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 . . . . Everything is going well with our club. I am looking forward to putting the year 2021 in the rearview mirror. It feels good to be taking baby steps towards some sense of normalcy. I am also looking forward to the upcoming club elections and having some new people on the board with new ideas. If everything goes as planned we will resume our Cascade Gem & Mineral Show in August 2022. Planning is getting underway as it is only 9 ½ months away. I feel like there is nothing

Meeting Announcements

  • The 2021 holidays are coming upon us very fast!   I am so happy to say that this year we are having our annual potluck dinner, the election of officers, and club auction. Mark Your Calendars Now! Sunday, December 12th, the setup is at 11 am, and dinner is at noon. Our dinner will be held at our regular meeting place, American Legion Hall, Kent. The club supplies roasted turkey and baked ham. You bring a side dish of your choice. If you don’t cook, you can always bring a store-bought dessert, drinks, dinner rolls and butter, cranberry sauce, or something from the grocery deli counter. Just be sure to bring your own silverware and plate. If, for some reason, you can’t bring anything, please plan on joining us anyway. We would rather see you than not see you. It’s always enjoyable to sit and talk with each other and enjoy the season together. It is the club’s opportunity to say thank you for being a member this year. Kat Koch, President        

  • 2021-2022 club membership dues is $25 for a family or individual! Join or renew now and your membership is good through 12/31/2022 Our general meetings are held on the 2nd Thursdays of each month at 7 pm.  On our website, you can use a credit card to join or 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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