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Become an integral part of the largest woodturning organization in the world. The AAW meets one of its objectives (providing "organization" to those interested in woodturning) by providing resources to help you form a new local chapter. Below, are resources to support you in forming a new local chapter. Successful chapters are those whose leaders are both  passionate and committed.  If you have questions, we are available to assist, please contact us by phone or email.  


Services and support provided by AAW to our local chapters

  •   Educational resources

Safety Tips & Guidelines

AAW Safety for Woodturners Book

  • Receive counseling and materials to assist in chapter membership and programs

 Guidance for how to promote AAW membership AAW’s Value Equation

  • Provide a link to a broad network for mentoring, problem-solving, critique, exhibit opportunities, selling opportunities, trade and purchase of woods, and a forum for information exchange

Best Practices: #005 - Critiquing a Members Work

Best Practices: #038 - Show & Tell Sessions

Best Practices: #031 - President's Challenge Project

  • Receive frequent e-communications from the national organization about important national and local chapter activities

Chapter Officers Page

  • Provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and knowledge about woodturning

AAW Forum
AAW Chapter Groups

  •  Be eligible to apply for AAW Educational Opportunity Grants, available to local chapters every year.

EOG Information

EOG 2015 Application

  • Access to reasonable cost  insurance

AAW Chapter Insurance
AAW member insurance: Business, Health, Liability


Organization materials for starting a chapter 

Locate and form an interested core group, reach out to your community. Contact AAW headquarters and chapters in your area for guidance and support. 

  • Read an introduction prepared by the AAW Membership & Chapters Committee Chair.

Best Practices: Starting an AAW Local Chapter
Best Practices: #046 Rewards of Starting a Woodturning Chapter (Coming Soon)
Best Practices:Meeting Locations
(Coming Soon)

  • Establish a set of bylaws from which your local chapter will be organized. 

Best Practices #125: Chapter organization for tax exempt status and filing 1023EZ online
Best Practices #126: Explanation of Bylaws
Sample AAW Chapter Bylaws (in a format supportive of 1023EZ filing)

  • Establish Chapter organization structure and officer duties

Role of  Chapter Officer - President
Role of Chapter Officer - Vice-President
Role of Chapter Officer - Secretary
Role of Chapter Officer - Treasurer
Role of Chapter Officer - Safety Officer (Coming Soon)
Role of  Chapter Officer - Communications Officer
Role of Chapter Officer - Program Officer
Role of Chapter Officer - Nominating Committee

  • Many chapters produce a local newsletter that informs members about woodturning activities in their area. Access a list of our local chapters, many of which publish periodic newsletters.

 AAW Communications Officer Definition 

  • AAW local chapters may choose to pursue 501(c) 3 federal and state tax exempt status, offering members the ability to make tax deductible donations.  

Best Practices: #028 Benefits of  Local Chapter Membership
Best Practices: #027 Benefits of AAW Membership
Best Practices: #061 Becoming a 501(c) (3)


Process for establishing and submitting bylaws to become an AAW chapter

Once you have organized your team and determined the need for a chapter in your area you are ready to establish the chapter. The AAW will follow up soon after the by laws are submitted for support and finalization of your new AAW local chapter.

  • Conduct a meeting to adopt the bylaws, name the chapter and elect four officers (if the four elected officers are not AAW members, they can join online or call the AAW headquarters)
  • E-mail or mail the signed bylaws to the AAW headquarters
  • The bylaws will be reviewed at the AAW headquarters and when approved
  • AAW will send a welcome email

  • AAW will mail the following materials:
  • AAW official welcome letter
  • AAW local chapter banner
  • AAW will provide you with membership applications that can be used to advertise your chapter through local woodturning vendors and suppliers.


  • AAW will post your chapter on the website with the following information
  • Chapter name
  • Area served
  • Meeting dates
  • Meeting locations
  • Number of chapter member, number of AAW members
  • Contact information for the chapter
  • Website (when available)


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