Western New York Woodturners Club 1

Newsletter & Minutes of  Meeting Held December 04, 2014


Maryvale High School Wood Shop Room #120

1050 Maryvale Drive

Cheektowaga, New York 14225


46 Regular members present at the start of the meeting.

The meeting was called to order 1905 hours by Richard Mialki. One guest present;

Mr. Bill Miess, who became our newest member.  Welcome aboard Bill we hope you enjoy your new membership!  Also, at this meeting we are pleased to announce that Marlene Becker has joined our membership!  It is a pleasure to have you both!


50/50 Club:

The 50/50 club of $36.00 was drawn and awarded to Stuart Wiesmore.   Congrats Stuart!    


Treasurer’s Report by: Norm Kosmerl.

November 2014 Activity:                                                    


Available balance November 01,  2014                              $4,623.46          


                        50/50 Club                                                            33.00      

                        Dues                                                                     270.00

                        Cash received from Woodturners II,

                        Pembroke, and Lockport  Clubs for

                        their share of Barb’s Barn demo                     120.00      

                        Pembroke check for audio equipment               49.23      

                        Club Insurance Travelers (half  shared fee)   231.50



                        Check #224 F. Stanko Demo Printing                11.74      

                        Check #225 J. Vasi Chuck for lathe                  160.00      

                        Check #226 R. Mialki File, cable, cord              228.42

                        Check #227 Travelers payment                       463.00      


Balance as of 12/01/14                                                       $4,464.03


Business Items by Richard Mialki & Members:

Joe Wiesnet reported that he needs demonstrators for 2015.  If you are interested please contact him to sign up for the list.  Joe also has the mentor sheet available for anyone wishing to be a mentor.  Please contact him for the details.


I asked for approval to get a plaque award for the S.E.F.C.U. Foundation to recognize them for their contribution of $500.00 dollars to our Aspire project this year, and their donations over the past three years.  The motion was made by Gene Renzoni and seconded by Lon Dzimian.  I will handle with Jim Vasi when he returns from vacation.  


Bob Ball advised that our DVD’s are available to members who wish to borrow them.  Also, he is working on converting some of Jim Hillburger’s tapes  to the DVD format.  A list of our  DVD’s is available on our Website.


Gene Renzoni advised that the Aspire Christmas Party will be held on  Wednesday December 17th, at the original school location off Union Road.  We are looking  for more wooden toys, games puzzles, etc.  Please remember that  any toys made can not have loose or small parts.  Our guide is: small or loose parts have to be larger than the diameter of a paper towel core.  All are invited to attend on December 17th, at 0830 am for set up, and then to enjoy the party.  The building has been remodeled so remember to check in at the front desk.  If you need any additional information please contact Gene at  634-3252 or grenzoni@yahoo.com     


Once again, Richard has asked for some volunteers to step forward to help with handling the video equipment for the meetings etc.  If you are interested please contact us.  We can use the extra help.


Richard reported that the old club lathe has been sold to a member of the Lockport Club. 


Please remember, that the January meeting will be our election of Club Officers.  If anyone would like to participate in our process this would be a good time to step forward. 


Richard also took a consensus on if should apply for grants from the AAW and the Minwax Corporation  again this year.  The overall response was positive.   In addition, he reported the AAW Symposium will be June 25th through the 28th in Pittsburg this year.  You can get more information from their website if you are interested.



Show & Tell Portion:

The show and tell segment was given by the following members:  Bree Corbett, Gene Renzoni, Bob Ball, Mike Todd, Michael Gotthelf, Frank Becker, Pete Campana, and Brian Effinger.  Really nice work was displayed this month!

Club Demonstration:

There was no demo this month because of the Annual Christmas Party that was given for the members. 



Next Meeting/Scheduled Demos:    

Special Note:  Because of the first Thursday in January being New Years Day, the next regular meeting will be held on Thursday, January 08, 2015 at 7:00 pm in the Maryvale High School Shop. The January meeting will be our officer elections, and the demo will be presented by Joe Wiesnet.  “5 cuts you can make with an Elsworth gouge.”  This will 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.  


Have a safe and pleasant Holiday Season!


Respectfully submitted by,

J. A. Mussari