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

  • From the Top of the Rock Pile . . . . Boy was it good to see everyone after 16 months of no in-person meetings! We had a good turnout. I estimate we had 30 people. 27 members signed in but I think there were about 3 additional people who didn’t make it to the sign-in table. I would like to remind everyone to sign in at the front door. You get a door prize ticket for the drawing later in the meeting plus for insurance purposes, we need a headcount and the names of those who attended our meeting.

Meeting Announcements

  • Lake Wilderness Arboretum Annual Picnic Potluck – Sunday, August 8th Setup noon. Enjoy a picnic lunch together at 12:30 pm. You bring your picnic lunch and the club provides drinks and a limited selection of store-bought desserts. If you attend church and are a little late  – that’s okay too. Mark your calendar now and plan on attending! It’s always so nice visiting with each other outside of our club meetings. This is such a beautiful, relaxing location for our annual Club picnic. The Lake Wilderness Arboretum is so gracious to allow us to use this outstanding spot. We are under the trees which with picnic tables and parking. It’s a great family event. Afterward, the Lake is within an easy distance for swimming, beach fun, and the children’s play area. We advise that you move your car to that section’s parking lot if you decide to take advantage of the lake beach and playground areas. Our club Arboretum parking area closes after we are done. It is a picnic with a rock and mineral auction following. It’s also a great time to sit and chat with each other and talk “rock”.   Lake Wilderness Beach area.           Lake Wilderness Park – all new!      

  • Dr. Russell Calvin Boggs will be speaking at our meeting. He is the founder and curator of the North Cascades Mineralogical Research Institute and Museum. Mark your calendars and plan on attending. I would like to give him a warm welcome as he traveling from Marblemount during peak traffic time to speak to us. A non-profit corporation to promote mineralogical research, operate a mineralogical research lab (XRD, petrographic microscope, and Electron Microprobe), and operate a mineralogical museum primarily related to the Pacific Northwest.

  • Time is Running Out – Lower Dues for 2021 2021 club membership dues is $15 for a family or individual! The Board has approved a temporary reduction in our dues for 2021 only to $15 per family or individual. As of October our dues will go back up to $25 per family or individual. Our club is resuming in person general meetings on June 10th. Our general meetings are held on the 2nd Thursdays of each month at 7 pm. From our website you can use a credit card to 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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