Board of Directors

Board of Directors Information

The Board of Directors is responsible for the overall operation of The Villages Woodworkers Club in accordance with the club By-Laws.

Board members serve for a term of three years. Members are elected as part of the first General Membership meeting each year from a list of nominations prepared by the Nominating Committee.  If you, as a member in good standing, are interested in being considered for nomination to the Board of Directors contact Anne Bell, who is the Chairperson of the Nominating Committee for 2015.

The Board of Directors meets on the fourth Thursday of each month, except November and December when the meeting is held on the third Thursday.  Meetings start at 7:00PM in the shop.

All VWC members are encouraged to attend the meetings as observers. 

Minutes of the Board of Director meetings are posted on this website available to all VWC members who log onto this website.  You must be a VWC member to view these minutes.

2019 Club Officers

       

 The Villages Woodworkers Club

Officers

Mike Borfitz – President

 

Term: 2019  

 

 

 

Jim Spallone - VWC President

Jim’s experience encompassed over 38 years in the banking/financial industry, holding positions in middle and senior management. Most of his duties were in management, consumer and small business lending, leasing, sales and marketing, product management and operations. Firms worked for were local, regional and national financial institutions. Jim retired in 2005 from a national bank. Jim additionally was very active in his local and professional community.

Term: 2019

 

 

 Doug Parks, Treasurer

Doug Parks moved to The Villages from Westfield, Massachusetts in 2009.  He joined The Villages Woodworkers Club almost immediately.  Before bringing his talents to the Club he worked in Accounting as a Controller and Manager of Nuclear Materials.  In 2011 he served as the Assistant Treasurer for VWC, moving up to the Treasurer position on 2012.  When he’s not overseeing the VWC budget, he may be found in the general shop area making such household items as plantation shutters, Adirondack chairs, or Murphy beds.

Term: 2019


Byron Porter Jr. - Secretary

Term: 2019

Board of Directors

The Villages Woodworkers Club 

 

 

 

Judi Meyers

My name is Judith (Judi) Meyers. I would like to give you a little background on who I am. I'm a native of New Jersey who luckily was introduced to The Villages 10 years ago. I have done artwork as far back as I can remember. I think my first drawing was with pudding while I was in my high chair. All kidding aside, so here we go ...

I went to art school for advertising which taught me about balance, layouts, colors and the separation of them for printing. After graduating I started with a tee shirt printing company and was accepted into their design department. From there I moved on to color separating and designing for a company that hand printed wallpaper. I worked for this company for 4 years until another opportunity came up to work for a larger place of employment doing artwork that was now going to be etched on copper cylinders. Not only were we doing wallpaper but also fabrics. I did artwork for some of the largest designers out of New York City, i.e. Clarence House, Laura Ashley, Ralph Lauren, Schumacher and more. I was able to have more than enough experience to now freelance from my home and travel into the city to pick up and deliver the patterns.

Also, let me add that with my love of art, I'm also into cooking which brought me into another profession that I wanted to experience. I took on the task of opening a deli/restaurant for five years and although it was hard work and very long hours, I enjoyed creating and meeting people. I had a staff of eight people working for me at any given time. That took on a whole different responsibility. Managing personnel, money, schedules, supplies and catering gave me a chance to use my personality and originality.

For the last 3years at the Woodshop I have had the experience of teaching new projects to other members working alongside Andy McTear and Tom Miller. I would not have gained the knowledge if it weren't for others sharing their time and talents. As a member of the woodshop for the past eight years, I have been given the opportunity to grow with my art skills and my love of working with my hands. This opened up a whole new world of creativity for me and a chance to meet some really special people. I am now feeling so much a part of the woodshop that I would like to be a little more vested in it.

Term: 2019 - 2022 

 

Sandy Fuller 

Sandy Fuller became a VWC member in 2008. Soon after, she started working at the front desk. Other activities include serving on the Christmas party committee, development of a teaching manual for the Band Saw Platter Class, asst. teaching with Andy McTear and serving on a recent tool crib committee. She enjoys taking classes, carving, turning, simple construction and the helpful, welcoming environment of the woodshop. Before moving to Florida, Sandy was a career educator/administrator for thirty years in Ohio. She served as the teacher association president and building representative. In her community, she served as a school board member/president, as an elder/Sunday school in her church and as a foster parent.

 

Term 2017 - 2020

 

Michael Conwell

Chairperson - VWC Board of Directors

Employment Descriptions/Highlights

1997 – 2015: Oracle software applications support with emphasis on Order Management, Inventory, Accounts Payable and Purchasing applications.

  • Oracle Client Consultant working with larger accounts including GE, Lucent Technologies, Alcoa, Sun Microsystems, Pella Windows and Vale Corporation (Brazil)
  • Cromwell Consulting: primary client was Unifi
  • Ingersoll Rand: internal consulting team for global projects with Schlage Lock and Trane

1976 – 1996: Lilly Industries (supplier of paint and coatings to industry)

  • 1992 – 1996: Corporate Staff/Business Development – acquisition and divestiture evaluations; executive sponsor for replacement of hardware and software systems for 16 site national organization
  • 1989 – 1992: General Manager of Memphis plant; profit center included product development, sales, tech service, manufacturing, inventory and purchasing functions.  40-man team with approx. $6.5MM in annual sales
  • 1986 – 1989: Corporate Staff – admin support for Management Committee, coordinated quarterly meetings, prepared meeting audio/visuals; special projects, etc.
  • Sales Manager of Computer and Metal Product (primarily in NC, SC with some TN, VA and FL clients); 6 man salesforce
  • Sales Manager primarily charged with administration of 30+ man field services team

1966 -1976: information systems roles for several employers; initially programming and later systems design work: Chesapeake Corp, Adams-Millis Hosiery, Burlington Industries

April, 1968 – August, 1969: US Army on active duty including 11 months in Vietnam

Education

  • MBA: Wake Forest University, The Babcock Graduate School of Management; 1985
  • BS: University of Richmond, Robbins School of Business Administration; 1966

Certifications

APICS: Certified in Integrated Resource Management (CIRM) - expired 2003

APICS: Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) - expired 2003

Term: 2018 - 2020

 

 

Harm Borfitz

Harm is an Air Force Veteran who severed in Korea during the Korean War.  He was an Analytical Chemist for 34 years with management experience.  After his retirement he spent 5 years in Hospital administration.

