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. president@cascademineralogicalsociety.org. 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

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Updated: August 10, 2022 — 8:57 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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