December 2017 Newsletter
Coming Meeting: Tuesday, December 12, 2017
@7:00 PM at the 4H Center.
Following Meeting: January 9, 2018
President’s Notes: Wow! I can’t believe the calendar says it’s December. I hope you had the opportunity to celebrate a joyful Thanksgiving with family and friends.
Since it is December, we should look forward to another year of wildfowl carving activities and business. In the new year, we will deal with the second edition to the club calendar, plan and host the annual picnic / mini-decoy contest, and any other relevant activities. It is important to see you at the meetings. If you have difficulty traveling to the meetings, call me or Norm. We will work to help with transport solutions.
I want to take this opportunity to welcome Dan Robidoux to the club. Dan is from the KC area, so we my not see him on a regular basis. Read more about Dan in the Club News section.
If you attended the November meeting, you are aware we experienced a glitch in the our meeting place. I want to thank the members for their patience and understanding. Prior to each meeting, we verify our reservation by email. I’m sure this was a one-time event. We also need to recognize Sean Gundersen at the 4H center for the support.
I want to remind you that our annual membership drive and officer elections are held each January.
If you can’t come to the meeting, you may mail your dues to Norm Wise. Read on.
Speaking of calendars… I’m ready to put our first edition on the wall. It contains much useful information such as club meeting dates, show dates, and other reminders. I hope this is not just another “pretty face” to look at, but a useful one to have around your home or workshop. I’m looking forward to working with you on the 2019 edition.
If we don’t see you at this meeting, Happy Holidays!! Bring your latest work to the meeting. See you at the meeting,
December Meeting agenda:
Welcome members and visitors
2019 Calendar project.
Suggestions for short programs
2018 mini decoy contest
New Member: Dan Robidoux and his wife Linda are residents of Independence, MO. He is a retired businessman and has been carving wildfowl for several years. Dan is currently the chairman of the carvers Special Interest Group of the Kansas City Woodworkers Guild, He teaches wildfowl carving. His group sponsors an annual woodcarvers show in the KC area. Welcome, Dan!
At the last meeting….
Norm Wise gave a treasure’s report. All bills are paid.
The club cost for the calendar project is $30 after all payments by members are collected. Twenty-five members purchased at least one of each version.
We discussed the 2019 calendar edition. It was discussed to use 2 pages for memorials to deceased members and, the remainder (10 pages) given to current members drawn by lottery. We will keep the calendar on the agenda for more discussion.
We have received a number of thank you notes from those we sent gift calendars. Tom Samson will be added to our gift list for this year.
Elections…As usual (and weather permitting), we will hold officer elections for the 2018 year at the January meeting.
2018 Dues… As mentioned earlier, you can mail your dues to Norm Wise at 8502 South 101st St., LaVista, NE. 68128. Dues are still $25.
Tupelo… In a recent phone conversation with Curt Fabre, he told us he has some 2 to 4 inch thick tupelo of varying widths available now. He expects to have more in thicker dimensions (6 or more inches) by late January. Larger blocks will be available at the World Show in April. Call him if you want to order now.
Program… Norm Wise lead a discussion on using acrylic iridescent and interference paints. You can get a copy of the handouts from Norm.
Show and Competition News:
41st Ohio Decoy Collectors and Carvers Association…
2018 Show will be held on March 10 - 11, 2018 at the Holiday Inn, 15471 Royalton Rd.,
Strongsville, Ohio 44136.
Contact: Bob Lund
E-Mail - WoodCountyDecoy@MSN.com
“This show brings together a unique blend of decoy collectors, competitive carvers, wildlife artists, vendors, young and young at heart from throughout the United States and Canada who love and appreciate one-of-a-kind waterfowl and wildlife art.
New for 2018 are the Palm Frond Purchase Award Contests both Decorative and Decoy divisions included! These contests are sponsored by Doug & Ellen Miller, with prize money totaling $5700!”.
48th Annual Ward World Wildfowl Carving Championships are scheduled for April 27 - 30, 2018. The show guide has been mailed to former participants. If you need a copy and have internet access, go to the the Ward Foundation website and click on Events tab for a downloadable copy. Its time to start looking for airfare to Ocean City.
Dick Zechmann brought several examples of his small bird carvings to the meeting. Some are beautifully painted while others were natural finished. Great for small projects and tree ornaments. Good job, Dick!
See ya at the meeting on Dec. 12th.
Happy Holidays to one and all !