AAW December Chapter Newsletter

[note]The following is the December Chapter Newsletter from the AAW[/note]

Monthly Drawings/Grand Prize Drawing

It is almost time to have our year-end drawing for the Powermatic lathe. The name of one lucky member will be drawn at random from the membership roster at the end of the year. That member will win a Powermatic 3520B lathe including shipping*. Their chapter will also win either a full-size Jet lathe or 5 mini-Jets including shipping*. We thank Walter Meier Powermatic JET company for their continued support and donation of our annual grand prize.

*Shipped within the continental United States. Shipping allowance for Canada and overseas.

Thank Our Sponsors

Please make sure that you thank all of our business members for their support of the AAW. These companies and individuals help make the organization great and offer many special benefits to our members. Let them know you appreciate them when you do business with them. We also thank those donors to the monthly and year-end grand prize drawings. You can find a complete listing of those on the website.


The EOG applications for this year’s grants are now open online. The deadline is January 15. You must apply online. New this year with the EOG grants 10, AAW symposium registrations will be awarded.

Update officers, for annual insurance certificate

Most chapters have their elections around this time of the year. Please make sure to inform the St. Paul office of your latest chapter officers. Also needed is any mailing address change for your annual insurance certificate mailing.

Membership Drive

Don’t forget to check for the latest information on our membership drive program. There are great incentives for bringing in new members or encouraging past members to rejoin.

AAW is excited to kick off our membership drive. As we continue to grow, we look forward to welcoming new members and renewing friendships with returning members. This year we look forward to expanding our programs and implementing new ideas, and as always, sharing with you, this amazing time. Our membership drive is designed to work through and in support of the local chapters. For each 10 memberships (new or lapsed two years or more) the chapter will receive a complimentary symposium registration. The start date for the promotion was November 1st with an end date of December 31st.

Click here to participate in the offer. We hope that you’ll choose to join and spread the word to your friends.

Woodturning Fundamentals

In a continuing effort to reach all of our membership with skills-related information, we have begun a “woodturning fundamentals” program. This educational effort will provide a wide variety of wood and turning fundamental information. Based via e-mail and our website, it is intended to supplement the journal and will be published in months when the journal is not published. Please follow the included link for more information.

Donations for insurance fund

We often get inquiries from the chapters regarding contributing to the insurance fund. We appreciate any donations made to help offset this expense and we accept donations in any amount. A commonly used guideline is $1 per member.

Safety committee announcement

While the AAW has a long-standing commitment to safety, we are always striving to improve. We have created a committee whose whole purpose is to bring safety information and best practices to the forefront. This group, headed by Don Derry, will create, seek out, and publicize information on safety through our best practices area. Individuals and chapters are encouraged to submit materials and ideas.

Safe and Joyous Holiday Season,

Kurt Hertzog
AAW Board of Directors
Chair, Chapters and Membership