Western New York Woodturners I

Newsletter- Minutes – Feb 7, 2008

Members Present  - 38


Maryvale High School Woodshop Room 120

1050 Maryvale Dr., Cheektowaga, N.Y. 14225

Treasure’s Report:  by John Paulin

Expense: AWA Dues                                             $270.00        Previous Balance                 $2,010.14

Printing                                                                    $13.00

Income:            50/50                                               $23.00

Dues                                                                     $360.00        New Balance                       $2,110.14

Business Items:   

50/50 split draw was won by Bob Ball.

Steve Imerese stated that the “Audubon Library Display” will begin March 1, 2008. Should you want to display some of your work, bring it to the March 6th, meeting or get it to Jim Vasi or Steve Imerese.

Cherie Lesinski from Aspire of WNY gave a great big THANK YOU to all who donated their work and time to the Christmas Toy distribution.  WNY Woodturners have given toys to the “Aspire Kids” for 17 years and a big “THANK YOU” to Jim Shimwell. Michael Holley, Director of Development added his  thanks for our dedication to their group. He then presented Steve with a plaque for the club.  Next Ginni Basil of Make-A-Wish presented the club with a plaque showing “Joey” a spina bifida young man, getting in and out of a pool with the help of equipment purchased with the monies we raised at the Erie county Fair.

Norman Kosmerl, the new membership vice president, read the names of those who did not pay their 2008 dues. He then read the names of those on the waiting list and four joined our club. The 2008 membership list is included in this Newsletter.  Pat Boggan volunteered to make name tags for the new members.  Lyle Foell and Ken Miller were voted on and approved to be honorary members.

Steve Imerese stated that we need a 1st, Vice President and would appreciate it if someone would step up to the position.  Please call Steve if your that special person.  Rich Mialki informed all that the Fair dates this year are August 6th, thru the 17th.  Think about making items now.

PLAN AHEAD.  Don Geiger, a master turner from Florida, will be at the PEMBROKE HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM, on Sunday April 20, 2008, 9 am till 4 pm. His demo program is “Mastering the side-ground bowl gouge” starting with sharpening, turning a natural edged bowl, jam and vacuum chucking, all performed on his 900 pound “Stubby lathe”.  Tickets are $20 and can be purchased from Rich Mialki, 716-694-5430, Mialkisr@roarrunner.com, or from Jim Vasi, 716-632-5381, Jmvasi@verizon.net, or from Jim Rupracht, 585-599-6400, JandLfeed@hotmail.com.  To date there are 47 raffle prizes worth $3,000 including a nice lathe.

Note the School will not be open for us in June, July and August.  We will meet at 777 Maryvale Drive.

Show & Tell:  Thanks for sharing to, Jim Schnellinger, bowl, Norm Gibbonrbowl, Marwin Feldman–covered bowl, James Rupracht –vase, bowl,  Jake Debski – bowl, tooth pick holders, Steve Imerese – segmented bowl. Jim Vasi – wine corks, bowl,

Demo:   Jim Rupracht demonstrated his turning and carving of bowls. He shared his safety tips and war stories of what can happen if you don’t pay attention.  Thank You Jim.

Next Meeting:             Thursday March 6th, 2008

                                           The demonstration will be a surprise.


Respectively,  Dick Radel