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

Entzminger asked the group for reflections on the American Association of Woodworkers national symposium in Kansas City, MO, June 22-25, 2017, by those that had attended this activity. Several responded about their very positive and meaningful experiences—particularly in regard to the humility and welcoming nature of some of the nationally-known presenters.

Entzminger announced that our participation in this year’s upcoming First Friday Art Walk art show will be Friday evening and all-day Saturday, December 1 and 2. In addition to our club, the Capital City Carvers club is again interested in participating. Rob Otte and Myron Heusinkvelt are in the process of organizing committees for various job responsibilities and will be seeking volunteers for those at our next meeting.

Four visitors were present.

Rob Kurth mentioned that the 2017 Plaza Art Fair will be held in Kansas City September 22-24, and that it is an opportunity to see and purchase some exceptional art work.

Treasurer, Steve Mawson, indicated a treasury balance of $6,366.06, with one unpaid bill of $147.00 for our July picnic expenses (primarily the meat).

Entzminger announced that Cassie Newell will be managing the club website and will attend our next meeting to provide information about the site.

Curt Norman moved that our club purchase a bright LED lamp with magnetic base (approximate cost $127) that can be attached to the Maker Space Powermatic lathe our club uses for meeting demonstrations. The motion was seconded and approved by voice vote.

Gary Scott announced that the Loess Hills Wood Turners are holding free a pen-turning workshop this coming Saturday, August 20. Lathes, tools and materials will be provided and anyone interested in turning such an item is welcome to attend and participate. Turning will begin at approximately 9 a.m. and extend into the afternoon. Lunch will be provided and Curt Norman will demonstrate the turning of a bud vase during the afternoon. The Omaha turning club meets in the lower level of the Omaha Elks Club building located at 6410 S 96th St. (near 96th and Harrison).

After our usual show and tell session, during which a wide assortment of beautiful unique turned items were displayed and described, Bill Ferguson, of the Loess Hills Wood Turners club of Omaha, provided several very interesting and useful lessons on the use of a skew. His handout, numerous descriptions and technique demonstrations, and responsiveness to questions offered all members considerable insight on the many proper uses of this tool. His excellent presentation should help alleviate the discomfort of those turners that do not use this kind of tool because of fears based on their past experience or those of others.

Doug Wilson, Secretary