President’s Message – January 2020

From the Top of the Rock Pile . . .

I want to thank everyone that attended our Holiday Dinner. We had the best turnout since the club struck out on it’s own. 40 members, family and friends attended. We had a great selection of food. Best ever. Thank you to each one of you for making the dinner such a great success.

I found out at our Holiday Dinner that some of our members are artistically talented beyond collecting rocks. If you have another talent besides collecting rocks please let me know. I found out John Cornell does beaded wall hanging and art pieces (he currently has a showing at an art gallery in Greenwood), Terri Gerard does watercolor and oil painting (she currently has a showing at an art gallery in Greenwood too), I do stipple art (pen & ink using small dots) and ceramics besides my wire wrapping. Your other talent can also include lapidary arts, faceting, wire work, cabochons, opals, metal working, knapping, intarsia, etc. What do you do? Let me know by mailing me at president@cascademineralogicalsociety.org

We are fast coming up on a decision for our 2020 Rock & Gem Show. I have not been able to confirm we have the venue or the dates with the college. So I won’t be asking for volunteer sign up at our January club meeting. Just be aware that we will need sufficient volunteers to commit to covering the open slots before proceeding with the show.

If I am going to be Show Chair I can’t carry a heavy physical load. I have to back off the long show hours as my legs and feet can no longer handle 10 to 13 hour days. I will need everyone’s help to accomplish the 2020 show. Every little bit someone can do will be a help. So be prepared to sign up for something (hopefully) at the February meeting.

Side note: I am already getting requests to book our 2020 show. Mark has given our club a running start on doing a very successful show.

With 2019 now behind us, I want to thank each and every one of you that have volunteered all year long to help our club grow and run successfully. A special thanks to Jennifer Russell, Rich’s wife, for baking goodies for our monthly meetings. She doesn’t even attend our meetings!

Our club went into 2020 with 87 family memberships on our roster. Thank you to everyone for helping to make 2019 a very good year for our club!

Kat Koch, President

 

Updated: December 31, 2019 — 8:29 pm

Presidents Message

  • From the Top of the Rock Pile …. by Kat Koch From the Top of the Rock Pile …. by Kat Koch Thanks to Zach Pratt’s efforts, our general meetings are on YouTube. We do have to work out the camera positioning for the entire meeting. Please give us a month or 2 to get things right. The club intends to make this YouTube Live Stream a permanent thing – so hang in there. Our show plans are well underway. Our show is sold out!  We need a load of volunteers for this event. I will have at the meeting

Meeting Announcements

  • Topic: Our member Zach Pratt belongs to the Black Diamond Historical Society. He will be giving a historical presentation on the Green River and what can be found along the river. Show ‘n Tell: Something you have collected from a river, stream, or beach.    

  • Please note we have changed the month and day of our annual picnic. We had to change the month because our show is in August this year. We changed the weekday in order to accommodate our members that attend religious services. Our potluck picnic and club auction are being held on Saturday, July 9th at the Lake Wildnerness Arboretum. Setup is at 11 am and lunch is at noon. We ask you to bring a main dish, side dish, rolls, drinks, or dessert for the potluck. If you are unable to bring a food item that’s ok too. We would rather have you join us than not see you at all! The Arboretum is kind enough to provide a beautiful shaded area with picnic tables. There is also plenty of free parking. This is a great opportunity to enjoy each other’s company and engage in some “rock talk.” At the auction, you can always pick up some great bargains. The Young Tumblers can spend the “Rock Bucks” that they have collected on auction items they would like. Everyone comes out a winner. These club auctions help cover the costs of running the club and to keep our dues low. If you would like to donate something to the auction we would really appreciate it.   Afterward, if it’s a warm day you can go swimming at Lake Wilderness, stroll through the beautiful park or take the kids to the play area.  

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