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Old 10-19-2008, 09:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Please share your results from each local chapter meeting in this thread.
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Old 10-20-2008, 12:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'd like to see some of the participants in our meeting enter their thoughts.

We "passed the pen" and talked.

How'd it go - ask the guys who were there. Will they come back??? THAT is the question we need to answer.
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I'll be back, it was nice to meet other locals, see their pens in person, and even learned a few things.
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I think the meeting went well and was a good start. Just to be able to share ideas with other penturners makes it worth while. I can think of several demonstrations I'd like to see at future meetings.
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Old 11-01-2008, 08:50 PM   #5 (permalink)
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We had the first Central Texas Chapter meeting today and it went quite well. Some of the things we did that seemed to work well:

We had a "Live Show Off Your Pens Forum". I set up a table with a white sheet covering and and sign with the above on it. I also created a bunch of business size cards with blanks to fill in for pen info. It included IAP Handle, Material, Kit, and Finish. I had everyone fill a card out for each pen they displayed.

We sat around admiring each others work while everyone got there. We then all went to a local BBQ joint and had lunch together. That way a lot of fun.

Next we came back and I did a CA finishing demo and followed that up with a "Worthless Wood" casting demo. Next George Butcher did a little demo on his new Beal Pen Wizard.

After that we did a pen swap where we each put 2 of our best blanks on the table. We drew numbers and each picked a blank in numerical order and then went through a second time.

Lastly, I asked for everyone's number back and asked them to remember their number. I drew a number from the hat and the winner received a single pen display box I made and had laser engraved with the Chapter Logo.

We had 13 people show up and I think everyone had a good time and we all learned something. We will certainly do it again soon!
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Our March meeting was a big success, as I saw it. We had over 40 folks attend and all seemed to enjoy what they saw and could participate in. We had a demo by the chapter president and it went well but took a lot of time to complete. We need ideas of what has worked for other chapters and suggestions for meeting agendas. With nearly 90 people on the email list we have a big potential for fun meetings.
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Our March meeting was a great success as well. We held it at Bad Dog Burls, we had 3 or 4 lathes set up and spent the day turning, surrounded by pallet loads of Aussie burls. Rob Doyle put on some brisket and chicken and we all had a great time.
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