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From the outgoing TWG President:
TWG Spring 2019
Well the TWG Spring 2019 event is in the books. I hope each of you were able to get to the event in some capacity. I think those that were there will tell you it was a fun filled event. Hope you are making plans now to attend the 2020 event next year in Kerrville.
The Annual Texas Woodcarvers Show was a success. Thanks to our Show Chairman, Robert Rangel, for putting on another good event. It is always amazing to see the talent of the carvers within the state and a few that come in from out of state to join us. Ronnie Zint is to be congratulated for receiving the Best of Show award (second year in a row) for his outstanding carving of the Hawk. Fred Carter gave him a true challenge with his carving of Mark Twain as Runner-up Best of Show. Fred also took home the People’s Choice Award. Not only many outstanding carvings judged and awarded, but some real fine carvings were on display on the many tables throughout the exhibit hall. Begin now to get that special carving ready for next year’s competition.
The heart and soul of the TWG are those individuals that are our instructors, passing along skills and knowledge to our member woodcarvers. We thank them for what they do. To say we had a good week of seminars would be an understatement. Beginning with our classes during the show and all the way through Friday outstanding teaching and learning was going on. Many a student went home with a nice new carving, but hopefully they took home new carving skills developed during the week.
Harry Seurkamp, our Museum Chairman, hosted a reception at our own TWG Carving Museum on Monday evening. It is hard to explain in words how far and improved our museum has come in the last year. Outstanding, new cabinets, new floor, new paint, and most important lots of new carvings, both old and new on display. Museum now has a library associated with it. In years to come we may look on this as a true gem not only for the TWG, but also the history of woodcarving as a whole. If you have a carving you would like to contribute and put on display in the museum, all you need to do is contact Harry.
Our Annual Business meeting and Banquet went off very well. It was an honor to recognize Patty and Adair Rucker as this year’s Charles “C-Max” Winstead Award recipients. Several carvings were auctioned off with some very heated bidding being overseen by our auctioneer Tom Sarf. Of course, there were some lucky members taking home some nice awards from our annual raffle, and Jennifer Laughlin needs to have a big TWG thank you for the very nice assortment of raffle items given away in the daily drawings.
As outgoing TWG President I cannot tell you the pride I have ion being able to serve this organization the past two years. I hope you feel I did an acceptable job in guiding the group. I challenge each of you to look and see where you can be of service to this great organization. We need each and every one of you.
Please support them in leading this group.
As previously mentioned, our Annual event will be moving back to the Texas Hill Country next spring when we go back to Kerrville. We will be meeting at the Hill County Youth Event Center, 3785 TX-27, Kerrville TX 78028. Feel free to contact the Kerrville Convention Center to get information about campgrounds, lodging, and other attractions within the area. You may also contact the Youth Event Center if you want to camp on their grounds. They have hook-up with water and electricity (no sewer).
One final thought: we need each and every one of you. You are all important to the success of this Texas Woodcarvers Guild organization. Hope to see you in Kerrville in 2020.
From the outgoing TWG President:
It's Official, TWG is moving to Kerrville, TX in 2020!
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