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Chapter Bulletin - November 2014
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Chapter Bulletin - November

November 4, 2014
Dear Chapter Officers:

New AAW Board Members

Outgoing AAW Board of Directors President, Dale Larson, named the three newly elected board members in an announcement on Monday, October 21. Please join me in congratulating our newest directors: Jeff Brockett, Mount Juliet, TN; Kathleen Duncan, Ridgefield, WA; and, Louis Vadeboncoeur, Ottawa, ON. Each new director has been elected to serve a three-year term beginning January 1, 2015. Additionally, please join me in thanking Dale Larson, Binh Pho, and Cassandra Speier, who will conclude their six-year terms on the AAW board at the end of the year.

The AAW board and staff would like to acknowledge the six outstanding candidates in this year’s election. Each candidate has dedicated countless hours to woodturning education in various volunteer roles.
Our independent auditor, Olsen Thielen & Co., Ltd., administers all aspects of the board election and certification of the election results is posted on the AAW website.

2015 AAW Symposium in Pittsburgh

I’d like to call your attention to the following updates regarding the 2015 symposium in Pittsburgh: 
  • We plan to open early registration for the 2015 symposium in Pittsburgh by Thanksgiving weekend.
  • We anticipate that attendance will be high this year and encourage everyone to make registration and lodging arrangements as early as possible.
  • Because we expect a larger crowd, plans are underway to increase the number of rotations.
  • We currently have two hotels under contract, and the Westin Convention Center Hotel will be our host location.
  • We will bring back the AAW symposium mobile app (Guidebook) that was introduced last year. Instructions on how to download the app will be posted on our website.

  • Please let your club members know that we are seeking videographers for our Symposium in Pittsburgh. Applicants should have experience with video camera equipment and be able to make decisions regarding lighting, shooting angle, placement of microphone, etc. Videographers selected for six rotations will receive a free symposium registration. Candidates may apply on our website before January 15, 2015.
  • Pre-symposium activities will begin on Thursday, June 25, 2015.
  • I would like to acknowledge the ongoing efforts of David Dudney, our local lead liaison. David has made informational visits to chapters throughout the region and has made contacts about recruiting local volunteers. If you have interest in volunteering during the Pittsburgh symposium, I encourage you to contact David at david.dudney@atimetals.com.

AAW Membership Campaign

We are closely monitoring the progress of our critical fall renewal campaign. We are pleased with the pace of our membership acquisitions and the October numbers are proceeding very close to plan.

We are thankful for your efforts to help inform your club members about the benefits of becoming an AAW member.

With only two months remaining in the year, there is still time to insert content into your club newsletters and member email messages from the marketing resources available on the Chapter Officers webpage.


November Issue of Woodturning Fundamentals

I’d like to call your attention to the upcoming issue of Woodturning Fundamentals, the digital companion to the American Woodturner which is published every other month alternately with the journal. The next issue of Woodturning Fundamentals will be published on November 10 and will include the following features:
  • Tree From Scraps - Dave Buchholz
  • Turning Tool Handles - Mark Palma
  • Turning Triangles - Al Hockenbery (Includes Video)
  • Pull Cut Hollowing End Grain - Phil Brennon
  • Golden Ratio - Jim Schoeffel
  • Center a Bowl Board – Alan Levin

Chapter Relations Initiative (CRI) Implementation Plan

Best Practices Update
All of the preexisting best practices have been reviewed and reformatted, and a number of outdated topics have been removed. We have already introduced the following best practices:
015 - Chapter Evaluation Checklist
018 - Starting a New Chapter 
029 - Passing the Baton 
032 - Keeping and Maintaining Chapter Records 
039 - Chapter Bylaws Simple 
043 - Nonprofit Incorporation
047 - Chapter Tune-Up 
054 - Program Planning 
050 - Sister Guild or Twinning
002 - Leadership 
003 - Volunteerism 
020 - Growing a Chapter 
028 - Benefits of Local Membership
034 - Recruiting and Retention
030 - New Member Programs
Work is nearly complete on development of new resources, which include the aspects of obtaining 501(c)(3) designation, bylaws development, and developing youth turning programs. Additionally, the following best practices topics are under development and scheduled to be published over the next two months:
Building and Growing a Chapter

