Western New York Woodturners Club 1

Newsletter & Minutes of September 05, 2013



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 1904 hours by Richard Mialki.


50/50 Club:

The 50/50 club of $34.00 was drawn and awarded to Ed Blowers. Congrats Eddie!


Treasurer’s Report by: Norm Kosmerl:

August 2013 Activity:                                                          


Available balance  August 01, 2013                                     $3776.53           

Receipts:         Sale of Hats                                                           10.00      

                        50/50 Club                                                            25.00      

                        Fair receipts from Make-A-Wish project    17,660.50


Expenses:       Check # 189 Jim Vasi Refreshments                168.00

                        Check # 190 Steve Imerese Refreshments        12.02


Balance as of 08/31/13                                                     $21,292.01


Business Items:

We had one guest present who joined our Club.  Gene Musial from North Tonawanda, New York.  Welcome aboard Gene, we hope you enjoy your membership.  I will add your name to our mailing list.


On serious note, Richard informed us on the passing of one of our Honorary Members, David Elberson.  Also, Paul Mazuchowski is in the Intensive Care Unit for a cerebral aneurism.  Our sympathy to Dave’s family, and get well wishes for Paul.


At this meeting Richard Mialki presented our check from the Fair proceeds to the Make-A- Wish Foundation of Western New York. In attendance from Make-A-Wish were Mary Moore-Hazel, who received the check, Cheryl Unger, Kate McGowan, Michelle Scaglione, and special guest wish child JJ, sister Sydney, and mother Wendy. 

The check presented was in the amount of $20,020.50. The information packs on two Make-A-Wish children were given to Richard and we all had a chance to meet JJ, who received his wish for a trip to Rome to see the Colosseum, and other sites there.  It was great to see how well our project donations are distributed, and the joy it brings to others.  We also had representatives from the Lockport, Pembroke, and Hamburg Clubs, who contributed many items to the Fair Sales, to join us for the presentation. Kevin Simons from Lockport, Brian Effinger and Jim Rupracht from Pembroke, and Gary Jones, Pepper Weinheimer, and Richard Mialki represented the Hamburg Club. Make-A-Wish accepted our donations graciously and thanked all the clubs for their efforts and a job well done.


As a side note, there were 92 different volunteers from our Clubs, and 19 representatives from Make-A-Wish who worked at the Fair tables this year. On behalf of the Fair committee I would like to thank both the members who turned and donated such great items and the people who worked the tables and were out in front turning, for a great, and successful season.  You all can be very proud of your efforts.


Barb Berger is sponsoring a demo by John Cave on lidded boxes on September 15, 2013 at her place.  There are still two openings available.  If you are interested you can contact her

at gramaabbb@aol.com for the details on time and fee for attending.


As information the raffle winners from the Fair were: 1st prize went to Nancy Schmidt who chose the scroll clock.  She happens to be the daughter of John Paulin our former treasurer. 2nd prize was awarded to Ron Wahl who received the bowl.  He was a former student of Jim Vasi. 


The last business item of the meeting was giving out the  Jim Hilburger award…  This award is given out when the committee would like to recognize a member for his or her efforts. 

I was set back, and extremely  surprised when Mr. Mialki handed the award to me while

waiting to write down the recipients name on the blank line I drew in my notes. 


Although I received this award, I realize that we are a club and everything we do is a group effort.  Having said that, I want to thank all of you who have given your support in helping  us with the projects we have completed.  Thank you, and the members of the Hilburger committee for your assistance and consideration for this award.  I truly appreciate it.

Joe Mussari - Secretary WNYWT. 


Show and Tell participants included:

The show and tell portion was given by:  Brianne Corbett, Mike Gottthelf and Brian Effinger,  Jim Schnellinger, Gene Renzoni, Gary Jones, David Day, Joe Wiesnet, Mike Todd, and David Hall.  A great variety of turnings, homemade tools, and flatware were displayed.  


Club Demonstration:    

This months demo was on how to turn tulip flowers by Jerry Nitrate.  It is truly amazing what cam be made on a lathe.  Great Demo, and Thank you Jerry.  


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.      



Next Meeting/Demo:    

Our next meeting will be at the Maryvale High School Shop on Thursday October 3, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.  There is not a demo scheduled as it will be our annual auction for the benefit of the club coffers.  Members are to bring any items you wish to donate and be auctioned off.   You can bring tools, wood, books, or any miscellaneous woodturning related articles you may have laying around and would like to clear out or make a little more room in your shop. These items will be auctioned to the highest bidder and the proceeds will be given to the Club.  Lots of fun, bring your wallet,  purse, or roll of money, there are some great items offered at fire sale prices.   


This meeting was concluded at 2051 hours (8:33 pm).





Respectfully submitted by,

J. A. Mussari