Board of Directors

Board of Directors Information

The Board of Directors is responsible for the overall operation of The Villages Woodworkers Club in accordance with the club By-Laws.

Board members serve for a term of three years. Members are elected as part of the first General Membership meeting each year from a list of nominations prepared by the Nominating Committee.  If you, as a member in good standing, are interested in being considered for nomination to the Board of Directors contact Anne Bell, who is the Chairperson of the Nominating Committee for 2015.

The Board of Directors meets on the fourth Thursday of each month, except November and December when the meeting is held on the third Thursday.  Meetings start at 7:00PM in the shop.

All VWC members are encouraged to attend the meetings as observers. 

Minutes of the Board of Director meetings are posted on this website available to all VWC members who log onto this website.  You must be a VWC member to view these minutes.

2019 Club Officers


 The Villages Woodworkers Club


Mike Borfitz – President


Term: 2018  




Jim Spallone - VWC President

Jim’s experience encompassed over 38 years in the banking/financial industry, holding positions in middle and senior management. Most of his duties were in management, consumer and small business lending, leasing, sales and marketing, product management and operations. Firms worked for were local, regional and national financial institutions. Jim retired in 2005 from a national bank. Jim additionally was very active in his local and professional community.

Term: 2018



 Doug Parks, Treasurer

Doug Parks moved to The Villages from Westfield, Massachusetts in 2009.  He joined The Villages Woodworkers Club almost immediately.  Before bringing his talents to the Club he worked in Accounting as a Controller and Manager of Nuclear Materials.  In 2011 he served as the Assistant Treasurer for VWC, moving up to the Treasurer position on 2012.  When he’s not overseeing the VWC budget, he may be found in the general shop area making such household items as plantation shutters, Adirondack chairs, or Murphy beds.

Term: 2018

Byron Porter Jr. - Secretary

Term: 2018

Board of Directors

The Villages Woodworkers Club 




Alvin Corendum 





Term: 2018 - 2020 


Sandy Fuller 

Sandy Fuller became a VWC member in 2008. Soon after, she started working at the front desk. Other activities include serving on the Christmas party committee, development of a teaching manual for the Band Saw Platter Class, asst. teaching with Andy McTear and serving on a recent tool crib committee. She enjoys taking classes, carving, turning, simple construction and the helpful, welcoming environment of the woodshop. Before moving to Florida, Sandy was a career educator/administrator for thirty years in Ohio. She served as the teacher association president and building representative. In her community, she served as a school board member/president, as an elder/Sunday school in her church and as a foster parent.


Term 2017 - 2020


Michael Conwell

Employment Descriptions/Highlights

1997 – 2015: Oracle software applications support with emphasis on Order Management, Inventory, Accounts Payable and Purchasing applications.

  • Oracle Client Consultant working with larger accounts including GE, Lucent Technologies, Alcoa, Sun Microsystems, Pella Windows and Vale Corporation (Brazil)
  • Cromwell Consulting: primary client was Unifi
  • Ingersoll Rand: internal consulting team for global projects with Schlage Lock and Trane

1976 – 1996: Lilly Industries (supplier of paint and coatings to industry)

  • 1992 – 1996: Corporate Staff/Business Development – acquisition and divestiture evaluations; executive sponsor for replacement of hardware and software systems for 16 site national organization
  • 1989 – 1992: General Manager of Memphis plant; profit center included product development, sales, tech service, manufacturing, inventory and purchasing functions.  40-man team with approx. $6.5MM in annual sales
  • 1986 – 1989: Corporate Staff – admin support for Management Committee, coordinated quarterly meetings, prepared meeting audio/visuals; special projects, etc.
  • Sales Manager of Computer and Metal Product (primarily in NC, SC with some TN, VA and FL clients); 6 man salesforce
  • Sales Manager primarily charged with administration of 30+ man field services team

