President’s Message – July 2020 (Click Here for More Info)

From the Top of the Rock Pile . . . . . . .

The bad news, again no meeting in July. The good news is as of June 19th King County is in Phase 2. It is very hopeful that King County will be in Phase 3 by the time of our annual picnic. This will allow for public gatherings of up to 50 people.

So please mark your calendar for August 9th at Lake Wilderness Arboretum. Setup is noon and lunch is at 1 pm. Bring your favorite dish: main dish, vegetable dish, bread, desert, drinks, etc. Our annual auction will follow.

The club will require that you wear a face mask. We will have hand sanitizer on hand for everyone. We will sanitize everything before everyone arrives and the food serving utensils before opening the food line.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone and visiting with each other. Please plan on joining us for a beautiful day in the arboretum!

Our monthly field trips are continuing. There nothing like getting our doors and collecting rocks. Our state is so beautiful and summer has arrived! Take advantage of it and join us on a field trip.

Our next trip is July 18th to the Greenwater area for Black Agate, Jasper, Opal and Petrified Wood. Check our website for meet up location & time and what tools you will need. https://www.cascademineralogicalsociety.org/cms-july18-2020-fieldtrip/

Families or individuals that have quarantined together can carpool together. All others must travel individually. When searching for material families can search together but individuals must maintain a distance of 6 ft from each other.

This year our club won the NFMS contest in three categories.

1st Place – Keith Morgan – Drawn Feature – Mr & Mrs Rockhound

1st Place – Mark Hohn – Website

2nd Place – Keith Morgan – Bulletin: Small – The CMS Tumbler – December 2019

Congratulations to Keith and Mark for a great job. I thank you for your continuing to hard work. It is much appreciated. I will be presenting the awards at our August picnic.

See all of you in August.

Kat Koch

Updated: July 21, 2020 — 4:35 pm

Presidents Message

  • From the Top of the Rock Pile . . . . March’s Zoom General Meeting went well. We saw some of Terri Gerard’s sphere collection, Bob gave a lands’ access report plus a brief report from Roger, our Field Trip Guide. You can always check our website for the next planned field trip plus the details on where to meetup. We also saw some new faces at the March meeting. Hopefully more of you will decide to attend our April Zoom meeting. You can join via your smart phone, laptop, tablet or desk top computer. If you don’t have a

Meeting Announcements

  • The General Meeting for April will be an online Zoom meeting on April 8th at 7 pm. This month our member, Jim Grace, will talk about what he looks for in a stone for faceting and the cut to make. Jim cuts all his own stones and is very well known gem cutter in western Washington and for his fabulous collection of faceted gems.  You can find him displaying at rock and gem shows in the area. More specifically, he always has a display case at the West Seattle show. Look for his display case if you want to see some fabulous faceting.   The link for the meeting will be in your email around the first week of April. Everyone stay home and be safe. If you have to go out be sure to wear a mask. Hopefully we will see each other in-person in May or June. In order to attend a Zoom meeting you need to download the app no matter what type of device you are on. Then setup an account for yourself. Now here is where the good part comes in where you can make yourself look awesome! There are filters that make you look better on camera. Here is how you access them: Sign into your Zoom app account. Click on your profile picture. Click the Background & Filters tab. Click the Video Filters tab. Select the desired beauty filter. The filters can smooth out your complexion, adjust your lighting, give you a background of your choosing, etc. You can try several of them and keep the one you like best. Zoom will now keep this setting for all Zoom sessions. You can always go back into the settings at any time and change the filter. Now let’s all jump in with both feet and attend our March general meeting!

  • The Board has voted that for 2021 our annual dues is just $15 for your entire family. So please renew your membership if you have not done so. Even though we currently can not have club meetings in person we are making every effort to keep our club running smoothly. We are still providing you with our monthly club newsletter. Our field trips are continuing as soon as the snows melt so check the website, be sure to read our monthly “Tumbler” and register for automatic notification of our next adventures. On field trips we will require 6 ft distancing and no carpooling other than with your immediate family. Our “Young Tumblers” can continue to work on their badge of choice. All the badges you can earn is under the Young Tumblers link on this website. It’s a great time to concentrate on earning 1 or more badges.  

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