Coast Meet & Greet

OWA West Coast Meet & Greet
December 5, 2013



October 2013

Vision Expo West - Networking Reception and Raffle

Vision Expo West - Networking Reception and Raffle
October 4, 2013

October 2013

POWW Event - The Chopra Center for Wellbeing's

POWW Event - The Chopra Center for Wellbeing's "Mindfulness in the Workplace"
October 2, 2013

March 2013

15th Anniversary Celebration and Award Event

15th Anniversary Celebration and Award Event
March 15, 2013



September 2012

Vision Expo West - OWA Networking Reception and Raffle

Vision Expo West - OWA Networking Reception and Raffle
September 7, 2012

September 2012

Vision Expo West - Taking the Challenge: Eating Healthier On the Road, On the Job, On the Go

Vision Expo West - Taking the Challenge: Eating Healthier On the Road, On the Job, On the Go
September 5, 2012

March 2012

Pleiades Awards Cocktail Reception and Presentation

Pleiades Awards Cocktail Reception and Presentation
March 23, 2012



September 2011

Vision Expo West - OWA Networking Reception and Raffle

Vision Expo West - OWA Networking Reception and Raffle
September 23, 2011

September 2011

Vision Expo West - <em>Pathways to Success</em> Optical Women's Workshop

Vision Expo West - Pathways to Success Optical Women's Workshop
September 21, 2011

September 2011

ABO/NCLE Conference General Session<br /><em>Healing Humor: Making Your Lens of Perception Ultralight (and Impact Resistant)</em>

ABO/NCLE Conference General Session
Healing Humor: Making Your Lens of Perception Ultralight (and Impact Resistant)
September 9, 2011



March 2011

12th Annual Awards Cocktail Reception and Presentation

12th Annual Awards Cocktail Reception and Presentation
March 18, 2011

January 2011

POWW Webinar - Facebook

POWW Webinar - Facebook
January 13, 2011

October 2010

Vision Expo West - OWA Networking Reception and Raffle

Vision Expo West - OWA Networking Reception and Raffle
October 8, 2010



October 2010

Vision Expo West - POWW in Las Vegas

Vision Expo West - POWW in Las Vegas
October 6, 2010

September 2010

ABO/NCLE Conference - Living Life at Performance Level

ABO/NCLE Conference - Living Life at Performance Level
September 18, 2010

March 2010

11th Annual Awards Cocktail Reception and Presentation

11th Annual Awards Cocktail Reception and Presentation
March 19, 2010



October 2009

OWA Networking Reception and Raffle

OWA Networking Reception and Raffle
October 2, 2009

September 2009

POWW in Las Vegas

POWW in Las Vegas
September 30, 2009

September 2009

POWW in Cincinnati

POWW in Cincinnati
September 12, 2009