The meeting was called to order by president, Rob Otte, who reminded members to sign a club liability release form if they had not done so already.

Three visitors were introduced: Kirk Habeck, Roger Binder and Tim Major.

Minutes of the March 17, 2015 meeting were approved.

Club treasurer, Theo Alles, reported a bank balance of $9,791.32 after reimbursing Sam Boon for audio visual equipment updates and a payment of $95 to the American Association of Woodturners for our club’s liability policy. A few of the 2015 club dues checks that have been received are not yet recorded and deposited. Theo suggested that much of our current balance will be paid to Jimmy Clewes in July for his presentation and workshops. The treasurer’s report was approved.

Elmer Miller reminded members of the Jimmy Clewes presentation on Saturday, July 11, 2015, and the hands-on workshops to be held the following 4 days. While workshop enrollments are full, there is still room to attend his presentation (lunch is included in the registration fee). Elmer mentioned that our May meeting will be the last opportunity for members to secure information about the Clewes presentation because the June meeting will be our annual picnic.

Rob gave a brief reminder to members about checking out and returning audio visual materials.

The president’s Tip of the Night was in reference to using an outdated refrigerator or freezer as a device for drying wood. Via the installation of a small lamp and holes for ventilation, this heated space can be used to speed up the process of removing moisture from wood more quickly than just setting it aside in a shop or shed. He suggested that numerous articles are available through magazine or Internet sources.

Tonight was our quarterly raffle of wood, books, gift certificates and surplus shop tools. The raffle brought in $115.

Club member Mark Entzminger was our program presenter this evening, talking about and demonstrating ways to enhance the appearance of turned objects through the use of various types and colors of dyes, pastels, paints and finishes. In addition to having on hand several bowls that showed the effects of his coloring techniques, Mark gave detailed verbal and written instructions as well as demonstrating one such process on a bowl he brought for this purpose. This is a fairly new technique for most members, so there were many questions which were answered in Mark’s usual thorough and descriptive manner. His considerable skill and experience as a turner and willingness to continually experiment and learn were obvious. His presentation was very well-received by members.

Recorded by Doug Wilson, secretary

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