New Member Welcome Center

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A Special Welcome to Our New Members!

This page is devoted to you, our new member, in an effort to acquaint you with our history, our culture, our events and our projects. Several of our members have contributed to this page, giving you information they wish they would have had when they first joined. This welcome center was envisioned by our late member and friend, Bill Baldwin. He called his idea, "The WBA Revealed." We offer it to you in his memory. We invite you to read this page, and the pages to which the links lead you. Most of all, we welcome you to the WBA!

Who we are

The Wooden Boat Association of North Texas is an unincorporated social group...a volunteer association of people who are enthusiastic about antique and classic boating. We have over 100 members, most of whom hail from Texas, but some of whom live in other states. Many of our members own and maintain antique and classic boats, but boat ownership is by no means a prerequisite for membership. At our boating events, members who don't own boats just hitch a ride with those who do!

The past twelve years or so of our club's history are well documented on this web site, either on the Bilge Pump Newsletters page (see links in the left hand column of this page) or the Photos and Videos page.

For a written account of the early years of our club, click here.

Click here for a contact list of current officers and chairpersons.

Click here to read our Constitution and By-laws.

Monthly meetings

We hold dinner meetings on the third Thursday of each month, except in December and January, at a restaurant in Dallas called "Two Guys From Italy", located at 11637 Webb Chapel Road, just south of Forest Road. Click here to learn more about this restaurant. We send monthly reminders of the meeting dates, including a map in our newsletter, The Bilge Pump. We meet at 5:30 p.m. in one of the restaurant's private rooms, and we order dinner off the menu. Each member pays his or her own way. If you choose not to have dinner with the group, be sure you're there by 7 p.m. for the start of the meeting.

We have a brief business meeting, including reports from each of our officers, our membership chairperson and our projects chairperson. We then have a program of general interest to antique and classic boating enthusiasts. Members with particular boating interests or stories are encouraged to provide a presentation at a meeting. For example, members have demonstrated staining and varnishing techniques, shown photos of trips to national and international boat shows, described their own boat restoration, and told the history of a specific boat manufacturer.

Events

The WBA holds several events during the year. Our signature weekend event, the "Ride 'n Show" is held at a Dallas area lake, normally in late September or early October. The event includes social events such as a Friday night welcome reception and a Saturday dinner as well as a day-long boat show on Saturday and a Sunday-morning "fun run" on the lake. You can see videos of our past Ride 'n Show events on the Photos and Videos page. Watch the Calendar of Events for details on this year's Ride 'n Show.

In recent years, we've been holding a season kickoff party in May at the home of one of our members. This event is announced by invitation.

Also, the Club holds an annual Christmas Party at the home of the club President, normally on the first Saturday in December. The event is announced through invitation. Then, after New Years, usually around the third Saturday in January, the Club holds its annual Officer Installation Banquet at the Canyon Creek Country Club in Richardson, TX. The banquet is our yearly opportunity to dress up, recognize the service of our officers, and install new officers following their election.

In addition to the events sponsored by the WBA, there are a number of events held by other antique and classic boating clubs in our area in which the WBA participates. You can click on the logos of a few of these clubs seen in the left-hand column of this page, to visit their web sites. Their events include Keels & Wheels in Seabrook, TX (Houston/Clear Lake area)--Southwest Chapter, Antique & Classic Boat Society; Wood Waves & Wheels at Eagle Mountain Lake in Fort Worth--Eagle Mountain Classic Boat Club; and the Austin Hill Country Boat Show on Lake LBJ near Marble Falls, TX--SW Chapter ACBS. These and other events in which the WBA participates are listed in our Calendar of Events.

The Bilge Pump Newsletter, WBA Web Site and Facebook Group

On the first of each month, WBA members receive an electronic newsletter entitled The Bilge Pump. The newsletter covers in word and pictures all the activities of the Club, including its meetings, events and projects. Members are encouraged to submit updates and photos of their latest projects and boat acquisitions to our Bilge Pump editor, David Kanally. You can look through many years of past Bilge Pump editions on the Bilge Pump Newsletter link page. This is a great place to look and see reports of past WBA events and projects.

The WBA web site, woodenboatassociation.com has been the on-line presence of our club for over 15 years. Filled with information about past and upcoming events, projects and activities, the site remains the primary web presence for the group. The site also features a Classified Ads section, with ads free for members. In addition, for members who join Facebook, the club has a Facebook group, where members can post their latest activities and share other items of boating interest with others.

The Lucas Shop

WBA members have access to shared tools and facilities at a boat/woodworking shop in Lucas, TX (near Allen, north of Dallas). This shop is not operated by the WBA, but WBA members can reserve space in the shop. Many WBA members keep their boats in storage units adjacent to the shop, and it's not unusual to find quite a gathering of WBA members there any given Saturday morning. Members advise each other, share their particular expertise, and even lend a hand, to move projects forward. Since most member projects involve work on individually owned boats, you'll need to meet an owner with a project and offer your help in order to participate. WBA members use the shop and its tools, paints, chemicals and other equipment at their own risk, and are asked to sign a waiver of liability before accessing the shop. If you are interested in performing work in the Lucas Shop, contact Robin McGeorge or David Kanally.

Your participation

Of course, the most important issue is this: how will you participate? Well, the answer is up to you. You are welcome to become as active and involved as you wish to be. We're here for fun and fellowship, not to put pressure on people to take on unwanted responsibilities or burdens. Whether the WBA is a place for you to enjoy an occasional classic boat outing, or an opportunity to serve in leadership, or a place to learn the techniques of restoration, the club is here for you. We hope you look forward to a long and active membership!