Firstly, let me thank you for the privilege of leading our club for another year. Hopefully we can continue with membership strength and visions expressed in our five- year plan.
Cottage Under New Management
This month we have Col Rhodes at the helm of the cottage, having replaced Allan Bowers as cottage manager. We are indebted to Allan for his tireless work over the past year in which we have seen the cottage remain a viable operation for the club. Col will obviously bring his own ideas and visions to the cottage and as a committee it is our role to fully support him. An important change the committee adopted at our last meeting was to set the commission fee to 20% on all items as from the 1st November. If you have o0ld stock in the cottage (six months or older) you may wish to review the item or price as new turnover on display will help attract regular customers.
We are having no luck in attracting grants for a defibrillator, so we are going to approach Officeworks Wodonga to see if our luck may change.
As foreshadowed in previous reports new security keys are being cuts for the clubrooms. Keys will be issued to committee members and group leaders/ supervisors. Any member having special need of a key may organise to borrow one from a nominated person or if necessary apply in writing to the committee stating the special circumstances. Committee Member Cheryl Seymour will be the official Key Master/Mistress.
Telephone at the Cottage.
We are currently negotiating with Sky Muster to change our phone over to satellite when Telstra cease the copper connection. More when this takes place.
North East Woodturners Gathering
Our Club will be hosting the North Eastern Woodturners Gathering at the German Austrian Club on the 18th April 2020. The venue has been selected mainly with meals and meeting room facilities available.
Test and Tag
As a service to club members, we will be hosting a test and tag morning in late January or early February. Costs will be at members expense. Watch for further news.
Pen Making for the Troops.
Thanks to the initiative of Paul Kohl the club is embarking on a project to make pens for troops serving overseas. Close to four thousand service men and women are posted overseas and the aim is to supply them with a wooden turned pen either on Anzac Day or Remembrance Day. The club will be donating the wood and some of the pen inserts. Individuals have also donated inserts which cost about $3.50 @. Any person wishing to donate an insert. can place a donation in the sign in tin and mark next to their name “pen” and the amount. Paul hopes to have a workshop session organised by late January. Anyone with a spare mandrel should contact Paul.
SHOW COMMITTEE MEMBER NEEDED
WE NEED GIVE COL STORY A BREAK FROM BEING OUR REP ON THE WODONGA SHOW COMMITTEE. COL HAS SERVED US WELL FOR OVER A DECADE AND DESERVES A BREAK. THE MEETINGS ARE HELD ONCE A MONTH ON A WEDNESDAY NIGHT. PLEASE CONSIDER IF YOU COULD HELP US OUT.
Santa is Coming. Xmas Party
We have several white snowy beards flowing with some of the club members, I wonder who will don the red outfits for Xmas Day. Our special night, our Xmas Party will be held instead of our next meeting 10th December at the Vietnam Veteran’s Club. Cost is $15 a head and will need to be paid by the end of the month so final numbers can be submitted to the club for catering. Just the usual this year, plenty of merriment, good cheer, great food and our usual Xmas Raffle (don’t forget to bring something along for a prize) and something for show and tell. Drinks at bar prices,
For those who will miss the party may I wish you all a healthy, happy and rewarding festive season and we look forward to catching you again in the new Year.
Cheers President Peter