President’s Message – November 2020

From the Top of the Rock Pile …. by Kat Koch
There will be no club meeting in November. I just read Gov. Inslee’s most recent memorandum and I really don’t think we are going to be able to hold any meetings for sometime yet.
I know we are all anxious to see one another and engage in some good rock talk. Hopefully, that time isn’t too far off. In the meantime, as long as the weather holds up, please take advantage of our club field trips. Roger works so very hard to keep this monthly event going. Check the website to see what great adventure he has planned for us this month. Be sure to join the emailing list under the website “Field Trip” tab and you will receive timely updates in the upcoming field trips.
Bob Sahalee was a very well known Washington rock collector and carver. Mr. Sahalee passed away a few years ago and Doug True from the Billings, Montana bought Sahalee’s collection. After taking what he wanted Doug contacted and offered the NFMS clubs the opportunity to come to Sahalee’s old ranch, just south of Port Townsend, and collect stuff for their clubs and take some for themselves.
Our club was the only club that showed up. I would like to thank the individuals that did help to collect: Mike Blanton, Charley Benedict, Ron & Christine Jacobson and Scott & Madeline Harris. Everyone worked so hard loading the trucks. Thanks to each of you.
We also had a private collection donated to our club from Mike & Barb Weibel of Renton. The rock and fossil collection had belonged to Mike’s grandparents. Thank you!
With these 2 additions to our stores we now have a great supply for the silent auction at our 2021 Gem & Mineral Show, meeting door prizes and club auctions.
We are continuing to a get new members every month. Welcome to all our new members and I hope we all get to meet real soon.
I hope everyone is staying healthy. Be sure to take good care of yourselves and wear a face mask when going out. I know we are all looking forward to seeing another again. As far as I know, we have not lost any of our members to the virus or any other health reason.
Kat Koch, President
Updated: January 9, 2022 — 3:34 pm

Presidents Message

  • Sorry for the late update on the website. Due to Covid and the flu, our family has been sick. I would also like to note, that we have lost our videographer. Until we find a replacement volunteer, our meetings will not be on YouTube. From the Top of the Rock Pile  Our Cascade Gem & Mineral Show is coming up. We will be about 2 weeks from show time when you read this! Our August meeting will be a recap of what’s going on at our Cascade Gem Show. It will also be our last call for volunteers. Then Jim

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  • Topic: This is our last meeting before our Cascade Gem and Mineral Show. There will be a rundown of our show and what you can expect to happen. It will also be our last call for volunteers. It is imperative that we get more volunteers. As Roger, our Field Trip Guides, says “Many hands make light work.” You don’t have to wait until this meeting to volunteer for the show. Just click on the website front page link to volunteer. Unforeseen change in the meeting agenda. Bring or ugliest or most unusual rock, fossil, or mineral. Be prepared to tell us what it is and where you found or got it.  

  •   Topic: A recap on how our Cascade Gem and Mineral Show went. Financial analysis and a critique of the show. What went great, and where do we need to improve next year. Then we are going to try something new. A sticky note timeline chart. We are going to have a yearly timeline chart from 1935 to 2022. We are going to ask you to put 3 sticky notes on the timeline with your name on each and then 1st Note first time you went rockhounding and your age 2nd Note the most memorable rock hobby event in your life and your age 3rd Note another memorable rock hobby event in your life and your age Then place each of your sticky notes on the timeline. Just before Show ‘N Tell, we will take a look at the chart. Then during Show ‘N Tell you can come up and look at the chart and discuss it with each other. Show’N Tell: A rock, mineral, or fossil that means a lot to you.  

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