“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.
- A founding member of the Chesapeake Woodturners, 1992.
- One of the organizers of a national woodturning conference in Annapolis,1991.
- Chair of the AAW Ethics Committee during the tumultuous times, 2010 - 2012.
- 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.
- Administered the Woodturning Co-op there 1991-2012.
- Teaching woodturning design course at the J. C. Campbell school this summer.
- 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.
- 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.
- In yet another life, I play banjo in several bluegrass and folk bands.
- And, oh yes, I still turn wood.