Federation Show – July 29-31
The combined American and Northwest Federation Show will be held at the Linn County Expo Center down in Albany. This is an event that does not happen in Oregon very often and so I want to remind everyone that it could be decades before it happens again. If you go, I encourage you to wear your club logo and name badge so we show a strong presence down there. You will see displays and vendors from all over the country (and beyond) and you can expect to see things that we don’t see at our local shows. Hope to see lots of you there.
One more thing I’d like to bring up. While we still don’t have a club field trip chairman, there will be an opportunity for us to go on a field trip or two. The Multi-Federation Field Trip is the week after the show out of Prineville, Oregon. You are invited.
Details are in the Federation newsletter, on their website or you can inquire when you attend the show.
Summer Picnic – August 11th
Our club picnic will be held at the Rice Museum on Thursday, August 11th. That’s a regular meeting night, so don’t forget and go to the Senior Center. Just in case though, I’ll try to remember to put a sign on the door.
This year I’ll be your picnic coordinator, so contact me if you can help with things. For planning purposes, I’d like to have an idea of how many are coming as well, so send me an email with your guest list.
Set up will begin at 4pm and we will be eating about 6. This is a pot-luck, so members are asked to bring a dish to share (with serving spoon). The club will provide a main course of BBQ’d ribs and chicken plus cold bottled water in a cooler. All members and guests are asked to bring their own utensils, plates and anything that would make you more comfortable or add to the festivities (such as table cloths, chairs, lawn games or the like). The museum has a limited number of tables and chairs that they’ll set out for us, so if you have room, bring extras. We’ll also have a silent auction to raise money to cover the cost of the event, so bring some money to spend. Walt, our Treasurer, doesn’t take Credit Cards yet.
Wanted: Donations for the silent auction table. Please bring something and help the club with costs.
SummerFest at the Rice Museum
Do you like to have fun? Do you like hanging out with friends, looking at cool rocks, listening to live music and eating good food? Well then, this should interest you. The Rice Museum of Rocks and Minerals is hosting their annual event on the first weekend of August (the 6th and 7th ).
The club will have a booth there and we need some volunteers to staff it and hand out brochures and sell club merchandise. If you would like to also sell your own stuff, contact me and get on the list. The club will get a nominal 10% of member sales proceeds and you will get a large crowd of buyers. Pretty good deal.
Help support the Rice Museum; – please tell your friends and neighbors about this event. Last year saw record attendance. Let’s see if we can help break that record.
Oh… and did I mention that the Flintstones will be there again this year? Yabba Dabba Doo!
The OMSI Mini Makers Fair will be on September 10-11 from 10AM to 5PM. We will have a booth again this year and need 10 people to staff it. We’ll have club rocks for sale, and we want to tell people about our club and encourage people to visit our meetings. Members can also sell their own jewelry, slabs or cabs. Last year the jewelry sold out quick. This will be a big crowd and thanks to Fred, Wilma and the Flintmobile, our booth gets plenty of attention.
All volunteers get free admission to the event (worth $15!) and a free T-shirt. Plus, Saturday evening there’s a free pizza and beer party compliments of OMSI. Contact me to get on the list.
– Mitch Metcalf