The Establishment of an Annual Fund for the Charlotte Woodworkers Association

 

The CWA board believes that the major reasons the CWA has experienced significant growth in our membership during the past few years are that we have been able to offer an adequate place to meet and space for woodworking equipment.

The shop and equipment have allowed opportunities for:

  • Our members to use the equipment
  • Hands-on training
  • One-on-one mentoring
  • Sessions with Boy Scouts
  • Our members to be involved in service projects for other organizations

The CWA is currently meeting, as guests, in space that is leased by the Charlotte Airport to JPM. The airport is expected to redevelop the property that we occupy, but no one knows the time-table for that to occur. So the location for the CWA in the future is in jeopardy, and we are currently searching for options for a shop and meeting place.

Additionally, there is a lot of interest in increasing what is made available to our membership by providing a more complete shop and more times the shop is open.

For the above reasons and because we feel there is interest in persons making tax-exempt donations which are beyond membership fees, the CWA board is recommending that we create a special fund.

The purposes of the fund will include financial assistance to assist in providing:

  • A location for us to have our meetings and space for woodworking equipment
  • Possible rent, and utilities
  • Purchase and maintenance of woodworking equipment
  • Other needs identified by the CWA Board and/or its membership

Donations can be:

  • Cash donations
  • Stocks and bonds, etc.
  • Donations can be recognized in honor or memory of someone
  • Donations can be made through wills, etc.

Specific efforts will be made second and fourth quarter of each year to make members aware of the fund and opportunities for giving.

Boy Scout Merit Badge Workshop

We have scheduled the woodworking merit badge days for Nov. 4 and Nov. 11. We will assist the boy scouts by teaching various skills and helping them complete the requirements to earn their merit badges. I am looking for volunteers to help out both days, from approximately 8am until 2pm. This is a fun activity and a great way to teach young people about woodworking or to learn something yourself. There are no requirements for skill level to get involved. On Nov. 11, the scouts will be completing a few small projects, one of which is turning a pen, so we definitely need turners also. If you are able to assist one or both days or have any questions, please let me know. Hope to see you there!

 

Board Nominations & Elections

At the October club meeting, we will be taking nominations for board members.  If you have an interest in serving the club, talk with someone about getting a nomination.  All terms for office are for one year beginning with the fiscal year.  There are seven board positions including Four officers, past president, two At Large Members.  Nominations will occur at the October meeting and we will be voting at the November meeting.