Membership Benefits

Membership Benefits:

  •  Educational video or speaker on rocks, minerals, fossils and rock collecting at the General meeting each month.

  •  Rock topic every month where Members share their finds and others have on opportunity to see topic rocks and discuss their find.

  •  Opportunity to see the lapidary arts other Members are doing.

  •  Door prizes at every General Meeting.

  •  Holiday Potluck Dinner and Summer Potluck Picnic.

  •  First opportunity to buy Club rock, grit and machinery at extremely good prices.

  •  Club auctions 2 times a year where the material goes at approx. 20% to 30% of its value.

  •  Opportunity to socialize and talk “rock” with fellow rockhounds.

  •  Monthly Newsletter the “Tumbler”.

  •  Access to Cascade Mineralogical Society Facebook Group.

 

Lapidary Arts:

  •  Access to the Club lapidary shop and all its machinery and saws.

  •  Lessons on how to use the machinery, saws, and tumblers.

  •  Classes on wire wrapping.

 

Field Trips & Rock Collecting:

  •  Club field trips February through November. Led by knowledgeable Field Leader.

  •  Quick access to information on other Club fields.

  •  Current reporting on Washington State land decisions that impact rock collecting.

  •  Current reporting on US Forest Service land decisions that impact rock collecting.

 

Volunteer Opportunities:

  •  Speak at various schools in our community about all aspects of geology and rock collecting.

  •  Volunteer at Club booths at State Fair and Gem Fairs to handout information on our Club, rock collecting and other Clubs in Washington.

Sign up today! 

Updated: April 28, 2018 — 9:05 pm

Presidents Message

  • From the Top of the Rock Pile . . . . I am so looking forward to Maple Valley Days at Lake Wilderness. It is going to be such a fun event. I still need 1 more volunteer for our club booth on Sunday morning, October 10th. Please contact me asap if you would like to volunteer. The club still needs rocks for the spinning wheel at this event. Please let me know if you have some and I can arrange to pick them up. Mike and I will also be selling at this event. If you should attend the

Meeting Announcements

  • We need to get our lapidary shop winterized. We are having a volunteer work party on Saturday, October 23rd, at 10:30 am. Contact Diana Horsfall for the address and further details. Her info is in the Tumbler.    

  • 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. Dr. Boggs will talk about the minerals of the Golden Horn Batholith at Washington Pass (Highway 20) in the North Cascades. He will also give a brief talk on the plans for the North Cascades Mineralogical Research Institute. The North Cascades Mineralogical Research Institute and Museum is 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. Mark your calendars and plan on attending. I would like to give him a warm welcome as he will be traveling from Marblemount during peak traffic time to speak to us. Show ‘n Tell: A rock, mineral, or fossil you have in your collection from Washington, Oregon, or Idaho.

  • 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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