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 . . . . March’s Zoom General Meeting went well. We saw some of Terri Gerard’s sphere collection, Bob gave a lands’ access report plus a brief report from Roger, our Field Trip Guide. You can always check our website for the next planned field trip plus the details on where to meetup. We also saw some new faces at the March meeting. Hopefully more of you will decide to attend our April Zoom meeting. You can join via your smart phone, laptop, tablet or desk top computer. If you don’t have a

Meeting Announcements

  • The General Meeting for April will be an online Zoom meeting on April 8th at 7 pm. This month our member, Jim Grace, will talk about what he looks for in a stone for faceting and the cut to make. Jim cuts all his own stones and is very well known gem cutter in western Washington and for his fabulous collection of faceted gems.  You can find him displaying at rock and gem shows in the area. More specifically, he always has a display case at the West Seattle show. Look for his display case if you want to see some fabulous faceting.   The link for the meeting will be in your email around the first week of April. Everyone stay home and be safe. If you have to go out be sure to wear a mask. Hopefully we will see each other in-person in May or June. In order to attend a Zoom meeting you need to download the app no matter what type of device you are on. Then setup an account for yourself. Now here is where the good part comes in where you can make yourself look awesome! There are filters that make you look better on camera. Here is how you access them: Sign into your Zoom app account. Click on your profile picture. Click the Background & Filters tab. Click the Video Filters tab. Select the desired beauty filter. The filters can smooth out your complexion, adjust your lighting, give you a background of your choosing, etc. You can try several of them and keep the one you like best. Zoom will now keep this setting for all Zoom sessions. You can always go back into the settings at any time and change the filter. Now let’s all jump in with both feet and attend our March general meeting!

  • The Board has voted that for 2021 our annual dues is just $15 for your entire family. So please renew your membership if you have not done so. Even though we currently can not have club meetings in person we are making every effort to keep our club running smoothly. We are still providing you with our monthly club newsletter. Our field trips are continuing as soon as the snows melt so check the website, be sure to read our monthly “Tumbler” and register for automatic notification of our next adventures. On field trips we will require 6 ft distancing and no carpooling other than with your immediate family. Our “Young Tumblers” can continue to work on their badge of choice. All the badges you can earn is under the Young Tumblers link on this website. It’s a great time to concentrate on earning 1 or more badges.  

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