I am running for the AAW Board because woodturning has given so much to me, I believe I should do what I can to give back. I am a woodturner, instructor, and demonstrator and, while that may be important, a Board position requires leadership, business analysis, planning, and decision-making. I will bring those skills to the Board.
My career before retirement was in the communications industry. I have held executive positions with large companies in North America and Europe. In addition to leadership, these positions required knowledge in accounting, legal, labor relations, planning, and public relations.
Over the years I have volunteered and provided leadership as president of local United Ways, chambers of commerce, the Gaston County Council on Aging, and advisory boards of a private North Carolina college. These activities showed me that managing volunteers can be much more demanding than managing paid employees. Team efforts, desire to serve, and love of activity, not a salary, are the motivators.
I am currently serving my third term as president of Carolina Mountain Woodturners. Our club has more than 400 members and enjoys monthly demonstrations by the best turners in the world. We use high quality video and audio equipment, lathes, and turning tools for club activities. Our focus is also on educating our members and the public. Demonstrators and club members provide outstanding training classes to members and potential turners.
The AAW is a blend of artists, professionals, suppliers, and hobbyists. It is young people and not so young. It is those with exceptional skills and those striving to improve their skills. Mostly it is a vehicle that satisfies the needs of all its members by encouraging beneficial interaction among all individuals.
If elected, I will support all members by ensuring the AAW continues to be a well-run organization.