VOLUME XI         ISSUE 54        Nov 2006

Meetings 7:30 PM; Second Thursday

Hamburg Middle School

360 Division Street

Hamburg, New York




The next scheduled meeting is Thursday Dec 14  7:30 pm


The President’s Corner by Kurt Hertzog


I missed the auction last month. I had an engagement out of town. I try to schedule things around our club meetings but this couldn’t be managed. I want to thank Vice-President Jake Debski for running the meeting and thank Lance Kanaby for taking care of the auction. I hear both went extremely well. I appreciate their efforts.


In my absence, there were two proposed by-law changes. You will find them written up in the newsletter. Since I wasn’t at the meeting to add my two cents to the discussion as they were being kicked around, I take the opportunity to do so now.


The first proposed amendment deals with changing the term of office to two years, from the existing one year. (The change would be “one year” changes to “two years” in first sentence of paragraph 3 of section 7) I am assuming that the reason for thinking this is a good idea is that the other local clubs have two year terms. Perhaps it is to lengthen the time between pleadings for candidates. I believe it was proposed to keep people in the job once they’ve mastered it. Personally, I think all of the reasons above are truly ill-advised. If we can’t get candidates for a single year term, why would it be easier to get them for a two year term? Just because the other clubs do it, doesn’t make it right. In my experience, no incumbent running for re-election has ever been opposed much less voted out of office so the “keeping their job” is also not valid. Anyone who is willing to stay in their job is virtually guaranteed to keep that office until they die. Since all of the other clubs face the same problems getting candidates for their two year positions, it appears that the two year position really doesn’t solve that problem.


The second proposed amendment deals with staggering the officers elected so there are only two new officers ensconced each year. (I tried to write this up for the vote but couldn’t. Hopefully we can vote on in principle and have the proponent of it craft the wording.) It’s believed that this would minimize the disruption and provide for better continuity, I disagree. I think this is a fix for a “non-problem”. We have our elections in October and the new officers (if any) take office in January. With that many months of overlap, we’ve never had a problem transitioning the responsibilities or special training required. Since any of the officer’s jobs can be performed by virtually anyone willing to give it a go, I don’t see any advantage for staggering the elections. Besides, which two officers and when? Should we replace both the President and Vice-President in the same year? If not, how does the VP ascend to the Presidency should they desire to? This proposal appears to me to be overly complicated to be seriously considered. It would place too many restrictions on the already difficult problem of getting people to run for office.


Believe it or not, there was a lot of effort put into the creation of the by-laws and thought was given to both of these ideas. They we not included by the reasoning above. The real problem with the elections is not the length of the term, or the transfer of responsibility, or the continuity. The real root problem is that it’s easier for everyone to sit back and let someone else do the work. We need a way to get people to step forward and do a bit of service to the club. If someone can propose a by-law change that will fix that, I’ll be the first to vote for it.


My recommendation is that both proposed by-law changes be voted down. Neither proposal helps to solve any real problem. As a matter of fact, I believe they will aggravate the situation.





Vice President, Jake Debski called the meeting to order at 7:30PM.


If, you are receiving a hard copy of this newsletter and have an e-mail address, please send that address to Kurt Hertzog at KHERTZOG@ROCHESTER.RR.COM.  You would then receive  the newsletter via e-mail each month. It would help defer some or the cost the club spends each month.



Treasure Jay Ferrand reports the following for the month of Oct,



















50/50 RAFFLE


























































Jake Debski will discuss and show many of the finishes you can use on your turnings, both on and off the lathe.


Old Business


Barb Berger was told to present the bill for Club’s share of Kid’s Day to our Treasurer, Jay Ferrrand. Barb asked the mentors and Ben Martinke, one of “kids” who attended, to give their assessments of the day, The consensus by all who attended was the day was a positive experience for all.


New Business

It was suggested that we change the by-laws of the club to make the offices term for two years rather than one. Jake misinformed the meeting as to the procedure to do this.  We will introduce procedure here for discussion at the December meeting. We will be having a vote on this change.


Article 11 - Modification of by-Laws of the Organization

The By-Laws of the organization may be amended by a vote of the membership. All proposed By-Law changes shall be published in the newsletter of the organization for consideration of the membership prior to any vote. All members shall be given prior notice that action on the By-Laws will be on the agenda.





Show and Tell

John Chavanne: sycamore natural edged mushroom

Jed Debski: small bowl out of mystery wood (possibly black birch as per Gerry Rucker)

Lance Eggleston: “Southwest Desert Sun” made from white & red cedar plus bamboo

Gerry Rucker: walnut goblet with lots of hand carving after turning

Paul Mazuchowski: cow pen & acrylic pen

David Breth: walnut goblet, cherry bowl with history, small hard maple bowl

Ben Martinke: large pine top

Ron Hudson: 4 cherry table legs



Rockler: David Breth

Craft Supply: Ron Hudson

50/50: Pat Bogan



No demo…club auction took place


ELMER’S CORNER:  For the holiday season I found this one in Handyman. Zip-tie your decorations. Zip ties are a simple way to string holiday lights on banisters and fences without marring the railing with nails or staple marks. The cost of zip ties is minimal and can be found in the electrical supply aisle in most home centers. After the holiday a little snip with the scissors will make the tear down easy.


Respectfully submitted,

Muriel Kummer