President’s Message – April 2021 (Click Here for More Info)

From the Top of the Rock Pile . . . .
March’s Zoom General Meeting went well. We saw some of Terri Gerard’s sphere collection, Bob gave a lands’ access report plus a brief report from Roger, our Field Trip Guide. You can always check our website for the next planned field trip plus the details on where to meetup.
We also saw some new faces at the March meeting. Hopefully more of you will decide to attend our April Zoom meeting. You can join via your smart phone, laptop, tablet or desk top computer. If you don’t have a smart phone you can dial in and attend via voice only.
Now let’s all jump in with both feet and attend our Zoom April general meeting!
We will be resuming in-person general meetings in May or June. So stayed tuned for more information.
I would like to remind everyone that the AFMS is holding their annual meeting fairly close to us this year.

Sublette County Rock Hounds’ Annual Gem & Mineral Show
Rock & Roll with Wyoming Rocks
AFMS and RMFMS Annual Conventions

June 18-20, 2021
Sublette County Fairgrounds’ Event Center
10937 Hwy 189, Big Piney, Wyoming

Going to shows out of our area is always interesting (and hard on the pocketbook) because you see a lot of material we don’t see at our local shows. It should be an exceptionally good show since it’s both a national and local federation show. These regional and national shows always have great free lecture series plus field trips to the local collecting areas.
We continue to get new members every month via our website. I want to welcome each of you to our great rock club. I hope we get to meet each other in a Zoom meetings.
Anyone that joined our club from September 11, 2020 thru December 31, 2020 (last year) your membership is good for all of 2021.
Stay home, always wear a mask if you have to go out, and be sure to sanitize your hands constantly. I hope everyone stays safe and healthy as we all want to see each other this year.
Kat Koch, President
Updated: September 3, 2021 — 11:19 am

Presidents Message

  • From the Top of the Rock Pile . . . . The weather lookout was iffy when we went to bed the Saturday night before our club picnic. There was no evidence that it had recently rained when we arrived on Sunday to set up the tables. The grass was dry and the sky was partly cloudy. Around twenty members were at the picnic and we had a very nice day talking “rocks” and visiting with one another. It’s so good seeing everyone once again. We raised $761 from the auction! Thank you to everyone for making our auction a

Meeting Announcements

  • General Meeting – Thursday – September 9, 2021, @ 7 pm Traveling with Roger and Alex. Hey, this could good be a good title for a TV show. I am so clever, an absolute genius. LOL Our Field Trip Guide, Roger Danneman, will be talking about his trip to Iceland with his son Alex. Right after Roger returned home, two days later, he and Alex headed out on a road trip to Minnesota. I know we are all interested in his trip to Iceland and the volcano. Pictures and more pictures! Then not many of us get to go rockhounding on the way to Minnesota. Again pictures and rock samples. It should be a very interesting evening. Show ‘n Tell: Something you found on vacation, a road, a trip to the beach, on a hike, along a river bed, or in your backyard. The Young Tumblers get $2 Rock Bucks for coming to the meeting. If they partake in the Show ‘n Tell they receive a total of $5 Rock Bucks. Our Young Tumblers can spend their Rock Bucks at all club auctions and on raffle tickets at our meetings. Hope to see everyone at the meeting.

  • For the October meeting, we are going to show 2 videos.  The first on how to clean the saw oil off your slabs after cutting them. The second video is on how to stabilize softer rocks in order to polish or cab them. Show ‘n Tell: A lapidary item, polished rock or slab, cut gemstone, cabochon, intarsia, etc. that you have made.

  • 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. 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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