January 2018 – President’s Message

A Note from the President’s Desk . . .

We had 30 members and their families attend our holiday dinner this year. This was the largest turnout we have had in several years. It was so nice to visit with everyone and to enjoy the good food everyone brought.

Thank you for reelecting me to the Presidency and to the other Board members that are continuing to serve another term on the Board. I also want to welcome our newbie Roger Danneman (Director) to the Board.

I have been passing out show fliers and club fliers at various functions: Kitsap Holiday Dinner and craft shows Mike and I have done this season. While at Kitsap Club dinner I found out at their November rock show they enrolled 60+ new memberships. I sure hope we do as well at our show.

Everyone that is interested in volunteering to help at our Cascade Rock and Gem Show, now is the time to talk to Mark and commit to a spot. We need a PR person (you can do this from home via email and phone) and someone to work with the Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts and Campfire in order to get them to attend and use our event to earn their badges (other than possibly initial contact, this can be coordinated from home via email and phone). We have a huge project ahead of us and we need all hands-on-deck in order to accomplish it. We can not leave the burden to put our show together to 8 or 10 members. Don’t procrastinate call or email Mark now!

Our auction at the holiday dinner was a success. We made a deposit to our checking account of $855. In case you have ever wondered where our money goes. Our rock auction income plus membership fees go towards the monthly meeting room rental, our annual dues to the Northwest Federation, American Federation, WA Mineral Council and misc expenses throughout the year. Thanks to Rich and Mark’s hard work we have been able to get rid of our storage unit as of the end of this past December. The storage unit was a huge drain on our annual budget. With the income from our Gem Show in 2018 and no storage unit fees we should once again be in very good physical shape. After 2018 rock show, I am hoping we can once again resume an annual scholarship award to a couple of deserving college students studying geology and related sciences.

Kat Koch

CMS President

Updated: March 22, 2018 — 9:39 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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