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What is a WIT event?

There are several types of WIT events:

  • Information gatherings intended to introduce non-turners to woodturning
  • Demonstrations to new and experienced turners
  • Hands-on workshops for new and experienced turners
  • Exhibitions

The purpose of all WIT events is to educate women about woodturning and help them improve their woodturning skills or exhibit their work. Events are also intended to bring new members into AAW and the local chapters.

 

Events cannot be conducted for profit, nor should any individual personally profit from an event. Event demonstrators can be paid as long as the organizers are not also paid demonstrators.

 

To be recognized by the AAW WIT committee as a WIT event, the event organizer must submit a registration application to the WIT committee. Applications must be approved by the committee for the event to be recognized as a WIT event. (The event registration application is located at the bottom of this webpage.)

 

Because of liability issues, hands-on events have requirements beyond those of other types of events. If these events are sponsored by a local chapter, it can be a win-win. It will help the chapter with outreach in its search for new members and the event will be covered by the chapter's liability insurance. If events are held at a private residence or shop, the property owner is required to have appropriate liability insurance. 

Although AAW membership is not a requirement for any event attendees, we ask the organizers to promote AAW and AAW membership. For hands-on events, consider charging non-AAW members an additional $20 and use the additional funds to purchase their temporary three-month membership. Attendees will leave the event not only with what they’ve learned at the event, but access to many of the AAW new-turner resources available only to members. 

 

At the end of the event, the organizer is asked to submit the following attendee information to the WIT committee. 

  • Name
  • Email/phone
  • AAW Member status
  • Chapter (if any)

 

Pictures and articles about the event are welcome additions to the WIT newsletter. 

 

WIT events may qualify for WIT grants. See http://www.woodturner.org/?page=WITGRANTS

 

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