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.