Toymakers Gather for Annual Dinner
By Sandy Davis
The Mason Dixon Woodworkers met on Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Delmar VFW for the annual Woodworkers Dinner. Club president Pat Lemly welcomed everyone and introduced the officers as follows: Don Connell, vice president, Jack Myers, secretary, and Jack Dorman, treasurer.
Lemly stated that the club has 70 members from all over Delmarva. He recognized the guests attending, who included commanders from area VFW posts, Vance Phillips from the Sussex County Council, Lisa and Randy Ellis from the Bank of Delmarva, and representatives from the Fleet Reserve Association and several contributors.
Club member Ed Nock announced the upcoming workshops scheduled from now until May and encouraged the woodworkers to sign up for them. He also asked any woodworker with an interest in doing a workshop on a special project to organize that workshop.
Several woodworkers displayed their works and gave brief descriptions of how they made them. Among the items were cabinets, a sailboat, wagon, doll case, plagues, chair and a corner cupboard. A clock was donated by John Null to raise money for the club to buy more supplies for the toys the club makes.
Irvin Aydelotte, chairman of the toy making committee, showed the toys that the volunteers made for this year. He stated the group made 1,700 pieces this year. There are 100 to 120 of each toy.
Aydelotte praised the members involved in the toy making for the hours they spend in their shop making toys such as table and chair sets, telephones, puzzles, jeeps, pull toys, periscopes, train banks, games, birdhouses, stools and rocking horses. The toys will be given to 18 or 20 organizations such as VFW, Salvation Army, Churches and Civic organizations for distribution to children in the area.
Percy Elliott, commander of the Delmar VFW Post, presented Aydelotte with a check from the ladies auxiliary for $200. Aydelotte presented handmade wooden plaques to some of the contributors, who included Roy Aydelotte, his nephew, Bud Ziegelheafer from Woodland Family Campground, Vance Phillips from Sussex County Council, L. Victor Seested, John Rugby and Lisa Ellis from the Bank of Delmarva.
On behalf of the Mason Dixon Woodworkers, Irvin Aydelotte was presented with a watch in appreciation for all his work with toy making.
“This is wonderful,” said Aydelotte, “since mine just quit.”
Phillips gave a tribute to Aydelotte on behalf of the Sussex County Council.
Members said that they were not sure how long they have been making toys. The club has been in existence for at least 12 years and Aydelotte said that he has been making toys for more than eight years. On Dec. 6, the toys will be given to the organizations for distribution to children on the Peninsula.
The Delmar Chamber of Commerce is selling raffle tickets to raise funds for community events. Tickets are available at the town hall, Cookie Boutique, and chamber members. Phone 846-3336.
The Delmar Public Library will be closed Nov. 27, 28, 29 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Materials can be dropped off by using the front door slot.