April 13, 2021 4 H Center

Call to Order:

President Jack Winkleman called the meeting to order at 6:10 PM. There were 6-8 members present at the 3:30 - 6 PM open carving session and about 20 members at the meeting.

Guests: We had one guest present - Erv Leidolf.

Minutes of previous meeting:

Jack made a correction to last month's minutes. Joyce Adkins needed to be added as a visitor. Jeff Hancock made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting. Seconded by Mark Meyer. Motion carried, minutes approved.

Treasurer's Report:

Motion made by Jeff Hancock and seconded by Frank Wilderman to approve the treasurer's report as given by Jon Gunnels.

Library Committee:

No library report was given. The librarian was absent.

Show Committee:

Jeff Hancock reported that our show will be October 23 and 24. The contract for the room has been submitted. He encouraged members to have a table at the show or share a table with a fellow member. Tables will cost $20. He will have a floor plan available soon. We will have food trucks available. Jeff requested a volunteer to manage the signs and banners. We also need sponsors.

Old Business:

The tool auction is scheduled for the June meeting, but in the current Covid climate, that could change.

Jon Gunnels is working on the club insurance.

2021 club dues need to be paid as soon as possible.

New Business:

Jack was advised by Kay Haller of the Master Gardener's that there will be no booth set up at the June 26 and 27 Garden Walk event. They will offer booth set up at the Art in the Garden event on June 13th from 12:30 to 3:00. The member consensus was that the club should have a booth at that event.

Jack asked for discussion regarding the wearing of masks at our club meetings. It was unanimous that we should continue to wear masks until the majority can be vaccinated and the cases start dropping again.

Kathy Vonderahe presented a request that she had received about repair of a carving. Jack also presented the request to members by email. No one was interested in the repair job.

The Budget Committee consisting of Jack Winkleman, Jon Gunnels, and Kathy Vonderahe met over the last month and Jack presented a detailed report. Bottom line, we are operating at a loss due to our expenses increasing and membership decreasing. Some recommended suggestions for increasing revenue are looking for ways to qualify for grant money, drive for increased membership in a variety of ways, and include regular sales/auctions of member contributed items. For 2021 the June auction should help us cover the shortfall this year. We also need to promote our show so it will also be profitable. Also, conducting a Half Pot was discussed.

Jon Gunnels spoke with the IN Gaming Commission regarding raffles and half pots. They regulate these activities. We should be able to run these activities without a lot of complication and no licensing costs. There are a couple of forms to complete but once approved we could run up three events a year that pay out no more than $2500 each event, $7500 annual. There is no limit as to how much we make, only on the pay out. The show committee discussed doing a half pot and drawing a winner the last day of our show. Details will be forthcoming.

Jon also reported that the club now has the ability to take credit cards along with a way that individual members can accept credit cards through the club's account. More details will be given prior to the show.


Jack is still trying to contact Carolyn Boyd who does cypress knees. Neil Ward suggested offering a seminar by Don Mertz. Don is known as the WoodBee Carver and has lots of instructional information on his website. Rich Wetherbee will be available to do a two or three day clay or carving class the end of September or early October for $85 a day and could take up to 12 students. Jack will send out an email to members to see if there is enough interest to have him.

Upcoming club seminars:

May - Frank Wilderman
June - Auction
Jack needs volunteers for the remaining months.

Show and Tell:

There was no show and tell at this meeting.

Half Pot:

The half pot for $ 14.50 was won by Mark Meyer.


Motion to adjourn at 6:36 PM was made by Jeff Hancock and seconded by Keith Hemenway.

The next meeting is Tuesday,May 11, 2021

The meeting was followed by a seminar from Kathy Vonderahe who taught a penquin that was by Sara Barraclough from the Winter 2019 issue of the Woodcarving Illustrated magazine. You can follow Sara on Instagram by looking for theclevercarver.

Respectfully submitted:

Kathy Vonderahe,
Acting Secretary