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

One guest was introduced.

Steve Mawson was absent, so there was no treasurer’s report.

Jim Young spoke about the Veterans Pen-Turning Project being initiated. Four mini-lathes and the necessary tools have been secured. A few veterans have already met with Young and have made use of these machines and tools. Needed now are domestic hardwoods that can be cut into the required ¾ x ¾ x 5 ½ inch pieces. Young encouraged members to volunteer in assisting the veteran turners or come to the turning sessions as learners.

Entzminger mentioned that, in the future, there will be a monthly charge of $30 for use of the Maker Space—for a total cost of $300 per year. Tom Meyer moved that that amount be set aside in ourbudget for continued use of this facility. The motion was approved by voice vote.

Rob Otte brought up the topic of our annual art show by asking members if they thought it a worthwhile activity for the club in terms of both monetary and personal satisfaction. Members seemed non-committal. Entzminger suggested the possibility of broadening the types of artists invited to participate, moving beyond turners and carvers to include painters, potters, quilters, etc. That suggestion received a more positive response. Otte indicated that he would be polling the membership via email in two months.

Tonight was raffle night, so several pieces of wood were raffled off after our usual Show and Tell session, during which there were numerous unique and beautiful turned objects exhibited and described.

Curt Norman presented a program on turning bottle stoppers and kaleidoscopes. It is obvious when watching him turn that this is an activity of great enjoyment and constant learning. Throughout his presentation, Norman provided tips on woods, tool positioning and finishing to provide a product of maximum quality and satisfaction. The go-to suppliers mentioned were Penn State Industries and Craft Supply for bottle stoppers and kaleidoscopes and Klingspor’s Woodworking for sandpaper. This was another great learning opportunity for members because of Norman’s penchant for welcoming questions and clarity of explanation regarding a technique and the rationale for it.

Doug Wilson, Secretary