Texas Woodcarvers Guild
Greeting from Dan and Joe
Thanks for a great Spring Round-Up
Thanks to all who attended and helped make the 2014 Spring Round-Up a success. We had 154 paid registrations for the Round-Up. These are family registrations. Since several families have multiple carvers the actual number of carvers active at the event was greater. 25 instructors taught a wide ranging selection of carving seminars. We saw some impressive student projects and many proud students with new carving skills. We also had 3 non-carving instructors with impressive projects. Great job by instructors and students one and all.
Thanks to Joe Gallio and Dee Halbrook for continuing to polish and enhance the online registration capabilities on the website and thanks to all the members who are using the online registration and fee payment functions. Online registrations greatly reduce errors and work load for TWG staff.
Ron Davis ran our traditional whittling contest Wednesday evening with carvers participating in three divisions. Dave Stetson won the open division. Complete results will be published in the fall newsletter. We look forward Dave Stetson hosting the contest next spring.
Thursday evening we held our banquet, membership meeting, election of officers and board members, and held our annual auction of donated carvings and gifts. Regrettably our traditional auctioneer Larry Stanfield passed away in February. Tom Sarff was more than up to the task of filling in as our resident auctioneer. He did a great job and has a job as long as we can convince Leanne to allow him to continue. Thanks for your donations and purchases. This is an important fund raiser for the guild.
We elected new officers and three new board members. The newly elected take office after the fall membership meeting. Larry Miller is our new vice president, Marion Stewart is our new secretary, and Valerie Clubb is our new treasurer. The three new board members are Joe Gallio, Michael Griffin, and Joe Perkins. Thanks to all who ran and to Richard Talasek and the nominating committee for arranging an excellent slate of candidates and running the election. Please continue to give the TWG staff your support for the all the hard work they do.
We all owe Harry Seurkamp a giant Thank You for the research and preparation he did for the Reminisce Round Table he hosted Friday evening. He interviewed as many of the founders of the Guild as he could contact and collected history details he shared with us. Several of the early officers and staff including JoAn Brueggeman, Johnny and Louise Stevens, Lem and MaryJo Smith shared their memories as others present chimed in with additional information. We enjoyed see photos of members in their younger years in the photo albums and old newsletters displayed. All and all it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening. Thanks Harry for spearheading this event.
We expect to begin email of newsletters to all members with email capability. Our goal is to begin that with the fall newsletter. We expect send some test emails in the near future. We need to verify our database email addresses are correct.
We also expect to open the member area of the website in the next few months. This will be a password protected portion of the website. Only TWG members will have access to this content. Please stay tuned for more details when we are closer to opening the member area.
Please plan to attend our 2014 Fall Extravaganza September 28 – October 5.
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