Great Lakes Region Spring Meeting - May 22, 2004
by Myrtle Cockrell (#4654-H)
On May 22, Herb & Jackie Stough hosted an excellent meeting at the Wright Township Fire Department, located south of Jasonville, Indiana.
The smell of good "Ole Hoosier" cooking greeted 67 members and guests as they entered the building. Our gratitude goes out to the fire department and the great cooks for their hospitality.
Garry Roux brought some of his beautiful dumpster-collected "exotic wood" species for the auction. There were many beautiful writing pens and other items on display made from some of Garry's dumpster wood.
Elmer Fett came with a part of his "harem". He and daughter Karen enjoyed displaying and discussing how to turn wooden bowls. Both displayed their b owls turned out of many species of wood. All the children enjoyed Elmer's three-wheeled lay-down bicycle.
Members also attended from Ohio, Illinois and Missouri, Gene Johnson purchased a truck load of wood at the auction. We hope he made it home!
Despite his illness, Allen Rodebeck came with his brother, sister and daughter to the meeting. We were all happy to see them. We missed Allen helping at our auction. Allen furnished the door prizes and lots of wood, wood samples and craft items for auction. We all love you, Allen, and get well soon!
Beautiful wooden letter holders crafted by Herb Stough, George Sparks and Don Lawson were given to each couple attending the meeting. William Thomas and his helper, Roger Martin, kept the portable mill busy sawing logs and board lumber for the auction.
Bill Knoll, assisted by Dave McWilliams, used his chainsaw to cut logs too large for the Wood-Mizer sawmill. Thanks for your help.
George Sparks displayed his beautiful furniture made of hackberry. Don Lawson displayed his cherry desk and other wooded creations. Bob Chastain hand carved Santa Clauses.
Bill Perkins demonstrated making pens on a mini-lathe; and Bill Cockrell made pyramid puzzles on the compound miter saw. The demonstrations made the show quite interesting.
Thanks to Gary Simmons of Missouri who displayed his many talents. Among Gary's many fine displays were a miniature wooden carved city, a wooden train, and an unusual wooden scroll saw. Bill Perkins, Bob Chastain, Garry Roux, Herb Stough, Don Lawson and several others helped with the auction. Proceeds from the wood and craft auctions netted $1,148.35 and were given to the IWCS as a contribution from the regional chapter.
Two new members joined the IWCS because of the meeting. Dave McWilliams of Missouri recruited Tony & Judy Labarbera of Missouri. Bill Cox of Indiana recruited Michael L. & Helen Dashnaw of Indiana. We hope the new members join us at future meetings.
The regional chapter wishes to thank Herb & Jackie for a well-organized and interesting meeting.