Apr 2012 Newsletter

April , 2012 Meeting Minutes

4 guests  and 25 members were present.

Treasurer’s report: $1302.31 balance after turning day expenses (Food cost $126.75, and we took in $97.5) and insurance payment.

Library report: Nothing new this month.

Old business

  • Craig entered us in the AAW website competition.
  • Club Insurance is in place.
  • Craig has arranged a discount with Hartville Tools.  He has a paper describing how to get the discount.
  • Craig is getting a group together for a large order from Penn State Industries.  See him if you are interested.
  • Turning day was a great success with 30 people, 4 lathes going, and great weather.
  • The Mastadon Art fair was very busy on Friday, but sparsely attended on Saturday.

New Business

Demonstration Volunteers Needed

  • Joyce was contacted about demonstrating at Windsor Middle School Career Day on April 27th.  Looking for volunteers to join Joyce for demonstrating.
  • Hillsboro Intermediate school has asked for a career day demonstration on May 1st.  Looking for volunteers.
  • A church has approached Tony to see if we could do a demonstration on July 4th in Hematite.

Student Memberships

In 2011 the club passed a motion to give free student memberships to a student who attended 6 consecutive meetings.  After further consideration with regards to our new student members, the club officers considered this policy to be difficult to track, and hard for the student members to meet the reqirements.  Carrie moved that we repeal the 6 consecutive months rule for minors and institute a student membership plan for anyone under 18.  Dan seconded  it.  We had much discussion including the fact that $10 would cover the insurance costs and it is a reasonable amount for a student to pay.  Students would still be welcome as guests for free, but would not have borrowing privileges.  The motion passed.  Roger donated $10 as a scholarship for our next student member.

By-Law update:

The officers met to discuss updating the by-laws.  There are a few minor updates.  Carrie distributed copies for people to review.  Craig went through the changes and the reasons for the changes.  The updated by-laws will also be posted online for the membership to review so we can vote to approve the changes next month. You can view the by-laws here.

Incorporation:  Pat needs to have 3 directors for the club’s state incorporation.  She suggested using the past presidents for the directors and past presidents would be good candidates since current officers can’t also be directors.  Gary, Mike Short, and Roger agreed to be directors.  Carrie will look into whether directors need to be in the by-laws.

Other new Business:

Glenn is resigning from the Growth Committee due to professional conflicts.

Website:  The library DVDs are all online.  New functions – Comments are available on the articles.

Attendance Prizes:   We drew for lots of prizes.

John Summers is selling his Delta Midi with accessories and the club has the first shot at buying it.  The club discussed and there was a motion to offer $400 and let John decide if he will accept the offer.  The motion carried. John found another buyer for the lathe at a higher price so the club will not be purchasing it.

President’s Challenges:

Next month’s challenge is a thin turned bowl.


Next month’s demonstration will be finials by Craig.

Show and Tell

8 members brought items for show and tell:



  • Glen Bond had several eggs, including one that he decorated with an imitation decorating elf.
  • Carrie had a red bud box with a off center walnut lid, and a persimmon natural edge bowl.
  • Roger had a bocote and goncalo alves pen, and a carved eagle head cane.
  • Mike Hermann had two eccentric stem goblets in spalted maple and walnut.
  • Terry had three catalpa bowls and a natural edge walnut bowl.
  • Joyce made a full size rolling pin (after making child sized ones last month).
  • Craig had two bowls, one with an outflowing form.
  • Rob Cleary had two bowls and a pen.


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President’s Challenge

15 Members participated in this month’s President’s Challenge.

Glen and Pat Bond won in a tie.  Glen’s egg was turned from cottonwood in two pieces and had a painted bow.  Pat’s egg was turned from box elder.

Other participants were Keith, Craig, Kenneth, Tim, Roger, Mike Short, Paul Kirk, Terry, Joyce, Joe, Carrie, Mike Hermann, and Rob.

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Matt Keim, a guest from the St. Louis club, showed the process of turning a thin walled bowl

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Chapter By-Laws

These are the proposed by-laws as of 4/22/2012.  Highlighted sections indicate changes from the previously approved by-laws.





The Chapter organizer is: Gary Gronborg
His address is: 
Daytime Telephone: 
Cities or locations from which you expect to draw members: Festus, Hillsboro, De Soto, Arnold, High Ridge, House Springs, Ste. Genevieve, South St. Louis, Bonne Terre.


