Club History

A Brief History Of The Club

Conception

In the summer of 1948 three people, Cecil ‘Chris’ Christian, J. Arthur Risher, and Robert N. Smith talked about rockhounding and ended up with Chris wishing that they might start an organization for those interested in rockhounding.

On October 12, 1948, fourteen people met and discussed the formation of a club. Further meetings were held during November and December to decide on dues, bylaws, where to meet and a name, so that the club would be completely organized and ready to go in January, 1949.
Birth
On January 13, 1949, the first regular meeting of the Sebac Mineralogical Society was held in the T-102 Building on Ellis Avenue. Sebac was an abbreviation of “Seattle Boeing Airplane Company” and was suggested by John Haberlin. The meeting had 35 members and visitors, refreshments, a door prize, two speakers and the election of officers. The first Board meeting was held later in the month.

The First Newsletter

Rock Talk Special Edition December 1950 was a 16 page, one-time bulletin, put together by George & Barbara Frost. (George Frost was the club’s first President and Barbara was the first Secretary-Treasurer.) It contained a message from the club president, informative articles, and jokes.

Growing Pains

Originally, Sebac accepted both Boeing employees and non-Boeing employees as members, but by 1952 the non-Boeing people outnumbered the Boeing people. When it was decided that Sebac would not accept any more non-Boeing members, several members quit.

Name Changes

On November 5, 1954, Vernon Mann made a motion, seconded by Howard Hollingsworth, that the name of the Sebac Mineralogical Society be changed to the Boeing Mineralogical Society. Motion carried. In 1956 Boeing asked that the name be changed to the Boeing Employees’ Mineralogical Society and the club complied.

A Regular Newsletter

In July 1956 the first issue of The Tumbler was sent out with Era Risher as Editor.

Incorporation

In September of 1961 the club incorporated itself and the club finally became the Boeing Employees’ Mineralogical Society, Inc.

Renaming

In 2009 Boeing stopped supplying us with a location for our shops & a place to meet and in 2010 our long association with Boeing ended & we renamed ourselves the Cascade Mineralogical Society, Inc.
Updated: March 10, 2016 — 6:03 am

Presidents Message

  • From the Top of the Rock Pile . . . . The weather lookout was iffy when we went to bed the Saturday night before our club picnic. There was no evidence that it had recently rained when we arrived on Sunday to set up the tables. The grass was dry and the sky was partly cloudy. Around twenty members were at the picnic and we had a very nice day talking “rocks” and visiting with one another. It’s so good seeing everyone once again. We raised $761 from the auction! Thank you to everyone for making our auction a

Meeting Announcements

  • General Meeting – Thursday – September 9, 2021, @ 7 pm Traveling with Roger and Alex. Hey, this could good be a good title for a TV show. I am so clever, an absolute genius. LOL Our Field Trip Guide, Roger Danneman, will be talking about his trip to Iceland with his son Alex. Right after Roger returned home, two days later, he and Alex headed out on a road trip to Minnesota. I know we are all interested in his trip to Iceland and the volcano. Pictures and more pictures! Then not many of us get to go rockhounding on the way to Minnesota. Again pictures and rock samples. It should be a very interesting evening. Show ‘n Tell: Something you found on vacation, a road, a trip to the beach, on a hike, along a river bed, or in your backyard. The Young Tumblers get $2 Rock Bucks for coming to the meeting. If they partake in the Show ‘n Tell they receive a total of $5 Rock Bucks. Our Young Tumblers can spend their Rock Bucks at all club auctions and on raffle tickets at our meetings. Hope to see everyone at the meeting.

  • For the October meeting, we are going to show 2 videos.  The first on how to clean the saw oil off your slabs after cutting them. The second video is on how to stabilize softer rocks in order to polish or cab them. Show ‘n Tell: A lapidary item, polished rock or slab, cut gemstone, cabochon, intarsia, etc. that you have made.

  • Dr. Russell Calvin Boggs will be speaking at our meeting. He is the founder and curator of the North Cascades Mineralogical Research Institute and Museum. Mark your calendars and plan on attending. I would like to give him a warm welcome as he traveling from Marblemount during peak traffic time to speak to us. A non-profit corporation to promote mineralogical research, operate a mineralogical research lab (XRD, petrographic microscope, and Electron Microprobe), and operate a mineralogical museum primarily related to the Pacific Northwest. Show ‘n Tell: A rock, mineral, or fossil you have in your collection from Washington, Oregon, or Idaho.

  • Time is Running Out – Lower Dues for 2021 2021 club membership dues is $15 for a family or individual! The Board has approved a temporary reduction in our dues for 2021 only to $15 per family or individual. As of October our dues will go back up to $25 per family or individual. Our club is resuming in person general meetings on June 10th. Our general meetings are held on the 2nd Thursdays of each month at 7 pm. From our website you can use a credit card to renew your membership. You can also mail a check to CMS, c/o Charles Benedict, 25838 W. Lake Wilderness Dr. SE, Maple Valley WA 98038.

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