February 2018 – President’s Message

A Note from the President’s Desk . . .

Our Cascade Gem and Mineral Show is fast approaching. It’s approximately 7 ½ months until show time! At our general meeting, when the Board was getting ready to put a deposit on the venue, almost 100% of the attending membership said they would volunteer to help with the show. Well now is the time to step up. There are still a lot of positions that need volunteers so you can pretty much have a pick of what you would like to help out with. We need everyone’s input and ideas. Our first all-hands-on-deck show committee meeting is on Feb 5th at 6:30 to 7 pm, at Wendy’s, 505 E Smith St., Kent. Please plan on attending the Show Committee Meeting! The Board meeting follows the Show meeting and everyone is welcome to stay or not.

I will not be at our February Board and General meetings as Mike and I are heading to the Tucson Gem Show. We will be gone about 3 weeks as we are driving and planning on stopping to hunt for rocks along the way. We will also be looking to purchase items for ourselves plus 2 or 3 very nice items for our Show raffle.

The Club ended 2017 in very good financial shape. We have made great strides in balancing our budget plus having the funds for the show venue deposit. I want to thank everyone that has purchased items at our auctions throughout the year and bought the excess club machinery and rocks. The auctions are very important to the club as annual membership dues alone doesn’t cover our expenses.

I am very excited when looking ahead at 2018. Our club is steadily growing, our 2018 projected income and expenses are in balance and we have resumed our annual Rock & Gem Show. Thank you to everyone that has contributed their time and efforts to making our Club a success.

Kat Koch

CMS President

Updated: March 1, 2018 — 11:32 am

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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