Chapter Anniversary Profiles
Chapter: Central Indiana Chapter
Area Served: Zionsville, IN
First President: Denver Ulery
Current President: Robert Anderson
Founded: March 16, 1988
What motivated the founders to start a chapter?
The AAW was just established and our founder, Dick Gerard, was there at the start and was a member of the Board of Directors (Treasurer). He was motivated by Palmer Sharpless who originated the idea of local chapters as a way to “sow the seeds” of woodturning everywhere.
How many joined the new chapter?
At first, just five people.
Who were the founders?
The founder was Dick Gerard. Others present included Betty Scarpino, Tom Newkirk, Tom Webster, and Bill Kappner.
Where did the first group meet?
The first group met in Dick Gerard's living room.
How much were the dues?
Dues were originally $15 annually.
Are there any original members still involved with the chapter?
Dick Gerard and Betty Scarpino are still involved.
What are some of the favorite memories of the chapter?
Favorite memories include the many guest turners we were able to invite and learn from. These have included Clay Foster, Mike Hosaluk, Derek Weidman, Rude Osolnik, Nick Cook, Jennifer Shirley, Matthew Hill, Betty Scarpino, Dick Gerard, Lyle Jamieson, Vince Welch, Alan Lacer, Johannes Michelsen, Al Stirt, Mike Kehs, Benoit Averly, Molly Winton, Jamie Donaldson, Mark Gardner, and so many others.
Additional memories include our local chapter newsletter winning award for best local chapter newsletter (2007) and our website (2011, 2006) winning as well.
What are some of the milestones of the chapter?
When the membership exceeded 25 members, and again at 50. Plus, the above mentioned awards for newsletter and web page.
How has the AAW affiliation affected the chapter?
Well, without AAW there would be no local chapters and thus, no CICAAW. Additionally, AAW instituted the insurance program which we really appreciate. Other advantages of affiliation include the Educational Opportunity Grants (EOG) which we have availed ourselves of. The Best Practices documents, plans and information concerning what makes a great demo, video-audio information, and the ability to reach out to people and resources at the national level are all invaluable assets.
~ Submitted by Dick Gerard
In the thirty weeks leading up to AAW's 30th Anniversary Symposium in Atlanta, we will be sharing the stories of members and chapters who joined in 1986 and are still with us today. We hope you enjoy their memories and insights!
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