The meeting was called to order by club president Mark Entzminger.

One visitor was asked to stand and introduce his self.

Minutes from the March 21, 2017 meeting were approved as they appeared on the club website.

The president’s Tip-of-the-Night pertained to the need to keep tools very sharp for matters of safety, cutting efficiency and maximum surface quality. Entzminger suggested a video by John Jordan as an excellent reference for sharpening tools.

Treasurer Steve Mawson reported a treasury balance of $6083.33 after paying our national American Association of Woodturners dues of $95.

Entzminger announced the upcoming need for volunteers to support our club’s involvement in a December art show to be held on either the 1st and 2nd or the 8th and 9th. This show will be similar to last year’s show held in conjunction with the Lincoln Arts Council-promoted First-Friday art walk night. More details will for forthcoming.

Brian Newell reminded the club of the fall symposium featuring renowned turner Cindy Drozda to be held in the Maker Space of Innovation Campus. She will present a full day of demonstrations on Saturday, October 21, 2017, and a series of full-day hands-on classes the following Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in Newell’s personal workshop. Newell is handling registration but mentioned the upcoming need of committees that will provide assistance with facility set-up, food and hospitality. Elmer Miller urged members to participate in this symposium for purposes of self-education as well as increasing one’s ability to provide education to others within the club. As a sponsoring club, we need to have a substantial presence at the events being held.

Rob Otte and Tom Meyer described the new name tags they are designing as a replacement for our current member tags. These will be a LASER-cut thin plywood rectangle. The models displayed were very impressive in appearance.

Jim Young mentioned the progress he is making on a veterans’ pin project.

Entzminger said that our club’s bead box project will be a topic of discussion at next month’s meeting.

The Show-and-Tell portion of our meeting allowed several turners to describe the creative works they brought for display as well as provide other turners with insights on woods, turning strategies and finishes. As always, this part of the meeting offers great incentive to our many turner members.

Tom Steyer of JT Turning Tools in Omaha and a Great Plains Woodturners Club member demonstrated several tools and techniques he utilizes in the turning of a simple bowl. While the selection of the wood and its grain orientation is of great importance, Steyer focused on tools and techniques—emphasizing the need for a specific orientation of a given tool relative to the wood surface. This positioning included both how the tool is aligned with the wood’s axis of rotation as well as the orientation of its flute for most effective cutting. Steyer’s many years of experience as a turner and teacher were obvious from the ease with which he demonstrated specific types of cuts and his flexibility in responding to member questions. This presentation was another great learning opportunity for attendees.

Doug Wilson, Secretary