On Saturday, August 16, we’ll be gathering at Val and Laura Matthews’ place from 1-5 PM for the annual picnic and silent tool auction. This is our traditional combined Northwest Corner Woodworkers Association (NCWA) and Northwest Washington Woodturners (NWWWT) event and takes the place of our normal monthly meeting for August. This year it’s our turn to cook, and Charley Drake and John Bellinger have volunteered to cook. The club provides burgers, brats, dogs, sodas, water, paper plates, and all the fixings. Please bring a potluck salad, desert, or other side dish. Also, bring your own lawn chairs and if you have a folding table that can be used for the silent auction, please bring that as well. See the August newsletter for directions.
For those of you who have never participated in a silent auction, the rules are pretty simple. The seller displays the item for sale with a sales sheet listing the item, a short description of the item condition (e.g. new, works good, needs repair, etc), seller’s name, and minimum acceptable bid if the seller wishes to state one. Anyone interested in the item simply enters a bid and their name. Anyone else interested in the same item enters a higher bid on the next line. Normally, bids should advance by at least 10% over the previous bid. Check back often to see if you are still the highest bidder. When the cutoff time is announced, the highest bidder wins the item provided their bid exceeds the stated minimum bid. The bidder then pays the seller, so don’t forget to bring money or your checkbook! You never know what might show up for sale! The form that you need to fill out and bring for any silent auction items is included in this month’s newsletter.