Fort Wayne Engineers' Club

Engineers News

September 2012 - Vol. LXXV No. 1

September Tour
Folkcraft Instruments
Thursday September 27th at 7:00 PM
22133 Main Street, Woodburn, IN  46797

Folkcraft Instruments has been building heirloom quality dulcimers, ukuleles, and other instruments in Woodburn Indiana since 1969.  This is a family business, with two generations of luthiers (one who makes or repairs lutes and other string instruments – thank you Wikipedia) putting their skill and experience into every instrument they create.  Check out their website at  They also offer make-your-own kits for these instruments.

Directions to Folkcraft Instruments:  Take US 24 East to Woodburn, take a right on N. Webster Road then a quick left on to Woodburn Road.  Woodburn Road turns into Main Street.  Folkcraft is just past the Post Office.

2nd Annual Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire

The 2nd annual Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire will take place October 6th and 7th at the Headwaters Park East Lincoln Pavilion.  This is a terrific family event that showcases engineering and technology with application and abstract engineering and design.  Please visit for more information.

2012-2013 FWEC Membership Year

MieLecia Martin has volunteered to be this year’s Vice President; while David Momoh has volunteered to be a 1st year board member. Thank you and congratulations to our new board members.  Please see below for the full 2012-2013 FWEC board roster.

Dues for the 2012-2013 membership year are now payable.  Members and associate members are $10 while students and non-residents are $5. Please pay using the enclosed membership card from your September newsletter or on our website (there is a service fee of $1 added to pay online).  Members not paid prior to January 1st will be considered delinquent.

This is also the time to consider adding a voluntary contribution to the FWEC Engineers’ Week Academic Award fund.  Academic Awards are given through the Engineers’ Week committee and associated clubs (FWEC, ASME, SWE, SME, ASQ, etc.) to local engineering students during national Engineers’ Week in February.  Give back and be as generous as possible.

2012-2013 FWEC Board Candidates

  • President: John Magsam
  • Vice President:  MieLecia Martin
  • Treasurer:  Ryan Stark  
  • Secretary: Elizabeth Garr
  • 1st Year Board Members: Dan Delaney & David Momoh
  • 2nd Year Board Members: Jim Delaney & Jack Phlipot
  • 3rd Year Board Members: Deborah Pitzer & Robert Vargo (Replacement for Ralph Snyder)

FWEC 2012-2013 Board

The FWEC has openings on its board for the 2012-2013 membership year.  Open positions are:  Vice President, 1st Year Board Member, and 1st Year Board Member.  Board meetings are held once a month and generally last 1.5 hours.  Please review the FWEC constitution ( for specific board duties, but position duties generally include helping set up tours and assisting with Engineers’ Week.  Please contact any current member of the board with questions or interest in becoming a board member for next year.

Engineers’ News Past

The FWEC has a significant history; Treasurer Ryan Stark and his wife were able to find past Engineers News documents dating back to 1939!  Here is an excerpt of the past newsletter (a scanned copy of the entire newsletter is available through the FWEC website):

Engineers’ News December, 1939

Five reels of sound motion pictures will be included depicting, “The Story of Gasoline”, “The Story of Lubricating Oil”, and “Automotive Lubrication”.  All of these films are considered among the finest, the silent version being used extensively by the Bureau of Mines at both the New York and San Francisco World’s Fairs.

These films are the property of the Standard Oil Company and will be shown by them on their own equipment insuring us good results.

Our speaker was graduated from Purdue University in 1923 and has been employed with the Standard Oil Company since that time.

Let’s all turn out on Thursday and make this a “Bang-up” meeting.  Our Program Committee is working very hard to make these meetings interesting and we must give them our whole-hearted support.

The FWEC Newsletter
E-Mail Delivery

The FWEC newsletter is now available for e-mail delivery.  This saves the club postage and newsletter fees as well as getting the newsletter to the membership sooner.  Please add to your address list ensuring proper delivery of the newsletter.

Future Tours

The FWEC is looking for ideas for future venues.  Is your place of work somewhere that you’d like to show off?  Are you interested in a specific company in the Fort Wayne area?  Please submit all tour ideas to

Welcome New FWEC Members

Welcome to new FWEC members Jason Haines from Lingenfelter Performance Engineering and Aaron Nedd from ITT Exelis.  Welcome to new FWEC student members Turner James Schaab attending Carroll High School and Matthew Derickson attending Purdue University

Community Works

The FWEC donated $250 to St. Jude’s Destination Imagination team that competed in TN at the Destination Imagination Global Finals 2012.  Please see the FWEC website for their thank you note and further information on Destination Imagination

FWEC Board Meetings

The FWEC board meetings are open to any interested party within the FWEC membership.  The next FWEC board meeting will be held on Tuesday October 2nd at 7:00 PM on the Indiana Tech campus in the Zollner Engineering Center room Z-203.

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