Chapter Anniversary Profiles:
Minnesota Woodturners Association
Area Served: Roseville, MN
First President: Mary Lacer
Current President: Rick Auge
Founded:June 15, 1987
How many joined the new chapter?
Who were the founders?
My understanding is that the founding members included Mary Lacer and Craig Lossing.
Where did the first group meet?
In the early 1990’s, meetings were held at member’s shops. There were perhaps 8 to 10 members in attendance at a typical meeting.
How much were the dues?
Are there any original members still involved with the chapter?
There are two of the founders who are still active turners. Mary Lacer, a lifetime member, and Craig Lossing.
What are some of the favorite memories of the chapter?
My favorite memories are of the Christmas party and the summer picnic. The summer picnic included corn-on-the-cob grown and furnished by a member. At my first Christmas party, there was a gift exchange. I brought my best work, quite meager and unskilled, and in return received a very nice hollow globe Christmas ornament from a man named John. At the time, John was one of the few members that had the skills to make such a piece. I vowed, to someday be able to make one. Both activities provided the opportunity for an enjoyable experience for the spouses.
What are some of the milestones of the chapter?
The major milestone for the club was when we decided to provide hands-on sessions for the members. We did so at the encouragement of the AAW. Over a short period, our membership grew greatly. With it, came better friendships between members and encouraged us to branch out to include other activities. Those activities included demonstrations at tool shows, and arts and craft shows, which gave the members and opportunity to display their work to the public and generated additional interest in the club.
How has the AAW affiliation affected the chapter?
For me, the AAW has always been an integral part of being a woodturner. It provides the framework and guidance for the chapters, and provides access to others in the field, both novice and the professionals. It sparks creativity and inspiration to try something that you would not have done otherwise.
~ Submitted by Duane Gemelke
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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