While it feels like summer already it can’t be because we haven’t had our SHOWCASE yet. Just one month and two weeks to go. The teams are working harder than ever, and amazing things are happening.
Keith Jones and Steve Stillitano have been making an unbelievable effort to reach out to companies far and wide to stock the raffle table and silent auction with some donations that will stun you and make you wish you spent more money on raffle tickets while they are at a discount which ends March 15th. Hint: (even NASCAR has contributed).
Steve and Bob Warner are selling raffle tickets like crazy and you have two weeks to get in at the discounted price.
Everyone should remember our Showcase is the largest in the southeast and it takes a huge effort from every member who can volunteer to make it a SUCCESS. We all must work first and spectate second. So come on out, we need everybody. If you can’t contribute with the labor then carve like never before and enter the competition. Also, help Steve build the best raffle with donations of your work for the raffle. There are many ways to help.
Let’s start this month’s newsletter with some items that will take action, pretty soon.
Rod Gatlin announced the dates for this year’s Wild Acres event, Aug 14-20. As always there will be 2 classes, but the instructors have not been picked yet. However, due to a conflict, Mitch Cartledge will not be available this year. As soon as the instructors are confirmed (soon) Rod will announce instructors and pricing and begin taking signups. Rod will give those taking both classes a 2-week head start before taking 1 class reservation. STAY ALERT. Club members will have until March 1st before reservations open to others.
Happy New Year Carvers
It’s a New Year for the world but it’s only Half Time for the Charlotte Woodcarvers Club. I hope we are a great second-half team. We have a lot of work to do and only a short time to get it done. It’s 3 months and 2 weeks to SHOWCASE TIME. Let’s get ready to Rumble.
Unfortunately, we lost Peter Ortel. Fortunately, our Showcase theme is First Responders. So, there will be a special activity to honor Peter and his wife will be there to help. The Club will provide a table to display selected works of Peters and Mrs. Ortel will donate a special carving to the winner of the Lee Dukes award. Bob Warner has been instrumental in setting this up and will travel to transport the carvings to the SHOWCASE.
As always, the Christmas social was a huge success. Bill and Judy Dominick arranged the food and drinks. Neil McGuire was able to get last year's choir to come back for an encore performance. They were great again. Every member of the club went home with a special ornament.
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.