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

  • Thank you Mark for another great show! Outstanding!!I I am so proud of what Mark has accomplished these past 2 years in getting our show back up and running. He has exceeded all my expectations and wishes. I also want to thank all the CMS members, family members and volunteers from other clubs that helped out at the show. Couldn’t have done it without your help. Mark has been a valuable member of the Board of Directors for several years now. I would also like to note that Mark is the person that rewrote and maintains our website and organized

Meeting Announcements

  • Meeting Topic: Mark will be giving a recap of our show. The good, the bad and the ?? Then Joan from Jerry’s Rock and Shop, Kent will be speaking at tonight. We don’t know her topic but she is always very interesting so plan on attending. Show ‘n Tell: What did you get at our show? Or show us a recent  purchase you made.

  • I am very proud of our Junior Tumbler’s. Alex Danneman, Isaiah Fu, Isabel Viejo, Alexa Viejo. Our Juniors did an outstanding job on their display cases. Alex show off his large fossil collection taking 1st Place ribbon in this category and earning his Fossil & collection badges. Isaiah show off his collection of rocks, minerals and fossils taking 1st Place ribbon in this category and earning his Collection badge. Isabel & Alexa both won 2nd Place ribbons for their category and age group. They each earned their Showmanship badge. Congratulation to each of you for a job well done!  

  • The Young Tumblers (youth members) have their own door prize drawing at each meeting. We encourage our Young Tumblers to participate in Show ‘n Tell each month. We also have a section of our monthly newsletter for them only to earn Rock Bucks. Rock Bucks can be spent on the monthly raffle or the club auctions we have throughout the year. The website and newsletter now has your own section. Be sure to look at to see what’s new this month and any announcements.

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