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Status of Board of Directors Elections

On 1 September members received an email from the Nominating Committee recruiting additional candidates to stand for election to the Board for three year terms starting 1 January 2019. October 1 brought the close of the period to declare candidacy. Due to the hard work of the Committee (Jim Crammond (Chair), Mike Holden, Ken Johnson, Herb Kettler, Jeff Saylor and Jim Shapiro), and the generosity and SAPFM passion of the candidates, we have four members volunteering to stand for election to three-year terms on the Board – David Coker, Joel Goodwin, Dave Redlin, and Sam Rhodes. For David, Joel and Dave, this would be re-election to the Board. We thank the three for their past service to SAPFM and for volunteering to continue their contributions to the success of SAPFM. We especially thank Sam for stepping up to serve the Society in a very meaningful way.

Election Impact – All Four Candidates Are Hereby Elected to the Board.

Our Bylaws stipulate that In the event the number of Board election candidates equals the number of impending vacancies on the Board, then the candidates shall be considered as having been elected to the Board and the membership shall be so notified. On 26 August the Board amended the Bylaws to set the Board size to be up to twelve members. I am therefore pleased to announce that David Coker, Joel Goodwin, Dave Redlin, and Sam Rhodes are hereby elected to three-year terms on the SAFPM Board of Directors, with terms commencing 1 January 2019. Please join me in welcoming these talented members to the Board. Because Sam is new to the board, as a matter of introduction I include his Candidate Registration Form below containing biographical information.

Dale Ausherman

President, SAPFM


Candidate Registration Form 

Name: Sam Rhodes

Address: Fort Wayne, Indiana

SAPFM Member since 1998

Occupation: Manager, contracts department of a defense contractor.

Chapter Affiliation: Indiana (since inception)

Professional Experience and Relevance to Board Participation:

I am an amateur woodworker having made projects since the early 1970’s. In the professional world, I have held every position from chapter member to chapter President in a worldwide contracts organization. I was twice published in that organization’s magazine. I was made a fellow of the organization in recognition of many years of service. I was also named a contracts fellow by my company. Additionally I served three years on a large Homeowners Association board.


Primarily Chippendale. Queen Anne and Federal periods related to the design and construction of the pieces. Additionally the history of the period and particularly the experiences and working environment of the cabinetmakers and joiners during that period.

Woodworking/Furniture Background:

I started in the 1970’s while in the Air Force. After making a bookcase at the wood hobby shop, I became a woodworking enthusiast. Growing up in Norfolk, VA I always enjoyed the colonial period during dozens of trips to Colonial Williamsburg and surrounding historic sites. Period Furniture combines those two interests. I attended the first Working Wood Symposium at CW and have been to 15 of them over the years, but only one mid-year due to work constraints. I have taken classes from Al Breed, Mack Headley, Jeff Headley, Steve Hamilton, and Mary May. I have made Chippendale and Queen Anne chairs, a bombe chest, mantle clock, and about three dozen assorted tables, chests, and cabinets. I hope to learn more about Federal inlay to go beyond the dining room table I made that included inlay.

Other Relevant Skills and Knowledge:

Currently a member of the Chapter Outreach committee.

Biographical Info:

Retiring 1 August 2018 so additional time will become available.