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2017 Board Candidate: Rick Baker
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Why do I want to volunteer all the time necessary to serve on AAW’s board? Quite simply, I want to give back to the organization that has given so much to me.

Since age ten, when I experienced seeing a baseball bat being made from a wood blank in the woodshop that my grandfather managed, I have been fascinated by woodturning. It wasn’t until many years later I read in a magazine about AAW’s Symposium in Tacoma that I had an opportunity to experience what woodturning is really about. I went, which resulted in my getting a new lathe. I attended almost every AAW Symposium and many regional symposia since.

I bring the experience of being a founding member and on the boards of several associations. I served as president on one and currently serve as secretary of the Mid Atlantic Woodturners chapter. I started an audio-visual and meeting-services company and headed it for forty-two years before I retired. We were involved in production of all types of meetings; a large percentage were for associations similar to AAW. Every meeting required a team effort, not unlike being part of the board’s planning and developing this Association. I am a good listener and observer to learn what works and what needs improvement.

I spent the last year-and-a-half designing and refining the first AAW camera boom to make the woodturning symposium experience more interesting and instructive for the attendees; two were used in Atlanta 2016.

I feel that my experience serving on several boards and in meeting and audio-visual business management will help me assist AAW in achieving its vision for growth and to better enrich the membership experience. I am very willing to sacrifice woodturning time to serve the Association.

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