BY-LAW for the: KINGSTON WOOD TURNERS   amended  April, 2016

Learning to turn better and smarter


The Chapter contact is: Dr. Nelson Freedman, President. His address is 20 Compton Court, Loyalist Township, Bath, Ontario CANADA                                                                 Telephone:     613 389 4876                                        


Web Site for contact information:

Cities or locations from which you expect to draw members: Kingston, Ontario and vicinity

Number of Members April 2016:    40


The principal meeting place of the Kingston Woodturners will be located at F­rontenac Secondary School­, 789 Bath Rd, Kingston, Ontario.

New and additional venues will be announced at meetings and on the website from time to time.


All Officers and Directors of Kingston Woodturners agree to be members in good standing of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW), Inc., hereinafter referred to as the “parent organization”.  The club will pay the AAW membership dues for the President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer upon presentation of valid receipt.

While it is understood that the parent organization will provide advice and counsel, as requested, Local Chapters are advised that the nature and extent of their activities are left to their discretion.  Demonstrations, while probably part of the normal activities of Local Chapters, are to be conducted solely at the discretion of Local Officers, and all safety and instruction is to be under their explicit direction and control.

The national office strongly recommends placing some sort of sign or notice on or around any lathe used for demonstration; that safety eye protection must be worn and a full face shield when needed.  Use a dust mask and wear hearing protection.  The lathe is a potentially dangerous instrument only to be used with Chapter approved supervision.


In addition to supporting the general purposes of the parent organization the Kingston Woodturners purposes are:

  1. To provide a meeting place for local woodturners
  2. To share ideas and techniques regarding this craft;
  3. To trade woods and other material related to the craft;
  4. To exchange ideas about tools;
  5. To promote and educate the general public about woodturning
  6. To promote woodturning education in local schools.
  7. To provide guideance to members with respect to marketing strategies


  1.  Membership is open to any person with an interest in wood turning.
  2.  Only members who have paid the annual membership fee are qualified to vote at meetings.
  3. Annual membership fee for Kingston Woodturners will be established by the Executive.
  4. The Club Year will run from September 1 to August 31.


  1. Meetings are held to conduct the business and purposes of the club
  2. Monthly meetings will normally take place at the principal meeting place (Frontenac High School, 789 Bath Road, Kingston, Ontario ) on the second Wednesday of the month, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. unless otherwise indicated.
  3. An annual general meeting and picnic will be held in the month of July or August for family and friends. The president, treasurer and secretary will report on club and committee activities in the past year at this time.
  4. Additional meetings, e.g. executive meeetings, to further promote the purposes of the club may be called by the club executive from time to time upon suitable advance notification
  5. Normally, notice of meeting and an agenda will be emailed to members seven days before the scheduled meeting.



Number and Election. An elected Board of Directors (Executive) of the Kingston Woodturners shall consist of the Executive Officers to include an elected President,Vice President, Secretary,Treasurer. In addition, the immediate past-president is an ex-officio board member. These officers shall be elected annually by a majority vote of the Chapter’s paid-up members.  Other Officers and Assistant Officers as deemed necessary may be elected by the Chapter members or appointed by the elected Officers, as long as they are paid up members of the American Association of Woodturners and the club.

Nominating Committee. The directors shall select/appoint a nominating committee in April, that is, the month prior to the annual election for the following Club Year. Elections for the following Club Year will be held in May.  The duties of the nominating committee shall be to canvas club members for worthy candidates  who agree to let their name stand for the positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. The Nominating Committee shall present one or more names for each position to be announced by e mail and on the website prior to the election.  Further nominations will be sought from the floor prior to the vote, subject to the candidates’ willingness to serve in that capacity.

Term of Office.  Each Executive Officer shall hold office for one year and is eligible for re-election.

Removal. Any Officer elected or appointed may be removed when it is deemed that the best interests of the Chapter would be served by such removal. This would be accomplished by a majority vote of the Chapter’s members who are present at the time of the vote, so long as at least 50% of the paid-up members are present.

Vacancies. A vacancy in any Office because of death, resignation, removal, disqualification, or otherwise may be filled by nomination by the Board for the unexpired portion of the term.


