January 26, 2018

February 6, 2018 with Rick Erexson and Beads of Courage

  Hi there, fellow woodturners.  It’s that time again!  Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 6 at 6:30 PM.  We’ll meet at Hunter House* for an evening of camaraderie, turning and chips of the wood variety.

  Our demonstrator this month is Rick Erexson who will show us how to make a Beads of Courage bowl.  Beads of Courage is a wonderful program designed to support children who are suffering from long-term, serious diseases who have to undergo many medical procedures.  For each procedure, the young patient is given a bead which will eventually be strung on necklaces.  The bowls woodturners make are used to house the individual beads and necklaces.  

    Image result for beads of Courage    Want to make a sick child smile?

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                   Just one example.....Rick Erexson will certainly inspire you.........
                                 ....and the kids will smile a BIG one!

                         **** Beads of Courage website:  Beads of Courage

  After this meeting, we encourage y’all to make a bowl and bring it to the March meeting.  We will then take them to Hemby Children’s Hospital for distribution to their young recipients.  This is one of our Community Outreach programs so please come to the February meeting to learn the ins and outs of the Beads of Courage bowl so you can make them on your own.

  Dues are due for 2018.  If you have not yet paid, please do so as soon as practical.  

  Dave McKeithan, our new Treasurer, has redone the name badges.  Look for an email from him explaining the new badges.

  BTW, did you know we have a Facebook page?  Moe Gingerich set it up for us and we encourage y’all to post pictures of your turnings, tips you’ve come across or questions to other members.  If you are a FB member, search for Waxhaw Woodturners.  Click the       Join'   icon and Moe will grant you (FREE!) access. 

  When you go to the WWT Facebook page, check out the steady rest that Joe Giannina made and posted.  He has graciously donated it to the club.  Many thanks, Joe.

  The AAW has an exciting new membership promotion for first-time AAW members, which began in December 2017. Below is a summary of the details.
  • FOR JUST $20, individuals may sign up for a three-month introductory AAW membership that includes a mailed issue of American Woodturner journal. When the introductory three-month membership period ends, individuals may renew by upgrading to a full general AAW membership for just $40.
  • Only individuals who have NEVER been AAW members are eligible for the introductory three-month membership offer.
  • The introductory three-month membership offer is available to individuals ONE TIME ONLY.
  Each introductory three-month AAW membership includes the benefits of AAW membership for three full months, including one printed copy of the American Woodturner journal, and access for three months to Woodturning FUNdamentals, AAW EXPLORE! Discover Woodturning, AAW Connects, AAW Forum, the world's largest woodturning tips library, safety resources, learning and mentoring materials, grant opportunities, specialty programming, services, and more.
  As usual, we will be holding a raffle for woodturning-related items.  If you have anything laying around your shops you no longer need or use, please donate it to the raffle.  Your donations will earn you a free raffle ticket for each item (up to three).  Raffle tickets are $1.00 each or six for $5.00.

  We will also have our Show-n-Tell session where you may dazzle us with your latest creations.  Please bring your recent turnings and share their stories with the membership.

  If you are an AAW member (and we encourage everyone to sign up) you can view all of the past American Woodturner magazines electronically by using the AAW app which is available for Apple and Android devices.  Want to turn something you saw in an older American Woodturner issue?  Search for it on the app.

  I look forward to seeing y’all at the meeting on Tuesday the 6th.



* 13428 Providence Road, Weddington, NC (if using a GPS, use Matthews for the city)