President’s Message – March 2021

From the Top of the Rock Pile . . . .
Our first Zoom general meeting was held on February 11th and it went very well for a first attempt. We had 12 sign-ons with 19 people in attendance. 2 of our them signed on incognito and watched and listened to the entire meeting. It was nice to see that several new members attended.
March’s general meeting will be held Thursday, March 11th at 7 pm. You will get an email the first week of March giving you the link for joining the meeting.
If some of you feel shy attending a Zoom meeting because you are camera shy, you can always attend a meeting without video but with audio on, or both video and audio off (incognito).
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:
  1. Sign into your Zoom account.

  2. Click on your profile picture.

  3. Click the Background & Filters tab.

  4. Click the Video Filters tab.

  5. 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. 

  6. Now let’s all jump in with both feet and attend our March general meeting!

The Board meeting will be held Monday before the 2nd Thursday of each month. March’s Zoom Board meeting will be on Monday, March 8th at 7 pm. We will continue with all meetings being held on Zoom until we can once again meet in-person.
I encourage everyone to join us in a Board meeting as you will learn everything that goes on behind the scenes in running our club. You will also have to opportunity to ask questions of the Board members. If you would like to join a Board meeting please send me an email message to and I will send you the the meeting link.
We continue to get new members via our website. I want to welcome each of you to our great rock club. I hope we get to meet each other in a Zoom meetings.
Anyone that joined our club from September 11, 2020 thru December 31, 2020 (last year) your membership is good for all of 2021.
Stay home, always wear a mask if you have to go out, and be sure to sanitize your hands constantly. I hope everyone stays safe and healthy as we all want to see each other this year.
Kat Koch, President
Updated: March 11, 2021 — 1:48 pm

Presidents Message

  • From the Top of the Rock Pile . . . . We will be resuming in-person club meetings on June 10th, Thursday at 7 pm. We will have our regular meeting at the American Legion Hall, Kent. Mike and I took a 3 week vacation/road trip via the giant redwoods on our way to Lake Arrowhead in the San Bernardino Mountains behind San Bernardino, CA. We had 2 weeks hanging around this beautiful lake. We went on a couple of leisurely drives looking for rocks but all we found were several types of granite. We then headed to Las Vegas

Meeting Announcements

  • Finally and at last we are resuming in-person meetings on June 10th at 7 pm at the American Legion Hall, Kent. Our topic for the evening will be a power point presentation on picture stones. Shown ‘n Tell will be something rock, mineral or fossil item you have done or acquired in the last 15 months. Google GPS lists the address as American Legion Hall, S 252nd St Kent, WA 98030 (No building address number.) Bing GPS doesn’t list it correctly no matter how you enter the address. When we resume our in-person meetings the club has obtained sanitizers to sanitize the tables, chairs and hands. Everyone will be required to wear a mask.

  • 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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