Bylaws Revision Proposed

The OPCAAW Board voted on Feb. 12, 2018 to propose a revision of our bylaws to the general membership of the club. The bylaws govern how the club operates. Our last bylaws revision came in 2004.

The proposed new bylaws include language that specifies the club is operated as a non-profit organization in compliance with state and federal laws governing such organizations. They also specify the duties of the club’s officers, allow the addition of up to three “at-large” members to the Board (to expand the perspectives heard at board meetings), and outline other member rights and protections. The Board realizes that most members don’t know that bylaws govern the operations of the club and most members certainly aren’t familiar with the bylaws.

However, it is in your interest to read the proposed bylaws. If you wish to compare the new bylaws with our existing bylaws, you are encouraged to read our current bylaws. If you have questions, you are encouraged to ask a Board member or to send your question to the Board. The bylaws revision will be presented at the Feb. 28 meeting and will be put to a vote of the membership at the March 28 meeting.

Our organization

Our chapter of the American Association of Woodturners comprises more than 120 members of all skill levels from Kitsap, Mason, Jefferson and Clallam counties in Washington State.

Our more experienced members place a high priority on helping novice turners in a variety of ways including an official mentoring program, casual advice, and hands-on workshops.

Top regional turners such as Molly Winton, Stephen Hatcher, Art Liestman and Don McIvor and accomplished club members such as Tones Briggs, Norm Hix, Dan Marler and Brad Stave have conducted demonstrations at club meetings in the past few years.

The purpose of OPCAAW, as stated in our bylaws, is to:

  • Promote the art and craft of woodturning in our community
  • Conduct regular membership meetings with suitable programs, activities and demonstrations related to the woodturning craft
  • Engage in other activities such as turning instruction or cooperative acquisition and use of the materials and tools for woodturning, and
  • Maintain a lending library for members.