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 Our Gem Show is on June 29th and 30th, with set-up on June 28th. Roger is looking for volunteers, so be prepared to help when he calls or emails you. We need a volunteer to ensure all the signs we need inside the venue are made and printed. We also need a volunteer to order street signs for our new location, place them before the show, and take them down. Then I am looking for a volunteer to take charge of the club sales table and set up the sales table. We need

Meeting Announcements

  • Topic: Out-of-state rockhounding sites by Roger Danneman Oregon, Utah, Idaho, Montana, etc. – So many rockhounding places! We have a few members who have combined a road trip vacation and rockhounding that will collaborate on this. It’s interesting to see the variety of material from these areas. After this meeting, you may want to plan a road trip too! Show ‘n Tell: Show us something you have found or bought on a road trip.

  • April 11th – Rock Bingo (Spring Break) and Food Drive This meeting is our annual “Rock Bingo” night. It is held during spring break so our Young Tumblers and their friends can attend without worrying about school the next day. Each member is asked to bring 3 wrapped items for each person who intends to play Bingo. You can play up to 3 games in person, and every person goes home a winner. Please try to donate an item you would like to receive, not junk slabs and rocks. Let’s all plan to have a fun evening together. Guests are welcome, and we encourage our Young Tumblers to bring their friends. Food Drive – We are collecting food for the Kent Food again. Try to donate 1 item or more for every person playing Bingo.

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