The meeting was called to order by president, Rob Otte.

Guest Bruce Cline was welcomed and introduced.

Rob’s Tip of the Month pertained to extenders he had purchased to provide more space near the head and tail stocks of his lathe when using a Beall Buffing System.

Treasurer Theo Alles reported income from last month’s raffle of $183, domain name expense of $19.95, and treasury balance of $4110.09.

Sam Boone reported: (1) no over-due materials, (2) the last two programs for the club are on DVD in the library, and (3) he is working on getting a splitter that will enable more reliable video transmission to the TVs used during programs presentations.

Rob emphasized that all levels of work are welcome to be displayed during monthly Show and Tell sessions—from professional to beginner.

Elmer Miller announced that Jimmy Clewes, nationally-known woodturner and teacher, has agreed to be in Lincoln July 11-14, 2015. He will demonstrate to a large audience at Rob Kurth’s shop July 11 and teach hands-on sessions to small groups in Sam’s shop July 12-14. The specifics of costs to members and visitors and times of day details will be available at our January meeting.

Rob suggested the need for discussion of mentoring and of how to promote and formalize this process, particularly for new turners. He will email suggestions and questions to members regarding this topic.

Rob thanked those members that had provided turned objects for Campbell Nursery’s annual sale of Christmas décor and presents. Some $425 was returned to those contributing members.

Rob Otte and Rob Kurth mentioned appreciation of those individuals who had voiced concern regarding the wellbeing of family members having serious health issues. Kurth suggested that his daughter’s health has been improving as of late.

Don Shelton recommended that members may want to create individual Facebook pages as well as having such a page for the club that would be accessible by members only. He mentioned that such pages offer opportunities for people to easily share ideas and accomplishments as well as seek and render advice of/to other turners. Several members currently have Facebook pages and spoke of the great benefits of this form of social media. Rob will meet with some of those members currently using Facebook to determine how best to communicate to the membership the process for establishing and using such pages.

The password for gaining access to the Great Plains Wood Turners membership list via the club website can be secured by contacting another member personally.

Tonight’s program, held after our monthly Show and Tell session, was presented by Cliff Hollestelle, nationally-known wood carver and club member. Cliff is best known for his life-sized carved, burned and painted birds—particularly wild game birds. Beginning with mention of duck and goose decoys as some of the earliest carved birds by American sportsmen, he described his entry into the field of carving and displayed some of his signature works—including a sample of bronze statuary he is producing with the help of a Loveland, Colorado foundry. Cliff was very open to questions about his work and processes and displayed one of the wood burners used in some of his detailed feather work. His products are amazing.

Recorded by Doug Wilson, secretary

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