In the absence of club president, Rob Otte, this meeting of Great Plains Woodturners was called to order by club vice-president, Mike Aalberg and held at UNL’s Innovation Campus.

Five guests were present and introduced themselves.

The motion was made and seconded to approve the minutes of the January 19, 2015, meeting, as printed via club website. Motion passed by voice vote.

Theo Alles, club treasurer, reported $650.65 of dispersements for our Christmas party and audio system electronics. There is an outstanding payment of $95 to American Association of Woodturners for liability insurance. Treasury balance as of 1/31/16 is $4944.62. Motion was made and seconded to approve this report. Motion passed by voice vote.

Elmer Miller was called upon to address the issue of election of officers, which is scheduled for our March meeting. As a past-president and member of the Nominating Committee, he asked for volunteers or nominations for people willing to run for the offices of president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer. Hearing none, he asked the current holders of these offices if they would be willing to serve an additional term of one year. All four of the current office holders agreed to do so. Those current officers are:

President                      Rob Otte

Vice-president               Mike Aalberg

Secretary                      Doug Wilson

Treasurer                       Theo Alles

According to the club by-laws, those officers will be confirmed at the March meeting.

Fred Graber reported that he had visited recently with Debbie Wagers, Child Life Specialist at the Nebraska Medical Center, regarding our club’s My Journey Beads project. Counting the 13 boxes that Fred took to the Medical Center in December and the 5 taken this past Friday by Doug Wilson, it appears that Ms. Wagers has a sufficient number to satisfy patient needs at the present time. Fred told her that he will create a “Debbie Shelf” in his shop as a collecting place for bowls until such time as they are needed. He took approximately 10 bowls with him after the meeting—bowls turned and brought by members.

Elmer announced that the Loess Hills Woodturners are sponsoring a Club Spring Symposium featuring demonstrations by professional turner Joe Herrmann on Saturday, April 16, 2016. The cost of $40 for the 9 am to 5 pm session includes lunch and will be held in Chuck Smith’s shop near Glenwood, IA.

Tom Steyer mentioned that the Loess Hills Woodturners club will be vacating Chuck Smith’s shop in May of this year. The new location will be at the Elks Club, 6410 S 96th St, Omaha, NE. The first meeting in this new location is Tuesday, May 2, at 6:30 pm. The Elks Club kitchen will have food available prior to the meeting at 5:30 pm.

Mike Marshall is completing a cabinet to house the new audio equipment purchased by the club. At the conclusion of the meeting, Ray Hoover installed casters to the bottom of the cabinet, casters that were supplied by Rob Otte.

Liana Owad, supervisor of the Maker Space in which our meetings are held, announced that there will be an open house February 20, 2016, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm in conjunction with a reception to introduce the art of Erin Schoenbeck. She also indicated that The University would like to offer members of Great Plains Woodturners the opportunity to enter a juried exhibition of their work by dropping off items to be judged by March 15 at 7:30 pm. The exhibition will be March 21 through May 13, with a public reception on April 1, 5 pm to 7 pm. All art objects will be on display in the Cooper Foundation Makers Gallery.

The Show-and-Tell portion of our meeting featured the works of our very talented and creative members. Rather than have each turners bring their object(s) to the front of the seating area, members were encouraged to gather around the long tables holding these objects, whereupon each turner stepped to the table and described the intricacies of their particular item(s).

Following Show-and-Tell, raffle tickets were sold to members during our usual mid-meeting break. Raffled items included a large amount of wood (mostly small pieces) brought by members specifically for this quarterly fund-raising process.

The program was presented by Tom Steyer, club member and co-owner of JT Turning Tools of Omaha, NE. Tom had a wide assortment of hollowing tools on display and took time to speak of the purpose of each of these tools, while, at the same time, describing the advantages and drawbacks of each. Because the tools were designed for hollowing, he focused primarily on their cutting properties, resistance to torque, and stability. He also demonstrated one of his company’s tools to illustrate how its design took advantage of these qualities. He concluded his presentation by demonstrating the hollowing of a bowl using a gouge. His presentation was very well received by the group.

Tom made use of our new audio system which includes a wireless head-worn microphone that transmits to an amplifier/speaker system. The system appeared to function very well, with ample volume and excellent clarity of Tom’s voice.

The next meeting of Great Plains Woodturners will be March 15, 2016, 7 pm, at Innovation Campus.


Recorded by Doug Wilson, secretary