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2016 Board Candidate: John Ellis
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John Ellis
New Mexico

I already consider the American Association of Woodturners to be a major part of my life, as does my wife Carol and we hope to increase our contribution to AAW through my active Board membership. I am deeply committed to the annual Symposium and willing to take on a leadership role in that venture if elected. Building on my years of active involvement with the Symposia, I want to expand my role to encompass many other areas to continue AAW’s high success and value to its members.

I have been Lead Volunteer with the AAW for over six years, serving as the National Volunteer Coordinator for the Symposium since it was located in Albuquerque in 2009. Each year I recruit and assign over two hundred volunteers for the event, and I’ve come to understand the operations and needs of the Symposium in detail. I served on the Symposium Planning Committee and wrote the Symposium slideshows for several years. In late 2009 I initiated the writing of a Symposium Volunteer Handbook, and continue each year to edit and update it as conditions, policies, and needs change. I’ve been an AAW member for over twelve years and have attended every Symposium except one since 2005.

I strongly believe in the AAW and am willing to work tirelessly to continue to improve an already excellent organization. As qualifications, my professional background includes over 15 years of management and leadership consulting, strategic planning, writing and teaching business seminars throughout the US, and consulting to many major corporations. Prior to independent practice as a management and planning consultant, I practiced Architecture for over 20 years in California and New Mexico.

My goals for the future of AAW are to increase reaching out to youth and disadvantaged people in both the US and overseas. By expanding its outreach to youth and new turners, AAW will be investing in its future. Without such an expanded effort, we cannot continue to exist, much less increase our value to existing members.

I would like to initiate the development of a formalized AAW Guide to Mentoring for members who are willing to help new turners, including the expansion of materials such as Woodturning FUNdamentals and other references to help mentors structure complete and safe approaches to training others. My vision is to have every chapter consider AAW its partner in building the skills of woodturning within their chapters and their communities. AAW must be seen as the leading force in all aspects of woodturning, moving well beyond the hosting of world-class Symposia and publishing the excellent American Woodturner journal.

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