Newsletter for November 2019 Monthly Meeting

November President’s Letter:

Hi fellow MAWT members,

If you were at the Rob Nelson demo last weekend, you caught an excellent, detailed presentation. Rob explained how to hollow out a vessel with precision, from making tools, grinding tools, holding tools, and what to do and what not to do when hollowing. It was an excellent event for the novice and gave a lot of new information for seasoned turners. The Sunday hands-on demo was also very good. I made two vases and only succeeded in exploding one of them! That neat trick with the spring on the torque arm would have been very helpful. I would like to also extend a sincere thank you to everyone who helped make the demo such a great success.

Believe it or not, the end of the year is coming up soon. That means two things – first, MAWT’s annual Christmas Party. Please plan on attending with a side dish or snack in one hand and a turned Secret Santa gift in the other (the gift is optional but it would be nice). The second thing is volunteers for the MAWT Board. The club had amazing growth this past year and with our involvement at the Woodworkers Show and our community outreach programs like Turn for Troops, Empty Bowls, and Beads of Courage, we are hoping to continue that progress. Help MAWT keep up its great work to spread the popularity of woodturning to new members and the community by volunteering for the Board and other club positions. It really is not that difficult. We will be accepting names during the December meeting or you can email me.

Based on numerous member inquiries, I am suggesting that MAWT should form an informal Outreach Committee to research new avenues and actively attract new members, focusing on women, youth and other groups, as well as participating in additional community outreach programs to help spread the word about our club and woodturning. To help kickstart this project we really need member volunteers who can collaborate and come up with ideas and suggestions. This new adventure cannot start without assistance from our members so please contact me if you wish to help with this.

Finally, the 2020 club dues are now gladly being accepted! Please try to pay at the December meeting. For everyone’s convenience, we accept $35 in cash or check and when we receive our card reader soon, we will be accepting credit cards (there is a nominal $0.97 fee) or you can pay online through Paypal ($1.35 fee).

Keep turning and be safe,
Ron Zdroik

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