The meeting of the Woodturners of Olympia will take place this coming Thursday, January 27 at the Thurston County Fairgrounds, starting at the usual time of 6:30p.m. until 9:00p.m. The demonstrator this month will be our own David Charles showing us how he makes wood turned scoops. I think you’ll find this an interesting and educational session so plan on coming.
Please bring your show and tell items to share, as well as some quality wood for the raffle and your food bank items in support of this worthwhile charity. Thanks to everyone who supports our club and the food bank. Earle McNeil our interface for the food bank will give us a recap of the club’s contributions this past year.
We have a request from Glenn Sutt to make some “historic” toys for Fort Nisqually. They’re looking for some tops, ball and cup, etc. that are used in the children’s educational area of the fort. Glenn will give us more information at the meeting.
The membership committee is taking payment for the 2011 dues, which remain at $25 for the year. Bring your checkbooks (cash also accepted) and get those dues paid. The timeline for dropping those who have not paid is ticking so in order to keep on our distribution list dues need to be paid ASAP.
The club approved compensation guidelines in 2009, but part of those guidelines require they be reviewed for possible updates annually. Due to increasing operational costs (attracting good demonstrators, library additions, etc.) plus the need to keep bureaucracy at a minimum so things flow smoothly, the board recently revised the guidelines. The primary changes were to increase the amounts the VP of programs can approve without board approval, brought the cost of renting a members shop into alignment for both week day and week end use, and provide a clause to let the librarian order up to $300 of materials yearly based upon member feedback and without approval by the board. A copy of the guideline is attached FYI. If anyone has questions, let me know and we can bring it up at a meeting for discussion.
Be sure to put July 23, 2011 on your calendars for another terrific WoO symposium. This year we’ll have two world renown demonstrators for the day. Mike Mahoney and Stephen Hatcher will both be on hand for a full day of inspiring demonstrations. More information will be provided later or check out the club web site for information.
There will be NOT be a mentor open shop at my shop this Saturday, but we will most likely have one in February.
And Finally a reminder that the February 24th meeting will be one of the popular “turn and learn” meetings where this month we’re targeting 8 different stations. As of this date we still need someone to cover the session on photography methods, so if you can handle this, let Al Price or me know. Here’s a complete list of all sessions planned:
Annual (Feb. 2011) Mini Turn & Learn Demonstrations
Turning End Grain & Spalted Wood Larry Miller
Coloring/Dyeing Kim Hover
Turn a Pen for our Military Personnel Open to Members
Finishing Projects – Wax, Varnish David Charles
Photography – Methods TBD
Turning Bottle Stoppers Larry Taylor
Turning Hollow Forms Mark Hunter
Platters w/ Band Inserts Earl McNeil
See all of you this Thursday,
Larry Miller, President
Woodturners of Olympia