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Chesapeake Area Metalworking Society

Review of 17 June 99 Meeting
Fairland Public Library
14910 Old Columbia Pike
Burtonsville, MD

Summer continues to take its toll. There were 24 people at this meeting. Those who came enjoyed one of the best meetings so far for seeing machines and getting to know others in the club. Below is a picture from the rear of the room showing some of the assembled masses.


The meeting got a late start due to traffic delays which impacted over half of the attendees. When we did start there was a brief business session.

There was more discussion about formal organization issues. The quick summary was that there is a special class of "social" organization which should allow us to be incorporated without most of the paperwork that the Internal Revenue Service requires. This will be investigated more and reported on at a future meeting.

There was also more discussion of flea market ideas. Joining up with a Lion's Club flea market was discussed and will be investigated.

There was also a passing of the hat for a voluntary collection to pay for registering to use the Maryland site for the next year.

Future program ideas were discussed. New ones that came up included gear repair techniques and a tutorial on lapping and honing.

After a period of general discussion, we proceeded to the scheduled program for the evening.

This meeting's program took a different form from the past. The theme for the evening was show and tell for small machine tools. Everyone was asked to bring machines and accessories that could be easily carried. With the active participation of members, and minor coordination to avoid duplication, we had a great display of small machines. There was no pre-prepared program and everyone had a grand time looking the machines and asking questions about them. Several people brought cameras, including a video camera, to document the occasion. The pictures below include many provided by Norman Dutton (thanks) in addition to those I usually take.

Sherline lathe, mill, and accessories brought by Bill Rutiser

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Antique Schleroscope brought by Robert Vogel

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The meeting had no formal ending. The members who had brought items were given the floor to describe their items and this took until about 10:30 PM. Afterwards we had a sort of public forum about the machines and brought up questions and testimonials about the different types of machines.

Thanks to everyone who came and especially to those who brought the machines to show.

Steve Stallings

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