President’s Message – September 2021 (Click Here For More Information)

From the Top of the Rock Pile . . . .
The weather lookout was iffy when we went to bed the Saturday night before our club picnic. There was no evidence that it had recently rained when we arrived on Sunday to set up the tables. The grass was dry and the sky was partly cloudy. Around twenty members were at the picnic and we had a very nice day talking “rocks” and visiting with one another. It’s so good seeing everyone once again. We raised $761 from the auction! Thank you to everyone for making our auction a success. Everyone went home with great bargains. The monies from the club auctions help us fund our meetings and various other club events throughout the year.
I would like to personally thank Rich for the custom faceted amethyst set in a sterling silver necklace. Rich cut the gem just for our event. The necklace is stunning! Scott Miles went home the lucky winner of this gorgeous necklace for his wife.
We have a club booth at the Maple Valley Days, Lake Wilderness Park. October 9th and 10th. I need volunteers for the following time slots. Sunday hours are 9:45 am to 1:30 pm (1 volunteer).

We also have a club booth at the Gem Faire, Puyallup Fairgrounds. November 12th through 14th. I need volunteers to cover this event. Friday hours are noon to 3:15 pm (1 volunteer), and 3 pm to 6:15 pm (2 volunteers), Saturday 9:45 am to 2:15 pm (1 volunteer), and Sunday 9:45 am to 1:30 pm (2volunteers).

I will have a sign-up sheet at the meeting or you can email me if you would like to volunteer for either event. Talkingkat2 at yahoo dot com

At both events, the club will have our spinning wheel and two display cases. The kids get to spin the wheel for free and receive a polished rock. These are fun events as the kids are always so happy with big smiles when they receive a free polished rock to keep. Talk to people that stop by the booth about our great club: its activities, answer questions and hand out membership information.

I want to welcome each of you to our great rock club. I apologize if I have missed introducing myself to you. Please feel free to come up and say hello.

Kat Koch, President

Updated: January 9, 2022 — 3:45 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

Meeting Announcements

  • 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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