1.   President.  The President shall be the principal executive officer of the Chapter. His/Her duties include:

  1. Supervise and control all of the business and affairs of the Chapter;
  2. Conduct Chapter meetings;
  3. The President shall notify the AAW of any By-Law changes.
  4. The President shall from time to time establish such additional committees composed of club members and at least one executive member as may be required for the purpose of carrying on club business.

2.  Vice President. In the absence of the President or in the event of his/her death, inability, or refusal to act, the Vice President shall perform the duties of President, and when so acting, shall have all the powers of and be subject to all the restrictions upon the President. The Vice President shall perform such other duties as from time to time may be assigned to him/her by the President.

3.    Secretary.  The Secretary shall keep the minutes of the Kingston Woodturners meetings in one or more books provided for that purpose and see that all notices are duly given in accordance with the provisions of this By-Law.  In his/her absence the President, Vice-president, or designate shall keep the minutes.

  1. The secretary shall ensure that each new member receives current copy of the By-Law and provide a copy of the By-law to the website coordinator for publication on our website.
  2. The secretary shall record any by-law amendments and ratifications in the minutes.
  3. The Secretary shall keep a record of numbers of members and guests present at the meetings in a book provided for that purpose
  4. The Secretary shall provide name tags for paid up members
  5. The Secretary shall chair a committee to construct an information brochure for new members and public distribution.
  6. The Secretary shall notifiy members of upcoming meetings and provide an agenda
  7. The Secretary shall maintain a Club Membership List with contact information
  8. In general, the Secretary shall perform all the duties incident to the office of Secretary and such other duties as from time to time may be assigned to him/her by the President


  1. The Treasurer shall collect all membership fees and all other monies belonging to the Kingston Woodturners.
  2. The Treasurer shall keep an up-to-date record of paid-up members.
  3. The Treasurer will keep a digital record of all fixed assets of the club.
  4. He/She will be responsible for keeping current and accurate records of all monies that flow through the Kingston Woodturners and ensuring club expenses are paid promptly.
  5. The Treasurer shall be responsible for ensuring that all the Kingston Woodturners’ Board of Directors (Executive officers) are current paid-up members of the AAW national organization.
  6. The Treasurer shall provide financial statements as required.
  7. In general, the Treasurer shall perform all the duties incident to the office of treasurer and such other duties as from time to time may be assigned to him/her by the President.


  1. AAW’s national office MUST be notified in writing PRIOR to a Local Chapter incurring any indebtedness for AAW.
  2. Club executive will file an annual report at the annual meeting held for that purpose.
  3. The treasurer will list all fixed and financial assets and accounts.


  1. The club may be dissolved upon a majority vote of the paid up members at a meeting called for that purpose.
  2. Outstanding KWT debt must be paid from remaining financial assets and or sale of fixed assets.
  3. Upon dissolution of KWT all fixed assets will be auctioned to paid up members and remaining financial assets distributed evenly to KWT members.




This By-law may be altered, amended, or repealed and a new By-law may be adopted by a vote of a simple majority of the paid-up members of the Chapter casting ballots. Copies of all modifications to this by-law MUST be filed with the national office of AAW.


The corporation, the American Association of Woodturners, Inc., specifically disassociates itself from any debts, obligations or encumbrances of the Local Chapter. The Corporate Board of Directors of AAW is not responsible for the debts nor shares in the profits of the Local Chapters. The Corporate Organization does not shoulder any legal liability for accidents that occur during events of any kind sponsored or not sponsored by a Local Chapter. The Kingston Woodturners specifically disassociates itself from any debts, obligations or encumbrances of the American Association of Woodturners. The Board of Directors (Executive) of the Kingston Woodturners is not responsible for the debts nor shares in the profits of the American Association of Woodturners. The Kingston Woodturners does not shoulder any legal liability for accidents that occur during events of any kind sponsored or not sponsored by the American Association of Woodturners.


This by-law have been drawn up, agreed upon, and adopted by the Kingston Woodturners in Kingston, Ontario, Canada on  (Date)         ________________________

  • President:                                                                                          
  • Vice-President _______________________________
  • Secretary:                                                                               
  • Treasurer:                                                                                        

    BY-LAW for the: KINGSTON WOOD TURNERS   amended  April, 2016

    Learning to turn better and smarter