President’s Message – December 2021

From the Top of the Rock Pile . . . .

The Gem Faire in early November went very well. It was good to see some version of normalcy. I enjoyed all the people, visiting with the vendors, seeing the bright lights and sparkles. Our booth spinning wheel gave out a whole bucket + of polished rocks. It was more than I expected as this was an event that children don’t usually attend.

I suppose it’s because more families are attending as there are more and more rock and mineral vendors with each Gem Faire event.

Several vendors came to our booth and asked if we were having a Gem Show in 2022. I told them we sure are at the Greenriver College! It was very encouraging to see the vendors seeking us out and asking. I also was able to add two new prospective vendors to our list.

Once we have passed the holidays, it’s going to be crunch time. It will be showtime! We can’t put on a gem show with just the board volunteering. To produce the show, we will be looking for many volunteers. So please be prepared to help at some level.

I don’t know if the new November members found out about us at the Gem Faire or not, but we have had five (5) new families join our club.

I want to welcome each of you to our rock club. Please feel free to come up and say hello at the holiday dinner.

Kat Koch, President

Updated: February 7, 2022 — 1:27 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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