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Community Service


The Club is currently or recently involved with the following Communittee Service Projects.  We are always looking for ways to use our resources to benefit the community. If you know of a worthy project for us to get involved with, please Contact Us.

 Toys for Kids - On Going Active Project

Ron Vander Meyden is heading up the Club’s “Toys for Kids” Community Service project. We make simple wooden wheeled push/pull toys and Scroll Saw Cutouts for girls and boys. These are distributed through several local Non-Profit Charity Agencies. These Agencies arrange for toy recipients to participate by painting the toys they receive. Through 2016 the Club has distributed 5,107 toys. These have put a smile the faces of many kids. (More Information can be found here)




Festival of Trees - November 2016

The Woodworkers, Wood Turners, and Mid-Iowa Wood Carvers came through as never before to fill a 7 ½ foot tree with over 300 ornaments.   Our Tree sold in the $1,500+ category and was purchased by a private family. All auction proceeds help fund vital programs provided by Blank Children’s Hospital.

This year’s effort was coordinated by Mary Voss.  Her husband, Terry, assisted with advance organization of the ornaments. Brenda Rekenthaler did a great job of collecting from the donation box at the Woodsmith Store and Patty Hemphill, Bob Wheeler, Ginny Wheeler and the Voss’s had a fun time decorating.  


 European Style Christmas Market  - December 2016

The Des Moines European Heritage Association sponsored Christkindlmarket, a European style Christmas market, at Cowles Common in downtown Des Moines December 2-4th. Traditional wooden vendor stalls are an integral part of these historical markets that originated in Munich, Germany in 1310. They ask the Club for consulting help in designing a knockdown portable wooden vendor stall. Member John Twedt stepped forward and helped out on the design of these stalls. The European Heritage Association produced seven of these stalls for this year’s Christkindlmarket. They plan on making
Christkindlmarket an annual event.