I view woodturning as a passion and volunteering both in the AAW and its chapters as an obligation I’m happy to fulfill. As a turner, I demonstrate and teach. I donate many of my pieces to nonprofit organizations.
The AAW has a long, successful history in the promotion of woodturning. With thousands of members, it has evolved into a business and requires board members who bring management skills to the organization. I have held executive positions prior to retirement with large communications companies in North America and Europe. In addition to leadership skills, those positions required knowledge in accounting, legal, labor relations, planning, and public relations. I also volunteered and provided leadership to many nonprofit organizations and municipal planning boards.
I have been on the board of Carolina Mountain Woodturners for a number of years and served as its president for three years. Most recently, I have been on AAW’s board, serving as treasurer in 2015, and currently as its president. In addition to being president, I serve on the executive committee, finance committee, the Educational Opportunity Grants committee, and the positioning oversight committee. The president’s role gives me the opportunity to name all committee chairs and monitor their activities, a great learning opportunity. I look at my involvement in AAW as a job and give its demands top priority. So why am I again running for the board? It’s fun and it’s an honor. I meet and work with amazing individuals who challenge and stimulate me. Mostly, though, my career skills, my love of turning, and, most importantly, the experience I’ve acquired in providing leadership to local chapters and to the AAW equip me to help AAW grow and meet the needs of its membership in the future. Oh, and did I say it’s a lot of fun?