Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and ate to much Turkey and dressing and didn’t put on too much weight. If you did or you didn’t we have another chance to pack it on this coming week, December 6, 2022 at 5:30 pm in the church fellowship hall for our annual Christmas Holiday social.
As always Bill and Judy Dominick will do a great job procuring the Chicken and Drinks and the rest of us will bring the side dishes and dessert. I am sure more people are coming than signed up, so if you haven’t signed up yet, please let me know.
The Metrolina Christian Academy choir is ready to entertain us, and the raffle has been replaced by a gift from the club.
Remember, bring some of your carvings to display and don’t forget to be generous when donating to Loaves and Fishes. Bill Robinson organizes this every year.
It is now official. CPCC is the site for our Showcase on April 14, 15, and 16 2023. There was a BIG hurdle to overcome. The College raised some requirements, the biggest was an increase in Insurance coverage on the event.
Every day for weeks Keith Jones and Bob Warner headed the effort to satisfy CPCC by working with our Insurance agency and the College to get the coverage that would satisfy the requirements.
The insurance agency talking to the College on our behalf finally put together a package we could afford and satisfied CPCC. Thanks guys and everyone that helped along the way. We now have a contract and the Showcase is on with a little over 5 months to go.
As was mentioned in the last newsletter, volunteers are needed to put on the Showcase and Keith Jones, co-chairman, suggested that committees would greatly help.
October is here and a new season is here. There is a lot to talk about in this Newsletter. There is good news and some not so good. Hope you stay for the whole letter and take action.
The good news in September included a Great Time at Matthews Alive. Neil McGuire headed up an awesome event for three days on Labor Day weekend. When it was hot outside, we had A/C inside, when it rained we had a roof and plenty of refreshments to keep us going. Plenty of people coming to see what we do. We gained over 100 emails from families interested in coming to our next Showcase (Only 6 months away).
For some of us this was our first Matthews Alive and personally I had a great time all 3 days. The following Tuesday, everyone who worked the event reported they had an exceptional experience as well.
It was fun to watch veteran members like Bill Dominick asking families if they were ready to start carving and newer carvers like Dave Clarke showing guests how the club instructed him through the learning steps of being a new carver.
Summer is winding down but not the temperature and the humidity. And Wild Acres is in the rear view mirror so no relief in sight for who knows how long. But we had great weather while we were there, just one evening shower during happy hour and dinner for the second class according to Bill Robinson. A BIG THANKS is due to Rod Gatlin for arranging this awesome retreat year after year. Great instructors as always. This year we were lucky to have Ron Dowdy and Mitch Cartledge with a variety of projects too numerous to list but I will have projects on hand into next year. Make sure you leave space available in your calendar next August, 2023.
Now for something I hope we don’t have to do next year at Wild Acres and this will also serve as notice to those who don’t know. Bob Warner was unable to attend Wild Acres this year due to the passing of his wife, Pat, the week before. Many of us were blessed to know Pat and a tribute to Pat was offered by all attending the retreat this year. We all offer our condolences to Bob on his loss. God Bless Pat.
July was a busy month and I can’t remember too many days below 90 degrees including July 16 at the Matthews Farmers Market. Eight (8) members showed up to carve and talk with shoppers about woodcarving, our club, and our next Showcase. To that end, we collected 15 names and contact information to send out reminders next year when the Showcase gets closer. For the first time we were ready with a registration sheet for those that were interested. Thanks to Bob Warner we will have a registration sheet to use at all future events we attend.
Our next visit to the Matthews Farmers Market is this coming Saturday, August 6, 2023, from 8am to 12 noon. Please let Bill Robinson know if you want to attend. We need 6 carvers to attend.