President’s Message – September 2020

From the Top of the Rock Pile . . . . . . .

It’s hard for me to write this again: No meeting in September. If Governor Inslee changes things we will surely have a meeting. So check the website, call or text me for updates. My info is in the contact page of The Tumbler newsletter. You can also email me at president@cascademineralogicalsociety.org

Our monthly field trips are continuing. As our summer wanes and we move towards fall please take advantage of our field trips. As long as we continue to have good weather Roger plans to have monthly field trips. You can find details on our club field trip for September in this newsletter or on our website. The website also has Roger’s planned future trips.

Angie and Bryan have been kind enough to store a lot of stuff for the club. Angie has informed me that she has buckets and buckets of local carnelian and rough rock for tumbling. If you are interested in any of it for your own use and/or to tumble for our show next year please contact Angie. If you want to tumble for the show next year the club will provide the grit. Her info is on the contact page of our newsletter under “Refreshments.”

I have been trying to think of ways to keep our club in contact with one another. Roger Danneman has come up with a great idea. He has started a Youtube channel for our club, Cascade Mineralogical Society. He has posted two videos on our club field trips. Do a search for our club name. Be sure to subscribe, then click on the little bell and chose all notifications, then click share the video. When a new video is posted you will be notified.

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.

Kat Koch

Updated: January 17, 2021 — 2:14 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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