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 . . . . 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.

Meeting Announcements

  • 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.

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