Western New York Woodturners Club 1

Newsletter & Minutes of March 6, 2014



Maryvale High School Wood Shop Room #120

1050 Maryvale Drive

Cheektowaga, New York 14225





46 Regular members present at the start of the meeting.

The meeting was called to order 1905 hours by Richard Mialki with three new members present. They were introduced as Nick Vespa, Phil DeFranco, and Nick Watson.  Welcome

aboard gentlemen, we hope you enjoy your club membership. 



50/50 Club:

The 50/50 club of $32.00 was drawn and awarded to Bob Ball. Congratulations Mr. Ball. 



Treasurer’s Report by: Steve Imerese:

February 2014 Activity:                                                      


Available balance February 01, 2014                                 $3,125.10           

Receipts:         Dues Received                                                    115.00

                        50/50 Club                                                            25.00      


Expenses:                                                                                       00.00



Balance as of 03/01/14                                                       $3,265.10



Old Business Items:

Richard reported the October 4, 2014 demo with Joe Ruminski is still in the planning stages and he will update us as the plans are finalized.  The Lockport Club has expressed interest in being a co sponsor of this event, and the Pembroke Club will also be a co sponsor.  Richard has arranged for use of the Dale Center, 33 Ontario Street  in Lockport 14094. Parking and the entrance is at the rear of the building.   Arrangements for cameras and video equipment is also being worked on. Mr. Ruminiski has been advised that the demonstration has been scheduled for the October 4th, date, with a hands on demo on October 5th, at Barb Berger’s barn.  Please note:  There are only 10 spaces available for the hands on demo, so if you are interested please contact Barb Berger at 716-652-4156 or e-mail gramabbb@aol.com to make a reservation.  The admission/ticket price to the Saturday club demo will be $20.00 per person, and lunch arrangements are in the process of being finalized.  The “hands on” fee will be $45.00 per person for the day. Members attending the “hands on” are responsible for their own lunch arrangements. More information on the hands on demo will be available  in the near future.   


In addition to the above demos there are still spots available for the hands on sessions by Bob Rosand at Barb's Barn Friday May 9, and Saturday May 10. The cost is only $45!! This is a great deal. Bob gives group demonstrations at his Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania shop and the cost for those are $150 day, so this is a great opportunity. Bob has generously agreed to do the club demo and the hands on sessions at a very reasonable rate. This is your chance for some small group instruction from a world class turner - and a really great guy!  Contact Barb Berger for the specific details, or any questions you may have.  Here's a link to Bob's web site so you can see examples of his work. He also has many helpful articles on the site. http://www.rrosand.com/



New Business Items:

Richard reported that the AAW has now set up a Club Group section on their website that contains the local clubs information.  You can access the section by going to the AAW web page site and clicking on: Find an AAW CHAPTER.   


If any member does not have a name tag or current membership card please see or contact Norm Kosmerl and he will prepare one for you.  The tags should be worn at all the meetings so new and old members can identify our club officers and other members.


 There are still some outstanding dues to be collected for 2014.  The fee this year is only $10.00 and is payable to our Treasurer Mr. Kosmerl.  Please keep your dues up to date as they are one of our few sources of income.  Thank you…


DVD’s Are available from Bob Ball at each meeting.  If you are interested please see him, for the details on the  loan program.  The list of  DVD’s is available on our Website.  If you are interested in  any of the VHS tapes that were copied to DVD’s please contact Mr. Ball.


Richard has furnished me with a list of ideas he found for the Fair Projects and possibly the Aspire program.  I will include 20 items in each of the next two Newsletters. They Are:

Baseball bat, Billiard cue , Bird feeder, Bird house, Bracelet, Broach, Candle snuffer, Candle sticks, Canes, Checkers, Chees set, Christmas ornament, Coasters, Coat pegs, Door stop, Flute, Jam spreader, Key fobs, Plant dibblers, and Plant stand.                                          




Show and Tell participants included:

The show and tell portion was given by:  Brianne Corbett, Joe Wiesnet, Michael Gotthelf, Frank Becker, Eugen Schlaak, Brian Effinger, Alan Dick, Leon Nowicki, Don O’Connor, Gene Renzoni, and Jim Vasi.  Gift certificates were awarded to Gene Renzoni, and Jim Vasi.  A great variety of turnings were displayed.    



Club Demonstration:    

The demo this month was given by Joe Wiesnet on coring. Due to a mechanical technicality with the school lathe, the full demo could not be completed.  Joe will follow up on this demo in the future with a modified tool rest  for the lathe.   Great demo Joe.  Thank you!



Next Meeting/Demo:    

Our next meeting will be at the Maryvale High School Shop on Thursday, April 03, 2014  at 7:00 p.m.    The following demo is scheduled: The April demo will be Brian Effinger on threading along with Joe Wiesnet’s completion of his project demo.  The May demo will be given by Larry Scaglione on photography.  These should be two very interesting demos. 


We are always looking for members to do demonstrations or give us some ideas for our programs.  If you would like to do a demo for us, have any new ideas, or are just interested in learning something specific, mention it to our Vice President, Steve Imerese or send me an e-mail and I will forward it to him for handling.      The meeting was concluded at 2115 hours.  




Respectfully submitted by,

J. A. Mussari