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

  • From the Top of the Rock Pile . . . . March’s Zoom General Meeting went well. We saw some of Terri Gerard’s sphere collection, Bob gave a lands’ access report plus a brief report from Roger, our Field Trip Guide. You can always check our website for the next planned field trip plus the details on where to meetup. We also saw some new faces at the March meeting. Hopefully more of you will decide to attend our April Zoom meeting. You can join via your smart phone, laptop, tablet or desk top computer. If you don’t have a

Meeting Announcements

  • The General Meeting for April will be an online Zoom meeting on April 8th at 7 pm. This month our member, Jim Grace, will talk about what he looks for in a stone for faceting and the cut to make. Jim cuts all his own stones and is very well known gem cutter in western Washington and for his fabulous collection of faceted gems.  You can find him displaying at rock and gem shows in the area. More specifically, he always has a display case at the West Seattle show. Look for his display case if you want to see some fabulous faceting.   The link for the meeting will be in your email around the first week of April. Everyone stay home and be safe. If you have to go out be sure to wear a mask. Hopefully we will see each other in-person in May or June. In order to attend a Zoom meeting you need to download the app no matter what type of device you are on. Then setup an account for yourself. Now here is where the good part comes in where you can make yourself look awesome! There are filters that make you look better on camera. Here is how you access them: Sign into your Zoom app account. Click on your profile picture. Click the Background & Filters tab. Click the Video Filters tab. Select the desired beauty filter. The filters can smooth out your complexion, adjust your lighting, give you a background of your choosing, etc. You can try several of them and keep the one you like best. Zoom will now keep this setting for all Zoom sessions. You can always go back into the settings at any time and change the filter. Now let’s all jump in with both feet and attend our March general meeting!

  • The Board has voted that for 2021 our annual dues is just $15 for your entire family. So please renew your membership if you have not done so. Even though we currently can not have club meetings in person we are making every effort to keep our club running smoothly. We are still providing you with our monthly club newsletter. Our field trips are continuing as soon as the snows melt so check the website, be sure to read our monthly “Tumbler” and register for automatic notification of our next adventures. On field trips we will require 6 ft distancing and no carpooling other than with your immediate family. Our “Young Tumblers” can continue to work on their badge of choice. All the badges you can earn is under the Young Tumblers link on this website. It’s a great time to concentrate on earning 1 or more badges.  

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