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Forum topic by Eugene posted 11-27-2013 09:14 PM 1368 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-27-2013 09:14 PM

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Other than demonstrators, what would you like to see happen at your monthly club meetings and if your club does anything interesting what is it?

I have been invited to join our local turning club and being a relative newcomer to woodturning, my club activity knowledge is lacking to say the least.

Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 11-27-2013 10:28 PM

We open each meeting with a short business session, covering club announcements, etc. Then we go to the demonstration for the day.

Like most AAW affiliates, we have an ‘Instant Gallery’ where members bring in their work to display. After the demonstration for the day concludes, our club prez goes through the gallery and invites comments/criticisms on the various pieces.

We also do a club raffle. Members donate pieces of wood, tools, etc., and the club throws in Craft Supplies gift certificates. Tickets are $3 apiece, and after the Instant Gallery, we conduct a drawing. We keep drawing numbers until we either run out of prizes or run out of tickets.

We also have a library, and a ‘club store’ which sells sanding supplies, super-glue, etc. at discounted prices. We do Craft Supplies group orders a couple of times a year … they result in nice discounts on tools and other products in the CS catalog … if I recall correctly, Craft Supplies also rewards the club with the certificates we use as raffle prizes.

Participating in the Instant Gallery takes a little courage, but is well worth putting yourself on the line. We actually get pretty good participation in the gallery and the comments are pretty much always objective and often complimentary in nature.

Sometime in the next few months, we are talking about a different format for a meeting to see how it goes. The idea is for members to bring in young people (kids, grandkids, neighbor kids, etc.) for an introductory session on woodturning. Our facility is well equipped (8 PowerMatic 3520B’s and 4 Delta 46-460’s), so we have plenty of gear. AAW is encouraging local chapters to work on getting younger people involved in woodturning, and the college where we hold our meetings is very supportive of efforts that promote class and lab enrollment and the resulting use of our fine facility.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#2 posted 11-27-2013 10:37 PM

I’d kind of like to see Jennifer Anniston come out of a pile of shaving dressed in something evening appropriate, but revealing.

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