- From the top of the rock pile . . . . . . . . . .
- 2020 sure has been a weird year in many aspect in every area of our lives. As we approach 2021 I have high hopes for a much better year.
- The coronavirus has upended our way of life – but it’s also having a dramatic impact on animals across the globe too. From Africa to Columbia to India poachers have been taking advantage of the quiet nature reserves and there has been a huge increase in the poaching wild cats.
- In zoos across the world the social animals – including gorillas, otters and meerkats – are missing the attention of humans. Some zoo animals are making the most of their privacy. At Ocean Park, Hong Kong, it is thought that Ying Ying, one of the resident pandas, may be pregnant after 10 years of attempts at natural mating. Millions of baby turtles are hatching on India’s empty beaches. In Florida, the Loggerhead Marinelife Center reported an increase in leatherback turtles this year. The tigers at the New York Bronx Zoo have been diagnosed with the coronavirus and emboldened wild goats are seen on the streets of Wales.
- Bison roaming South Hill, Spokane for the 2nd time this year.
- It has definitely been a weird year for humans and animals a like! It seems like our entire planet has felt the impact of the coronavirus one way or another.
- Although we are not able to hold our monthly meetings our club is still alive and still kicking. We are still here producing our monthly news bulletin, maintaining our website and leading field trips when the weather is good.
- If you are working on a lapidary project (or tumbling) and need help, we are all still here to help each other. If you have a question or need help just reach out to someone on the Board or another member. If you need grit, the club has some for our CMS members at a good price. Contact Bob Pattie and he will arrange for you to get some.
- Dues for 2021 is only to $15 per family or individual. Even though we are not presently holding meetings, our club still has to cover our annual dues to NFMS, AFMS, ALAA, WA State Mineral Council, website hosting and the cost of liability insurance for 2021. I am sure by spring we will be back to holding our meetings again. When this does happen we will once again have the cost of the monthly rental for the meeting room.
- So please go to our website and renew your membership now! https://www.cascademineralogicalsociety.org/membership-signup/#join
- Now cozy up and enjoy the best these slower-paced days have to offer. Nothing says winter like a cup of hot chocolate, a pile of blankets and a soft pillow, a classic or Hallmark season movie or maybe binge watch your favorite streaming series.
- Wear a mask, stay home, be safe and healthy as we all want to see each other next year.
- Kat Koch, President
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 …
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.