Dec 2015

Big Island Ukulele Guild
Minutes of December meeting 12/5/2015

Aloha BIUG members. We conducted the last BIUG general meeting for this year on December 5th at Tom Russell’s Kona shop.

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Prior to the main meeting, Alan Hale lead a number of members in a kanikaplia of Christmas songs, putting everyone in the holiday mood. Mahalo nui loa to Alan!

Twenty members made the trip to Tom’s shop as Woodley presided over his final meeting as president of the guild. Thanks to Woodley for his efforts at making the BIUG a great organization.

Elections of officers for 2016 followed. The results are: 

  • Tom Russell will take over the reins as president, 
  • Terry Davis is vice-president and 
  • Chris Stewart remains as secretary. For now, Tom and Chris will share the treasurer responsibilities.

Dave Stokes reported on our show at the Wailoa Art Center in Hilo. Forty-five instruments were on display during the month-long exhibit. The cost of the show was $1100, including food and printing of posters and flyers. Woodley and Bob Gleason sold ukuleles at the show.

The People’s Choice awards were as follows:

First place - Christ Pung

Second place - David Heaukulani

Third place - Claudia Suen 

Dave did a great job organizing this year’s show. Bob and Anne Gleason will handle the 2016 display.

Gary Cassel coordinated the Kahilu Theatre exhibit ann reported that 30 instruments were on display during its November run. As many as 2000 visitors took in the show, which ran concurrently with the theater’s 13th Annual Waimea ‘Ukulele and Slack Key Guitar Festival.  

Tom’s treasurer report noted that we have $3800 remaining in our bank account. He announced that the guild got a write up in the December/January 2015-2016 Elder Resource Hawaii magazine. Tom also spoke about the bending blanket temperature control workshop, which will be held in his shop December 12th. A report and photos of the workshop will be posted on the BIUG website.

With the regular meeting over, members showed their recent projects. Roger Johnson brought along his nice looking mango tenor – only the second ukulele he has built. Bob Gleason displayed his sandalwood model and Tom Parse passed around several of his beautiful creations.

Following lunch, Woodley demonstrated how he makes wood rosettes. He recommended a Dremel base by Bishop Cochran:

He also offered a tip on creating your own spalted wood in an article from Fine Woodworking magazine:

And for some amazing purfling supplies:

The time and location of our next meeting is still being decided. Stay tuned.


Chris Stewart, BIUG Secretary

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