General Membership Meetings

General Membership Meetings

General membership meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month starting at 7:00PM at the Laurel Manor Recreations Center.  Each meeting starts off with a Pledge Of Allegiance to the flag, followed by status reports from the department heads.  After a short break, members present projects during a Show and Tell session, followed by a 50-50 drawing.  Meetings generally end at around 9:00PM.

Minutes of Most Recent Meeting

General Meeting of the Villages Woodshop Club

March 10, 2020

Laurel Manor Recreation Center


The regular monthly meeting of the VWC was called to order at 7:00 PM


Mike Borfitz, President, led the pledge of allegiance followed by a moment of silence.

Introduction of New Members and Guests:

  • New members and visitors were welcomed and asked to introduce and tell a little about themselves.

Mike’s Announcements:

  • Mike talked about the Monthly Department Reports and the amount of data carried in these reports that should be of great interest to the membership.
  • The first CPR Classes were successful.  On March 24, 2020 another round of CPR Classes will be given. There is room for  2 more members to join this class.
  • Work has started at the site of the second shop. Several members reported seeing construction workers on site.
  • Tonight we need to ratify the changes to the bylaws.


General Announcements:

  • Harm Borfitz gave a detailed talk on the bylaws.
    • Harm explained what bylaws were and why we have them.
    • The need to change the bylaws was partially driven by the opening of the second shop.
    • Harm then presented the bylaws in the form of a slide show explaining the how and why of each section.
    • It was determined that all the demands necessary for the balloting by the membership had been satisfied and that the vote could go ahead.


  • The secretary called for a balloting of the membership to authorize or reject the modifications made to the Bylaws.
  • The alterations to the bylaws were voted on by a raise of hands with the majority  of the membership voting in the affirmative with only one dissenting vote.
  • The vote, easily exceeded the necessary 2/3 majority needed to pass.
  •  What is to be referred to as the Multiple Sites ByLaw were ratified by the membership  on this date (3/10/2020) and will directly be the governing rules of The Village Workshop Club.


Open floor to questions:


Show and tell-

  • John Herega showed several examples of turnings.
  • Jill Bulmash showed an example of a plaque made using the new software for the CNC Machine. Jill showed how a picture could be embossed with great detail on the surface of the plaque.
  •  Dipak Dhabuwala presented and talked about two large vases.
  • Voytek Kulesza presented a modern grandfather clock, the works of the clock were made from wood.


50/50, Drawing:       paid out at $20.00, $20.00 and $20.00


The Meeting adjourned at 7:50 PM