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TWG Spring 2018 Event
Cleburne Texas

As the President of the TWG serving his first term as leader during one of our Spring Events I have to say things went off pretty well.  There was lots of good fun and fellowship at both the Show and the Carving Seminars.  I may not have been in class, but learned a few things.  For those that were there, it was great to see you.  For those that weren’t there, we missed you and need you.  Our attendance was down some so make your plans now to be at the event in 2019.

As of now, we are planning to be back at Cleburne in 2019 with the Show being on set-up on April 5, with the show actually taking place on April 6 & 7.  We will again be having some mini-seminars during the show, but our main Seminar sessions will be the April 8-12.  Those sessions are scheduled to be released on October 1, 2018, so be ready to sign up then.

If you see Robert Rangel let him know he did a great job in putting on the show this year.  As our new show chairman his hard work paid off with a great event.  There was great competition, with many outstanding carvings on display.  The judges did a great job in selecting some wonderful winners.  We had a new carver in Ronnie Zint, from the Chapel Chippers win not only Best of Show, but also the runner-up Best of Show. There were three great Club carvings depicting a Christmas Winter Wonderland, with Alamo Area Carvers taking home the winner from that event.  The Alamo club also won the best club table.  The show came to an outstanding end when Dallas Deege put on a great Texas State Whittling Competition, where a new champion, Richard Talasek, was crowned.

Our outgoing Vice President, Alan Hueston, and his wife Carol, put together an outstanding list of instructors for our week of seminars.  There was good carving and instruction going on all week long.  All of our instructors are to be thanked for a job well done, and the students for putting that instruction to good use in making some really fine carvings.

At our Banquet, there was some good eats, but more important some good TWG business was conducted.  A few carvings were sold in the Auction, and more raffle items were given away, helping to make some money to keep our event in the black.  I can tell you the group was very glad to see Dallas and Donna Deege presented with the Charles “C-Max” Winstead award.  Good fun was had by those that got to tell a few stories on Dallas and Donna.  Also, those that were there received some words of wisdom from Dallas.   We also elected a few new officers and directors to help us lead the Guild to bigger and better things in the future.  Those elected were:

Vice President:  Donnie (Donna) Stephenson
Secretary:  Helen Havemann  (re-elected)
Seminar Director:  Carol Hueston
Program Director:  Bill Bang

One of the highlights for the week was the dedication of the Texas Woodcarving Museum.  This brainchild of Jack Price was brought together with the hard work of many folks under the direction of Harry Seurkamp.  Harry got us a location within the Jane Long Art & Culture Center in Cleburne.  Worked with the Chapple Chippers to make some display cases.  Worked with the committee, he put together, to determine what carvings would go into the museum, and then got them on display; with more to come.  We had the dedication on Tuesday at lunch time and many got to see the first view of the museum.  A photo of the group on the steps of the Culture Center before the dedication is also now on display in the Museum.  The Culture center is reworking the floors of our exhibit room and the museum will be reopened to the public in June.   Hope you all get by to see it soon.  Not only are there great carvings on display, but if you see whose carvings are in the museum you will also get a feel for the history of our organization. 

Great people, great classes, great fun.  The planning for our 2019 event is already underway.  Hope to see each of you there next year.




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