President Message – August 2022 (Click Here For More Info)

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 Cerezie and his Aidan will tell us about their rockhounding adventures around the northwest. They have a YouTube channel called “Vug Meister.”

I want to note that over half of the volunteers listed below are members who volunteer for everything, plus 4 are not club members! We can still use additional volunteers on Thursday late afternoon/early evening to mark off the booth spaces, on Friday to help set up, and on Saturday for various tasks during the show.

If you have time to help, it would be greatly appreciated. Just email me that you are available on which days and times. You can also call or text me. My phone number is on page 2 of this issue. Please let me know if you intend to show up to help so that I know we have all the bases covered.

I want to acknowledge and thank everyone that has offered to volunteer to date. I greatly appreciate your offer to help with our gem show. The show would have fallen apart without your volunteering. People like you are more valuable than diamonds. Thank you in advance for your time and hard work.

Paul Ahnberg

Noelle Barnes

Angie Bayer

Brian Bayer

Charley Benedict

Caly Bird

Mike Blanton

Van Cleland (non-member)

Ananda Cool

Dave Cornell

John Cornell

Alex Danneman

Roger Danneman

Aaron DeSelma

Sue Fox (WSC member)

Fred Funk

Julie Galliani-Manso

Terri Gerard

Garry Hartzell

Kathy Hartzell

Diana Horsfall

Linda Jorza

Kat Koch

Gina Manso

Zach Pratt

Jennifer Russell

Rich Russell

Peggy Shashy

Larry Smith (non-member)

Randi Smith (non-member)

James Starke

Mike Stearns

Vicki Stearns

Christina Vitellaro

Bev Williams

Pete Williams

Our annual club picnic went very well. We had 32 people join us at the Lake Wilderness Arboretum for a potluck lunch and then the club auction. It was good seeing everyone and visiting with each other. Thank you to everyone that purchased items at the auction. The auction brought in $515 for the club treasury.

I also want to give a big thanks to Rich Russell for his donation to the auction. Rich creates such outstanding faceted stones. This time, his donation to the auction was a beautiful faceted 6.62-carat Citrine stone set in sterling silver. Rich does such incredible work!!

We continue to get many new members every month. So if you are a new member, please be sure to come up and introduce yourself at our meeting. That way, I can tie your name to your face.

I hope to see all of you at our August meeting.

Kat Koch, President


Updated: October 15, 2022 — 11:28 am

Presidents Message

  • From the Top of the Rock Pile …. by Kat Koch Our club election is coming up in December. As I write this article, our membership stands at 145 families. We will most likely reach 150 family memberships by the end of the year. I point this out because we need some of our members to volunteer to run for board positions. Some volunteers have been board members for decades and are getting older. We really need younger members to step up for our club’s continuing success, which will be our younger members taking over the reins of our great

Meeting Announcements

  • Topic: As our field trips for 2023 come to an end, Roger Danneman, our Field Trip Guide, will talk about the field trips of 2023 and show off what was found. It will be interesting to see what can be found around Washington, as Roger has led our group on some great field trips. Show ‘n Tell: What have you found? Did you find something on the beach, on a field trip, in someone’s driveway, in a river, in a parking lot, or in your backyard? Show us your finds.

  • Topic: Our Annual Holiday party, potluck, the election of Officers, and action. Potluck: The club provides turkey and ham. Members fill in with veggies, salad, rolls, butter, dessert, drinks, etc. We generally have around 40 to 45 members attend. Bring your plate and silverware. Setup is at 11:30 am, and dinner is at noon. We usually wrap things up by 4 pm. Election: After dinner, we hold the election of the Board of Directors for 2024. See Pete, the club secretary, if you want to volunteer for a Board position. Club Auction. Our club auctions are a great chance to pick up items at a fraction of their retail cost. You are welcome to donate items to the auction. All proceeds go to the club treasury to cover expenses. Our Young Tumblers can also spend their “Rock Bucks” at the auction that they have saved, just like cash for items they want.

  • Topic: Fossils of Washington state. Do you know what type of fossils you can find in Washington and what they most likely looked like when they lived? This meeting will be a PowerPoint presentation by Kat. You will be surprised by the types of fossils that can be found right here in our home state. We will display several fossils, including a baby Columbian Mammoth tooth found right here in Washington. This tooth is in the club’s permanent collection. Show ‘n Tell: Fossils you have in your collection. 

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