2021 Pens for the troops
2021 PENS FOR THE TROOPS
For SVW & WBW Club Members
I am planning to kick off the 2021 TURN FOR THE TROOPS activity after the April meeting. If you are willing to take part, PLEASE, send me an email indicating how many pens you will be willing to turn. I have 400 pen kits to send out to anyone who is ready to participate. I have committed to 1,000 pens this year for our service men & woman. I will also supply the pen blanks so there will be NO or very little out-of-pocket cost to our members. Only time to turn them.
If every member would turn only 10 pens, we could EASILY exceed last year's effort by a significant margin. Last Year’s number was 435 pens.
I do not want to see only a few members carry the load - - it should be A TEAM EFFORT!!
Remember, the old Chinese proverb:
"Many hands make light work!!"
I am looking forward to this year's effort. I will help anyone who needs it either by holding hands-on workshop when possible following Covid-19 guidelines or YouTube video.
My goal is to contact AAW and to send them our newsletter with photos and a brief description of the work of our clubs so they can insert it into their newsletter for recognition of our two clubs.
Some of you have asked about providing a small written note of appreciation with each pen. Gordon Patnude has provided a sample of what he puts with the pens he makes. You can download the file from one of the following links (same file in .pdf or .odt format), print it out and add your name on the line at the bottom. (It will print out 4 per sheet)
Jerry M. Galli
Jerry has generously agreed to assume all shipping costs. Let's all help to make this endeavor a big success and exceed Jerry's expectations. - Hari
Email from Eric of Woodcraft, San Carlos
Nov 8, 2021
I'd like to thank all of you for participating in this year's Turn for Troops program! With Jerry leading the way, the SVW group accounted for over half of all the pens completed this year! There was a total, for the annual event, of 900 pens completed and SVW accounted for 480. And it couldn't have been accomplished without your participation and Jerry's lead.
The Turn for Troops program was started in 2004 with the intention of sending pens to our military troops in the middle east theater so they could write home to loved ones. Over the years, the program has shifted, for obvious reasons, to the wounded military and now to those deployed on long tours. (We have supplied thousands of pens to aircraft carriers and battle groups over the years!) Your San Carlos store, through groups like yours and local high school programs and our Turn for Troops weekends at the store, have supplied over 15,000 pens over the past 17 years, making us one of the top 5 stores in the 80 store company! And it's because of folks like you that take time to recognize our military heroes!
Next time you get a chance to stop by the store, please be sure to say Hi and identify yourself. I'd love to shake your hand.
Thanks a Million!
Woodcraft San Carlos