When I moved to southwest Washington 10 years ago, I was an aspiring woodturner. Walking into my first AAW chapter meeting, I had no idea I was taking a step that would impact my life so profoundly. The wealth of expertise and knowledge that AAW members so willingly share has made me a better woodturner and a willing ambassador. It is this willingness to share and teach one another that I value most in the AAW, whether in club meetings, open shop, symposium, the journal, or community outreach.
Experience gained from my 32-year career as a university computer scientist helped me develop skills required to listen and to work effectively with people, manage projects, and solve problems. My job entailed meeting with faculty, discerning their specific programming needs, designing, coding, and supporting web-database software for their use. I worked with staff at five other universities who purchased our software.
I have been an active member of the AAW since 2005. I am a member of three local chapters in the Portland/southwest Washington area. I have served as secretary, vice president, and president at various times. I headed two local committees at our 2007 Portland symposium. I recently began teaching woodturning as a volunteer at a middle school, which gives me the opportunity to introduce woodturning to the next generation of woodturners. It is my belief that the AAW’s continued vibrancy and growth will be brought about by making woodturning more accessible to youth.
That first chapter meeting set me on a path that allowed me to fulfill my passion and love of woodturning. As your Board member, I will take my commitment seriously and work diligently with the Board to further the goals of the AAW. I would consider it a privilege to serve so that I can return some of what I have received from this community. Thank you.