September Meeting Announcement

It’s time again for our monthly meeting.

This month is the club 2×4 contest.   Bring your 2×4 project in, demonstrate it for a chance to voted best in the club.   We’re looking forward to your entry.

Rules:

  • One construction grade 2″x4″x8″
  • No specialty woods allowed.
  • Only one can be used in project, but don’t need to use all of it.
  • Can use hardware.
  • No other wood except for 2×4.

This months meeting will be at the Jackson Park Ministries Chapel.

5415 Airport Drive
Charlotte, NC 28028

We’re looking forward to seeing you!

Meeting Agenda for Tuesday September 18th.

5:30 – 6:15        Meet and greet.  This is the time to meet other woodworkers, talk about projects and look over the Show and Tell stuff.

6:15 – 6:20        New Member Introduction

6:20 – 6:25        Safety Information

6:25 – 6:45        Announcements

6:45 – 6:55        Show and Tell

6:55 – 7:00        Raffle – lots of good prizes (see below)

7:00 – 8:30       Presentation

8:30                  Meeting Adjourned

Raffle Items for this months meeting:

September Raffle

August Meeting Announcement

It’s time again for our monthly meeting.

This months program will be presented by Mike Smith. He’ll be discussing how to square lumber.

This months meeting will be at the Jackson Park Ministries Chapel.

5415 Airport Drive

Charlotte, NC 28028

Also, don’t forget about the 2×4 Contest in September.

We’re looking forward to seeing you!

Meeting Agenda for Tuesday August 21st.

5:30 – 6:15        Meet and greet.  This is the time to meet other woodworkers, talk about projects and look over the Show and Tell stuff.

6:15 – 6:20        New Member Introduction

6:20 – 6:25        Safety Information

6:25 – 6:45        Announcements

6:45 – 6:55        Show and Tell

6:55 – 7:00        Raffle – lots of good prizes (see below)

7:00 – 8:30       Presentation

8:30                  Meeting Adjourned

Raffle Items for this months meeting:

August Raffle

Sawdust Newsletter – Online Edition

This month marks a milestone for the Charlotte Woodworkers as we begin to release the monthly newsletter based on online content written during the prior month. See our Frequently Ask Questions below for details:

What does this mean for our members?

Going forward we will be delivering the newsletter to those who subscribe. We will continue to print a copy of the newsletter and archive in PDF form on the website, but going forward all of the content of the newsletter will be produced in WordPress, our new online platform.

Will I have to subscribe to receive the newsletter?

Eventually you will have to subscribe to receive the newsletter. We are planning to continue to publish a copy of it on the Google Groups for the time being, but now that the content will all be on the web, and we’re moving to a web based solution to speed things up. We need our members to register there.

Is this part of the online sign-up process?

Yes. Part of this is already being handled when you go through the online process to sign-up as a member and pay dues. Doing so you’ll be prompted to subscribe to the newsletter. If you refuse to opt-in, you will eventually stop getting them.

What if I haven’t signed up online?

If you’re a member in good standing, you should have already received an email requesting that you create a wordpress login and link it to the Charlotte Woodworkers Association site. If you haven’t received this, please reach out to Mark Boyer at MarkTBoyer@hotmail.com and he will send you a link with instructions.

Can I still access old copies of the newsletter?

Yes. You will still be able to get archived copies of the newsletter. However, as content is moved over to WordPress and available on our website, you’ll be able to search for and find it there. In effect this makes all of our articles easily viewable and consumable for our members and the public.

What if I have other questions or concerns, who do I contact?

Reach out to the club secretary, Mark Boyer at MarkTBoyer@hotmail.com. He’ll be happy to answer any questions and field any concerns you may have. You may also leave comments below if you’re a registered user on the site.

Club Discounts

Did you know our club members are entitled to discounts from some of our local stores woodworking / lumber stores?

  • West Penn Hardwood (only good when Rocky is there)
  • Klingspor (10%)
  • Wurth Wood (10%)
  • Woodcraft (10% if you get the card at the meeting)
  • Grainger
  • Hardwood Store (10%)

If you know of any other stores you think would extend discounts to members, please provide the information to Mark Boyer this month.  We’re in the process of revisiting all or our sponsors and cleaning up our list of vendors.  Your feedback is very important to all of our members.

 

Shop Tours

Peter Stoffel announced that on May 12th there would be a shop tour. It is a way to get ideas on how to set up your own shop. The last stop will be at Bob Fields shop where plans to grill out afterwards.  Contact Peter if you intend to go so he can get an accurate head count.

 

New Shop Update

Mike Pleso provided an update to the Club on the new shop that we are waiting for the owner to be available to review terms and sign the lease and this should be in place within a couple weeks.  If you volunteered to provide or can help with some services, Bob McElfresh or Dave Powell  will be reaching out and asking for assistance where needed.  We can use all hands on deck.  The new building has heat and air!  It’s located at 3716 Glenwood Avenue, which is at the corner of Glenwood Avenue and Fairground.

 

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.