Western New York Woodturners Club 1

Newsletter & Minutes of May 01, 2014



Maryvale High School Wood Shop Room #120

1050 Maryvale Drive

Cheektowaga, New York 14225




38 Regular members present at the start of the meeting.

The meeting was called to order 1908 hours by Richard Mialki with two guests present.  They were; Bob Miller, and Jeff Wade.  


50/50 Club:

The 50/50 club of $30.00 was drawn and once again awarded to Bob “All the luck is with me” Ball.  Congratulations Mr. Ball. 


Treasurer’s Report by: Jim Vasi:

Our  Treasurer, Norm Kosmerl was absent for this meeting.


April 2014 Activity:                                                              


Available balance April 01, 2014                                         $3,418.10           

Receipts:         Dues Received                                                      20.00

                        50/50 Club                                                            30.00      

                        Hats                                                                        10.00                                                      


                        Check #201 Kosmerl                                               

                        raffle tickets (2)                                                    13.06


Balance as of 05/01/03/01/14                                          $3,465.04




Old Business Items:

Richard reported the October 4, 2014 demo with Joe Ruminski is being worked on and is going forward.  Tickets are on sale now at a cost of $20.00 per person.  The demo will be at  the Dale Center, 33 Ontario Street  in Lockport 14094. Parking and the entrance is at the rear of the building.


In addition to this demo, Joe Ruminski will give 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 “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 this demo will be available  in the near future.   


Bob Ball mentioned that if anyone has any new ideas for DVD’s or would like a particular one that we presently do not have, please let him know and he will work on obtaining it.


Another discussion was had on the Minwax Award we received.  It was decided that the $5,000.00 would be distributed as follows:

(1). $1,200.00 Will be held out for taxes incurred for receiving this award. (2). $600.00 will be given to each of the clubs from Lockport, Hamburg, and Pembroke.  (3). The balance of  $2000.00 will be held by our Woodturners 1 Club  to be used as necessary after club discussions.  To finalize this plan a motion was made by Jim Vasi, and seconded by Brianne Corbett.    



The Minwax presentation has been scheduled for Wednesday June 11, 2014 at 4 pm at the Maryvale School shop where we schedule our regular meetings.  A Minwax employee will demonstrate their products for the group, along with presenting the award.  All members are encouraged to attend this function.    Along with our members,  Richard has invited several members from our other local clubs to enjoy this presentation.   This should be interesting, and informative for woodworking.  Who knows, maybe some of us will learn some new tricks and tips for finishing our items.  


New Business Items:

There was more discussion on the Facebook page address that was borrowed by a local individual and it was decided by motion and second that Brianne Corbett, our Webmaster, will initiate a new Facebook page and e-mail address for our group.  More information will follow when this has been set up.  


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.

Richard has furnished me with a page of ideas he found for the Fair Projects and possibly the Aspire program.  This is the final list:

Platters, Pocket mirror, Baby Rattles, Rolling pin, Salt and Pepper shakers, Scoops, Sewing kits, Spatulas, Stamp holder, Tool handles, Tooth[ick holder, Whistle, Yo-yo and Wall sconce.


Show and Tell participants included:

The show and tell portion was given by:  Brianne Corbett, Joe Wiesnet, Michael Gotthelf, Frank Becker, Alan Dick, Gene Renzoni, David Day, Jim Vasi, Mike Todd, and Steve Imerese.  Gift certificates were awarded by random drawing to the members displaying their items.  A nice variety of turnings were displayed.    


Club Demonstration:    

The demo this month was given by Larry Scaglione on Photography. Larry did and excellent job, and answered many questions on how to make our photos more pleasing to the viewer.   Thank you Larry!


Next Meeting/Demo:    

Our next meeting will be at the Maryvale High School Shop on Thursday, June 05, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. The following demo is scheduled:


The June demo will be given by Richard Mialki and other members who will display some of the Fair items that can be made for our Make-A-Wish project.


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 2120 hours.  




Respectfully submitted by,

J. A. Mussari