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Instructors wanting to teach in 2018 Seminar should
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be completed by August 15, 2017

2017 TWG Spring Event

WOW—A new venue, Cleburne, brings new excitement.  I think the TWG membership was interested to see this new location, and what it had to offer for our group.  There were a few adjustments, but overall the Cleburne Convention Center served us well.  Many of our carvers commented that this was the best lighting we had ever had for carving.  The Guild Leadership learned a few things, and some adjustments to this venue will be made to make things even better for 2018.

We started off with the show, which was a new experience for the TWG.  After serving several years as our show chairman, this would be the last show Jon Zubkus  would be leading for the Guild.  I think most would say he went out in style.  A great event, with several new items went off without any real problems.  Our judges, John Engler & Pat Moore, did a great job in selecting the numerous winners in the many categories of woodcarving our members selected to enter into.  Congratulations to all of our award winners.  Our overall best of show winner was awarded to Gary Batte, for his caricature carving of a cowboy on a horse.   The Alamo Woodcarving Club, from San Antonio was awarded the best club carving for their western scene.  During the show the Texas State Whittling contest went on with Dallas Deege coming out of retirement to become this year TWG Whittling Champion.  Many of our show veterans commented that it has been a long time since we had so many members of the public visit our show.  Good job by all involved.  Our new Show Chairman, Robert Rangel, has some big shoes to fill, but he is already working to make the 2018 show a success.

We had great carving and instruction all week.  There was a daily raffle with items being awarded to ticket buyers each day.

Our Annual Business meeting and Banquet was held on Thursday evening.  Several important items occurred during the meeting.  Reports by both our Vice President and Treasurer were made, and all is good.  Our outgoing President, Dan Gillen, presented his last round of President Award winners which were:  James Nelson, Jennifer Laughlin, Harry Seurkamp, and the Centroplex (Killeen) Carving Club.  The TWG’s highest honor is the C-Max Award, with the 2017 recognition being awarded to Bill & Vera Bang, for there numerous years of service to the Guild.  A special Auction was conducted of carvings done by many of our instructors with some hot bidding going on.  Then the raffle was conducted.  Also, during the business meeting the 2017 election occurred.  Those elected were:  Michael Griffin, President; Valerie Clubb, Treasurer; Bill Molder, Publicity Director; and James Nelson, Financial Director.

It was pointed out that looking forward to 2018, there are some positions that need to be filled, so we are looking for some of our membership to step up for these positions.  These include, Vice-President, and our Show Director elected positions.    We also need a person to take over as our hospitality person.  If any of you have a desire to help out contact the president.

It is not too early to be preparing for the 2018 show and carving instruction.  We will again be at the Cleburne Convention Center.  The dates of the show are:  set-up on Friday April 6, Show—Saturday& Sunday April 7-8, Carving & Instruction Monday – Friday April 9-13.  We need you all there and invite a friend.  The class schedules should be out on the TWG website on or around October 1, 2017.

Feel free to contact the TWG leadership if we can be of assistance.  Keep carving.

Michael Griffin
TWG President







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