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

From the Top of the Rock Pile …. by Kat Koch

From the Top of the Rock Pile …. by Kat Koch
Thanks to Zach Pratt’s efforts, our general meetings are on YouTube. We do have to work out the camera positioning for the entire meeting. Please give us a month or 2 to get things right. The club intends to make this YouTube Live Stream a permanent thing – so hang in there.
Our show plans are well underway. Our show is sold out!  We need a load of volunteers for this event. I will have at the meeting a sign-up sheet listing the positions I need help with. I have broken down where I need help into small jobs so be prepared to step up and volunteer.  It is imperative that our members step up and volunteer. The show will be held at the Green River College gym on August 20 & 21, 2022.

The Board puts on the Cascade Gem and Mineral Show each year to raise funds for an indoor lapidary shop. Also, some of the proceeds from the show fund two grants to students from Green River College majoring in Geology or Earth Sciences.

The club needs volunteers now and then. The ten board members plus a few regular volunteers can’t run the club and be relied upon to volunteer for everything. CMS is again approaching a membership base of 100 families with about 210 individuals. We are now considered a large club, and it takes many hands to keep it functioning, growing, and offering the classes that members would like to have. When we need something covered the club needs you to seriously consider volunteering.
Remember, you are always welcome to bring guests to our meetings or field trips.

Kat Koch, President.


Need Another Volunteer
Now I am looking for someone to volunteer to take pictures (with your cellphone is fine) at our monthly meeting, including the Show ‘n Tell portion. Then write a short article with photos for our Tumbler each month. If you are hesitant about your writing abilities, I would be more than happy to proofread your article before submitting it to Keith, our editor. The publication deadline is the 18th of each month.

Please Help Us Find A New Shop Location
The club is still looking for an indoor space for our lapidary shop. If you know of a location that might be able to financially assist us or physically support our club with warehouse space, please let me know. The club can afford to pay utilities and possibly a small rent.
Our club owns a lot of incredible equipment, and we have members willing to maintain it and teach us how to use it. We need an inexpensive location of about 1,000 to 1,500 square feet with electricity, heating, and water.
Also, if you have a contact or relationship with someone on the Kent City Council or King County Council, please let me know. I want to approach someone on either council about possibly using excess space they may have. Our club has been a part of Kent for 74 years! Hopefully, they will be open to supporting us in some manner. Contact Kat Koch at president@cascademineralogicalsociety.org

We continue to get new members every month. Once again, we are approaching a membership of 100 families. 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.
                                                            Kat Koch, President
Updated: July 13, 2022 — 12:31 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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