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.
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.
From the Top of the Rock Pile . . . . Boy was it good to see everyone after 16 months of no in-person meetings! We had a good turnout. I estimate we had 30 people. 27 members signed in but I think there were about 3 additional people who didn’t make it to the sign-in table. I would like to remind everyone to sign in at the front door. You get a door prize ticket for the drawing later in the meeting plus for insurance purposes, we need a headcount and the names of those who attended our meeting. …
Lake Wilderness Arboretum Annual Picnic Potluck – Sunday, August 8th Setup noon. Enjoy a picnic lunch together at 12:30 pm. You bring your picnic lunch and the club provides drinks and a limited selection of store-bought desserts. If you attend church and are a little late – that’s okay too. Mark your calendar now and plan on attending! It’s always so nice visiting with each other outside of our club meetings. This is such a beautiful, relaxing location for our annual Club picnic. The Lake Wilderness Arboretum is so gracious to allow us to use this outstanding spot. We are under the trees which with picnic tables and parking. It’s a great family event. Afterward, the Lake is within an easy distance for swimming, beach fun, and the children’s play area. We advise that you move your car to that section’s parking lot if you decide to take advantage of the lake beach and playground areas. Our club Arboretum parking area closes after we are done. It is a picnic with a rock and mineral auction following. It’s also a great time to sit and chat with each other and talk “rock”. Lake Wilderness Beach area. Lake Wilderness Park – all new!
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.
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.