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Chapter Stalwarts

Stalwarts - every chapter has a few. You know - the person who is the first to pitch in and the last to quit at the end of the task. It takes a lot of effort by a lot of people to make a chapter successful, but usually there are one or more "quiet stalwarts." They are the backbone of most of the chapters. When nobody else will take on a task, they will. When everyone else has burned out, they keep on plugging. Not once, but time after time, year after year, always giving to share the joy of woodturning. We know how important they are to the chapters, and we'd like to help the chapters recognize them.

 

To nominate a Stalwart, please complete the nomination form at the bottom of this page. 

 

Bill Tatkovski, Susquehanna Woodturners, Harrisburg, PA - Bill Tatkovski has been Susquehanna Woodturners’ VP for the last four years and its program director for - well, forever. On top of that, as club librarian, he expanded the chapter’s collection of books and CDs grew to a very respectable size. Bill is always there for both setup and teardown - or with that piece of needed wood. He is always the cheerleader for the turning adventures of others. To the right is Bill pictured on a local TV show promoting the club.
Joel Blazek, Bayou Woodturners ~ Joel Blazek was elected president of the Bayou Woodturners at an organizational low where he restored it to a friendly professional club that served all its members. Following his tenure as president, Joel continues to support the club unselfishly behind the scenes by holding free beginner classes in his studio, hosting guess turners in his home, directing the setup of meetings, giving demonstrations, and donating wood, and supplies. Joel’s efforts define him as a club stalwart. (06/2015)
Kansas City Woodturners "The Top Guys" ~  Edd Maxwell, David Burks, Jerry Darter, Virgil Boyd (camera shy) have been a mainstay of KCWT's outside activities for years.  They turn tops for the Deanna Rose Farmstead, The Maker Faire, The Tool Show, and most importantly - they encourage all members to support the top program provides free tops to kids at Children's Hospital.  They challenge all members with their generosity, enthusiasm, and knowledge which they continually share. (1/2015)

Brian Clarry, Tennessee Association of Woodturners

Regional symposium chairperson, Narrow Gate volunteer. (12/2014)

Kay Whitley, South Plains Woodturners

Kay, our social chair for the past 3 years, has spent countless hours ensuring our Christmas party and Chapter picnic have been roaring succcesses. Our great thanks! Jan 2014

Dick Markham, South Plains Woodturners

Dick was one of the founders of our chapter, and in our 8 years of existence Dick has missed only one meeting! He always brings something interesting for our Show & Telll from his treasure trove of turnings, and he assists many members in machinery maintenance issues. His vast databank of knowledge is a valuable asset to our chapter. Jan 2014

Dick GerardDick Gerard, Central Indiana Chapter of AAW

Dick was the founder of our local chapter and has been very active since the beginning back in the late 1980s. He has served 2 terms as vice president and 2 terms as president. During those 4 years, he was instrumental in getting several of the "big name" turners to demo for our group. Dick is a major contributor to our award-winning newsletter with his review of DVDs and book. He is always there to volunteer and is among the first to make visitors and new members feel right at home. He regularly donates excess wood and tools for our members.

Jim HutchinsonJim Hutchinson, Georgia Association of Woodturners

Jim joined the Georgia Association of Woodturners in early 1994 and has been a member since. Throughout the years, he has held various elected positions within the chapter, including two years as president. In addition to his contributions in those positions, Jim has always been ready to volunteer his time, energy, wisdom, and historical knowledge of the chapter whenever and wherever needed. Jim seeks out new members to welcome them to the chapter, and his mild manner and genuine friendliness leave a lasting impression. In the words of one of our members, "I don't know of anyone in the chapter who is better at warm hospitality than Jim.” He is always among the first to volunteer for whatever the chapter may require and routinely suggests ways that he might be of further service to the chapter. Jim’s "come early, stay late, and do whatever needs to be done” attitude has earned him the chapter’s first Quiet Stalwart” award.