Envision, Enable, Energize


Bookkeeping Nonprofit Incorporation

Officers and Elections

Rewards of Starting a Chapter

Directories and Privacy Issues


Membership Dues 

Remember that these best practice resources are conveniently located and formatted for easy download on the Chapter Officers page of the AAW website.


Youth Membership Program

The new youth membership program,Turning to the Future, is now fully in place.The program features reference material and project resources designed specifically to aid teachers, schools, instructors, and other educators (including AAW chapter and regional symposium instructors) in their development of programs to teach woodturning skills and inspire a passion for woodturning for a new generation.

Project resources have been reviewed and reformatted. New best practices have been added for safety and teaching. Soon, we will present a teaching unit on manufacturing, which describes how to start a pen-turning business, developed by Kip Christensen, professor at Brigham Young University.


New AAW Merchandise Now Available

We have made a few new additions to the selection of AAW branded apparel available for purchase in our Online Store. New are a textured nylon turning smock in charcoal and a shop/kitchen apron in black. Additionally, AAW's Online Store has our newest resource booklet, Sharpening Turning Tools. Our resource booklets are available in hard copy and as a digital download.


The AAW Online Store currently offers FREE SHIPPING on logo smocks and Masters Series DVDs for U.S. residents. You'll want to sign in to get special member pricing on the AAW's extensive selection of educational materials, logo apparel, and more.


Upcoming Regional Symposia

The AAW is extremely supportive of all regional symposia. Due to the broad geographic coverage of regional symposia, these events offer virtually all AAW members a convenient opportunity for a high quality learning experience.
Tennessee Association of Woodturners ~The Tennessee Association of Woodturners (TAW) will present their 27th Annual Symposium January 30 -31, 2015, at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs in Franklin, TN. The symposium will feature some of the world's leading woodturners, including Nick Cook, J. Paul Fennell, Ashley Harwood, Todd Hoyer, and Dennis Paullus. Early registration is open on the TAW symposium website.
Florida Woodturning Symposium ~The Florida Woodturning Symposium will run January 9 -11, 2015, at the scenic Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center in Leesburg, FL. National demonstrators include Alan Lacer, Trent Bosch, John Jordan, and Bob Rosand. Additionally, regional demonstrators include Richard Morris, Lee Sky, Bruce Hoover, and Patrick Sikes. Workshop leaders include Dixie Biggs, Rudolph Lopez, James McClure, Don Geiger, and Walt Wager. Early registration is open and more information about the event is available on the Florida Woodturning Symposium website.

Chapter Collaborative Challenge

AAW will announce details of the 2015 Chapter Collaborative Challenge (C3) in the December American Woodturner and on the AAW website. The C3 project is intended to highlight the work of our chapters in the fulfillment of the AAW’s educational and charitable missions.

Although participation in the C3 project has dwindled over the past few years (with an all-time low last year in Phoenix), we are making the commitment to support it again for 2015. We plan to revisit the goals of the C3 program in the coming year and explore whether to revise it, replace it, or discontinue it after the 2015 Pittsburgh Symposium.

If you have strong opinions either way about the future of the C3 and/or ideas for ways to better accomplish our objective, you are invited to contact me at phil@woodturner.org or 651-444-1200.


Final Reminder: AAW Chapter Scholarships for 2015

Only two weeks remain to apply for twenty-eight scholarships that 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 will be for courses in 2015. Chapters must apply online and provide the names of nominees, the number of chapter members, and the number of AAW members in the chapter not later than the deadline of November 14, 2014.

Best wishes for an enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday.

Yours respectfully,


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 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.

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