AWI and the USA advanced woodworking community is well represented at the 40th WorldSkills Competition in Calgary, Alberta, Canada [http://www.worldskills2009.com/]. Supporting Team USA, in conjunction with the SkillsUSA [http://www.skillsusa.org] contingent, our panel is Glenn Wirgau, Meyer and Lundahl, AZ; Jerry Finch, Finchworks, WI; Patrick Molzahn, Madison Area Technical College, WI; and Georgia Patrick, The Communicators, MD.

AWI Member Rob Tobias, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology [http://www.stevenstech.org/], is a key trainer for TeamUSA at his Pennsylvania campus.

Power. Passion. Precision. Craftsmanship. Camaraderie. Competition!
These six words represent the thrill, excitement and spirit of WorldSkills International.

Every two years, hundreds of the best young professionals from trades, service and technical programs around the world gather to showcase their talents and abilities. This thrilling, high-performance, four day WorldSkills Competition is the biggest event of its kind in the world.

WorldSkills International was established in 1950. Today it is made up of 51 Member countries/regions worldwide. Participants compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals – striving to excel in world-class standards in 45 skill categories, ranging from cabinetmaking to web design.

Participation by our panel is funded by the Woodwork Career Alliance with grants and donations to the tax-deductible Skill Standards initiative. Help us defray the costs. To donate contact: Greg Heuer, Secretary, Woodwork Career Alliance – gheuer@umich.edu.