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.
The Villages Woodworkers Club
Mike Borfitz – President
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.
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.
Byron Porter Jr. - Secretary
Board of Directors
The Villages Woodworkers Club
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 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
Chairperson - VWC Board of Directors
1997 – 2015: Oracle software applications support with emphasis on Order Management, Inventory, Accounts Payable and Purchasing applications.
1976 – 1996: Lilly Industries (supplier of paint and coatings to industry)
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
APICS: Certified in Integrated Resource Management (CIRM) - expired 2003
APICS: Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) - expired 2003
Term: 2018 - 2020
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.
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
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
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
Term: 2019 - 2022