Bonney Lake Library

October Bonney Lake Library Talk (part 1) by Dick Morgan

On October 11, 2013, Pat, Keith and I setup two tables of specimens. Keith had to help as my back did not allow me to move
my rolling toolbox of specimens, so he did it for me. Spent over two hours answering questions about these items and general
questions about rock related items. A fun time was had by all.
Thanks to the Friends of the Bonney Lake Library for inviting us to explain about our hobby.

October Bonney Lake Library Talk (part 2) by Keith Alan Morgan

Since my dad was having some back problems, he asked me to help him out moving his specimen cart and whatnot.
It was a bit different than I expected. I was expecting people to come at 2 and stay till 4, but this was more everything was
set-up and people would wander in and out. The fact that this was a Friday instead of a weekend was probably the reason for the
difference in audience attendance as we got people who were coming to the library and saw there was a display rather than specifically
coming to hear a talk. So there were times where we had people in and dad was telling them about rocks and we would have periods
where no one was there and we were just chatting with the library staff. Still, despite the apparent small crowds, around 70 people had
come in, looked at the material and asked questions.  Even though my dad did most of the talking, there were a few points where he was busy with a group at the main table and I answered questions about the rocks (mostly fossils) setup on the second table.
Even though it was supposed to end at 4 we had some people show up after that, which given the generally informal nature of the talk, was fine.
The library had setup a table of rock and mineral books they had, which interested several people and I think a few even got checked out.

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Bonney Lake Library Primer On Rocks by Dick Morgan
On November 3, 2012, Pat and I gave our presentation of fossils, minerals and rocks called “A Primer On Rocks”, at the Bonney Lake Library.

The group that showed up was larger than the room allowed for, somewhere around 75 people, so a number of people were standing in the hallway. The person in charge, Seung Kang, said it was the largest group for their Saturday afternoon presentations.

Two of the audience were from the class Pat and I volunteer in to help with math and they told the class how much they enjoyed it. (The teacher of the class allows a couple of minutes before each class to show a few rocks, minerals, or fossils and explain the how and why of each of them.)

The presentation went well. It was scheduled for one hour, but ending up running three hours and not because I dragged things out. The audience asked many questions about the material shown, even when I was packing up to leave they were still asking me questions.

The library had displayed a number of their rock books around the display area and many children checked them out to read at home. Pat says, the librarian told her it was the best presentation. The library was interested in scheduling a repeat presentation sometime in the new year.

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Updated: April 23, 2016 — 10:25 pm

Presidents Message

  • We had another successful Rock & Gem Show under the leadership of Mark Hohn! As all of you have probably heard by now, Mark has resigned as Show Chairman so that he can spend more time traveling during the summer with his wife, Penny. I thank Mark for all his hard work these past two years. You have left us with huge shoes to fill. We are now on a search for a new Show Chairman or Assist. Show Chairman. If you would like to volunteer for either position please email from our website under the “Contact” page. This is

Meeting Announcements

  • Our Topic: Joan of Jerry’s Rock Shop (Kent) will be speaking on the Curses of Gemstones. Show ‘n Tell: A rock or mineral you have purchased.

  • Our Holiday Pot Luck Dinner is Sunday, December 15th. The club provides turkey and ham and you fill in the rest. You can bring a main dish, salad, bread, dessert or drinks. Setup is at  11:30 and lunch at 12:30 pm. Following the meal we will have an election of officers and our annual auction. Please mark your calendars now and plan on attending. We have had a very good turn out the past few years so be sure to join us. Happy Holidays!

  • 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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