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Sitting in my motel room

 

As I sit here in my motel room, I'm trying to figure out what to say in my first newsletter as President. And yes, I did volunteer. I think of what is important to me and what makes me smile.
First and foremost is God. He blesses me every day. Next is my beautiful wife; she helps lessen my burdens, and when I look into her eyes, I can’t help but smile. Also, my two boys make me proud and make me laugh.
Then we come to my hobbies:  seeing a little carving I’m working on come to life is a great feeling and makes me smile. I think about the club members, and the first thing I hear is everyone saying “Hey Jerry” when I walk in the door at the Tuesday meetings. It makes me feel so welcome. It’s fun to be a member of this club, and it is always a great time to sit and carve with the other members.
I am an over-the-road truck driver and work 70 hours a week. I don’t smile much at work. I cherish those times when I get the chance to have fun,
My first order of business (besides this newsletter article) is to thank Mr. Bob Gerbe for the past two (2) years of service to the club. He has done a lot of work for the club. I have some big shoes to fill in such a little man, and I will call on his expertise and knowledge to help me. I also want to thank the board members who make up the cabinet. I’ll be asking for all your help to develop and implement new ideas to improve this already great organization. (A little note to the board…no job is more important than the other). If your job is to count baskets, then count those baskets to the best of your ability. Then the whole club benefits from your job; well done.

I'd like to encourage each of our club members to get involved. Please don’t just come and carve on Tuesday and let your passion for our art stop there. Spread your knowledge and love of this art to others. Usually, in large clubs or organizations, a few carry the weight of the whole group, and we want our club to be different. Everyone plays a part in our success.
The main thing I would like to focus on during my tenure is all of us having fun. This hobby of ours isn’t supposed to be stressful. Come to the meetings, carve, relax, socialize, and have fun. And, maybe, like me, learn something new.
The love of carving is why we are all here. I still remember when Paul DesRosiers came to the house to teach me chip carving and how his whole face lit up to be doing that. You could tell he was having fun. We need to share the love and joy of carving with the younger generations. Let’s try to get them involved in this dying art, or it indeed will die.
I want to challenge each club member to bring a younger person into this hobby. We need them so we can share the wealth of knowledge that is available in this club. Paul, you’re off the hook. You brought me in, LOL! This knowledge and love should be shared so our hobby will continue with future generations. When my time as President is over, I hope you all will say that I did an excellent job for the club and made you smile. Being part of this journey is fun, and we will all travel together. Thank you in advance for your support!
Love you guys. Make some chips and have fun!! 

Jerry Clark,
President, Charlotte Woodcarvers Club