December 2018 – Presidents Message

We have had a very successful year!

December 2017 our membership was 41 families with 59 active members. Our November 2018 membership is 72 families with 95 active members. We are nearing what AFMS and NFMS consider a large group – 100 members.

After a 5 year absence, CMS resumed their Cascade Rock and Gem Show under the leadership of Mark Hohn. Everyone from club members, to visitors and vendors have said it was a great show! A big thanks to Mark as it was a huge undertaking. The show same venue has been reserved for September 21 & 22, 2019.

This year we started our youth group “Young Tumblers.” We have 4 active members. Alex Danneman, Isaiah Fu, Aiden Cerenzie and Cora Unger all earned their AFMS Showman Badge for their case displays plus 1st Place Ribbons for their respective display categories at our Gem Show. CMS is very proud of our young members and hope in 2019 the number of active members to grow.

Roger Danneman has been the Field Trip Leader for the past year. He is continuously on the lookout for new locations and ideas for field trips. This is a huge job and I thank Roger for the great job he is doing.

We won AFMS and NFMS website awards for the past 2 years. The website traffic grows monthly. February 2017 our website traffic was 110 views. September 2018 it was 2,444 partly because of our Gem Show. We are now averaging 900 +/- views a month and growing every month. Mark Hohn has done a fabulous job with our website.

CMS’s newsletter, The Tumbler, has won AFMS and NFMS awards for the past 2 years. Our club has also won AFMS and NFMS awards for articles in The Tumbler and the Keith’s monthly cartoon.

CMS now has a positive financial picture. With Rich Russell leading the way we were able to let go our storage unit. This was a huge undertaking and could not have been accomplished without Rich and Mark Hohn. Thank you to both of you!

Our Board of Directors announced last month that our dues are going to be lowered as of January 2019 from $30 annually to $25 annually. The Board was able to do this because of the success of our Gem Show and the now positive cash flow of the regular club treasury.

Thank you to each and every one of our members that have contributed to the growth and success of CMS!

We will have a few new faces on the Board of Directors in 2019. I am looking for new ideas to continue to lead us forward in 2019. If you have any suggestions or ideas for our club please don’t hesitate to share them with a Board members.

I hope to see everyone at our holiday dinner on Sunday, December 16th.

Happy New Year and have a great holiday season! Our club really rocks!

Kat Koch, President

Updated: June 2, 2019 — 9:43 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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