Western New York Woodturners Club 1

Newsletter & Minutes of  Meeting Held October 02, 2014


Maryvale High School Wood Shop Room #120

1050 Maryvale Drive

Cheektowaga, New York 14225


39 Regular members present at the start of the meeting.

The meeting was called to order 1902 hours by Richard Mialki with 3 guests present – John Lilley, President of WNY Woodturners II Club, Paul Madej, President of the Lockport Woodturners Club, and new member Robert Kryta.   


50/50 Club:

The 50/50 club of $32.00 was drawn and awarded to Mike Todd. Congrats Mike!   


Treasurer’s Report by: Bob Ball in the absence of Norm Kosmerl.

September 2014 Activity:                                                    


Available balance September 01,  2014                           $23,268.70          

Receipts:         50/50 Club                                                            30.00      

                        Dues (Boger, Weismore, Vespa,  Campana )     20.00      


                        Check #216 Make-A-Wish Fair Receipts.   18,233.40                  

                        Check #217 Rich Mialki Shipping Charge          20.00



Balance as of 10/01/14                                                       $5,065.30


Business Items by Richard Mialki & Members:

On October 23rd,  Members of Club 1, and the Hamburg Club are invited to the Hillburger residence to check out some Turning tools, and miscellaneous items that the family has put up for sale.  The sale is on from 2:00 pm to 7:00pm, and the address is 7286 Lower E. Hill Road Colden N.Y. 716-652-3096. There will be some machinery available, tool rests, miscellaneous tools and gadgets, nuts, bolts, sandpaper, hand grinders, bench grinders, as well as a lot of wood.  It will be up to the buyers to load any items they purchase. The sale is cash and carry - sorry, no personal checks. If the ground is dry, feel free to go back and park on the grass.  If it's too wet, they will probably block the driveway off so no one can pull in.  However, if someone needs to pull back to load up, they will move the cars around to accommodate them.



The October 04, demo with Joe Ruminski preparation is right on schedule, and there will be over 30 items to give away to the attendees with a dollar value exceeding $1100.00.  Please see the attachment enclosed/appended to this Newsletter  for the detail of sponsors.


Richard and Joe Wiesnet were disappointed with the handling of our shirt order by the current supplier, and will be looking for  another producer for any future orders.  


A motion to replace our Club’s lathe was made by Jim Vasi and was seconded by Lon Dzimian.  there is a noise in the shaft, but the machine still has a lot of life left in it.  After some discussion it was determined that it will be sold to any member, or other person who would like to make a bid.  The starting price of the machine is  $200.00.  If you are interested, please contact me with your offer over the starting bid, and I will forward it through channels. jmussari01@yahoo.com or 716-684-7996. 


Richard is looking to purchase some equipment for the club. We are in need of a file cabinet, TV,  Camera, Tripod and miscellaneous connecting cables.    Rich has checked out some prices and found that the TV would be about $300.00, the Camera about $300.00 and the used file cabinet about 100.00.  A motion was made by John Walkden to make the purchases, and it was seconded by Brianne Corbett.  Rich will keep us informed as to his progress.  


The AAW scholarship offering is on again, and there was a drawing for the submission of a name to the Foundation.  A List of AAW members was used to draw a random name for this purpose. Mike Gotthelf’s ticket was pulled and he accepted the chance to be in the national drawing for our club.  


We were informed by the Finger Lakes Woodturners Association that they will be sponsoring a Demo by Derek Weidman on October 18, 2014.  If you are interested contact Mark Mazzo, President  at mark@mazzofamily.com for further details.  Derek Weidman web site is www.weidmanwoodsculpture.com you can see some of his work there.


A new chuck to replace the damaged one from the Fair was purchased by Jim Vasi.  We are

looking to get some support of about $40.00 per club for this purpose. So far, the Pembroke Club has responded favorably, and the remaining clubs will be asked.  The motion to okay the purchase was made by John Walkden and was passed by all. 


Eugen Schlaak has offered to mentor any members interested in learning at his shop.  If you are interested, please contact him goingwiththegrains@cogeco.ca  905-356-1845.


A discussion was had on the amount of dues  that should be assessed for the year 2015.  The suggestion and motion of keeping the dues to $10.00 for another year was made by Joe Wiesnet, and seconded by Brianne Corbett.    


Brianne Corbett informed us that our Web pages are almost all caught.   If you get a chance please check out our Facebook page.


Gene Renzoni asked the membership to please start making toys for the Aspire Christmas Party in December.  He will bring plans and some donated wooden wheels to the next meeting, if you need them.  Please remember that these toys are distributed to both girls and boys, and it seems that we are always a little the short side for the girls wooden toys.

If you have any questions as to what is needed, please contact Gene Renzoni.  He is the Chairman for the Aspire project. He will have the exact date of the party at the next meeting.

Show & Tell Portion:

The show and tell segment was given by the following members:  Mike Gotthelf, Dave Hill, Joe Wiesnet, Bree Corbett, Frank Stanko, and Mike Todd.  Really nice work was displayed this month!

At this point, after a 10 minute break,  Mr. Vasi started our auction.  Jim did a great job keeping the floor moving!

Club Demonstration:

The club demonstration was Cancelled because of the auction.  


Next Meeting/Scheduled Demos:    

The next regular meeting will be held on Thursday, November 06, 2014 at 7:00 pm in the Maryvale High School Shop.  The scheduled demo will be presented by Frank Stanko.  His  title is "Corian and the Woodturner,"  and it will be in 3 parts: 1. Creating an invisible joint. 2. Making a crest shaped thermal form to hold a wine bottle. 3.  Using the correct tooling and cuts to properly work Corian.  This should be a great demo!


The January demo will be presented by Joe Wiesnet, and will be; “5 cuts you can make with an Elsworth gouge.”  This will also be a good demo. 


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, Joe Wiesnet or send me an e-mail and I will forward it to him for handling.     


The meeting was concluded at 2105 hours.  




Respectfully submitted by,

J. A. Mussari