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2018 Board Candiate: Kathleen Duncan
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Kathleen Duncan, Washington

Like many, I was introduced to woodturning as a child by watching my father. After a few years of struggling to teach myself, I found AAW, its resources, chapters, and its remarkable members.

It is woodturners’ generosity in sharing and teaching that inspires me to give back to AAW.

In 2014, I was elected to the AAW Board of Directors. During my tenure on the Board, we’ve undertaken a multi-faceted project to make AAW the “go-to” source for information, learning, and communication about woodturning.

Your nine Board members each bring diverse skills in leadership, expertise, and decision-making to the table. My leadership skills have helped the evolution of Women in Turning (WIT) from an idea to an important and growing identity. This year, WIT is focusing on outreach by supporting events that introduce more women to turning. My professional expertise in data and software development allowed me to help develop the Video Source project. We subsequently built on what we learned and introduced EXPLORE!.

I am currently participating in another AAW web-based project and am helping to assess how we will meet our computing needs in the future. My decision-making abilities, including consensus-building and Board involvement, have served to bring the Board together. I serve on the executive committee and the VISION 2020 initiative oversight committee, and I am liaison to the ethics committee. This is my third year as Symposium Instant Gallery chair.

Yes—there is a lot of hard work and time involved in serving on the AAW Board. So, why run again? It is work I enjoy, I’m doing a good job, I bring skills that the Board requires,I’m committed to AAW, and, most importantly, I’m working for and with an amazing group of people—15,000 woodturners worldwide.

I am asking for your continued support and your vote.
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