Dear Central Florida Woodturning Club Members,

I hope this letter finds you well. As we begin another year of woodturning, I wanted to take a moment to share with you the exciting community projects that we have planned for this year. These projects not only allow us to showcase our skills but allows us to give back to the community in meaningful ways.

Firstly, we will be turning wood Wig Stands for cancer survivors. These wig stands will not only provide a safe and secure place for wigs to be stored, but will also be a reminder to cancer survivors that they are not alone. This project is particularly close to my heart, as I know how important it is to have a practical and useful item during times of illness. I encourage each of you to participate in this project, as it is a small but impactful way for us to make a difference in someone’s life.

Secondly, we have the opportunity to make Christmas Ornaments for the Orlando Museum of Art charity fundraiser. This is a wonderful way for us to use our woodturning skills to support a worthy cause. Together we will be creating a beautiful collection of sea urchin ornaments. I urge you to get involved in this project, as it is a great way to show the community what we can do, and to make a positive impact. We will also raise funds for the club by selling some ornaments in the Art Museum gift shop.

Lastly, we will do a hands-on demo at Maker Faire Orlando, where we will make wands for children. This is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase our woodturning skills and to engage with the community. By participating in this event, we can inspire young minds to appreciate the art of woodturning and spark their curiosity. I hope that many of you will join us at this event, as it is a chance to have fun while sharing our passion with others.

I understand that it can sometimes be difficult to get motivated to work on club projects together. However, I want to stress the importance of participating in these events. Not only do they allow us to give back to the community, but they also provide a sense of camaraderie and teamwork among club members. By working together towards common goals, we create more than any of us could alone, while at the same time we take our turning skills to a new level.

Happy Turning!
Kent Weakley
CFWT President 2023