A small group of retired individuals, interested in woodworking, met in May of 2020 to discuss the possibility of establishing a woodworking club in the Greater Moncton Area. Following these preliminary meetings, initial inquiries for a facility were made with representatives of the Recreation Department in Riverview.
The support we received from the Town, early in the process, allowed us to dream of the very real possibility of establishing the first ever woodworking guild in the Greater Moncton Area. We then started searching for grant programs at the provincial and federal levels; met with and researched other woodworking clubs within the province as well as within North America.
The process to formalize the corporation was started with the Guild being incorporated in October of 2020. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in early fall of 2020 for the use of a municipally owned building in Riverview at 51 Biggs Drive. Preparations where then in full swing at our new facility at the same time working on the development of corporate documents such as our constitution, by-laws and operating procedures, including promotional pieces like our website, logo design and the recruitment of members.
We started welcoming new members in late November of 2020.