Presidents Message – September 2017

Presidents Message – September 2017  

I want to thank everyone that attended our Annual Picnic and Auction at Lake Wilderness. It was a huge success in all aspects. We had our regular beautiful spot under the trees. We all enjoyed visiting with our new and old members plus guests. Thanks to Bob Wahlberg we are able to have use of this spot each year. Thank you Bob!

It’s a busy time for our Club.

We have the Puyallup State Fair booth to cover for the month of September. If anyone wants to help out we are still looking for volunteers. Just let me know if you want to sign up. It’s a fun event to do.

We have election of officer’s staring us in the face. Almost the entire Board is up for reelection. These are 2 year terms. Please seriously think about running for office. Next month the election committee will start gathering names for the various positions. If you would like to place your name on the ballot for a seat please let someone on the Board know.

Then we have Cascade Gem & Mineral Show in full swing now. Our Club has been talking about resuming our annual show ever since I joined CMS. It had really hinged on finding an affordable venue that met all our needs and enough members to help produce the show. Thanks to Mark Hohn we found the perfect and affordable venue. Please make note though that we had to change the show dates because of classes resuming and we need a full day to setup. Setup September 21st and show 22nd and 23rd, 2018.

Our venue, the Green River College Student Union, is a fantastic venue. State-of-the-art technically in visual arts and communication, spacious, beautiful, modern, great lighting and more than ample parking. Mark Hohn is our Show Chair so if anyone wants to help out please contact him. I am very excited as I know we are going to have a great show!!!

The Northwest Federation is having a mid-year meeting in conjunction with the Lewiston Idaho Rock & Mineral Show. If anyone is interested in attending21 to 23, 2018 the dates are October 21 & 22, 2017.

Kat Koch

CMS President

Updated: September 12, 2017 — 5:14 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.

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