Tom and Becky EdwardsTom Edwards, San Diego Woodturners

Tom was awarded a SDW Lifetime Membership Award in 2010 with his wife, Becky. Throughout the years, Tom, as longtime Board member and mentor, has functioned as (1) Resource Chairman - retrieving, preparing, and providing local woods to members. (2) Chair of set-up and management of the SDW demo booth at the SD County Fair each year, whereby members turn tops, etc., to raise money for our Toys for Tots and Wounded Warrior Projects. (3) A leader in our Turn Around for Vets (our Wounded Warrior project), Tom has modified tools and lathe equipment to accomodate the needs of our injured Warriors. (4) Team Edwards also manages our Video Library and lost & found fund. Tom and Becky are an inspiration for all our Woodturning friends.

Richard BoothRichard Booth, Pueblo Woodturners

Richard has been a long time supporter, founder, and mentor of the Pueblo chapter. His contribution has been noted by all.

Bob BlackBob Black, Chattahoochee Woodturners

Bob has tirelessly and faithfully supported the Chattahoochee Woodturners chapter these past two years. He has served as VP, Programs and Training Chair for this past year. He has encouraged member involvement and learning. He used a committee approach to program planning. During the past two years, he has organized and gotten facilitators for about a dozen all-day workshops. He procured all of the wood required for the workshops and conducted one personally about tool making. He organized a shop tour of a local professional turner whose company provides burial urns. He instituted a program to reward members for teaching and demonstrating by awarding shirts with the chapter logo. He has provided maintenance to the chapter-owned lathes. This coming year he is focusing on membership activities.

Mike Zinser, Tennessee Association of Woodturners

Mike has held several officer positions for the TAW. He is responsible for organizing all the chapter meetings, coordinating the demonstrations and helping out with the monthly Saturday Turn Ins. In addition Mike has spearheaded the annual Christmas Ornament Sale and all the craft fair demonstrations. Other local chapters have benefitted from Mike's experience and expertise. Mike has been a mentor, friend, and teacher for many woodturners throughout the years.

Phil LappPhil Lapp, Cascade Woodturners

Phil has been a member of Cascade for nearly all of our 20 years. He served on the board several times. As president, Phil is someone I've been able to count on to help throughout the year. He’s come up with a number of innovative ideas for the chapter and agreed step in and help out in many last-minute requests. He contributes lots of wood to both our raffle and auction. He and his wife have generously provided their farm for our annual picnic. Phil is the member who sees that one of more senior members has transportation to and from meetings. On top of it all, Phil has a great sense of humor and has come up with some unique and whimsical contributions to our show & tell.

Jim HilburgerJim Hilburger (deceased) , Western New York Woodturners

Jim is a mentor, guide, and motivator. It is doubtful that any member of the Western New York Woodturners has not benefited from Jim’s hands-on tutelage, demos (too numerous to mention) and his unending infectious enthusiasm for art and craft of wood turning. His generosity toward the members who are willing to learn and lend a helping hand cannot be overlooked either, because it is part and parcel of who he is. Mention Jim’s name to most any member of the four local turning chapters and a couple many miles distant and you will be greeted with a smile and an "Oh yeah! I know Jim." That says more about the man than I could ever articulate here. If the Western New York Woodturners indeed has a heart, Jim Hilburger is a very large part of that heart.

Robert MitchellRobert Mitchell, Channel Islands Woodturners

Robert is our videographer, videotaping guests and chapter demos for the past 4 years. He has done a terrific job. He has done this on his own. His service is greatly appreciated.

Judy and Bernie GrangeJudy and Bernie Grange, Channel Islands Woodturners

Judy and Bernie have been our chapter librarians for the past 4 years. They have faithfully carted containers of CDs, videotapes, and books to every monthly chapter meeting. Their service is greatly appreciated.

Ron LindsayRon Lindsay, Channel Islands Woodturners

Ron has been our treasurer and membership coordinator for what seems like forever. In addition, he has been our webmaster for a couple years. His dedicated service to Channel Islands Woodturners is truly appreciated.

Dave BeringerDave Beringer, Turners Anonymous

Dave has always been the man who will do all that is required to make any project a success. Dave tirelessly served two full terms as chairman of our chapter, and when we temporarily lost our newsletter editor, Dave stepped in. When our secretary didn’t show up at a board meeting, Dave stepped in and took the minutes. When Dave’s term as Chairman was up, he stepped in as program chairman and booked top rate demonstrators twice a year and hosted them. When special wood or tools were required, Dave made sure they were on hand when needed. On top of that, at every other meeting Dave arranges programs that keep our members interested. Dave deserves a big pat on the back.


 

 

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