President’s Message – October 2023

From the Top of the Rock Pile .  .  .  . 

Our Cascade Gem Show was a huge success! A huge thank you, Chris, for putting together a fantastic show. All your hard work is much appreciated.

This year, we tried a couple of new things to bring in additional revenue, such as the club sales table and the sifting bag activity. The silent auction and raffle ticket sales also went very well. Thank you, Rich, Noelle, Paul, and Peggy, for being there the entire show and doing a great job.

Once the final show accounting is completed, I am confident it will be our most profitable show to date.

I am working on getting our Young Tumbler’s Club up and going. Our four young members earned their first badge by doing a display case at our show. I will be handing out their badge at the October meeting.

I am seeking an assistant to help me at the Young Tumbler’s Club meetings. I need to know if the present members would like to meet at 6:10 pm before the monthly meeting or once a month on a Saturday morning. If we meet on a Saturday morning, for 40 minutes, we can do so at the most convenient library. Please let me know your opinions and if you would like to help.

I would also like to thank Jim Cerenzie for volunteering as Club Historian. I hope everyone saw the excellent club history display case he did for our gen show. I have been concerned about our club losing its memorabilia, pictures, etc. It is now in great hands. If you have any photos, old Tumbler issues, show flyers, etc., please forward or give them to Jim.

We need someone to run for the position of Vice President. We need someone to run for the position of Vice President. They must be willing to run the monthly general meetings when the President can’t. Attend the online video board meetings. Help oversee all the club functions and volunteers. Essentially, they help the President make sure everything is running smoothly.

It is important to find someone to fill the Vice President position, as I am not going to run for reelection after this upcoming election. If reelected for the next two years, that will be my final term. So seriously, think about volunteering for the Vice Presidency. The elections will be held at our Holiday Party on December 3rd.

We continue to get new members online or in person at our monthly meetings. Our membership is presently at 140 families! We welcome each of you to our great rock and gem club. When you attend our monthly meeting, please introduce yourself to me, as I look forward to meeting each of you.

I want to welcome the new families that joined our club at our gem show.

I look forward to seeing everyone at our October meeting. Look for further details elsewhere in this issue of the Tumbler.

Kat Koch, President

Updated: October 8, 2023 — 1:07 pm

Presidents Message

  • From the Top of the Rock Pile Our Gem Show is on June 29th and 30th, with set-up on June 28th. Roger is looking for volunteers, so be prepared to help when he calls or emails you. We need a volunteer to ensure all the signs we need inside the venue are made and printed. We also need a volunteer to order street signs for our new location, place them before the show, and take them down. Then I am looking for a volunteer to take charge of the club sales table and set up the sales table. We need

Meeting Announcements

  • Topic: Out-of-state rockhounding sites by Roger Danneman Oregon, Utah, Idaho, Montana, etc. – So many rockhounding places! We have a few members who have combined a road trip vacation and rockhounding that will collaborate on this. It’s interesting to see the variety of material from these areas. After this meeting, you may want to plan a road trip too! Show ‘n Tell: Show us something you have found or bought on a road trip.

  • April 11th – Rock Bingo (Spring Break) and Food Drive This meeting is our annual “Rock Bingo” night. It is held during spring break so our Young Tumblers and their friends can attend without worrying about school the next day. Each member is asked to bring 3 wrapped items for each person who intends to play Bingo. You can play up to 3 games in person, and every person goes home a winner. Please try to donate an item you would like to receive, not junk slabs and rocks. Let’s all plan to have a fun evening together. Guests are welcome, and we encourage our Young Tumblers to bring their friends. Food Drive – We are collecting food for the Kent Food again. Try to donate 1 item or more for every person playing Bingo.

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