Happy New Year

The New Year is a time to reflect, reflect upon what happened this past year. 2020 began with Al Wheeler writing “The year 2020 promises to be a busy and exciting time for the Club. We have about 7 weeks left before our Show begins. …” He was right, for the first two months. We had a great 38th Showcase of Woodcarvings. And then we had Carol Leavy stay after the show to teach carving Santas. Then it was if everything stopped. The state closed down, which closed our carving together.
Marcy Chirdon and the new board took office April 1, however that didn’t last long either. With the forced retirement of her husband, Marcy moved from Charlotte to New York to be closer to her two sons and their families. That is when I stepped into the position of president.
We resumed carving at the church on June 2, which will continue for the foreseeable future. With the exception of participating in the Matthews Farmers Market once, all other events were cancelled. Such was 2020.
The 39th Showcase of Woodcarvings has been postponed to June 25-27, 2021. The showcase committee hopes that we will be past the restrictions by then and will be able to host another great show. Just as a plea, as you know, our club is aging, so we will need younger members to step up to take the place of those who will not be able to help this year.
Hopefully we will be able to have the annual summer social, Matthews Alive event, and other events that we participate in annually.
Going further, I have a vision for the club working with high schoolers getting them involved in the woodcarving hobby. There is a possibility that we could offer a woodcarving class to homeschool students. If this vision works, we could have a youth division at the Showcase again. This would seed the future of the Charlotte Woodcarvers Club (and other clubs around the country). If you are interested in a project this, please let me know.
Finally, for those of you interested in the history of the Charlotte Woodcarvers Club, we have put most of the newsletters from the club on our website. These date back to the origins in 1982. Interesting to see how the club has grown and changed over the years. This effort was completed with the help of Bill Dominick and Bob Warner. You can find these issues on our website, charlottewoodcarvers.com, just click on Newsletters and then on the Earlier Issues menu.
No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn't trying. Tony Robbins, American author, coach, motivational speaker, and philanthropist.

Confident Carving
Neil McGuire
Charlotte Woodcarvers Club, president