This meeting of Great Plains Woodturners was called to order by club president, Rob Otte.

Three visitors were recognized.

Otte asked for approval of the April 19, 2016, meeting minutes, as printed via club website. Approval granted by voice vote.

Club treasurer, Theo Alles, reported there have been no disbursements since the April meeting. The current treasury balance is $6189.35. Motion was made and seconded to approve this report. Motion passed.

Otte reported on his recent trip to Omaha to visit the Loess Hills Woodturners club meeting. The main reason for this visit was to assess that club’s audio-visual equipment and its use during presentations. He suggested that duplicating their system—with one of its two video cameras on an adjustable boom, 55-inch TV, and a mobile camera stand—would cost our club approximately $1,250. A motion was made, seconded and passed to approve such purchases. Tom Steyer, assisted by Curt Norman, will move forward on the selection and purchase cost of these items.

Otte thanked members for their dues payment and reminded members to continue turning boxes for the Nebraska Medical Center bead box project. He, also, called attention to Gerald Hillman’s illness and that calls to Gerald and his family would be appreciated.

Otte mentioned the need for members to sign the liability release that has been recommended for all wood turning clubs by the American Association of Woodturners. This is the second year for such.

With the approval of UNL Maker Space Director Liana Owad, Elmer Miller and Mark Entzminger will organize a two-day public offering of woodturning demonstrations and sale of club-member products on December 2nd (evening of First Friday) and 3rd (all day), 2016. As that date approaches, members will be asked to volunteer to do turning demonstrations, bring items to sell, provide refreshments for visitors, and serve as hosts.

Otte reminded members to use the Google Maps website he had suggested via email to help create a Club Map that can be used to help members recognize the locations of other members for purposes of visiting each other’s shops and possible ride-sharing.

Curt mentioned an approaching tool sale in Omaha on May 20th and 21st and the sale of walnut on the 23rd. More information will be coming via email from Otte.

Our club’s June meeting will be our annual picnic to be held at the Antelope Park enclosed shelter (down the hill to the east of Auld Pavilion). Guests are welcome. Additional details will be forthcoming.

Otte mentioned that, this July, Liana will be vacating her position of Maker Space Director. He praised her for the way she has facilitated support of our club and its efforts.

The President’s Tip-of-the-Night: Visit other turning clubs when the opportunity arises. Be observant of other turners and learn from their techniques.

The program was presented by club member Martin Huebert, an accomplished turner of wooden spoons. During the course of the program, Huebert described the self-constructed jig he uses, selection of woods, and his turning tools.  Most interesting was his demonstration of turning two spoon blanks simultaneously while providing verbal instructions on lathe speed, tool handling techniques, and precautions that must be taken. The several spoons he had on display demonstrated the precision with which he finishes his products and the subtle changes that he is able to make in spoon size and shape. His turning results are very impressive. Member questions continued long after his formal presentation ended.

The next meeting of Great Plains Woodturners will be June 21, 2016, 7 pm, at Antelope Park.

Recorded by Doug Wilson, secretary