A Message from President-Elect Kevin Bassett

Happy Holidays from DAW!!!!
December is a busy month for everyone and a special time of the year. We were blessed to have an
outstanding Holiday Party at Aboca’s Italian Grill. Great Food, friends with the traditional raffle and
Auction. A special Thanks to each of our vendors who provided raffle items. These included Wood
World, Rockler, Woodcraft, and Steve Worcester at Turning Wood.com. President-elect Kevin Bassett,
Vice President Chris Cohen, Secretary Glen Boudreaux and Treasurer Mike Sahl conducted the raffle and
auction. We raised and healthy sum for next year’s programs. I appreciate each of you who came and
supported this event.

Regarding next year, 2023, it is time for us to collect dues. Please renew your membership in DAW as
soon as possible. There are many benefits to membership including great monthly programs, access to
classes, access to the best wood turning library full of videos, books and magazines covering every
aspect of woodturning I can think of and then some. No matter what your interest there’s probably a
book or a video covering the subject. This would include past DAW demos, SWAT demos and numerous
commercial videos. Best of all it is getting together with other great folks with an interest in wood
turning, a sharing of information and a sincere desire to see what others are doing in this unique art

Top of the list in January is a great demo by Donna Frazier. Donna has done extensive research on
cutting wood and will impart knowledge and skill on how to best cut wood.
Empty Bowls is back. Please take a little time over the holidays and make a bowl or several for empty
bowls and bring them to the January Meeting. The North Texas Food Bank is once again hosting “Empty
Bowls” on February 23 from 6-9 pm at the Perot family campus in Plano. Currently, we have about 100
bowls collected for the event. Most of them were donated by Lou Boudreaux. Thank You Lou!!! Our goal
in the past has been 3 times that number. We have the January and February meetings to collect as
many bowls as possible. So, your contribution is needed. The January Open shop will be dedicated to
bowl making and we will collect bowls through the February meeting. Yet, another way to support
Empty Bowls will be to pledge an amount per bowl made by Kevin Bassett in a 24- hour period. This will
begin Friday at noon and end Saturday at noon during January’s Open shop. Finally, North Texas Food
Bank has an area where we can demonstrate wooden bowl making. There is room and power to run two
lathes. The area is outdoors and at night so we will have a good plan to deal with the normal weather
and of course be ready to stand down should the weather be too bad. But try we will. Your bowls are
converted into funds. Each dollar feeds many. No one should be hungry in this country and the NTFB is
on the front lines of fighting hunger, our support is needed and appreciated.

I believe I speak for all your Board of Directors and officers when I say have a very Happy and Healthy
Holiday season. We look forward to seeing you all in 2023!

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