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: September 3, 2021 — 11:18 am

Presidents Message

  • From the Top of the Rock Pile . . . . The weather lookout was iffy when we went to bed the Saturday night before our club picnic. There was no evidence that it had recently rained when we arrived on Sunday to set up the tables. The grass was dry and the sky was partly cloudy. Around twenty members were at the picnic and we had a very nice day talking “rocks” and visiting with one another. It’s so good seeing everyone once again. We raised $761 from the auction! Thank you to everyone for making our auction a

Meeting Announcements

  • General Meeting – Thursday – September 9, 2021, @ 7 pm Traveling with Roger and Alex. Hey, this could good be a good title for a TV show. I am so clever, an absolute genius. LOL Our Field Trip Guide, Roger Danneman, will be talking about his trip to Iceland with his son Alex. Right after Roger returned home, two days later, he and Alex headed out on a road trip to Minnesota. I know we are all interested in his trip to Iceland and the volcano. Pictures and more pictures! Then not many of us get to go rockhounding on the way to Minnesota. Again pictures and rock samples. It should be a very interesting evening. Show ‘n Tell: Something you found on vacation, a road, a trip to the beach, on a hike, along a river bed, or in your backyard. The Young Tumblers get $2 Rock Bucks for coming to the meeting. If they partake in the Show ‘n Tell they receive a total of $5 Rock Bucks. Our Young Tumblers can spend their Rock Bucks at all club auctions and on raffle tickets at our meetings. Hope to see everyone at the meeting.

  • For the October meeting, we are going to show 2 videos.  The first on how to clean the saw oil off your slabs after cutting them. The second video is on how to stabilize softer rocks in order to polish or cab them. Show ‘n Tell: A lapidary item, polished rock or slab, cut gemstone, cabochon, intarsia, etc. that you have made.

  • 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. Show ‘n Tell: A rock, mineral, or fossil you have in your collection from Washington, Oregon, or Idaho.

  • 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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