I was first introduced to woodturning about fifty-six years ago in High School, but didn’t continue turning until I rediscovered it in the fall of 1994. Early in 1995, I joined the Central Oklahoma Woodturners Association (COWA) in Oklahoma City and the AAW. My first AAW symposium was in Tacoma, Washington. That symposium started a won-derful experience of meeting many woodturners who are willing to share. These friends and the lessons learned have given more to me than I can ever give back, but I am will-ing to do all that I can. Giving back is why I am running for the AAW Board of Directors. I feel that I will bring new experiences to help expand the mission of the AAW.
After joining the COWA, I began attending and participating in our club’s demonstration outings showing woodturning at various functions. My woodturning demonstrations and teaching have been at clubs and venues in Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. On several occasions, I served as the instructor’s assistant at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and at John C. Campbell Folk School. Currently I serve as one of the lead instructors for many of the classes including sharpening and assist other instructors at the Moore-Norman Vocational Technology Center in Norman, Oklahoma where COWA teaches the woodturning classes.
I have vast leadership-organizational experience including 22 years as the Manager of Cartography for the Oklahoma Geological Survey (OGS). In this position, I was responsible for the staff that produced all maps and graphics for publications and presentations of the OGS. In the COWA, I served a two-year term as President, 7 years as Vice-president, Program Chairman, web master, and starting in 2015, a second term as President. I also served as our club’s director to the Southwest Association of Turners (SWAT), the largest of the Regional Symposiums. In 2012 I was elected SWAT’s 2nd Vice-president, then served 2013 and 2014 as President. My management-organizational skills also include 19 years as the Executive Secretary of the Council of Geographic Names Authorities, a national association of the 50 states geographic names authorities who make recommendations to the U.S. Board on Geographic Names. As Executive Secretary, I plan annual conferences, make arrangements with conference hotels, and maintain the records of the Council. In addition, I also serve as the Executive Secretary of the Oklahoma Board on Geographic Names with a responsibility that includes answering questions, advising citizens on the proper procedures for geographic name issues, and working with the U.S. Board on Geographic Names. My educational background includes an Associates degree in Drafting plus most of the course work in Surveying from Community College of Denver, Red Rocks Campus, Golden Colorado, a Bachelor’s degree in geography with graduate work from the University of Oklahoma.
Over the 20 years that I have been a member of AAW, I have seen change and growth, both providing a challenge to the leadership. I feel that my education and leadership-organizational skills will help me to address the goals and challenges that lay ahead. It would be my honor to serve on the Board, I ask for your support.