HISTORY OF THE CLUB

In the late '70s and '80s the Shopsmith store in San Carlos Ca. had get-together's on Thursday evenings. It was a chance to share ideas and see the new Stuff.

From that group a few of those attendees broke off to have their own get-together's with the interest more focused on round things, "Turnings". At the same time another group was having meetings once a month at a woodworking store across the bay in Alameda. Their interest was also Woodturning. That was at the beginning of the (8/26/89) Bay Area Woodturners Association. Some of the Shopsmith folks even joined that group.

Back at the Shopsmith group they decided to start their own Woodturning Club. They elected a staff and that was the beginning of the(4/12/94) West Bay Woodturners. It didn't take very long for WBW to outgrow the Shopsmith store. They moved to a few other locations and finally settled at a High School shop in San Mateo, CA. Members came from all over the bay area including San Jose.

A few guys that were traveling to the WBAW meetings decided to have a get-together in San Jose to see if they could start their own woodturning group.  They began with once a month Wednesday evening meetings.  It did not take very long for the word to get out and as more people became interested and involved, in the late ninety's ( 9/3/97) they became the  Silicon Valley Woodturners.

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Silicon Valley Woodturners over the years

As with any great organization, building a great organization is not an easy task. It has taken dedication from many volunteers over the years to build the Silicon Valley Woodturners to what it is today. Though we can not list every volunteer who has contributed over the years, here's a list of president's and the people who have served on the board over the years.

2019 - Present

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Ray Hari

President

Mark Koenig

VP/Program Chair

Paul Rygaard

Secretary

Paul Rygaard

Member at Large

Don Bonnett

VP/Program Chair

Joe Martinka

Treasurer

Greg Peck

Member at Large

Greg Peck

Secretary

Jim Loney

Treasurer

Mike Lanahan

Member at Large

2017- 2018

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Paul Rygaard

President

Mike Lanahan

VP/Program Chair

Tom Schmida

Treasurer

Mark Koenig

VP/Program Chair

Joe Martinka

Treasurer

Greg Peck

Secretary

Mike Lanahan

Member at Large

2016

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John Whittier

President

Mike Lanahan

VP/Program Chair

Mike Lanahan

Member at Large

Greg Peck

Secretary

Tom Schmida

Treasurer

2014 - 2015

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Mike Lanahan

President

Dennis Lillis

VP/Program Chair

Bob Gerenser

Member at Large

Gary Keogh

Secretary

Dick Westfall

Treasurer

2013

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Bob Gerenser

President

Colin Mackenzie

VP/Program Chair

Grant Beech

Treasurer

Lonnie Hurst

VP/Program Chair

Dick Westfall

Secretary

2011 - 2012

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Ard Sealy

President

Grant Beech

VP/Program Chair

Bob Gerenser

VP/Program Chair

Howard Cohen

Secretary

Grant Beech

Treasurer

Craig Thorson

Treasurer

1997 - 2011

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Rich Johnson

President

Bob DiVita

VP/Program Chair

John Whittier

VP/Program Chair

Phil Roybal

Secretary

Jim Gott

Treasurer

Herb Green

VP/Program Chair

David Feind

VP/Program Chair

Howard Cohen

Secretary

Craig Thorson

Treasurer

Ayman Sayed

VP/Program Chair

Lou Gonzalez

Secretary

Jay Mueller

Treasurer

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President Ard Sealy recognizes Rich Johnson for his outstanding service during the 2011 April meeting.

Ard presented a plaque to Rich Johnson in recognition for his outstanding service to the Silicon Valley Woodturners club as our founder and past president from 1997 to 2011. The walnut and maple plaque was laminated by Mike, and engraved by Ard and Marcus. Rich was subsequently made our 1st lifetime member, by unanimous vote.

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Timeline

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Oct 2020

SVW website redesigned by Ray Hari goes online

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Apr 2020

SVW starts conducting all meetings online

SVW teams up with WBW to have joint meetings online using Zoom.
1st Wednesday, 2nd Monday, & 3rd Wednesday (sawdust).

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Mar 2020

Last social gathering (meeting) of SVW for 2020

COVID-19 pandemic forces SVW to change course of our meetings. SVW
decides to forego social gatherings for the sake of the health of its members.

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Nov 2018

Ray Hari elected as President of SVW

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Nov 2016

Paul Rygaard elected as President of SVW

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Nov 2015

John Whittier elected as President of SVW

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Sep 2014

SVW starts meeting at Santa Clara High School woodshop

3000 Benton Street, Santa Clara, California 95051

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Jul 2014

Club meetings moved to the TechShop San Jose

the TechShop San Jose, 300 S. Second Street, San Jose, CA 95113

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Jun 2014

Last club meeting at Rich Johnson's woodturning center

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Nov 2013

Mike Lanahan elected as President of SVW

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Aug 2013

Meetings moved back to Rich Johnson's woodturning center

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Jan 2013

Non-profit status approved

with an effective date of Jan 02, 2012

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Jan 2013

SVW website created by Rich Johnson goes online

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Nov 2012

Bob Gerenser elected as President of SVW

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Feb 2012

New logo used for the first time

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Jan 2012

SVW incorporated

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Dec 2011

Moved to the Eagle Lodge in Willow Glen

The Eagle Aerie, 1036 Lincoln Ave., San Jose, CA 95125
The meeting was moved back to the FIRST Wednesday of the month.

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Apr 2011

Moved to the First Congregational Church of San Jose

1980 Hamilton Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125
The meeting was moved to the LAST Wednesday of the month.

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Mar 2011

Last club meeting at Rich Johnson's woodturning center

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Nov 2010

Ard Sealy elected as President of SVW

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Apr 2001

SVW starts using Yahoo Groups.

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Sep 1998

SVW newsletter gets the name Chips & Chatter.

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Sep 1997

On Sep 3, 1997 SVW becomes an affiliate of AAW

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Jul 1997

SVW starts meeting at Rich Johnson's woodturning center

14979 Joanne Ave, San Jose, CA 95127
1st Wednesday of the month, 6:00pm

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Jul 1997

Rich Johnson becomes first president of SVW

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Jul 1997

On July 16, 1997 Silicon Valley Woodturners was formed

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Early 1997

Some woodturners on their way to WBW meet in San Jose

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Apr 1994

West Bay Woodturners (WBW) was formed

They start meeting at a high school shop in San Mateo, CA

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1986

American Association of Woodturners (AAW) established

Headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA.
Founded at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

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Jun 1944

Birth of David Ellsworth

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1726

English settlers bring the Windsor chair to America

They have turned legs.

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3rd century

B.C.

Flat wooden dish turned in Mycaene, Greece

It was later found in a pit grave.

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6th century

B.C.

Wood turning practiced in Egypt

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70 million

years ago

Palm trees make their first appearance

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95 million

years ago

Magnolias, laurels, maples, sycamores, and oaks inhabit earth

The age of hardwoods

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250 million

years ago

Primitive conifers inhabit earth

The late Permian to Triassic period.
Ginkgo trees appear.

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360 million

years ago

Giant trees inhabit earth

Carboniferous period

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