1966 -1976: information systems roles for several employers; initially programming and later systems design work: Chesapeake Corp, Adams-Millis Hosiery, Burlington Industries

April, 1968 – August, 1969: US Army on active duty including 11 months in Vietnam


  • MBA: Wake Forest University, The Babcock Graduate School of Management; 1985
  • BS: University of Richmond, Robbins School of Business Administration; 1966


APICS: Certified in Integrated Resource Management (CIRM) - expired 2003

APICS: Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) - expired 2003

Term: 2018 - 2020



Harm Borfitz

Harm is an Air Force Veteran who severed in Korea during the Korean War.  He was an Analytical Chemist for 34 years with management experience.  After his retirement he spent 5 years in Hospital administration.

While at the wood shop he was a monitor coordinator and has been the Tool Crib Manager for the last several years.          

TERM: 2017-2020



John Scott

First took woodshop in junior high school. Worked on a couple of dairy farms where we worked with wood plenty of times, built and repaired hay wagons, made shelves in the shop etc..  All of this was working with wood but not real fine furniture like stuff.

When we bought our first home, 1971, I made several pieces of furniture for it, kitchen table, end tables, bedroom dresser etc .  Each piece got a little better in quality of workmanship. Also got a small wood lathe and turned some candle holders and table lamps. Begin to acquire equipment for the shop at the same time.

1978 bought some land in VT and began building a log home.  I hired a contracter to rough it in so we could move in, then I did the finish work on the inside.  Laid down the hardwood flooring, put up the interior walls, hung the doors and made the windows etc..

In the early 80s I took a 3 day wood turning course. By this time I had a pretty well-equipped shop and began to turn bowls and salt and pepper shakers etc. and sold a few at a couple of craft shops in VT.

 When we moved to Florida and after seeing the Villages Woodshop I sold all the contents of my shop knowing the VWC would more than meet my needs. 

TERM: 2018 – 2020

Bernie Harkins

I am a charter member of the woodworkers club.  Eldred Codling and I started the club in 2001.  At the first meeting of the club in October of 2001 I suggested we ask The Villages to build a woodshop.  After several committee trips to other woodshops, I presented a plan to The Villages in December of 2001 and I was told it was accepted in early January of 2002.  Construction didn’t begin until 2004 due to legal problems.  I was the chairman of the board for the first 6 years of the woodshop.  I would like to get back on the board and plan to champion an extension of the woodshop with the VCCDD.


Term: 2017

Bob Bell

The following are woodworkers club activities that I have been involved in since I joined the club.

Club Actives Resume:

1.      Joined Club 2006

2.      One Term Board of Director 2010-2012

3.      Pervious Board Member Advisor to Current Board : Appointed by BOD Chairperson Three Times For a One Year Term 2014-2016

4.      Instructor 2008-2016

5.      2013 Nominating Committee Chair Person

6.      Member Merchandise/ Special Order Purchasing/ Turning Wood Purchasing 2008-2016

7.      Assistant Supplies Purchasing 2010-2016


Term 2017-2020



Sandra Monaco

Sandra moved to the Villages in Dec. of 2002. Her previous position was working as a property manager, overseeing Apt complex, strip malls and high rise condo’s. She joined the VWC in Aug of 2011 with an interest in learning how to turn wood. She was the Assist. Secretary in 2012 for the VWC and became Secretary in 2013.

Term: 2016 - 2019


John Herega

John Herega moved to The Villages from Middleton, New Jersey.  Before establishing himself as a “go-to” person for nearly any area within The Villages Woodworkers Club, he served as a Production/Safety supervisor.  He joined the Club in 2005 and brings a wealth of information to woodworking and the organization.  He has been very active in the Safety area and is also responsible for VWC apparel.  He became Vice President in 2011.  When he’s in the Shop, he is most frequently in the lathe area working on projects that often spill into the carving arena.  John’s availability and talents are a boon to the membership of the Club.



Term: 2016 - 2019