President’s Message – July 2022 (Click Here For More Info)

From the Top of the Rock Pile 
Our Cascade Gem & Mineral Show is coming up. We will be about 6 weeks from show time when you read this! We desperately need volunteers. Elsewhere in this issue is a list of the tasks we need help with. Please seriously look over the list and volunteer where you can.
Many of you have contacted me asking what happened to the YouTube LiveStream of our June meeting. Well, we have discovered that there isn’t a strong and reliable internet connection at the American Legion Hall. We also tried using a hot spot on our cellphone, but there isn’t a cellphone signal. The American Legion Hall sits in a gully or bowl and hasn’t any cellphone service.
The meeting will still be recorded but won’t be available, at the latest, until the Sunday night following the meeting. Don’t forget to “Like” and “Subscribe”!
A reminder, there is no general meeting on July 14th. We have our annual club picnic instead on Saturday, July 16th, at the Lake Wilderness Arboretum. The Arboretum provides picnic tables for us, and there is plenty of free parking.
It is a potluck, and the setup starts at 11 am. Lunch is at noon. Our club auction will follow lunch. Please bring a main dish, side dish, salad, fresh rolls and butter, dessert or drinks. It is all up to you. We generally have around 30 people. Also, bring your own plate and silverware.
It would be greatly appreciated if you would like to donate something to the auction. All funds raised from these club auctions go into the treasury to cover expenses. Since expenses are always going up, the auction proceeds help keep our dues low.
Remember, you are always welcome to bring guests to our meetings, picnics, or field trips.
We continue to get many new members every month. So if you are a new member, please be sure to come up and introduce yourself at our meeting. That way, I can tie your name to your face.
I hope to see all of you at the picnic.

Kat Koch, President


Updated: November 1, 2022 — 12:44 pm

Presidents Message

  • From the Top of the Rock Pile ….by Kat Koch We are starting to plan our 2023 Cascade Gem and Mineral Show. We still need a Show Chairperson. The show dates are September 16 & 17, 2023. The venue has been booked, we have a 1st Co-Chairperson, and many major show areas already have volunteers committed to covering them. Now we need a coordinator – that’s the Show Chairperson. I have copious notes on what needs to be coordinated. I am very willing to work closely with the Show Chairperson; to guide them, share my knowledge, and give you my two cents

Meeting Announcements

  • General Meeting – Thursday, January 12th Topic: Thunder Eggs This January, we’ll storm into the year’s presentations with a crowd favorite – Thunder Eggs! We’ll begin with some fascinating Thunder Egg science – how they’re formed, what they’re made of, where they can be found, etc. – and then we’ll jump into a fun Show-n-Tell. Share some of your favorite Thunder Egg specimens from your collection. Members will vote on their favorite Thunder Eggs. The door prize winners will be the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place Thunder Egg owners. Show ‘n Tell: Bring a few of your favorite Thunder Eggs to share, along with your favorite Thunder Egg stories and cutting/polishing advice. Myth: The Thunder Egg was believed by the Pacific Northwest Native Americans to be thunderous rock eggs thrown across the valley between Mount Hood and Mount Jefferson in Oregon by the warring Thunder Gods whenever they became angry with or jealous of each other. Hence, the English version of the Indian name is “thunder eggs.” We’ll see you there!

  • General Meeting – Thursday, February 9th Topic: Let’s take a look at what our members make or collect. Do you intarsia, knapping, carve rocks, tumble, make jewelry, facet, field trip finds, cabbing, silversmithing, spheres, specific minerals, rocks or fossils, or ? Please bring 3 to 6 samples and show them off at this meeting. Be prepared to tell us about your items. Show ‘n Tell: The topic at this meeting is a big show ‘n tell session. Show Off Your Interests We Would All Love To See What Our Members Are Doing

  • General Meeting – Thursday, April 13th This meeting has been planned for April because the Kent, Renton, and Covington School Districts are on spring break, so all our Young Tumblers plan on attending this fun meeting as there is no school the next day. Bring your friends too. Topic: Fluorescent Rocks!! Not all rocks are what they seem. We have all heard about shapeshifters in sci-fi movies. How about very real color shifters? The club will have a collection of fluorescent rocks for everyone to see. It is interesting to see the different colors rocks become under short or long-wave UV lights. We will then examine members’ rocks and see what happens under UV light. Show ‘n Tell: Bring your rocks, and we will see if they change colors too. This is a fun meeting, so gather up your rocks that you suspect might be fluorescent and bring them to the meeting!!

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