Connecting and supporting woodworkers in the St. James, North Carolina community.
June 2020 Newsletter
Newsletter — June 2020
Open Shop — Tuesday, July 14 — 3-5 p.m.
Craig Thompson is opening his shop for the first Open Shop tour. A printable summary sheet with location, times, shop overview can be downloaded here.
Featured item: General Shop Layout – Work Triangle – Expandable Space Date & Time of Tour: July 14, 2020, Time 3–5 PM (please stagger arrival times) Shop Owner: Craig Thompson (952-292-5694) Address: 3770 Bridgewater Drive (2nd house west of Wyndmere/Bridgewater intersection near the Reserve Club — map) Parking Considerations: Ample parking on street, in eyebrow or in adjacent lots. Moderator / Presenter: Craig Thompson Ground Rules / Other Comments: Ample space in garage for members to gather and then pass thru the adjoining shop. Please bring a mask. Cold water will be available. There will also be a small silent auction of some tools to help out a woodworker moving away; bring cash or a checkbook.
Mark your calendar for future Open Shops: August 10, 2020 — Dave Campbell, 3886 Fairhaven Dr., 3-5 p.m. September 15, 2020 — Mark Lynch, 2565 Shellbark Ct., 3-5 p.m. October 2020 — Still open for a volunteer November 10, 2020 — Chuck Elledge, 4130 Brookfield Way, 3-5 p.m.
Other News & Updates
You only have to check the latest issue of What’s Up St. James to see that not much is up. With public events either not being scheduled or being cancelled into late summer, every group is in the same situation. Gary Mlynek is in regular contact with the town and POA. To date, the town has no definitive date or plans as to when the community center can reopen. We are working on hosting video presentations from other members, holding an online meeting, continuing with small-group open shops, and assembling small-group lessons/demos. Stay tuned!
Treasurer Wayne Kruger is taking a break from wooden boat building to register our group as a non-profit and set up banking so future dues payments can be made out to “St. James Woodworkers.” We’re growing up!
You’ll soon be contacted with an aim to create a member directory with more robust member profiles. This will make it easier for members to seek connect with other members and seek assistance or help out when needed.
Welcome New Board Members
Huge thanks go out to members Angela McGreevy and John Boughton who volunteered for lead coordinator positions.
Angela McGreevy will be heading up social and coordinate food/drink/etc. at our gatherings, when we gather again.If you’d like to make suggestions of speakers or help out on the social front, please reach out to these lead coordinators.
We’re still in need of a volunteers to be the lead coordinator for a some key roles. The work won’t all be on you; we’ve got an entire team full of energy and ideas. But we need someone to be the point person, the central place of contact and coordination.
We are still looking for the following lead coordinators:
Field Trips (help coordinate lumber runs and tours of nearby commercial shops)
Presenters (coordinate presenters in meetings)
Special Interest Groups (help connect members in focused-topic groups based on member profile data)
We also need fall picnic planners/helpers to help the Social Lead (grillmeisters, etc.). Please contact Gary Mlynek (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are willing to take on a lead position. And remember, as a lead coordinator, you can recruit others to help you.
We’re now up to 23 of our 51 members as members of the closed, private St. James Woodworkers Facebook group. This is a great place to post projects or ask questions that can’t wait for our next group email. Join at https://facebook.com/groups/stjameswoodworkers.