Chapter Bulletin - October
October 2, 2014
Dear Chapter Officer:
October Issue of American Woodturner
Five extra copies of American Woodturner should be delivered to the homes of all chapter presidents this week. Please let us know if your delivery hasn’t arrived. We ask that you share these issues at your upcoming meetings. I’d like to call your attention to a few of the informative features of the October Journal that should have broad appeal:
Low-Cost Hollowing for the Novice ~ Shopmade tools and a mentor’s watchful eye make the learning experience safe and memorable, by Jim Rinde and Bryan Rinde.
When You Want to Turn Larger Hollow Forms ~ Master woodturner David Ellsworth passes on some lessons he learned the hard way.
Shopmade Hollowing Tools ~ Lyle Jamieson offers some sage and prudent advice for designing, fabricating, and using your own hollowing tools.
How to Get the Most from Your Vacuum Chucking System ~ John I. Giem shares what he’s learned about fine-tuning your system for optimal performance.
Auburn Oaks Memorialized in Moulthrop Bowls ~ The pride and traditions embodied by two massive old-growth oaks are honored through the work of woodturner Matt Moulthrop, by Dave Long.
The October issue is Josh Friend’s second Journal in his new role as editor. I know that Josh would very much appreciate hearing what’s on your minds. You may contact him at email@example.com.
Chapter Relations Initiative (CRI) Implementation Plan
In the September Chapter Bulletin, I highlighted our 12-month work plan and progress on the CRI service and communication improvements. We will use each monthly chapter bulletin to keep you informed as work on these improvements unfolds. This month, I want to point out several new features available to you in the new Chapter Officers section of the AAW website. We will continually update this section of the website with new information and resources. We encourage you to bookmark the page and monitor it regularly. Just a few of the resources now available for your use include:
Chapter Officer Position Descriptions
We have updated the chapter resources section with descriptions of the major chapter leadership roles outlining the most typical roles including President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Safety, Communications, and other positions. These resources are available to you as guidelines. Feel free to download them and tailor them to fit your unique circumstances. These descriptions may also be of value to help communicate expectations and answer questions about the roles as you deal with turnover and seek to recruit new officers and volunteers.
New AAW Brand Resources Section
We’ve made it convenient for you to access and download AAW branded resources such as our logos, ad copy, and membership marketing brochures. These tools are available as digital files to make it easy to download them, and embed links to complement your chapter websites, newsletters, and electronic communications. If you want more information about how these tools may be used, please feel free to contact Kim Rymer, our Marketing and Communications Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Member Welcome Page
We’re continually refining our messages about the value of AAW membership. Our planning with chapters has made it clear that we need to do more to help chapter officers make the case for AAW membership. The information contained in the Member Welcome page addresses the value in very real terms of the tangible benefits received in return for the annual dues.
We’ll continually refine our value statements as we progressively offer more new educational publications, video content, and other association benefits. We realize it can be difficult to express the less tangible values of being part of something larger, such as the sense of community in associating with other woodturners, the friendships, and the opportunities to give back to others. But Paul Stafford, in his open letter on page 24 of the October American Woodturner journal, offers a simple and heartfelt appeal for the value of AAW engagement. Paul‘s selfless and emotional reflections on his long experience as both a chapter member and member of the AAW illustrate how the underlying philosophy of the AAW mission benefited him in his years since retirement.
New Safety Shield Design
We have published plans for a new and affordable safety shield design submitted by Dave Jolliffe, President of both Tri Country Woodturners and Hands-on Woodturners in Florida. Many thanks to Dave for his initiative in making these plans available to all chapters.
In 2014, AAW revised our safety policies for our symposium demonstrators and trade show exhibitors to require use of a safety shield, together with other protective and personal safety measures.
We have undertaken the process to update the chapter best practices resources. Numerous revised best practice documents have already been published on the AAW website. I will cover this in more detail in the November Chapter Bulletin, including information about new topics we are exploring for expanding these resources in the future.
