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Each year during our December meeting the Mid-Michigan Woodworkers Guild puts together a Christmas dinner/fund raiser.  We use this opportunity  to raise money to donate  to a local charity.  The club provides the food, drinks and members bring a desert to share.  This year’s recipient is Lansing Teen Challenge.

Steve Lewin presenting this years donation to Frank Goodrich, Program Director for Lansing Teen Challenge

To raise funds our club solicits local and national company’s for donations of woodworking related items.  After dinner  members purchase raffle tickets and the proceeds are donated to Lansing Teen Challenge.   In addition to the donated items, many  MMWG members built a project to be included in the raffle.

Larry B.

Marvin T.

 At the end of this blog you will find a list of  the company’s who supported this years raffle.

Four short days before the dinner I received a phone call from Roberta of  Fox Chapel Publishing.  Roberta asked if I had received a box  containing donated books.  When I replied no, she explained that Fox Chapel Publishing had been notified by the shipping company, the box had been lost.  The shipping company had returned the original shipping label from the box of books, shipped several weeks earlier.  Roberta hoped the books had somehow been delivered but no such luck.  It was obvious she was concerned  about the lost books and at this late date it was not practical to ship  replacements.  The call ended with a promise that she would get back to me.  A short time later Roberta called and said she would e-mail some certificates to be included in the raffle.  She apologized for the lost box  and mentioned that she  personalty selected the missing books.  Disappointment was evident in her voice.  The books may  not have made it to their destination but her giving spirit sure did.

The evening started as it does each month with the noise of banging chairs and folding tables.  As MMWG members  arrive I am asked repeatedly  what can be done  to help.  Many hands make quick work of  setting up and before long the room is filled with the sounds of  friends chatting and Christmas music playing softly in the background.  A crowd gathers around the tables set up to display the Show & Tell projects and  raffle donations.  New this year we had a “Best in Show” contest.  Members voted for their favorite project.  The top three projects were awarded additional tickets for the raffle.

Denny R.

Paul S.     Best in show

Pizza, salad and bread sticks arrive on cue and we settle in for a nice dinner and more conversation. The  Show & Tell  segment had members sharing their latest project or two.  The raffle wrapped up the evening’s events .

Thank you to all that supported this years dinner.

 

Fox Chapel Publishing…http://www.foxchapelpublishing.com

Incra…http://www.incra.com

WorkSharp…http://www.worksharptools.com/

Whiteside Router Bits…http://www.whitesiderouterbits.com

ToolSelect.com … http://www.ToolSelect.com

Woodcraft of Grand Rapids, MI…http://www.woodcraft.com/stores/store.aspx?id=550

Powermatic… http://www.powermatic.com/

General Finishs…http://www.generalfinishes.com

Lee Valley…http://www.leevalley.com

L.L. Johnsons Lumber/The Workbench…http://www.theworkbench.com

Milescraft…http://www.milescraft.com

Woodshop News…http://woodshopnews.com

2nd Chance Wood Co. … http://www.2ndchancewood.com/

American Fabric Filter…http://www.americanfabricfilter.com

Hut Products…http://www.hutproducts.com

Flex Cut…http://www.flexcut.com

 

Keith