Making Sawdust With A Purpose.
2018 Annual Dues were due by January 1st with a grace period through the end of February this year. Members may pay online at the website or bring/mail a check to the Guild to arrive no later than February 28th. Thanks in advance for your continued support of the Alabama Woodworkers Guild!
We have many working groups for our members to participate in. Some are designed for member education and others are working groups to complete projects such as toys or cabinets.
March 10-11, 2018 - Nicholson Workbench Class hard at work!
Next Guild Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, March 17th, 2018, 8:00am-Noon
8:00am March SketchUp Workshop Topic: Exploring Basic SketchUp
The March meeting of the SketchUp Group will continue to explore basic SketchUp tasks like the tape measure tool and we will move into a more advanced skill: how to make molding profiles. If you can, bring your laptop so you can follow along.
9:00 am March Mentoring Series: The Versatile Track Saw
John Lawson will present tips and techniques for cutting material using a Track Saw. When you may not have your own table saw or it does not make sense to ride up to the WEC, you can complete a lot of your project cuts using a Track Saw.
10:00am March Program: Meet Our Luthier Group
In case you missed it, we have a new Special Interest Group who meet on Friday evenings at the WEC: the Luthier Group. The brain child of members Geoff Wymer and Van Phillips, the group of artisans are currently working on building a Mandolin but this promises to be the first of many projects down the road.
If you like the sound of a good stringed instrument, you will want to show up for this program and learn how you too can make some beautiful music!
This month will see the return of our Member Show and Tell portion of the General Meeting. Bring your latest completed or in progress project to share with your fellow members and sign-in on the Presentation clip board located on the Sign-in Table inside the Front Door.
The 2018 Annual Silent Auction is coming in April. In lieu of our normal more formal program at the April 21st meeting, we will be conducting our world famous (ok, Maylene famous) Silent Auction. This is where our members get a chance to bring those updated and replaced shop tools and jigs to the WEC and allow other members to bid for and take give them a new home. Keeping with the sentiment that one person’s junk is another’s treasure, this is a good way to get some really good deals on tools you may have wanted but cringed at the new tool price. Part of the proceeds from the auction are also donated back to the Guild for use in maintaining supplies and tools in the shop.
Important Membership Announcement
For those who were not able to attend this past Saturday’s Guild Meeting, President Don Wilson presented a high level overview of the 2017/2018 Guild Budget, the first year we have had a complete budget created for the Guild. The comparison revealed the deficit that we will experience barring any financial windfalls. As required in our By-Laws, the Board of Directors (BOD) made a recommendation to the assembled members to increase the Guild Membership dues by $25 annually. The recommendation was voted on by the membership, numbering over 70 at this meeting, and passed unopposed. The commitment was to use our communication portals (Email, Web page and Facebook) to get this information out to all Guild Members including those who were in attendance at Saturday’s February Meeting.
What this means is that effective March 1, 2018, new membership in the Alabama Woodworkers Guild will be levied at $100 per calendar year (January to December). Any existing member who has not renewed their annual membership by end of the February 28th renewal grace period, will be required to pay the new membership fee of $100. Those who have already paid their 2018 renewal fees, or pay them by February 28, 2018, will not have to pay the increase until January, 2019.
Effective March 1, 2018, all Membership Badges not displaying the 2018 Paid Decal, will be removed from the Badge Board.
Access to the Woodworkers Education Center (WEC) will be denied by the On Duty Supervisor until delinquent 2018 dues have been paid by PayPal, check or cash.
Questions or comments may be forwarded to the BOD at the Contact Page of the Website (http://wp.awwg.info/contact/) or with an email directly to: BOD@alabamawoodworkersguild.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.