2015 AAW Resource Directory
Preparations are underway for publishing the hard copy biennial membership directory, with a tentative schedule to have it available in March of 2015. We will soon announce the cut-off date, after which information for lapsed members will not be printed in the directory. As has been the case for the past several editions, AAW members are given the opportunity to opt-in to receive this printed publication. Members can make this selection directly within the member profile section of the website. Since our mailing list is drawn directly from the information entered by each member, it is critical that member profile information be as accurate as possible.
AAW Call For Demonstrators and Videographers
Applications for demonstrators and videographers for our 2015 International Symposium in Pittsburgh are still being accepted. All indications point to Pittsburgh as giving us the potential for one of the largest AAW symposiums ever held.
Demonstrators: To be considered for a demonstrator role at the 2015 symposium, prospective demonstrators need to apply by October 15, 2014. Learn more and/or apply.
Videographers: Applicants to fill videographer roles should have experience with video camera equipment, possess technical competence, and be able to make decisions regarding lighting, shooting angle, placement of microphone, etc. The deadline is January 15, 2015. Learn more and/or apply.
If you have questions, please direct them to Linda Ferber at email@example.com.
Upcoming Calls For Entry
AAW will soon announce requests for 2015 exhibition entries for the annual members’ show and the POP exhibition. AAW encourages chapter officers to spread the word and encourage your AAW members to take advantage of these opportunities to showcase their talents. If you haven’t started thinking about your entry for the annual members' show or the POP exhibition, it’s time to get those wheels turning. The 2014 AAW exhibition was listed as a “Show Not to Miss” in American Craft magazine. We are anticipating that we will be able to do it even better in 2015.
New Chapter Banners
We have a new supply of AAW-branded banners available for your chapter meetings and events. Cost is $35 which includes shipping. The banners are located in the online store on the AAW website.
AAW Chapter Scholarships for 2015
A reminder that the official announcement about the 2015 chapter scholarships is published in the October journal. We’ve increased the number of scholarships by one this year. Twenty-eight scholarships will be awarded to selected AAW chapter members to attend classes at either John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC, or Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN. To apply for a scholarship, nominees must be AAW members and be nominated by a process authorized by their AAW chapter officers. All awards are for courses in 2015. Chapters must provide the names of nominees, the number of chapter members, and the number of AAW members in the chapter using the online form by November 15, 2014. Winners will be notified by December 1, 2014.
Clarification in the September Bulletin
I want to clarify my statement in the September chapter bulletin about the registration offer for the 2015 Pittsburgh symposium. I referred to the free registration that we made available for the Phoenix symposium as being likely to be repeated for Pittsburgh. What I intended to communicate was that the AAW Board will determine whether to renew this offer for 2015 during budget deliberations later this year. I am sorry for any confusion that this may have caused.
In closing, I welcome anyone taking the initiative to let us know how we are doing. Please email me, or better yet, feel free to call me if you have any concerns or want to talk about new ideas.
Please Update Member & Chapter Information
Member Updates~This is a reminder that our chapter officer listings are only as accurate as the information supplied by you. The AAW Member Directory is available 24/7 on our new and improved website at woodturner.org. Changes you make electronically are “live” for all to see immediately. A hard copy of the Directory is also printed every two years, and the next printing is scheduled for early 2015. To ensure your member profile information is correct in the upcoming printed Directory, please login to your membership account, and review/update your profile by December 31, 2014.
Chapter Updates~The new website gives us valuable information regarding chapters, so we are also requesting that chapter presidents (or appointed officers) submit changes to their club’s information using the online form.
New Website~AAW’s website is has improved design, navigation, and function. Content is updated often to give you a reason to visit regularly. You can now go online to renew your AAW membership, build a member profile (including photos), send messages to other members, control your privacy settings, print your membership card, view your AAW invoices, and more.
Questions? In anticipation of potential questions and login concerns, we have created a Frequently Asked Questions webpage to address the most likely issues.