Monday, 13 November 2017

Ken Dixon's Synopsis of December's Meeting

More than 50 people decided to kick off the holiday season by coming out to the annual OWA social.
With lots of yummy treats provided by the executive and some very talented members everyone enjoyed something to eat as well as coffee and soft drinks.
As in years past there was no structure to this year's gathering so everyone was able to move around visiting, checking out the show and tell items, making deals on that tool they have been looking for, and just generally enjoying a couple of hours talking all things woodworking.
Congratulations to Ken Dixon, this year's recipient of the Danny Proulx Award with Brian Greene making the presentation.  Ken has been an active member of the OWA since there were no more than 20 members.  He has been a member of the executive in almost all rolls including President and currently sits as Past President.  He continues to take care of the soft drinks and writes the monthly meeting summary for the website so people who can't make it to a meeting can read about what they missed.
By far what captured attention over the evening was the Dove Tail Challenge. Seven people took up the challenge which was originally to be a timed event but was changed to just a participation activity.
We missed getting a shot of Rob cutting tails, and Ken, the photographer, did not supply a selfie.  But you can see them both, Rob holding the saw prize just below, and Ken receiving the Danny Proulx Award above.  Brian's photo is below as well where we thank him for lugging in his Roubo style workbench for the challenge.
Participants had their names drawn for three prizes generously donated by Lee Valley Tools. The three winners were Lukasz Dybinski, Ron Hall, and Rob Suarez.  Lukasz left before the prizes were drawn, so Matt is standing in his place.
Congratulations guys and a special thanks to Brian Greene who brought in his fantastic work bench to be used by the participants.
Hoping you had a safe and happy holiday season and a great start to the new year.  See you at the next meeting on Tuesday, January 9, 2018.

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