President’s Message – February 2023 (Click Here For More Info)

From the Top of the Rock Pile …. by Kat Koch

We have a Show Coordinator! Chris Vitellaro. If she should ask you to volunteer for some aspect of the show, please show your support by saying “Yes!” It takes a lot of hands to put our show together.

Chris is going to need a volunteer for the following areas:

1. The directional signs need to be reviewed to ensure they are in good shape. Then, if required, order additional signs. Then place them around the area the week before the show and pick them up after the show.

2 . Keep track of the members that volunteer to help out at the show. Then make up the volunteer schedule for the various club tables for the duration of the setup and actual show.

We had good attendance at our January meeting on thunder eggs. Forty members attended and showed us their thunder eggs and a few outstanding geodes. I felt it was a fantastic meeting. It’s always lovely when we visit one another and engage in some “rock talk.”

Our three Young Tumblers, Mason, Bentley, and Jude, showed us their thunder eggs. In addition, Jude showed me his beautiful collection of sliced colorful rocks. Seeing our Young Tumblers participate in our meetings is really enjoyable! I hope we continue to see them at all our meetings.

Remember, our February meeting is on Fluorescent Rocks! The club will have a selection of fluorescent rocks, but I am also asking everyone to bring in some rocks or minerals of their own so we can see what colors they fluoresce.

We planned the February meeting on Fluorescent Rocks when our Young Tumblers are out of school so they can attend. Looking at fluorescent rocks is always a fun meeting for everyone.

Everyone is welcome to bring guests to any of our meetings.

I encourage you to attend our meetings as our club is more than just the field trips. We always try to have an educational topic, and it’s also an excellent opportunity to visit with each other and get your questions answered if you are having a problem cutting or polishing or need a rock or mineral identified.

So mark your calendars now – our meetings are always the 2nd Thursday of the month except for August and December.

We continue to get new members weekly by registering online. We have also had new members join at our meetings. We welcome each of you to our great rock and gem club. When you attend our monthly meeting, please introduce yourself to me, as I look forward to meeting everyone.

I also appreciate all the members that renewed their membership!

I am looking forward to seeing everyone at the February meeting.

Kat Koch, President


Updated: February 9, 2023 — 2:40 pm

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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