January 2017 Newsletter
Volume 26  Issue 1

Cold, cold, and cold! I don't know if you caught that it's cold outside. The good thing about being cold outside is that
it makes it very easy to be inside carving where it's nice and warm. In the last
Woodcarving Illustrated, I saw two
different snowmen that I thought would make good gifts to give away for Christmas. Karen is putting the finishing
touches on them rather than go outside and shovel snow in the cold. I married a smart girl!

Hope you all had a Merry Christmas and may your New Year be filled with much happiness, good health, and a big pile
of wood chips.


The election was held at the December meeting to fill the open position on the Board of Directors. The three-year term
will be filled by Willie VanSluys.


You can pay your dues of $10 at the banquet. If you will not be attending the banquet, have not paid your 2017
dues, and wish to remain on the membership list, please send your dues to the new treasurer, Joann Luke, at 138
East Park Lane, Kohler, WI 53044.


A card was received from the Rocky Knoll Auxiliary sincerely thanking us for the “Cobblestone Store” sign donated by
the club to them last year. Instrumental in the design and construction were Bob Lawrence who carved the letters,
Mary Nowacki who painted the sign, and Don Lorier who provided the wood. Input was also received from Ron Feld
and Al Herwig.


Slips were passed out at the December meeting for members to vote for another club member. This is the third year
that a member was elected for this award. After votes were counted, it was announced that Neil Lorenz received the
majority of the votes. His name will be entered on the plaque that he will receive at the January meeting.
Congratulations, Neil, and thank you for your tireless efforts running our show for many years and for the many
hours generously given toward club activities. Your fellow members appreciate you.


At 6:00 pm, Jim said a prayer to get the potluck started. Members enjoyed ham sandwiches provided by the club and
delicious side dishes provided by members.

The December 7 meeting was called to order at 7:05 pm by President Jim Rooker. Jim thanked Rosemary Mohnsam
and Alice Prahl for organizing the potluck and setting up the buffet at the meeting.

Treasurer’s Report. Dianna Witt reported expenses of $170 and deposits of $458. She will collect dues at the
December meeting, if you have not already paid.

Sunshine Report. Mary Nowacki sent a card to Jeff See whose dad passed away. Jeff attended the meeting and
thanked members for their support. She also sent a card to the Wirtz family and received a reply thanking the club.
Helen Williamson is doing well after her surgery and a card was sent.

Library Report. Lori wished us a Merry Christmas and told us she would fill us in on magazines received at our next
regular meeting.

Raffle. Maureen Bruegger organized the 30/30/30 raffle. The club retains 1/3 of the funds and the two winners were
Al Herwig and Alice Prahl who each took home 1/3 of the funds.

Banquet Signup. The Kettle Karvers annual banquet will be held on January 4th at Wagon Wheel in Howards Grove.
There was a signup sheet for us to add our names. Members and their guest are invited at $10 each. The club pays
the remaining cost of the meal.

Election of Officers. Joann Luke has accepted the position of club treasurer and Henry Meller has accepted the
position of Vice President. Joann and Henry will be installed into their positions at the banquet meeting in January.
Willie VanSluys was elected to the open board member position and that position will also begin in January.

Kettle Karver of the Year. Members vote for another club member. After votes were counted, it was announced that
Neil Lorenz received the majority of the votes. His name will be entered on the plaque that he will receive at the
January meeting.

Meals on Wheels Christmas Tree. Our club will once again carve ornaments for a tree that will be auctioned in
November 2017 to benefit Meals on Wheels. Don Lorier announced that the theme for the 2017 tree is
Wheels for
. He said if we can incorporate a method of transportation into our carving, that would be great; however, any
ornament will be accepted.  

Cancer Care Carving Event. Tim Renzelmann asked our club to participate once again. The carve with the group will
be held on Tuesday, February 7 at Matthews Oncology on Taylor Drive. Food and fellowship starts at 5 pm, if you are
interested. Ten to twelve volunteers are needed. Please contact Pam Moir if you wish to participate.

Display Cabinets. Many members brought a Christmas-themed carving to add to the display cabinets for the next
two months.

Show & Tell. Mike Ketz chip carved wooden shoes for a Christmas gift. Gene Mathes completed another diamond
willow walking stick. Jim Rooker completed the "town cryer" that he started in a Rich Wetherbee class.

Gift Exchange. Members who brought a gift then exchanged gifts.

Jim adjourned the meeting at 7:50 pm. He reminded everyone who had not logged into the system at Generations to
do so before leaving the building.


Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go
through it, or work around it.


Email me with articles or photos to be included either in the newsletter or our website. Copies of all newsletters
published since January 2011 can be found on our website. Copies of the online version are available for the past year.
If you ever have a problem accessing past newsletters, please let me know.


Monday Morning Carving — Monday from 9 am-noon at the Senior Activity Center, 428 Wisconsin Ave., Sheboygan.
Check the complete center schedule at SheboyganSeniorCenter.com. Free for Friends members and $1.00 for guests
of members.

Tuesday Night Carving — held year-round from 6-9 pm at Plymouth High School, Room C111. All members and visitors
are welcome. Cost is $1.00.

Saturday Carve — held once/month (September through June) on the Saturday ten days following the monthly
meeting in the Generations Craft Room, 9 am-noon.


April 22, 2017: Kettle Karvers Klub Artistry in Wood, Woodcarving and Wood Sculpture Show, Lakers Ice Center,
1202 South Wildwood Avenue, Sheboygan, WI; 10 am-4 pm.

April 30, 2017: Mid-Wisconsin Chippers Woodcarving Show, Competition, and Sale, Crystal Falls Banquet Facility,  
1500 Handschke Drive, New London, WI; 9 am-4 pm.
Contact webmaster.
Kettle Karvers
Serving Woodcarvers in East Central Wisconsin
January 4, 2017
Wagon Wheel
120 South Wisconsin Drive
Howards Grove, WI
5 pm Cash Bar, 6 pm Dinner
Members and Guest at $10 each
Make sure you have a reservation with Dianna (wittsend@charter.net or 467-3171)