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!
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.
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.