Association Executive Committee Chairpersons President Carl Purcell 466-3024 Newsletter Ed Dawson 883-1364 Vice President Ed Dawson 883-1364 Library Doug Gregory 469-7641 Treasurer Dan MacLean 425-0012 Workshops Ross McKenzie 829-3328 Secretary Dave Brown 835-3067 Phone Ross McKenzie 829-3328 Membership Ross McKenzie 829-3328 Publicity Alan Dorey(902)757-3670 Competition Carl Purcell 466-3024 Alan Dorey(902)757-3670
FROM THE PRESIDENT :Fellow Carvers,
Since our last newsletter many happenings have occurred, and some of these need support and attention from the membership. It was previously reported that 1999 was designated to "wildlife carving" with the theme, "Wildlife in Wood" and our organization was asked to sponsor this event.
During the coming year there will be workshops and displays throughout the province but in order to have a display we need carvings . I need a commitment of 25-30 carvings to present a half decent show. These need not be carvings from this current year but" they will be removed from your personal inventory for one year ",while they travel the province. At present time, I have a commitment of less than 5, Please Help! Also if you would like a workshop or display in your area,as part of the provincial tour please contact me.
Our association will have a juried presentation at the Mary E. Black Gallery this July until Sept. If interested in presenting a carving for this juried show please contact Dick Bone or George German.
Yes we have a surplus of money in our bank account but it costs on average close to $10,000.00 to host a competition of our clubs calibre. It is no secret that some past shows ran a slight deficient. This year we have determined that a person is needed to take the" bull by the horns" and say ,that with the help of other unnamed individuals , they are prepared to do the leg work, to do things such as organize and sell raffle tickets. These shows do not fund themselves its takes team effort. P. S. We have some top drawer prints (framed) donated to us so that we might raise funds , so lets not jeopardize possible future donations by our lack of concern. It is important to put our best foot forward.
Lastly your executive went over some of the clubs by-laws and they need to be reviewed/updated for presentation and resolution at our annual general meeting. Counting on your support will make this year and this association a success.
DECOY: is an abbreviation of the Dutch "EndeKooy," a duck in a cage, meaning that back in the "old country" 16th , 17th century, waterfowl would be driven into cages and used for table fare or as live decoys.
Just a reminder, that it is likely that if you are working on a project, the library probably has reference.For those who enjoy carving songbirds apparently we have a couple that have never even been signed out. Hard to believe!!!
REMEMBER: THAT ALL MEETINGS ARE NOW AT FINDLAY SCHOOL AND WE HAVE A REGULAR CLUB MEETING EVERY 2ND THURS OF THE MONTH AT 7.30pm
Please note that DUES are from AUG until Aug. If you only renew at competition then your dues for the current fiscal year expire in Aug of that year. This means for the other nine months you are in arrears.
As stated in previous newsletters all workshops for this winter and spring will be all-day sessions commencing at 0930 on the 3rd Saturday of each month starting Jan 16th then Feb20th / March 20th / Apr17 none May cause of Competition.Workshops will all be at Findlay Ctr on Elliot St. Dartmouth.
Seminars and lectures will be approx 2 hrs and will be included with workshops. The Phone Committee will advise members as lectures are firmed up. It is hoped carvers come to the workshops and bring any project that they are working on. Workshops are not a carving class but an exchange of ideas and techniques. There will be an organized project for those members wishing to participate.
The first project is carving a Ruddy Duck.(DRAKE) GUNNER DECOY. This project was selected as to the wide variety of reference available. Different patterns are available so carvers may align themselves with their experience and confidence levels. For those unable to produce their own blanks there will be some available at B&T Carving.(461-0972)
Before I close I must remind members that the workshop format was modified according to the indications of the survey given out at the last competition 98. These changes were made to better satisfy members needs.
SO PLEASE JOIN US IF YOU CAN.
Questions about workshops can be directed to me (Ross McKenzie 829-3328)
You know, I am sure we all derive a great deal of pleasure at our annual competition. I know I do. It is our opportunity to individually and collectively strut our stuff. Each year, as we draw closer to competition ,expectations heighten, both individually and as a club. Expectations that this years show will surpass last. Now my point is this, that no organization especially one consisting of volunteers can realistically do a "bang up job" unless we first ask ourselves,"How can I help". Since these shows do not fund themselves we ask perhaps that if you brought sponsorship in last year perhaps you might do the same this year. (Since you already have the contact and all). For anybody who has not, perhaps you know an individual or company that very well might like to donate money or merchandise.
At any rate, here is my phone number if you would like to let me know how you can help:
MICKEY SHAW : 866-2852 or E-Mail me at micsan@ ns.sympatico.ca. Thank you MIC
This year we are again pleased to offer a workshop prior to competition put on by our CHIEF JUDGE : GLENN MCMURDO and he will conduct it on the how to carve a "shoveller head" This workshop is available to the first 14 persons whom submit $75.00 as a course fee. Dates for course 27, 28 May 99.