January President’s Message

Happy 68th Anniversary CMS!

January 13th is the 68th anniversary of the first club meeting. The club was called Sebac Mineralogical Society” and the meeting was held in the T-102 Building on Ellis Avenue. “Sebac” was an abbreviation of “Seattle Boeing Airplane Company”.

We will be serving an anniversary cake and refreshments at our January 12th meeting. So be sure to attend the meeting and celebrate. I feel we should be proud that our club is still going strong and growing on our 68th anniversary.

As I sit here writing and looking back on 2016, I feel it has been good year for our Club.

We have tried several new events to get better exposure for our club and new members. Mark Hohn also built us a new website which has dramatically increased traffic and inquiries about our club. End results is that we did increase our membership.

I want to thank several of our Board of Director Members for their long and dedicated service to our club. Bob & Jacqui Pattie, Rich Russell and Pete Williams have served on our Board, in some capacity, for many years since the 1970’s. We owe a lot of our clubs continuing success to them.

We also have several long time members (some also since the 1970’s) that have been very supportive and active members. They continue to volunteer on various projects when needed. A special thanks to Dick and Keith Morgan, Roger Pullen, Stan Loreen, Bob & Linda Wahlberg, Bev Williams, Mike Blanton, Tony Johnson and Diana Horsfall. If I have left someone out I am so very sorry, it’s an unintentional oversight.

Thank you to everyone that has volunteered at the Puyallup Fair and Gem Fair booths. It was a big committment on the part of our club and I sincerely appreciated your help.

In 2017 I will be again committing our club to doing the Puyallup Fair and the Gem Fairs. So again I will be looking for volunteers to help at our booths.

We are continuing to seek a location to put on a club Gem & Rock Show in 2018. I am also continuing to seek a indoor location for our lapidary shop. If you have any location ideas for the Board to check out please let me know.

Kat Koch, CMS President

Updated: January 14, 2017 — 12:01 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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