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Becoming a Board Member

Members of the AAW elect a nine-member Board to volunteer their time and energy to represent the membership in moving the AAW forward. Members in good standing for the prior three years are eligible to run.


Annual Call for Nominees

The Nominating Committee will select six qualified candidates from those who volunteer. Members will choose from these six and elect three new Board members each year to serve a 3-year term, beginning January of each year. If you are interested in serving on the Board, send the following information to the Executive Director by email no later than May 1:

  1. A statement of intent, including qualifications and reasons for applying.
  2. Letters of recommendation from two individuals who can confirm your organizational and leadership abilities.
  3. A high-resolution headshot of yourself.

The Nominating Committee will review application materials and schedule phone interviews in May and early June. Six candidates for the three open Board seats will be presented in the "American Woodturner" journal, ballots will be distributed the fall, and election results will be announced later in the year.


Approximate Time Involvement

  • Three face-to-face board meetings each year, expenses paid by the AAW. One Board meeting will be in conjunction with the annual International Symposium (normally in June), extending the meeting to about 10 days. The other two annual meetings are usually Friday until Sunday afternoon.
  • About 2 hrs on a conference call on the 1st of most months.
  • Check e-mail daily.
  • Stay current with website information.
  • Serve on 2 or 3 committees and chair no more than 2 (see Bylaws).  This work runs in spurts but averages about 1 to 3 hours per day.
  • Additionally, we believe it is our responsibility, as Board members, to interact with the AAW membership by attending chapter functions and local symposiums whenever possible.


Questions About Becoming a Board Member?

Contact Phil McDonald at 651-484-9094 or phil@woodturner.org.


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