While at the wood shop he was a monitor coordinator and has been the Tool Crib Manager for the last several years.          

TERM: 2017-2020

 

 

John Scott

First took woodshop in junior high school. Worked on a couple of dairy farms where we worked with wood plenty of times, built and repaired hay wagons, made shelves in the shop etc..  All of this was working with wood but not real fine furniture like stuff.

When we bought our first home, 1971, I made several pieces of furniture for it, kitchen table, end tables, bedroom dresser etc .  Each piece got a little better in quality of workmanship. Also got a small wood lathe and turned some candle holders and table lamps. Begin to acquire equipment for the shop at the same time.

1978 bought some land in VT and began building a log home.  I hired a contracter to rough it in so we could move in, then I did the finish work on the inside.  Laid down the hardwood flooring, put up the interior walls, hung the doors and made the windows etc..

In the early 80s I took a 3 day wood turning course. By this time I had a pretty well-equipped shop and began to turn bowls and salt and pepper shakers etc. and sold a few at a couple of craft shops in VT.

 When we moved to Florida and after seeing the Villages Woodshop I sold all the contents of my shop knowing the VWC would more than meet my needs. 

TERM: 2018 – 2020

Bernie Harkins

 

Term: 2017

Bob Bell

The following are woodworkers club activities that I have been involved in since I joined the club.

Club Actives Resume:

1.      Joined Club 2006

2.      One Term Board of Director 2010-2012

3.      Pervious Board Member Advisor to Current Board : Appointed by BOD Chairperson Three Times For a One Year Term 2014-2016

4.      Instructor 2008-2016

5.      2013 Nominating Committee Chair Person

6.      Member Merchandise/ Special Order Purchasing/ Turning Wood Purchasing 2008-2016

7.      Assistant Supplies Purchasing 2010-2016

 

Term 2017-2020

 

 

Jack Warner

1965 - 1969 United states navy BM3 Viet Nam Vets. Owned a commercial refrigeration and heating company employing up to 16. Doing NY State Work in the Albany Ny area, Hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and many restaurants, and bars in the Albany NY and surrounding areas. Having the opportunity to sell the business after 20+ years I took the offer. Real estate appraisals for local banks and lawyers, and real estate companies in the Albany NY and surrounding areas. Purchasing foreclosures and homes in need of repair. Getting the properties up to code and then selling them. I had 142,3, and 4 family homes that I rented out and sold them a few at a time. I refereed football for 25 years, Being the president of are 200+ officials, On the board of directors, and then for 10 years chairman of the rules committee. At age 62 I decided to retire and found the Villages and it is the best move my wife and I ever did. We have truly enjoyed our time here. Then I found the wood shop and it has been very good to and now is my time to be able to give back to the shop. Any questions you have you can always find me at the scroll saw.

Term: 2019 - 2021

 

 

Stephan Yovan

Shop Experience

  • Member of VWC for 10 years
  • Experienced in most of the shop equipment and its safe usage
  • Worked on numerous small and large wooden projects
  • Experienced wood turner and instructor
  • Instructor for 7 years teaching classes such as:
  • End grain cutting board, Segmented large bowl, and Segmented platter
  • Served as Lumber Manger for the wood shop over four years
  • Member of the IT committee for three years
  • Member of Design and Equipment committees for the new Eisenhower wood shop
  • Spend approximately 25 hours a week in the wood shop
  • Management Experience
  • Member of the Board of Directors at Cowan Lake sailing Association
  • Commodore of Cowan Lake sailing Association
  • Vice Commodore of Cowan Lake Sailing Association
  • Race committee chairman of Cowan Lake Sailing Association
  • Managed the installation of numerous complex computer configurations at IBM
  • Managed the Special Weapons Division aboard ship

Education Background

  • Graduated from Miami University in 1962 with a BS in Mathematics
  • Received commission as Naval Officer in the NROTC program
  • Post graduate studies at Miami University, Austin Peay College and The Ohio State University

Work Experience

  • Forty two years with IBM as a Senior Systems Engineer working on the performance of the worlds .. .largest main frame computers, Disk and Tape Storage devices.
  • Served as a consultant to many Fortune 500 clients such as: GE, 5/3 Bank, PNC Bank, Ford, General Motors, AT&T, Kroger, P & G, Chase and IBM.
  • Taught High School geometry for a year in Columbus, Ohio
  • Worked at USS Steel plant as a loader in Lorain, Ohio

Military

  • Served four years on active duty as a Special Weapons Navy Officer
  • Possessed a Final Top Secret Clearance
  •    Qualified as OOD (Officer of the Deck Underway) on the USS Franklin D Roosevelt CVA42    aircraft carrier
  • Deployed overseas in the Mediterranean and the South China Sea

Term: 2019 - 2022