Western New York Woodturners I

Newsletter- Minutes  - May 5, 2005

Members Present  - 52


Maryvale High School Woodshop Room 120

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

Treasure’s Report:  by John Paulin

Income:            Dues                                            $40.00           Previous Balance                 $2,238.81

                        50/50                                            $24.00

                        Hats                                             $50.00

Expenses:         WNYWoodturners II web site     $180.32

                        Hats                                           $116.91           New Balance                       $2,055.58

Business Items:    Jim Vasi recognized the new members in attendance. They were Tony Zielinski, Pat Boggan, Gail Warzel, Ken Schosek, Tom Gesel and Ann Raby. WELCOME.   Enclosed with this newsletter is the final copy of the membership list for the year 2005. If there is an error or correction needed in your information, please contact Dick Radel at 639-0620.

The Annual Picnic date has been changed to Thursday,  July 7th.  The cost this year will be $5.00 per person, and the location is same as in years past, at the Noco Pavilion on Ensminger Road just east of Two Mile Creek Road. (See map enclosed.)  Milt Ehrenberg went thru the list of tasks needed and recorded those volunteers he has to date. If you can lend a hand you can reach Milt at photo@bluefrog.biz or 837-7989. There will be no July meeting for the club.

Jim Hilburger led a discussion on the types of items that would sell at the Erie County Fair Woodturners Booth. It was agreed that if members donate more expensive items they will sell and all proceeds are for the benefit of “Make-a-wish”. It was also agreed that if members wanted to display only, not to sell,  their work and be responsible for it during the days they were at the fair, it would be okay.  Jim Hilburger requested members to please start to make items to sell soon, we almost ran out of items last year. The dates of the fair are from Thursday August 11th thru Sunday August 21st. We will have two lathes on the porch and would like to have two turners per shift.  We must have two sales people per shift and it would be great if we had four. We will be happy anytime you can help. Check out the sign-up sheet that is enclosed.  Remember, when you work, you get free admission and free parking.

Jim Shimwell requested members to start making toys for the “Aspire” group as December will be here before we know it. Jim brought some toy patterns and has sample ideas for those who need ideas.

The September meeting can not be held on our usual "first Thursday of the month" since school won't be open by the 1st. We will hold our September meeting on Wednesday, September 7th to avoid conflicts with the other area club meeting dates.

Show & Tell:   Al Schultz – letter openers, pens, Kurt Hertzog – square box turning & parting tools,  Jim Schnellinger – square box turning & corian items,  Jim Vasi – winged box turning, open segmented bowls, Rich Malki – off center duck turning, pens, Jim Hilburger – refrigerator magnets,  Steve Imerese – segmented vase, Jim Rupracht – burl growth bowl, Ken Schosek -  segmented bowl, needle case. Thanks to all !!!

Demo:   Frank Stanko brought some of his tools and shop built chucks that he uses when he vacuum chucks his work. He presented both the dos and don’ts on paper and at the lathe. A great, hands-on demo including what can go wrong when you assume the Jet Lathe at the school is the same as your Jet Lathe at home. Thanks Frank.

Next Meeting:

Thursday, June 2nd, 2005, 7:30 pm

Rich Mialki will demo off center turning.