President’s Message – November 2017

President’s Message – November 2017  I would like to welcome the new members that joined at our October meeting. Two of the new families plus a guest family found out about our Club at the Puyallup Fair .

I would also like to recognize that news articles that our members have written for our newsletter “The Tumbler” in 2017 have so far been reprinted 7 times in various other club newsletters. This is very rewarding to hear as it’s gets the word out that CMS is a thriving healthy Club. Thanks to everyone in the club that has written something for the newsletter whether it has been reprinted or not. We appreciate and value everyone’s input.

I have also started the process of CMS having a children’s program. This is a structured program for budding rockhounder’s that has badges, monetary awards and much more.

In order to get the program up and going I will be the temporary Youth Leader. There is a manual and instructions for the Leader. Would anyone like to volunteer for this position? I will provide backup. I am planning to be fully registered and ready to go by the January general meeting. December is our holiday dinner and auction so it not feasible to have it start in December. The youth meeting will be held at 6 pm just before our General Meeting and last approximately 30 – 40 mins. Keep checking the website and newsletter for our first Youth Meeting.

I guess that’s all that’s presently on my mind.

Kat Koch

CMS President

Updated: January 3, 2018 — 9:03 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.

Current News