The principle office of this chapter will be located at 1948 Anchorage Drive, Festus, MO.


All officers of this Show Me Woodturners Chapter agree to be members in good standing of the American Association of Woodturners, Inc.

While it is understood that the parent organization will provide advice and counsel, as requested, Local Chapters are advised that the nature and extent of their activities are left to their discretion.  Demonstrations, while probably part of the normal activities of Local Chapters, are to be conducted solely at the discretion of Local Officers, and all safety and instruction is to be under their explicit direction and control.

The national office strongly recommends placing some sort of sign or notice on or around any lathe used for demonstration; that safety eye protection must be worn and a full face shield when needed.  Use a dust mask and wear hearing protection.  The lathe is a potentially dangerous instrument only to be used with Chapter approved supervision.


The Chapter’s purposes, in addition to supporting the general purposes of the parent organization, are:

1. To provide a meeting place for local woodturners

2. To share ideas and techniques regarding this craft

3. To trade woods

4. To exchange ideas about tools

5. To promote woodturning



Annual membership fees for this Chapter (over and above fees paid to the national organization) will be #40 per person.  Exceptions or discounts will be applied as approved by a majority of membership.


This Chapter will meet every second Thursday of the month.  The meetings will be held at the Festus Band Building: 100 Park Ave, #2; Festus, MO 63028.


A. Number and Election.  The Officers of this Chapter shall be a President, a Vice President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer.  These officers shall be elected annually by a majority vote of the Chapter’s paid-up members present at the election. Such Officers and Assistant Officers as deemed necessary may be elected by the Chapter members or appointed by the elected Officers.

B. Term of Office.  Each Officer shall hold office for one year, with a maximum of two consecutive years for President.

C. Removal.  Any Officer elected or appointed may be removed when it is deemed that the best interests of the Chapter would be served by such removal.  This would be accomplished by a majority vote of the Chapter’s members who are present at the time fo the vote, so long as at least 50% of the paid-up members are present.

D. Vacancies.  A vacancy in any Office because of death, resignation, removal, disqualification, or otherwise may be filled by a majority vote of the members or of the Officers for the unexpired portion of the term.

E. President.  The President shall be the principal executive officer of the Chapter.  His/Her duties include:

1. Supervise and control all of the business and affairs of the Chapter

2. Conduct chapter meetings

F. Vice President.  In the absence of the President or in the even tof his/her death, inability or refusal to act, the Vice President shall perform the duties of the President, and when so acting, shall have all the powers of and be subject to all the restrictions upon the President.  The Vice President shall perform such other duties as from time to time may be assigned to him/her by the president.

G. Secretary.  The Secretary shall keep the minutes of the Chapter’s meeings in an electronic format and see that all notices are duly given in accordance with the provisions of these By-Laws.  In general, the Secretary shall perform all duties incident to the office of Secretary and such other duties as from time to time may be assigned to him/her by the President.

H. Treasurer. The Treasurer shall collect all membership fees and all other monies belonging to the Chapter.  He/She will be responsible for keeping current and accurate records of all monies that flow through the Chapter and also for ensuring that all local Chapter officers are current paid-up members of the national organization.  In general, the Treasurer shall perform all of the duties incident to the office of Treasurer and such other duties as from time to time may be assigned to him/her by the President


AAW’s national office MUST be notified in writing PRIOR to a Local Chapter incurring any indebtedness for AAW.


The corporation, the American Association of Woodturners, Inc., specifically disassociates itself from any debts, obligations, or encumbrances of the Local Chapter.  The Corporate Board of Directors of AAW is not responsible for the debts nor shares in the profits of the Local Chapters.  The Corporate Organization does not shoulder any legal liability for accidents that occur during events of any kind sponsored or not sponsored by a Local Chapter.  The Show Me Woodturners specifically disassociates itself from any debts, obligations or encumbrances of the American Association of Woodturners.  The Board of Directors of the Show Me Woodturners is not responsible for the debts nor shares in the profits of the American Association of Woodturners.  The Show Me Woodturners does not shoulder any legal liability for accidents that occur during events of any kind sponsored or not sponsored by the National Organization.


These By-Laws may be altered, amended, or repealed and new By-Laws may be adopted by a vote of a simple majority of the qualified voting members of the Chapter then casting ballots.  Copies of all modifications to these By-Laws MUST be filed with the national office of AAW.