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                               Strait Turners Officers                                     

  

 President: Ernie Kozun

 I was born & raised in Providence, R.I.  As a career educator, I had the opportunity to travel to many beautiful places around the world.  In addition to doing a stint in the Peace Corps (Uganda, East Africa) & teaching in Massachusetts, Saudi Arabia ant then to Maine to teach and raise our family.  My wife, Eva (art teacher) had a great influence on my focus during our later years in Bridgton , ME.  We helped start the  Bridgton Art Guild with 30 local artisans.  "Gallery 302" was a  true cooperative art gallery, started in 2002 & remains a vibrant part of the community to this day.  Now that we have retired in Sequim, I hope to spend more time with our grandchildren, traveling and "keep those chips flying".     


  
Vice President: Jeff Foro


I was born in Duluth, Minnesota but moved to Seattle when I was 2 so I have lived in the Northwest essentially all of my life.  In 2016 my wife Nancy and I moved from Seattle and retired to Sequim.  I retired from my job at The Boeing Company where I was a Systems Design and Integration Engineer in 2014.  My interest in woodturning was developed during two week long courses I took in West Virginia.  I am excited about furthering my woodturning experience as well as meeting and working with members of our new community.


Secretary:  Richard Bumgarner

To keep my sanity 20 years ago while working in Switzerland I “turned” to Turning.  It involved problem solving with near immediate returns that no job could come close to.  And, the wood didn’t argue, it only provided interesting resistance! The wood absorbed malignant spirits, balanced life and beautified my vision. Today, Turning convinces me I am almost doing my lifelong desire to make three-dimensional sculptures, which I have absolutely no talent for.  Plus, I have an audience of family members who say nice things about how I am getting better.  What more can I ask?  Just a club of like-minded souls to have fun with!  Yeah, Strait Turners!

 Treasurer:  Jackie Le Doux

I've been in Accounting most of my life.
Worked at Peoples Bank (now US Bank).  Went to a CPA accounting firm, Then to a Propane/Natural Gas company where I was an accountant/receptionist.  Then I went to First Federal Savings & Loan Assn in the accounting department for 29+ years before retirement.


Member at Large:  Lynn Taylor
I am an Anacortes native.  After 4 duty stations and 8.5 years in the US Navy, I moved to Alfred in western New York, and worked for 25 years as
Director of Finance and Administration for a small college.  After my wife retired, we moved "home" and settled in Port Townsend in 2002.  I dabbled
a bit with wood turning for a short time in Alfred and then my neighbor here in PT got me going again.  After the banjo on my cheap lathe broke
I bought a PM 3520 (great excuse!).  My chief interest is turning bowls, although I turn boxes and hollow forms occasionally.
 
 

Member at Large:  Brian Johnson

After a 29 year career at Boeing, I retired and moved to Sequim in 2016 with my wife Judy.  I have been woodturning on and off for about 20 years, started with pens and bottle stoppers.  Now I have a small shop to work in and a full size lathe for doing larger bowl projects now that I have more time for turning


Member at Large: Tony Duarte

Tony Duarte is a 22 year Navy veteran who retired in 1991.  Upon completion of my Naval Service I continued to support the Navy as a Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETA) contractor performing both senior management and engineering support with the Navy’s communications systems until his retirement in July 2016.  My wife Joyce and I moved to Port Angeles in 2005 where we built a home in the Black Diamond area of Port Angeles.  After attending a couple of wood turning meetings with the Bremerton Club I decided to join the Strait Turners Club when it was first established in 2016.   I purchased my first lathe (a Nova Midi) and decided to take the introduction to turning 101course at Craft Supply in Utah in February 2017.  After the class and working with several club members I had a growing desire to turn larger bowls and platters than the midi would handle so I’ve purchased a full size lathe that could handle my larger projects.