Guild Executive Message
2013 TWG Spring Round-Up
Thanks to all members, instructors, and vendors for attending and making the 2013 Spring Round-Up a success. This was the first time at the helm for Joe and I. There is a lot of background work to prepare and host one of these events. It is not something two people or the board of directors do. Tons of volunteers are required to pull this off. As I mentioned at the banquet, it was rewarding to experience the out pouring of cooperation and support we received through out the event. Your cooperation, pleasant attitude, and can-do attitude are a big part of what I enjoy about this woodcarving group. Joe and I volunteered to serve in Guild leadership rolls because of the people we have encountered at TWG events over the years.
Spring Round-Up preparation was a big effort for the TWG staff, it was also a big effort for all of you who participated. Some of you old timers have it pretty well figured out. Newbies encounter a few more surprises and may need to react on the fly.
Thanks to Joe and Dee Halbrook for all their work implementing and coordinating the website upgrades to support online registration and fee payment. They were in almost daily contact as they worked through this version of the website. It provide huge payback already but will be even better as more capability is added. Stay tuned and help us work through any growing pains we encounter.
Sunday morning when the first vendors and instructors arrived Ray Upson and Jack Erickson were there to help unload and help deliver equipment and supplies to the proper destinations. No one asked Ray and Jack to do this. They just know it is a need we have and they jump in and do it. The back dock and unload area congestion is virtually eliminated. Thanks for helping Ray and Jack.
The New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce has been more than a partner in our events. The Chamber and City employees managing the Civic Center have been first rate. They are knowledgeable, friendly, and professional in every respect.
James Nelson (Bob) did his usual stellar job managing the Hospitality Area. Coffee, drinks, and donuts go a long way in preparing everyone for each day and keep the growling stomachs quite. James and his team also handled the election of board members. Congratulations to Cal Stewart, and Diann Small for election to the TWG Board of Directors.
Thanks to Linda Smith and Mary Jo Smith (no relation) for helping with the registration process. Linda Smith(TWG secretary), Dee Halbrook (our Web master) and Michael Griffin(TWG Treasurer were ever present and reacted immediately to anything that came up.
Thanks to Pat Moore for arranging and running the Texas State Whittling contest. It is always a popular and fun event for participants and those who choose to watch. As usual Randy Moore was heavily involved supplying the wood “blanks” and helping Pat administer the contest. Thanks to Adair Rucker, Johnny Stevens, and Cal Stewart for judging the entries. See the web page for winners of the whittling contest.
Randy and Pat Moore also supplied wood for Holding/Clinging Crosses requested by Bill Clark for his care givers during his recent heart replacement surgery and recovery.
George Vaughn, Charlotte Vaughn, Linda Smith, and Milton Smith along with several helpers did a wonderful job again running our auction. Thanks to Larry Stanfield, our resident auctioneer for keeping things lively and entertaining. I heard several positive comments from folks who enjoyed the auction. It is also a good money maker for the Guild. Please continue to participate with donations and purchasing items.
Thanks to TWG musicians who entertained with jam sessions Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings at the Hill Country RV Park Recreation Center.
Dora White and her catering company Caterall Catering prepared a delicious meal and served it as the professionals they are.
My apologies to the scores of members not mentioned specifically who helped us in so many ways. We really can't put on these events without your help and cooperation. You are a great group and I enjoy serving you.
2013 TWG Spring Round-Up
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