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November 2012 Meeting



 People started showing up to look at the toys that were to be donated almost as soon as the guys had them unpacked.  


Toys were offered for sale as usual.


 President Tom Funk started the meeting to a packed house at 7 pm .  Tom welcomed one new member and a couple guests to the meeting.


Program Schedule

Dec: Election of 2013 club officers & the Christmas Party

Jan: Open,  Freud Tools has cancelled any programs for the future.  Newe program TBD.

Feb: Mike Hunter from Hunter Tools

Mar: to be determined

Ideas for new programs are always welcome

The Club will be at the Mountainside ChurchCraft Fair: Dec 8.

Current Special projects: Humane Center of Garland County, a private center that received no public funding. 14 volunteers will work a couple projects a month. The  donating of a building for a horse barn by Lowes turned out to just be a discount on the material. Finishing the horse barn with be the Project's first priority and a plan has been drawn up to use build a stick framed and plywood sheathed structure. Mike Thorsen is spearheading this project. Contact him if you wish to volunteer.

The Club has a presence at the POA newcomer breakfasts. On Dec 6 it will be Terry Jasicki.

We have a full slate for next years board. The nominees are:

Pres: Bob Villegas     Vice Pres: Larry Clark    Treas: Dave Harder

Comms: Rob Tillotson    Sec: Position Consolodated to other board members.

 Toy Team Coordinator: Adolph Juarez   We also need individuals for the Picnic Coordinator position






















 Show and Tell

Bob Porter presented this model Hummer he built as a gift for his Grandson.  He was going to build a simpler project for him this year.  But even after modifying the plans it was still the most complicated one yet.

He modified plans from the Toys and Joys website.  You can see it here: Toys and Joys .


 Tips and Tricks

Ton presented a short video tips from a Fine Woodworking DVD about making small project parts.  This was a test to gauge the response to this type of tip presentation media.  It was well received.

The Fine Woodworking website is here: Fine Woodworking .  There are some pulic sections but many of the tips and techniques there are for subscribers.

 The board request that all members refrain from opening cash accounts with merchants in the Club's name.  Failure to see expected customer traffic for the business, could result in bad will directed towards the Club

 Agencies for toy donations


 Oachita Children's Center

Linda Ragsdate and Sue Legal talked about the Center and its mission.

The Center serves the communities of Garland and Clark counties. We provide services to youth, ages 6-17, and their families. These youth may be homeless or have runaway, victims of abuse or neglect, or be in foster care or minor trouble with the law. Our clients are referred to us by the Juvenile Courts of Garland or Clark County, the Arkansas Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS), the Arkansas Department of Youth Services (DYS), schools, community agencies, or local families and the youth themselves.

It provides both residential and non residential services to our clients including a 24 hour emergency shelter, family needs assessments, case management, and life skills groups. We also offer educational classes to provide information, encouragement and guidance to youth and their families.

Teh Center's web site is http://occnet.org/



 Community Christian Outreach

Brenda Burton accepted the Clubs donation and informed the audience of her organization's programs which include a Soup Kitchen, Food Pantry and Cloaking Room.  They generally serve 80 - 100 persons at their Thursday night suppers.  A number that can swell to 400 at Christmas.

 Mountain Pine Headstart and Mountain Pine Preschool

Alan Feather spoke for both of these organizations.  The Headstart's Christmas Party will be on Dec 19 at Harveys Chapel Baptist Church (2515 Mountain Pine Rd,Hot Springs) at 4 PM.  All are welcome to come.









 Hillcrest Children's Home

Shana Simms accepted the Club's donation for the Home.  She described the long term care model of HCC. A detailed description of the Home and it's program can be found at this website: Hillcrest Children's Home .








 Garland County Foster Parents Group

Gene Duncan spoke about the Group and accepted the Club's Toy donation.  An example of the members of the Group, Gene's family has taken in over 270 foster children and adopted 4 of them.  The Group;s toy distribution will be Dec 7th att Gospel Light Baptist Church (600 Garland Ave. Hot Springs).  All are invited.


 Masonic Lodge 365, Whittington

Our own Lee Smith, a member of the lodge, accepted the Toy Donation for the Lodge (website ).  The Lodge provides these toy and other donations to needy familys in the County.

 After the meeting , everyone chipped in to pack up and load up the Agency's vehicles with the toys.  For a more in-depth look at the Toys for each agency click here.  











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