I hope everyone had a fun and Happy Holiday. Our December party/auction was a blast and we had an exceptional turn out. Thanks to the cooks for their amazing home-made dishes and to Cathy Pearman for setting it all up. And to Pete Carta, once again as our talented auctioneer,(willing to wear a Santa hat in 85 degrees). Thanks also, to our runners, Jim Schopper & the new guy, to Jim O’Connor and Craig Sobel, our auction accountants and all of Santa’s helpers behind the scenes.
As the new President of the GWG, it was my pleasure to bestow upon Bill Loitz, an honorarium
of $200 for his six years as President. Next party, drinks are on him. I’m looking forward to 2018 as a bright and productive new year. 2017 saw quite a number of new members and more are coming. Introduce yourself and help them out. Be a mentor if you can.
Happy turning, wear a face shield, and remember to duck.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE AAW
(Excerpt) AAW policy initiative on fractal burning (also known as "Lichtenberg Burning"), which advocates safety and helps to protect lives.
The AAW has always been a faithful advocate for woodturning safety. Recently, the subject of fractal burning has been in the news because of another tragic death. The AAW Safety Committee has studied the issue and concluded there may be a distinct influencing benefit in adopting a policy against the use of Fractal Burning and publicizing it immediately to chapters and members. As a result, it was recommended that the AAW Board adopt a new policy against the practice, which was unanimously approved on May 17, 2017. The new policy is as follows:
It is the policy of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW) that the process known as Fractal Burning is prohibited from being used in any AAW-sponsored events, including regional and national symposia, and that AAW-chartered chapters are strongly urged to refrain from demonstrating or featuring the process in chapter events. Further, the process of Fractal Burning shall not be featured in any written or online AAW publication, except for within articles that warn against its use. AAW publications will not accept advertisements for any products or supplies directly related to the process.
Additionally, the Safety Committee recommended that an article be published in the August 2017 issue of American Woodturner to highlight the dangers of the practice and publicize the new AAW policy.
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Meeting Dates for 2018
May 20, 2018 (moved due to Mother’s Day)
June 10, 2018
July 8, 2018
August 12, 2018
September 9, 2018
October 14, 2018
November 11, 2018
December 9, 2018