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

  • Sorry for the late update on the website. Due to Covid and the flu, our family has been sick. I would also like to note, that we have lost our videographer. Until we find a replacement volunteer, our meetings will not be on YouTube. From the Top of the Rock Pile  Our Cascade Gem & Mineral Show is coming up. We will be about 2 weeks from show time when you read this! Our August meeting will be a recap of what’s going on at our Cascade Gem Show. It will also be our last call for volunteers. Then Jim

Meeting Announcements

  • Topic: This is our last meeting before our Cascade Gem and Mineral Show. There will be a rundown of our show and what you can expect to happen. It will also be our last call for volunteers. It is imperative that we get more volunteers. As Roger, our Field Trip Guides, says “Many hands make light work.” You don’t have to wait until this meeting to volunteer for the show. Just click on the website front page link to volunteer. Unforeseen change in the meeting agenda. Bring or ugliest or most unusual rock, fossil, or mineral. Be prepared to tell us what it is and where you found or got it.  

  •   Topic: A recap on how our Cascade Gem and Mineral Show went. Financial analysis and a critique of the show. What went great, and where do we need to improve next year. Then we are going to try something new. A sticky note timeline chart. We are going to have a yearly timeline chart from 1935 to 2022. We are going to ask you to put 3 sticky notes on the timeline with your name on each and then 1st Note first time you went rockhounding and your age 2nd Note the most memorable rock hobby event in your life and your age 3rd Note another memorable rock hobby event in your life and your age Then place each of your sticky notes on the timeline. Just before Show ‘N Tell, we will take a look at the chart. Then during Show ‘N Tell you can come up and look at the chart and discuss it with each other. Show’N Tell: A rock, mineral, or fossil that means a lot to you.  

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