Happy New Year Carvers

That’s right, it is a new year for our club. I think it has been a great year for the club. And I know it has been a most enjoyable time for me.
I want to thank the officers and board members for all their help, and I am grateful we are all back together for the coming year.
Because the club moved our year to begin on June 1, dues are now due on that date. Neil Zyp has sent a reminder to those who haven’t paid, and Rich DiFranco is ready to record them.
One of the perks for our dues is a summer celebration and we will announce the date following the June board on the 13th.
At the general membership meeting, we announced the use of a suggestion box. The box will make its appearance next Tuesday, June 6, 2023. Please use the box if you attend Tuesday meetings or let us know by other methods any ideas you may have.
Fresh ideas are good for the club. For example, I don’t remember who suggested a defibrillator be purchased for Cathcart, but it is happening. The church approved the request and Lee Servatius and Lisa Murphy-Stafford did the research, and a purchase is in the works.

Recently, Steve Stillitano, Tom Kavanaugh, and Rod Gatlin traveled to Greenville, Tenn. to participate in their carving show and represent Charlotte Woodcarvers. All of them brought home blue ribbons and even brought back a paid new member application. You guys did us proud, congratulations.
Also, back by popular demand, Rod taught a second caricature class in May. Continuing our efforts to grow carving, our members have started a new series of lessons for our new members.
A Chip Carving class will be held on July 26-28, 2023 at Cathcart. The instructor will be Bill Johnson, a great instructor, and a club member. Details to follow.
Our 2024 Showcase budget has been approved and the club budget proposal is ready for consideration at the June meeting.
Topics for the board meeting will include but are not limited to membership growth, community outreach, evening/Saturday carving, and future club participation at other Shows.
We need a volunteer to lead our participation at Matthews Alive.

Happy and Productive Carving
Bob Gerbe, President,
Charlotte Woodcarvers Club