Western New York Woodturners Club 1

Newsletter & Minutes of April 03, 2014



Maryvale High School Wood Shop Room #120

1050 Maryvale Drive

Cheektowaga, New York 14225



36 Regular members present at the start of the meeting.

The meeting was called to order 1902 hours by Richard Mialki. There were no guests present at this meeting.  Because of two demos this evening, the time for business portion of the meeting was significantly reduced.


50/50 Club:

The 50/50 club of $30.00 was drawn and awarded, once again, to Mr. Ball. Congratulations Bob.   


Treasurer’s Report by: Norm Kosmerl:

March 2014 Activity:                                                           


Available balance March 01, 2014                                      $3,265.10           

Receipts:         Dues Received                                                      70.00

                        50/50 Club                                                            33.00

                        Hats                                                                        50.00                                          


Expenses:                                                                                       00.00



Balance as of 03/01/14                                                       $3,418.10



Old Business Items:

Richard reported that tickets for the October 4, 2014 demo with Joe Ruminski are on sale

now.  The demo will be at the Dale Center, 33 Ontario Street  in Lockport 14094. Parking and the entrance are at the rear of the building.   After the October 4th, date, there will be a hands on demo by Joe October 5th, at Barb Berger’s barn. 

Please note:  There are only 10 spaces available for this 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 per demo. 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:

Bree noticed that our name was being used on Facebook with out any authorization.  After doing some investigating, the problem was corrected.  After reporting this there was a brief discussion about whether we should create a Facebook page.  It was decided that would be brought up at a subsequent meeting after a little more detail is explored.


Richard informed us that his application for our club he made  to the AAW last December was declined account no resources were available.  However, he did receive very good news from the Minwax Corporation on his submission for their Craftsman Award.  The Turners 1 application was processed and approved.  More details on this award will follow in May.  Minwax will advise us on a date when they will give us a presentation.  This will be a daytime presentation, possibly in May.  Details are being worked on.


It was reported that Jim Hilburger is still convalescing at home and is doing well but still has a bad day here and there.  Our thoughts are with you Jim, please get well soon! 


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 our DVD loan program.  The list of  DVD’s is available on our Website.


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:

Back massager, beads, bottle stoppers, boxes, clocks, finials, earrings, foot massager, gavels, goblets, honey dipper, lace bobbins, lamp, letter opener, mallet,  light pulls, music stand, napkin rings, needle holders, nutcracker, oil lamps, paper weight, pens, pick up sticks, and pill box.




Show and Tell participants included:

The show and tell portion was given by:  Brianne Corbett, Michael Gotthelf, Frank Becker, Eugen Schlaak, Gene Renzoni, Ward Beaton, Norm Kosmerl, Frank Stanko, David Day, and Jim Vasi.  Gift certificates were awarded to Gene Renzoni, and Frank Becker.  A great variety of turnings were displayed.    


Club Demonstration:    

The demo was continued from last month by Joe Wiesnet on coring. Due to a mechanical technicality with the school lathe, the full demo was never completed.  In addition to his demo, we also had Brian Effinger do a demo on threading.  Both demos were great and the turners did a fine job explaining the process.  Great job, Brian and Joe. Thank you!


Next Meeting/Demo:    

Our next meeting will be at the Maryvale High School Shop on Thursday, May 01, 2014  at 7:00 p.m. The following demo is scheduled:

                                                   Larry Scaglione on photography. 

This should be very interesting.  The June demo will be on some Fair projects to make.


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 2112 hours.  




Respectfully submitted by,

J. A. Mussari