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Whether you are interested in Fretwork, Marquetry, or Intarsia; whether you work in wood, or other mediums; whether you design your own patterns or use available patterns; no matter what brand of scroll saw you use; no matter where in the world you are located, the Scrollsaw Association of the World is for YOU!

Hello SAW Members

Tonight the BOD held an emergency meeting. We needed to meet before the DEC 11th meeting because Misty is going in for surgery and we needed to transition the home office materials to the new home office manager and new BOD member (Jeff Ray). SAW Members please help me say a huge huge thank you to Jeff for volunteering the office can be quite a lot of work. Jeff is ready for the challenge. Thanks again Jeff for volunteering.

SAW Members also on tonights BOD call the BOD voted to appoint Tracy Keaton as our new treasurer. Once Hal trains her Tracy will be taking over for Hal.
Please help me say a huge huge thank you to Tracy for volunteerinng.

We ask that you all keep Misty in your thoughts and prayers as she will be going in for back surgery very soon. We wish you all the best with your back surgery Misty. Prayers and Hugs for a safe and successful surgery and recovery.

ITS ELECTION TIME AGAIN - The BOD is currently accepting applications to be placed on the Ballot in the upcoming December Election. This was supposed to go in the Summer Issue of SAWDust and we apologize. To Any Member that is interested in applying to be placed on the DEC ballot please follow the instructions below.

. Please send your resume/scrolling background to the BOD and why you think you should be on SAW BOD. Email it to the any of the SAW BOD Members or myself you have till Dec 14th 2018 to send in your resume for being added
to the Dec Ballot.

I realize this is not the standard operating procedure as this would normally have already been in the summer issue of SAWDust. I apologize and beg your forgiveness. If there is anyone who wants to be placed on the ballot send your resumes to me or a fellow SAW BOD Member. Once this election is over we will go back to normal standard operating procedures for the elections in the future.

FALL 2018 SAWDust Is Now Available In The SAWDust Arhives

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Judy Gale Roberts will be giving an intarsia class on Sat.

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Posted: 8/27/2018 3:01:31 PM
Ok members, digital newsletter going out this early evening. If you don’t receive it digitally and would like to switch from paper to digital, email me and I will get you in the digital list and send it.
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Posted: 8/22/2018 10:11:11 AM
Good Morning SAW Members,

It is with a sad heart that I have to report that I have stepped down as President and as a board member due to my husband's lung disease acting up again and due to several upcoming surgeries I have to have on my spine. I have been on some very strong pain pills that have impaired me at times and caused me to have memory issues. I apologize for any all issues that have gotten in the way with SAW.

I am maintaining the home office for a couple of months while the BoD finds someone to take it over.

My board position doesn't come up for election until the end of 2020. The person who replaces me will be appointed. There will be no election for my replacement.

The coming election in November/December will be the standard election for Ron Raff, who was originally appointed. The ballot will be in the Fall issue of SAW Dust.

Thank you all for your help, patience and assistance this last year.

Posted: 6/12/2018 11:35:12 AM
Hey Everyone as of yesterdays BOD meeting I'm the acting SAW President. I am honored to be voted in by the BOD. It's my hope to take over where Misty left off. I have some truly big shoes to fill. Misty had to step down due to some health issues. We wish her a speedy recovery and continued health. I will be taking over and if anyone needs anything please don't hesitate to ask. It's my hope that SAW can continue to grow and continue to thrive and be the best it can be for each and every member.

Remember, you don't have to be chapter to get together with fellow scrollers or to invite someone to learn about scrolling. We have ACES that will help you to teach scroll sawing to someone to see if they are interested. Without each of spreading the craft, it will die out surely. Lets all do our part of passing this awesome craft down to generations so that they too, may enjoy all that we do.

Talk to retirement communities, schools with a vocational program, etc and get them involved. A scroll saw is the safest motor operated tool with a blade. Most schools stopped their wood shop program due to insurance liability reasons and the cost of buying equipment. For $100, someone can get started if they don't know someone with a saw to practice and try it on.

What have you done today to help someone else learn a craft that is so self rewarding?

We are currently working on a new scholarship application. Look for that to be coming in the near future.

We are also in the early planning stages of a Expo in 2020. Originally, it was hoped for 2019, but to present the best expo we possibly can to our members and the public, we wanted to make sure that we choose a location that can meet our needs, and to allow vendors time to plan ahead to include SAW in their traveling plans for 2020.

If you are interested in volunteering for our Expo Committee, please contact Lee Neiden, our editor. We are looking to fill a committee of at least 10-15 people. Each one will have a specific assignment for the implementation of a successful expo. If you are willing to commit to the time and the work required to plan this, then you are needed. If you aren't sure, still contact us and let us know so we can put on the list to be contacted later. If you just want to show up and enjoy the expo, we respect that as well.
Help us to help you have a 2020 Expo.
Posted: 5/19/2018 8:45:29 PM
Please welcome back Bushton Manufacturing as a business supporter. (HAWK)

It was a great weekend for SAW. Met a lot of nice people this weekend.

Looking forward to putting together EXPO 2020 for SAW. Gonna be great. Email me to be on the team to help put it together. We are going to put together a team and each person will have an assigned area. It takes a team to make it work, help us to help you SAW.

Feeling motivated.
Posted: 4/28/2018 4:30:35 PM
As webmaster I would like to thank Gene Jamtgaard for scanning the Sawdust patterns and sending them to me. With his help the pattern archives is now up to date on the site. Look at Publications tab, then Sawdust Pattern Downloads.

Local Chapters are in place or are being founded in many areas of  the country. Members of Chapters are the enthusiastically addicted scrollers from a geographic area. All scrollers are invited to join and share their knowledge with the group. New scrollers can learn from the combined experience of the group's members. This is your opportunity to join in and explore the advantages of membership in this growing and vital Association.

Your membership will immediately give you a subscription to our quarterly newsletter, SAW Dust, and a copy of our current annual Resource Directory. These publications will enhance your scrolling, enlarge your community, and give you a valuable start to learning more about this wonderful craft. You can explore many of these benefits on these pages, but you will not have the full benefit of membership until you join the Scrollsaw Association of the World.

Join now and become a part of this growing community!


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