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.
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.
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.
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
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
L.L. Johnsons Lumber/The Workbench…http://www.theworkbench.com
2nd Chance Wood Co. … http://www.2ndchancewood.com/
American Fabric Filter…http://www.americanfabricfilter.com