“I volunteer!” I used to roll my eyes at my mother when I’d hear this phrase leave her lips over and over, as I grew up. Seems as if I’ve caught the bug though, hence my candidacy for the board. I have a history of community service through Seattle Chapter-AAW; Rotary; The Neutral Zone (after-hours program for at-risk youth); Washington State Gourd Society; Edmonds Art Studio Tour Steering Committee; and many other volunteer opportunities. For these organizations, I served on their boards and was president for Seattle AAW and Rotary. Prior to my involvement with woodturning, I worked within the vocational rehabilitation field for eighteen years, the last few of them running my own business.
I’ve enjoyed the services and benefits of the AAW since joining in 1998 as a fledgling, neophyte turner. Had I not been connected with the AAW, both locally and nationally, I would not have accomplished what I have as an artist, teacher, and demonstrator within this craft. I have evolved from that fledgling to an artist and teacher, which has allowed me to travel to woodturning clubs and symposia throughout the U.S., Canada, and even New Zealand! I sincerely want to facilitate an equally enriching environment to others.
The purpose of the AAW, as I see it, is to support its members through education, advancement of the craft, social and business opportunities, and community education and promotion. Existing AAW committees and services currently address these topics, and I will support them with every effort. My goals include exploration of unique methods to provide the aforementioned services in user friendly ways, and growing our membership to include a diverse demographic. I see my role as an advocate for the general membership, whether they be a hobbyist, artisan, artist, professional, or a fledgling woodturner. I volunteer! Blame my mom.