Club History

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: June 6, 2022 — 3:49 pm

Presidents Message

  • From the Top of the Rock Pile …. by Kat Koch At our October meeting, Angie 100% surprised me with a birthday cake. Thank you, Angie, and everyone that sang Happy Birthday to me. Our members are really awesome! Our club elections are coming up at our holiday dinner in December. You will find a description of the positions that need to be filled elsewhere in this issue of The Tumbler. Club nominations are made at our November meeting, and voting is at our December meeting. Please seriously consider filling one of the positions. This year we are doing our

Meeting Announcements

  • General Meeting – Thursday, November 10th Topic: Gold!! Speaker: Chris Holden, NAMA Board Member and CMS Member Chris Holden from Black Jack’s Metal Detectors will be talking about gold, gold, GOLD! We have had a lot of requests to have a meeting on finding gold in PNW. NAMA owns many gold claims in the PNW. This is your chance to ask all your questions about gold and get answers. Join us to claim your seat and enjoy this glittery topic. Show ‘n Tell: Gold or Pyrite

  • Our Holiday Party is Sunday, December 4th. Potluck dinner with the election of officers and club auction to follow. It’s our chance to visit with one another and also pick up some great bargains at our auction. The setup is at 11:30 AM. Dinner is at noon pm. The club provides turkey and ham plus plates and plastic eating utensils. This is a potluck, so please text or call Angie at 253-569-0245 with your name and what you plan on bringing: a vegetable, gravy, butter, dessert, rolls, or drinks.

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