December 2016 Newsletter
Volume 25 Issue 10
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE by Jim Rooker
In the three weeks since the election, not one candidate called to thank me for voting. It seems they all want your vote but where
are they after the election is over? Thanksgiving is here and gone and managed to leave five extra pounds at my door. I’ll be
working hard to drop those five pounds in the next four weeks because Christmas is right around the corner and will deposit, I’m
very sure, another five pounds+ to boot. November was a good month as far as carving goes. I was able to finish a carving that I
started at Rich Wetherbee’s class and a couple of Christmas ornaments as well. I’ll close now wishing all of you a safe, healthy and
happy new year. May you all find time to put the knife to the wood, keep those chips flying and make someone’s Christmas extra
special with a hand carved ornament.
KETTLE KARVERS ELECTION by Judy Larson
An election will be held at the December meeting to fill the open position on the Board of Directors. The normal term of office is
three years with one member being replaced each year. Two members are on the ballot—Alice Prahl and Willie VanSluys. We will
also vote for Kettle Karver of the Year. Members can vote for any club member of your choice.
MEMBERSHIP DUES by Dianna Witt
Dues of $10 is owed by the end of the year and will be collected at the next meeting. Pay dues at the meeting or send to 606-2
Danube Court, Sheboygan Falls, WI 53085.
INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY
If the Plymouth School District closes because of inclement weather, Generations will also close and our meeting for that date will
be canceled or postponed. On other bad weather days, if the President in consultation with the Executive Board makes a
determination that it is unwise to hold a meeting due to inclement conditions, the membership will be notified by email or phone.
MEETING MINUTES by Judy Larson
The November 2 meeting was called to order at 6:35 pm by President Jim Rooker. Jim reminded everyone that they should sign in
at Generations to keep the money coming to them.
Treasurer’s Report. Dianna Witt reported expenses of $50 and deposits of $87. She will collect dues at the December meeting.
Library Report. Lori Jarosh reported receiving the book Talons in the Sky from the editors of Wildfowl Carving Magazine and
Sunshine Report. No report since Mary Nowacki was unable to attend the meeting.
Saturday Carve. The project for this month was your choice of three Christmas ornaments. Carves are held at Generations in the
craft room starting at 9 am. Heads up--Starting in January, the Saturday carve will be held on the Saturday ten days after the
meeting (this would be either the second or third Saturday of the month).
Christmas Potluck. This members-only event will be held in conjunction with the December meeting. Meat and buns are provided,
and members are asked to bring a dish to share. You may participate in gift exchange (bring a gift, take a gift). There will also be a
50/50 raffle. A signup sheet was available. Please make sure you sign up at the November meeting if you have not already done
so. You may also call Rosemary (894-3127) to sign up.
December Election. The committee of Darrell Abston and Larry Lienau has found two members for the Board member position
so there will be an election. They have also found members to fill the positions of Vice President and Treasurer. The term of office
starts in January.
Display Case. Betty Wilson's and Rosemary Mohnsam's items will be displayed during November. All members are asked to bring
one or two of your Christmas themed carvings to the December meeting to be displayed in the cabinets during the holiday season.
Diamond Willow Sticks. Gene Mathes brought a few sticks that he offered to members at no charge.
Artistry in Wood. Ron Feld contacted the Sheboygan Chamber of Commerce about putting our show on their calendar. Other
suggestions for media coverage are appreciated. Don Lorier mentioned that we may need a new wood vendor at our show.
Wood. Ray Henry will only be able to supply smaller pieces of wood so Don will be searching for a vendor to supply wood for
Meals on Wheels Christmas Tree. Our club will once again be carving ornaments for a tree that will be auctioned in November
2017 to benefit Meals on Wheels. Don Lorier will be updating us on the theme for the 2017 tree.
Magazines. Betty Wilson has dozens of magazines from Jerry Bauer's son that you may view at her home and purchase for a
Show & Tell. Twelve members brought items for the Show & Tell portion of our meeting. Mike Ketz won the Show & Tell raffle so
he took home a carving donated by Floyd Rhadigan and the book Magic Relief Carving by Terry Evans and John Hagensick.
Raffle. The thumbnail gouge was won by Larry Lienau and the diamond sharpener was won by Roger Carlson.
Jim adjourned the meeting at 7:36 pm. Willie VanSluys demonstrated woodburning feathers. To assure predictable results, before
woodburning a project, burn lines on a piece of wood showing the color of each setting on your woodburner.
SMILE OF THE DAY
A defendant was on trial for murder. There was strong evidence indicating guilt, but there was no corpse. In the defense's closing
statement the lawyer, knowing that his client would probably be convicted, resorted to a trick. "Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I
have a surprise for you all," the lawyer said as he looked at his watch.
"Within one minute, the person presumed dead in this case will walk into this courtroom. "He looked toward the courtroom door.
The jurors, somewhat stunned, all looked on eagerly. A minute passed. Nothing happened. Finally the lawyer said, "Actually, I
made up the previous statement. But you all looked on with anticipation. I therefore put to you that you have a reasonable doubt
in this case as to whether anyone was killed and insist that you return a verdict of not guilty."
The jury, clearly confused, retired to deliberate. A few minutes later, the jury returned and pronounced a verdict of guilty. "But
how?" inquired the lawyer. "You must have had some doubt, I saw all of you stare at the door."
The jury foreman replied, "Oh, we did look, but your client didn't."
NOTE FROM YOUR EDITOR by Judy Larson
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.
SOCIAL CARVING OPPORTUNITIES (calendar)
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
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 following the monthly meeting in the
Generations Craft Room, 9 am-noon. Starting in January, the Saturday carve will be held ten days following the monthly meeting.
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.
Serving Woodcarvers in East Central Wisconsin
Next meeting: December 7 at Generations in Plymouth, Wisconsin, 6:00 pm
|Members Christmas Potluck
Before December Meeting
Meat, buns, and coffee provided
Members should bring a dish to share
Optional Gift Exchange: Bring a wrapped carved gift, choose a gift
If you did not sign up, contact
Rosemary at email@example.com or Alice at firstname.lastname@example.org