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Chapter Profiles: Central New England Woodturners
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Chapter: Central New England Woodturners

Founded: 1987

Chapter Profiles:
Central New England Woodturners

The Central New England Woodturners (CNEW), Worcester, MA, was formed as an AAW chapter in 1987.

1. What motivated the founders to start a chapter?

The motivation to start the chapter came from Toby Winkler and his wife Carolyn who attended the 1985 Arrowmont meeting. Carolyn Kinloch-Winkler won the contest to create the AAW logo.

2. How many joined the new chapter?

There were approximately thirty members at the first meeting of CNEW.

3. Who were the founders?
The founding members included Toby Wrinkler, Bill Lucas, Tom Sherwood, Paul Fennell, and Bill Frost.

4. Where did the first group meet?
The first meeting was held at the Worcester Center for Crafts in Worcester, MA. CNEW continued to meet there from 1987 until about 2012 when the Center was purchased by Worcester State University.

5. How much were the dues?
The initial dues were $20 a year.

6. Are there any original members still involved with the chapter?
Bill Frost, an original member, is still a member of CNEW and is a lifetime member.

7. What are some favorite chapter memories?
There are too many memories to count, but overall the most memorable events have been those involving professional turners such as Al Stirt, Mike Mahoney, Cynthia Gibson, Ashley Harwood, Binh Pho, Jimmy Clewes, Doug Thompson, to name just a few.

8. What are some of the milestones of the chapter?
A notable milestone for the chapter occurred about 10 years ago when the executive committee called for two new chapter activities, Learn N Turn and Project Goodwill. Learn N Turn begins 90 minutes before each meeting and gives novice turners the chance to learn a new skill, try a new tool, or make an object. It is always very well attended and is a core aspect of the club. Project Goodwill was set up to contribute to the community at large by sharing our skills or turned objects with others. About 8 years ago the club designated the Free Wheelchair Mission as the focus of Project Goodwill. The Free Wheelchair Mission builds and ships wheelchairs around the world, primarily to third world countries, and gives the wheelchairs free of charge to those in need. The contributions of CNEW members have resulted in providing wheelchairs for well in excess of 1,000 individuals.

9. How has the AAW affiliation affected the chapter?
The affiliation with AAW has affected the chapter in innumerable ways. It has given us access to professional turners to demonstrate at meetings, helped us form affiliations with other chapters in the region, and provided us with great learning experiences. Every year members attend the national conference and bring back invaluable information.


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