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2016 Board Candidate: Joe Dickey
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Joe Dickey

“Son, you’re going to be turning for a long time.” These were the words of Mel Lindquist about half way through my introduction to woodturning; Arrowmount, 1982.

Since than, I’ve logged in over 30 years experience in non-profit governance, crisis management, board development, hiring/firing, etc.

Here’s some relevant experience.

  1. A founding member of the Chesapeake Woodturners, 1992.
  2. One of the organizers of a national woodturning conference in Annapolis,1991.
  3. Chair of the AAW Ethics Committee during the tumultuous times, 2010 - 2012.
  4. Administrator and primary instructor in the Woodturning School at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis, 1991-2014. I’ve taught hundreds of beginning and advanced students.
  5. Administered the Woodturning Co-op there 1991-2012.
  6. Teaching woodturning design course at the J. C. Campbell school this summer.
  7. Was twice president of the Maryland Federation of Art, a Maryland based non-profit promoting artists and art; once in 1992-94 and again in 2006-10 when I was called in because of a major riff in the Board which left only two board members, no executive director or staff and a bankrupt gallery. I am proud to say that it is now one of the pre-eminent art organizations in the greater Maryland area with lots of woodturner members. Check them out: www.MdFedArt.org.
  8. In another life, I was active in the governance of the Acoustical Society of America where I formed and chaired their first Long Range Planning Committee and chaired the Membership Committee. I am retired from a career in physics as a researcher in the Navy labs and Johns Hopkins University. I was a Congressional Science Fellow in 1984.
  9. In yet another life, I play banjo in several bluegrass and folk bands.
  10. And, oh yes, I still turn wood.
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