Firstly, pardon me for missing July.
I wanted to start by welcoming our newest member, Rick Dorbney. He joined us at the August meeting, and we quickly converted him to membership for 2011. If you want to bring a friend along to the meeting like Ed Brannon did, please feel free to do so. We are running a 2010 membership special- anyone between now and the end of the year that joins (new) can pay for 2011, and we will grandfather them for the rest of 2010!
A quick round of thanks for the following people and reasons:
Dan Moore and Tony Whalen for helping me set up the Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council Show. If you haven't stopped by to see it, it is certainly worth a visit to Newton. If you go, you may find parking on Spring Street (free), but if you have to park in a municipal lot, find the parking machine because they do ticket!
Dick Plog handed me a front page article from the NJ Herald that ran a feature story on the SCAHC show. It mentioned the Water Gap Woodturners throughout the article, so I am expecting that we will all have to start wearing sunglasses and big hats to walk out in public soon.
I would also like to thank Dick Plog for setting up our second club challenge: the Cherry Challenge. I would like to continue to do these challenges, perhaps twice per year, so if you have any ideas for one, please bring them to the meetings. For 2011, I'd like to get some formal plans together around the calendar, rather than being so seat-of-the-pants all of the time.
Dick brought in a bunch of Cherry blanks with the theme 'Let's see what people do with this"... pretty wide open, huh? We agreed that the October meeting would be the Cherry Challenge Show and Tell, so you've got about 8 weeks to figure something out. Let's aim for 100% participation?
Ed Brannon mentioned a Swap Meet/Tool Sale meeting again, and we agreed that the December meeting would be the time for that. With the holidays just around the corner, who couldn't use a little extra cash and room in the shop for some new tools? The December meeting will be a Holiday Extravaganza-NOT TO BE MISSED! In addition to the Swap Meet, we will also be running a Secret Santa program and a "party". If you would like to Volunteer to be the December meeting coordinator, send me a note!