Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXV, Issue 9      September 2020

Blackhawk Carving Club

We will not meet again until further notice.

Peterson Meadows, 6401 Newburg Rd, Rockford, IL 61108. We normally meet from 8:30 to 11:00 am for open carving. Business Meetings are the third Wednesday of the month. Friends and spouses of carvers were welcome to come to meet and visit and carvers are encouraged to bring in finished carvings for “Show & Tell” the third Wednesday of the month. Our mailing address remains P. O. Box 8285 Rockford, IL 61126. 

Presidents Report  September 2020

Our outdoor carving sessions, which we initiated this past month, have been very enjoyable. We have about eight to ten members each week. If you have forgotten, we currently meet each Wednesday between 10:00 am and noon at Sinnissippi Park shelters 1 & 2. We are able to physically space out and utilize masks. We still continue the social interaction including sharing of information, experience, expertise, and resources. Additional members even stop by for shorter visits to say hello and see what others are carving. The weather has been very pleasant. Even as the temperatures pushed into the 90s, the morning coolness along with the abundant shade and light breezes make for very pleasant carving and spaced out social interaction. I believe we can continue this method through September and even October. November will probably bring and end to our outdoor carving sessions; but we will strive to tie the club together in other ways, such as, this newsletter.

  I have an important club event which is coming up and should be addressed: elections! We are speeding toward the end of the year. As slow as this year of isolation and distancing has felt at first, it seems to be passing very quickly. I have prepared a plan for how to conduct this year’s election. We need to establish and then announce a list of candidates for the four elected positions by October. Then hold the election in November. So how do we do this during this time of no live formal meetings? As president I plan to once again establish a Nominating Committee of a minimum of three independent and experienced members. This Committee’s job is to solicit members as possible candidates for our four elected officers: President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The Committee would then establish and publish the list of candidates. From then on, Chuck (Membership) Drewes will issue emails to all members announcing the candidates, the start of the election process, the election results. Chuck will also act as our Election Judge and will collect all votes and tabulate the results. As always, we will try to compensate for those members who do not have internet accessibility. Actual votes maybe submitted via email, telephone, or even post office mail. Chuck will be responsible for insuring only current members’ votes are counted (and only once). There will be a voting cut-off date established and published. After that voting cut-off date and with a minimum of a simple majority of our current member votes, the election will be closed and an email from Chuck would announce our 2021 club officers. This is the plan I am currently following. I also believe this form of voting via email, phone, or USPS should enable even a greater member voting participation.

There is another alternative which has been brought up by a couple of members: Suspend or delay the election for this year. To do this, I believe we require a crafted motion, preferably with a second, which we could distribute to the membership for consideration and an eventual vote. Personally, I do not believe a delay offers any or little value. This would cause additional work and delays which I definitely do not favor. Many of us believe that the COVID-19 situation will not be brought under reasonable control until next summer. Consider we are an organization made up of older members in the designated higher risk category; plus our meeting location is at a retirement facility. I believe Peterson Meadows has to exercise extreme caution in opening up their facilities to outsiders like us, especially in mass. Delaying an election to next summer or even into next Fall puts us so close to the start of the 2022 election cycle that it offers little benefit with too much extra effort. I realize that the virus concern has adversely impacted you and certainly the way the club operates; but we are still a club and I am still trying to have it function as fully as possible. Holding the election may seem of questionable value but it does offer to each of us the opportunity to consider and express our feelings or opinions for the future.
Unfortunately, I have not discussed these items adequately with the other three members of the Executive Committee. I will continue to try to keep the membership informed of our plans as we move forward. Information will be forwarded to each of you by official emails via Chuck Drewes.

  Unfortunately, I have not discussed these items adequately with the other three members of the Executive Committee. I will continue to try to keep the membership informed of our plans as we move forward. Information will be forwarded to each of you by official emails via Chuck Drewes.

Please consider all of this. Stay healthy and enjoy each day!

Tyrone Johnsen

 Blackhawk Carving Club Minutes August 2020

A meeting was not held, therefore no minutes.

 

Passed Treasured Carvings

When we return to monthly meetings, members are encouraged to bring in SHOW and TELL items along with carvings that are tucked away from the past.  Even though you might be tired of looking at them, they may be teaching tools for others. Dust them off, bring them in, or send a picture for the next newsletter.

 

October Birthdays (that we Know of)

  6  Herb Page
 9
 Tony DeVita
 9
 Carrie Lay
14 Carol Behning
17 Mary Wilder
29 Jack Basford

Facebook

Like us on Facebook “Blackhawk Woodcarvers”.  Many pictures and information.

 

Door Prizes

Don't forget the Door Prize drawing on First Wednesdays. Bring something you don't need or want anymore, but know someone would be thrilled to win at the drawing.

 

Want to buy or sell

If you have anything that you would like to buy or sell send me an email and I will put it in the newsletter.   Gordy

Passed Treasured Carvings

At our monthly meetings members are encouraged to bring in SHOW and TELL items along with carvings that are tucked away from the past.  Even though you might be tired of looking at them, they may be teaching tools for others. Dust them off, bring them in!

 

Club Officers    (815 aera code)

Present            Tyrone Johnsen  397-9274
Vice Present
    Richard Dumphy   633-9003
Treasurer         Larry Stenzel   389-4714
Secretary         Steve Terrill   708-0471

 

Committees       (815 aera code)

Programs, Richard Dunphey, 633-9003
Webmaster & Newsletter Editor Gordy Moscinski  874-7978
Membership  Chuck  Drewes   985-8575
Photographer  Steve Terrill
Picnic   Tony Devita

 

Thank You

A big thank you to all who contributed pictures and commentary for this newsletter.  Great job!

Keep sending your pictures by the October 7 deadline.

A look behind closed doors

Darth Vader

A new bowling ball, Darth Vader.

 

Bob Coleman

humuhumunukunukuapua’a

For the first time in a long time, I actually did a carving last week!  It’s a humuhumunukunukuapua’a, Hawaii’s state fish.  I plan to carve a series of reef fish, mainly because they’re so colorful.

Larry Stenzel

 nuthatche

The larger one:

nuthatche

The smaller one:

 

Here's two different kinds of Nuthatches in process. One is bigger than the other and has a different profile.

We have both types at our feeders in the winter, but we don't see them in warm weather.

 Chuck Drewes

 Road Runner

 

My first road runner.

 

Bob Matthews

 

 lake

This is a woodburning of our lake in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

Gordy Moscinski

 whimbrel

The local Musky Area Woodcarvers group loves to carve birds.  They are having an influence on me.  This is a carving of a whimbrel.

Gordy Moscinski

 Bufflehead duck

This is a carving that I did years ago. It is a Bufflehead duck.

Gordy Moscinski

 chip carving

Martha Fitch

 

Bunny Nordheim

 

Bunny Nordheim

 fish

santa

Tyrone Johnsen with some low relief tropical fish and a Santa.

 

Richard Prutz

 fish

Tony DeVita

 

Don Stansfield

 

Don Stansfield

 Don Stansfield

Frank Lay

 

Dennis Neubauer

 

Bob Hallstrom

 

Roger Benedict

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