Western New York Woodturners Club 1

Newsletter & Minutes of September 01, 2011 Meeting


Maryvale High School Woodshop Room #120

1050 Maryvale Drive

Cheektowaga, New York 14225


41 Members present.

The meeting was called to order at 1900 hours by S.A. Imerese - President.


Treasurer’s Report by: Norm Kosmerl:

August 2011                                                                     


Available balance August 01, 2011                                     $3,437.39               

Receipts:              50/50 Club                                                                                                 25.00

                                Hats                                                                 12.00

                                Make-A-Wish                                         12,733.15                                                                                                                    

Expenses:             Meeting supplies and                                            

                                 Refreshments                                                94.56                                                                                                                                                                    New bank checks                                          22.50


Balance as of 09/01/11                                                               $16,090.48


Business Items:

Our meeting was attended by our regular members along with Bert Mc Carthy, a friend of Gary Jones from Florida, Mr. Jerry Momininee of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and Ms. Robin Clark, a new member who expressed interest in our club at the Erie County Fair and was invited to attend a meeting.  We welcome all of you!


The 50/50 Club was drawn and presented to Dave Cammarano.


Brian Effinger said the Pembrooke Woodturners Club will be hosting a demonstration by Dick Sing on September 11, 2011 at the Pembrooke High School.  The Cost is $20.00 per person.  Lunch will be ordered in, and will be available for about  $6.00 per person wishing to order.  They will start at 0900 hours, and will wrap it up by about 1600 hours.  (that is 4 pm regular time.)


The raffle prize was awarded to Mr. Ward Beaton, one of or members, by S. A. Imerese.  Raffle proceeds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation was $588.00.         




Gary Jones reported that the Golf outing which previously advised him that they would contribute $500.00 for Make-A-Wish had forwarded him a check in the amount of $1,000.00.   Thank you Gary, and the participants of the outing.  All your efforts are appreciated.


Mr. Jerry Momininee from the Board of Directors of the Make-A-Wish was presented a check from the Western New York Woodturners Clubs in the amount of $14,929.15 from the Sale of items at the Fair, and other miscellaneous donations received throughout the  year.  Mr. Momininee was extremely pleased and thanked the Woodturners for all their efforts and generosity.


Bob Ball, Richard Mialki, and Steve Imerese also thanked the Woodturners for their work and support for this cause.  


If anyone has any new ideas for some different items to make or just a change in our procedures that they would like to pass on for consideration, please forward them to Bob Ball and he will bring them to the committee.


Gene Renzoni has taken over the lead from Jim Shimwell for the Aspire program in December.  He asked us to start collecting our items for the school party, as it is approaching us quickly. He has patterns, and sample toys available for anyone wishing to use them for their projects.   When making your projects please keep in mind that toys are needed for both boys and girls, and no items should have any loose or small parts that are smaller than the diameter of a paper towel core to prevent a choking hazard. The party should be the second week in December and Gene will advise the exact date and time at the next meeting.  Please help us with the wonderful project.  The children absolutely love the time and gifts.  If youhave any questions, or would like to visit or attend the party with us please contact Gene.  


Show and Tell participants included:

Frank Stanko, Larry Scaglione, Brianne Corbett, Brian Effinger, and Bill Perry.  Great job, thank you all for your participation.         


Club Demonstration:    

The September demo was done by Jim Rupracht on wood working safety, and the art of decorating your pieces with a Dremel, and other carving tools. 


We are always looking for members to do demonstrations.  If you would like to do one for us or have any new ideas please contact one of the Vice President’s committee members.  Jim Cunning, Paul Wilhelm, or Brian Young.




Next Meeting/Demo:    

Our next meeting will be at the Maryvale High School Shop on Thursday October 6th, 2011    at 1900 hours (7:00 pm.).  There will be no demo as this is our annual “Auction Night”.  Bring in any tools, wood, miscellaneous turning equipment,  parts, or components you wish to donate and you can auction them off for the clubs benefit. It is a good time, please try to attend. 


The meeting was concluded at 2051 hours.   


As Secretary of our Club, I get to observe almost all the meetings and events.  I see a lot of  generous people who are not always mentioned or recognized at meetings and in the Newsletters working very hard and putting in many hours to make our programs, meetings, events, and presentations rewarding and professional.  These things are not done by one single person, or just one Club.  It is a combined group effort which produces great results.  You all should be proud to be members of this organization.  You do a great  job and service to our communities that I know is well appreciated. We know who you are and we thank you… 


Please notify me of any changes in address or phone numbers at the e-mail shown below.  


Respectfully submitted,


J. A. Mussari – jmussari01@yahoo.com