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April Newsletter

Wow!  What a great show we had this year.  Thank you to all that made our show a success.  From helping to set up, clean up, working the admissions table, the silent auction, the competition, and for stepping up to do all the other tasks that needed to be done, we wouldn't have been able to do it without you.  A huge thank you to Rhonda Smith for keeping us organized and moving forward.  

Our next meeting will be our last before our summer break.  We will not be doing a class, but will have the space reserved for open carving.  

If you haven't been to our Facebook page please visit and like our page so any events or posts will show up in your news feed.  Don't feel shy about posting carving related pictures, thoughts, and questions.  The more activity on our page the better visibility we have in the community.
I'm always on the lookout for interesting information for our newsletter.  Please let me know if there is something you would like to see included.  If you have something you have written to contribute I am even more excited!

Don't forget to check out our club website (  If you are on Facebook, like our page and post projects, questions, inspirations, or let us know how you are doing.  I would love to see any projects you may be working on.  It's always fun to follow along and watch works in progress too.

People's Choice Competition
1st Place - Cheryl Coupland
2nd Place - John Randash
3rd Place - Rick Jensen
Carvers Choice Competition
Cheryl Coupland took 1st and 2nd place in the Advanced Carver category. 
Rob Bathurst took 1st and 2nd place in the Intermediate Carver category.
Patty Molm took 1st place in the Beginner Carving category.
John Randash took 2nd place in the Beginner Carver category.
Upcoming Events
May 4
     9-4 - Diamond Willow Whittle In
    10-11 - Monthly Club Meeting

Community Service Carving at Local Retirement Homes
All times are 12:30-3 pm

1st Monday Fairmont 
2nd Monday Touchmark 
3rd Monday Fairmont
4th Monday Eventide 

In months with 5 Mondays, the 5th Monday is at Eventide on 8th, downstairs.
Thursdays we have open carving at Valley Hardwoods on Highway 10 starting at 12:30.
May Whittle In
Instead of offering a class during our May meeting we will be having a "Whittle In."  We have rented the meeting space at In the Chips from 9:00-4:00.  As this is not a class, there are no fees for attending. 

Our theme for the event is diamond willow walking sticks.  The diamond willow branches will be available to purchase at the April show from John Kranz.  We have members that have carved several of these walking sticks and have graciously offered to give hints and help.  This is not a step by step class. 

You are welcome to carve any project.  It is not limited to just the walking sticks.  This is a time for socializing and carving.  
Carving Lessons
Bob Lawrence offers carving lessons in his shop.  For the beginning carving class complete 4 items (butternut cowboy boot, butternut letter opener, basswood Santa and a butternut eagle bust).  He is starting a new class on Tuesdays, starting on April 30th. 

On Wednesdays, the shop is open from 1-3 pm and 7-9 pm.  Come when you can and bring whatever project you are working on and get advice and help as needed.  To sign up and for pricing contact Bob at 701-280-1038.
Treat Schedule
May - Marvin Smith
Show and Tell
Judy Doll with a Pat Moore snowman
Bill Souter with his Dala horse
Jerome Miller with his Harley Refsal design Java John
Mark Riley with his completed Native American bust
Joe Robideau with his completed Dala horse
Bev Ashmore with her bark carvings
Chris Pinotti with some wonderful spirals
Wayne Hankel with his diamond willow walking stick
Marvin Smith with his prong horned antelope
Duane Bischoff with a caragana walking stick
Wes Bartron with his meadow lark and robin
Alan Pearson with his gnome and troll
Dick Skauge with his butternut rusty nail shore bird
April 6 Minutes
21 members present
The minutes were presented.  There were no corrections. 
Wayne Hankel – moment of silence for Dennis W.former member hat recently passed away
Bob Lawrence – Larry Yudis, the owner of The Woodcraft shop also passed away recently
Ruth was not able to attend so the treasurer’s report will be at the next meeting.
Communications – there were none
Committee reports
Alan Pearson – Program report
September and January not have an official class but do a whittle in.  We will see how it turns out for the May whittle in. 
John Randash will be doing fish in October
November – gnome or elf, basic version good for beginners
Dave Ihry – rolling Bison
Some class ideas:
Troll has been suggested due to the turn out for the dala horse.
Spoon carving – need an instructor
Bark carving – need an instructor
We are still open for ideas for classes
Do we need to offer a higher level of carving classes
Show report – Rhonda Smith
Next weekend is the big event
Most everything is lined up.  3 show classes are full (we also have a waitlist)  Adult intro to carving class are filled both Saturday and Sunday.  Wayne Hankel has 2 classes with 10 in each.
Dick is teaching the Monday-Tuesday class. We would like to see a couple more register.
Need help for Dave doing the soap carving and someone to run the competition.
Judy Doll and Bev Ashmore volunteered to be floaters.
Next year the show will be April 17-19.  It is the 45th annual and we would like it to be a big event.  John Engler will be our featured carver.  He does low-relief carving.
There was a suggestion for more advanced classes than we typically offer.  Technically we could do a longer workshop that runs Friday to Tuesday to have more time for an advanced class. 
We need feedback to offer the classes you would like.  We also need to work 2 years in advance.
Dick Skauge - consider having a late fall or summer class and bring in a professional teacher.  This opens up for classes for those that are working the show.
Old Business
Picnic Committee – John Randash found that parks charge about $150 for a shelter.
Alan Pearson moved that we should have a picnic, Duane Bischoff seconded it.  The motion carried.
German Heritage Culture fest – September 14, 10-4.  Barry Kutzer has registration forms.
Eventide on Eight Street in Moorhead – Vern Nolting  We should do the same thing we do at the other retirement homes.  We will be moved out from the basement and get the same cookies as the other place.   Instead of going to Valley Hardwoods on the first Thursday of the month, we will go to Eventide.
This is 12 months a year.  If it falls on a holiday then it is skipped.
Special events committee – no one volunteered; we may put this in at elections next month.
Christmas ornaments – up to 3 ornaments.
New Business
Elections will be next May
Bob Lawrence
Wahpeton has been a little slow, but several people mentioned they haven’t signed up yet.  Currently at 85 normally would have been at 100 by now.  The school is very good to us, only charges for the meals that are actually eaten. 

Wayne Hankel motion to adjourn, Mark Riley seconded, the motion carried.
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Club Officers:
President:  Joe Robideau
Vice President:  Barry Kutzer
Treasurer: Ruth Severson
Secretary: Patty Molm
Program Chair: Alan Pearson
Show Chair: Rhonda Smith
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