President’s Message – January 2022 (Click Here to Read More)

From the Top of the Rock Pile

Our holiday party was a huge success. We had 43 members and guests attending to celebrate the holidays together. It was so good to see everyone!
Our auction proceeds were the largest we have ever had. $1,077 less $33 Rock Bucks = cash to the treasury of $1,047. So that you know where this money goes, a major portion of this will cover our liability insurance for the coming year. The premium went sky-high for 2022. The policy is out for bid to ensure we get the best coverage possible for what the club can afford.
One reason for the tremendous success of the auction was due to the fantastic donations. Rich Russell (faceted citrine in sterling silver pendant setting) and Malcolm Wheeler (matching faceted white Topaz earrings and pendant stones) donated faceted stones that they had cut themselves. In addition, there were so many other outstanding donations from John, Dave, Terri, Roger D, Roger P, Kat, Linda, Mike, and many others. I am so sorry if I have omitted your name. I extend a huge “Thank You!” to everyone.
It was also good seeing some of our members we haven’t seen in a while: Dick Morgan, Keith Morgan, Dan and Sue Rieger, to mention a few. We also had a couple of new family members sign up.
I also want to thank Angie, Brian, and Bev for setting up the potluck table with food and decorations, then cleaning everything up.
Our members are fantastic — everyone pitched-in in so many ways without asking.
Our next meeting is on January 13th, Thursday @ 7 pm, via Zoom. Check the website for details. You should receive an email after January 1st with the Zoom meeting link. You can join the meeting via your laptop, desktop, tablet, or smartphone.
If you are working on a lapidary project (or tumbling) and need help, we are all here to help each other. If you have a question or need help, reach out to someone on the board or another member. Also, if you need grit, the club has some for our CMS members at a great price. Contact Diana Horsfall (she is Bob Pattie’s daughter) and she will arrange for you to get some. Her contact info is on page 2 of the Tumbler each month.
Our lapidary shop is still at the same location. The shop is presently winterized for the next few months. As soon as the weather permits, you can make reservations to use it. Diana will handle making reservations to use the shop. Her contact info is on page 2 of the Tumbler each month.
Don’t forget to renew your membership if you have not already done so. It can all be done through our website or at our regular meetings.
We have both new and old faces on the board for 2022. I hope for some fresh ideas and input from the board and our members. Always feel free to email me from the contact page on our website with your thoughts or feedback. My email address is also on page 2 of the Tumbler each month.
We continue to get new members every week. Our membership is now over 100 families. So if you are a new member, please be sure to come up and introduce yourselves.
Wear a mask, be safe and stay healthy as we all want to see each other throughout 2022.
Kat Koch, President
Updated: February 7, 2022 — 1:28 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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