2016-04-12 AGM / Monthly Meeting

April 12, 2016 – South End Baptist Church, 60 Hastings Drive, Dartmouth

24 members and guests in attendance


The first part of the April meeting was the AGM.  Our regular meeting started after break.

Business & Reminders

  • Stephen gave a library update. In March, a group of members got together to review the current resource listing and to cull and organize materials. half of the library has been assessed. Books are currently marked with coloured duct tape identifying one of 12 categories:cabinet making, carving, design, finishing, furniture, home building, miscellaneous, projects, reference, tools, toys, and turning. Books checked in the 2016 are temporarily marked with white sticker to simplify future review. The web library is in the process of being updated based on our physical review. To date, 46 items have been removed from the listing and 38 new resources have been added.
  • Walt updated info on member list – he is still waiting return of confirmation info from some members. He will be using that list to update records and will then pass on the list to Stan for the newsletter and Stephen for website updates. Walt will be resending the notice to people who are not on his list but have signed in to this meeting with their contact info. Starting this month, our mailing lists will only include people confirmed with registration. If you have not already done so, please contact Walt with your info.
  • We will have our second annual shop tour on April 30. This time, we will visit shops on the Halifax side – Don Shubaly, Doug MacIntosh and one TBA. Details to follow by email.

Show and Share

CHALLENGE 1 – Bravery Beads Boxes – Members were challenged to create a 6” x 6” x 4” box as a prototype for boxes we can make for our contribution of approx. 100 boxes. Gary introduced with some pictures he received from a nurse who works at the IWK. We had a variety of boxes with input on what worked and what didn’t go as well. This was followed by discussion on what we want to do with boxes. The original thought was to make the boxes all the same but the feeling now seems to be that they do not need to be identical as long as all confirm to standards. The Bravery Beads committee, led by Stephen, will meet and identify parameters before the next meeting.

CHALLENGE 2 – Jigs from the workshop.

Phil shared a couple of jigs but didn’t have a chance to do box prototype because he was busy with turning a variety of boxes from scraps. He also challenged everyone to guess what type of wood he had. Stumps most of us but Ted knew that it was lilac (no surprise there — Ted knows his turning woods!!). Phil rewarded him with a piece of wood for his stash.

This month’s 50/50 winner was Roy, who won $22 – and returned $10 to the AWA coffers. Congrats Roy – and thanks for the donation.

Next Meeting

Tuesday May 10, 2016.

Monthly challenge for May: Make a game of any sort. It could be for any number of players, adults or children, indoor or outdoor – anything that gets people playing.

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