The March meeting of the Great Plains Woodturners Club was called to order at 7PM by out-going president Terry Savage. Terry talked about his term as president and welcomed Ray Hoover as the new President and turned the meeting over to Ray.

Ray gave his last meeting notes from the February meeting and introduced Cindy Boehrns as the new Secretary.

Theo gave his treasurers report making note that club dews are due now and are $25.00 again this year. The current balance in the club account is $1538.42. Theo will continue to be the club treasurer for the next 2 year term. Theo brought up the subject of whether or not there is a definition in the club bylaws for the Executive Committee or Executive Board. It was agreed that this needed some research. Theo also mentioned that the June Picnic will again be hosted by Mike Ferris at his home .

Ray talked about this years program schedule and passed out some cards for members to write down their suggestions and requests on. We have programs already planned for March, April and May so we have a little room to do some planning. He will be holding a planning meeting with the current officers next week. Ray has also been in contact with the AAW office to gather some information on youth training programs.

Curt Norman gave a review of the Dale Robbins Seminar and will send us photos which I will post here when I get them.

Scott Joshia says that they are working on getting the Certificates of Authenticity for the American Chestnut signed and we should have them available at the next meeting. Scott also talked about the presentations of the American Chestnut Projects that were selected for permanent display at the National Forest Service and the National Arbor Day Foundation. See these updates in the news section of this site.

Ray reminded everyone who wishes to participate in turning a Thank You gift for Karie Barrett for building our new website to make sure you bring them next month when Karie will attend our meeting . So far the items made for Karie are a bud vase by Ray, a bottle stopper by Tom Meyers, a muddler by Terry and a bird house and bottle stopper by Ralph Costa. Ray also brought a card for everyone to sign.

The program this month was spirtles and muddlers with Terry Savage presenting and birdhouses and bottle stoppers with Ralph Costa Presenting. Terry had the chips flying and sometimes the wood as he made a muddler with a captive ring out of some very stubborn Osage Orange and Ralph gave us an excellent program on laminating and glue ups to make some beautiful bottle stoppers of several varieties. Ralph also presented a very interesting session on making miniature bird houses and stands.

All in all an excellent evening with more scrumptious treats provided for us by Maurice’s lovely wife. The meeting adjourned at 9:45.