The RWS Board of Directors (BOD) and I want to thank Andy for his service to RWS over the last few years and wish he and his wife the best in their move out West. However, while the “sour real-estate market” has impacted his immediate plans, it has benefited RWS as Andy will stay on the BOD as National Speaker Chair until he up-roots.
Andy and I have made a very successful transition and if the General Membership approves, I will be the next Chairman of RWS.

Andy has left things in great shape: A very good relationship with CP Rochester, an outstanding slate of board members and 2 committees made up of mostly Volunteers that have developed our fantastic line up of workshops and National Speakers.

The direction I see for our club is nothing new: Grow our membership. Forge new alliances. Develop our skills through our world class teaching and learning. However, the approach in getting there may be different. More about that next month.

As I indicated before, we have a full slate of top notch National Speakers starting with Hilary Russell. While boat building may not be your thing, the skills that he will demonstrate for boat building can be used in all of our general woodworking.

Our line-up of Local Workshop is again outstanding. We offer many single event workshops and a serial workshop: building a workbench lead by Tim Talma. These local workshops can really take your woodworking to the next level. So take advantage of them.

I look forward to the coming year and welcome your ideas and suggestion on how to make RWS stronger and better.