Meteorological winter began on December 1st. The winder solstice is on December 20. But most important, we celebrate Christmas, the birth of Christ, on December 25. I trust you and your family will have a great December and Christmas. Some of you may be looking for a new knife to improve your carving. Or maybe a book to give new light on your technique. Whatever it is, I hope you get it, and it is all that you hoped for. But most of all, I hope you have peace with Jesus Christ.
Happy ThanksgivingNovember is loosing its importance. Sandwiched between Halloween and Christmas, we are increasing Halloween and diminishing Thanksgiving. We tend to forget the sacrifice and bravery those few who sailed in small ships to an unknown land. We forget that they lost half, 50%, of their companions before they left the Mayflower. And what for? For freedom to worship as their conscience dictated. As you enter Plymouth, MA, the sign reads “Welcome to America’s Home Town”.
We have much to be thankful for.
Due to the times, the board thought it prudent to continue in 2021 with the with our current officers, and skip the election this year. As such, the board voted unanimously to pass a motion to that effect. The current officers are:
Happy HalloweenOctober is such a great month; cooler weather, leaves changing, last month of daylight savings time, and, of course, carving. Just a reminder, we are carving on Tuesdays from 9am to 7pm in the Cathcart center. So come, bring your mask, and join us.
The big thing for our club of course, is the 2021 Showcase of Woodcarvings. Hopefully you all know by now, but the dates have been changed to June 25-27, 2021. This has been under constant review since April when we realized that we might not be able to have the 2021 Showcase. Thanks to Lisa Murphy-Stafford and the showcase committee, we believe we have a plan that will work.
Furthermore, the theme has been changed to Anything Tom Wolfe. This change was made to memorialize the recent passing of Tom. He published more than fifty (50) books in his lifetime, so there are plenty of patterns to chose from. While caricatures is not my forte, I am looking forward to choosing and carving one one of Tom’s.
Happy Vernal Equinox
I hope this finds you well and enjoying the blessings of life.
Well, it is my honor to fill Marcy’s shoes as president. I have carved with her for several years, and served on the board for one and a half. As you know, she is very personable, and interesting to talk to. We will miss you Marcy, but wish you the best retirement ever. I know I have been enjoying mine for seven (7) years.
So you might ask, who is this Neil McGuire? I worked in the Christian school movement for 38 years as a teacher, principal, and then a book salesman. After retirement I took the time to get involved in wood craft. I joined the club in 2016, and have enjoyed carving and fellowshipping with you carvers. What a diverse and interesting group we are.
President's MessageIt is time to say so long and I will miss all of you as I start my new adventure of finding a home somewhere in PA, or upstate NY. We close on our Charlotte home on September 25, so after that we will travel and explore areas that we may pick to settle down and buy our new home. This is an exciting and scary time but hopefully we will not be still camping when the snow starts to fly. I will think about the club and members often and hope to return for future shows. Thank you for all of your support and kind words as we venture into the unknown.
We voted last week and Neil McGuire is your new President. Rich DiFranco has taken on the task of Treasurer. I know they will do a great job and I will miss working with them and the rest of the members of my Board. Thank you to my Board for their help during this unusual Covid-19 time of managing the club.
“May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of his hand.”
Farewell and Goodbye!
Charlotte Woodcarvers Club