Due to icy road conditions, our meeting on the 12th of January is cancelled. Next meeting will be January 26th.
The club held it’s annual Awards Banquet and Inauguration Ceremony December 10th. A good time was had by all and the food was outstanding. Vivian Howard did a great job pulling the event together. Special thanks to to Cliff Vanderzanden for carving the delicious beef roast and to Colin Kaeder, who is not a member, for his culinary skill in preparing it. Colin smoked the roast for many hours prior to cooking it.
Everyone I spoke to raved about it’s flavor and how tender it was. You could cut it with a plastic fork!
We also had a raffle with some absolutely fabulous items. This year there were 34 items, so many attendees went home with a prize.
In addition to swearing in the officers for 2017, Awards for this past year were handed out.
Member of the Year: Rose Jackson
Presidents Award: Vivian Howard
Long and Outstanding Service Award: Carl Weaver
Congratulations to you all and thank you for all you do for us.
And finally, we want to congratulate Russel and Dorothy Snook, who celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary with us that night.
Elections were held at our last meeting of November and our new officers for 2017 are:
President Rose Jackson
Vice President Carl Weaver
Treasurer Richelle Borlaug
Secretary Matthew Porter
Board Director Cliff Vanderzanden
Board Director Taylor Hunt
Board Director Mitch Metcalf
Other changes of note:
Newsletter Editor Pam Hunt
Show Chairman Casey Truman
The official ceremony will be at our Holiday Dinner on December 10th at the Senior Center. If you haven’t done so, please RSVP to Mitch if you will be attending.
You’ve probably had enough of the election madness of 2016, and you’re probably also thinking “well at least it’s finally over on November 9th”. But it’s not, because on the 10th it’s time for us to vote again. That’s the day we elect the clubs officers for 2017.
My friends, after serving 4 years as your President, it is time for me to pass the gavel. It has been my honor to serve the club, and while it’s been interesting and sometimes fun, it’s also been a time of great change and challenge. As I look back on this past year in particular, the most significant challenges seemed to be finding volunteers and committee chairs. Often, it came down to the same small group of people who ended up taking on multiple roles just so something would get done. And a few committees just never got formed at all. And that’s kind of sad. I was often wondering ‘where’s the enthusiasm’?
Now, to be fair, this is a problem echoed by many other clubs I’ve spoken with as well. We all pretty much agree that since the 50’s, each new generation seemed to have less interest in clubs and community service. As a result, old timers continue to carry the load of doing everything…till one day when they either can’t or won’t. Then our club not only shrinks, it also loses that knowledge and expertise. Our challenge for the future will continue to be how to attract and keep new people. Their energy, curiosity and enthusiasm will be crucial to keep the club going. Let us all resolve to do what we can to encourage new blood to join and participate.
In our bylaws, it says this about the duties of members:
DUTIES OF MEMBERS:
- Adhere to the AFMS Code of Ethics.
- Attend meetings regularly.
- Attend Club sponsored activities
- Volunteer for Club sponsored activities such as:
- a) Club Offices
- b) Club committees
- c) Show committees
- Keep up-to-date on rock hounding/geological topics by reading the HY GRADER and other publications.
- Share their knowledge and expertise with others.
- Wear their name badge at all Club functions.
In 2016 some members really stepped up and did all those things. Others, well, not so much. How did you do? Being a member of this club will be far more meaningful if everyone takes these duties seriously and participates with enthusiasm.
Enthusiasm can be contagious. Encourage it when you see it.
And here’s a good way to encourage it. At our November meeting we decide whom to honor with several awards. Last year, Jean Hunt won “Member of the Year” honors, and Beverly Burkholtz won the “Long and Outstanding Service Award”. Please come out and vote for whom you think should be honored this year for their service. If you haven’t been to a lot of meetings, you need only look at the front of this newsletter to see who’s been doing the work. If you think someone’s done an outstanding job, nominate them. Whether they win or not, it’s still going to be a great way to encourage them.
Send nominations direct to me or to any Board Member. If we get them in time, we’ll print some ballots with your nomination on them. If not, they can be written in by voters.
The Holiday Banquet, December 10th, will be at the Forest Grove Senior Center and will begin at 1:30 PM. If you can help with set-up and decorating, that will be at noon. Contact Vivian Howard and let her know you’ll be there. She might also need some decorations so let her know if you can help with that.
By 4:30 we have to begin clean-up because there’s another event at 5pm.
For the first time in years, there will not be a cost to attend this event. This year we’re going to do a nice, simple, Pot-Luck style banquet. The club will provide a main course (tbd), utensils and plates. Members are asked to bring deserts, sides and holiday goodies to share.
Raffle items needed.
As in years past, there will be a raffle of ‘cool stuff’. The proceeds are intended to cover the clubs cost of the room and other expenses, so bring your Dollars to buy tickets. And if you have something to contribute to the raffle, please bring it by prior to 1:30.
Thank you in advance for helping to make this a great time.
As we turn our attention to Fall events, I am reminded that it’s time to form a nominating committee to prepare for our Fall elections. If you can help out with this committee, please let me know. Being on the committee in no way makes you a candidate, but means you would be tasked with finding a suitable one. This is your club, so resolve to help it thrive and remain an organization that you want to be a part of by being involved in how it’s run.
It’s that time again and it’s time to be thinking of putting in a display at the Portland Regional Show, which will be October 7th, 8th and 9th. This is still the 2nd weekend of October, but will seem like it’s happening in the first week. Set up will be on the 5th and 6th, so please plan on coming out and helping with that.
Holiday Banquet planning
Hey… we need a planner for this event.
The results are in and the Tualatin Valley Rock and Gem Club is proud to announce we’ve won third place in the Northwest Federation of Mineralogical Societies website contest. The contest was open to all Federation member rock clubs within the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah and Washington, which comprise the NW Region of the American Federation.
“We’ve really come a long way considering only a few years ago we didn’t even have a web presence” Webmaster Mitch Metcalf Said. “So this is a really big deal for us and a huge honor.”
This was TVRGC’s first time entering the Federation’s annual contest. The First Place website was the the Yakima Rock and Mineral Club, which went on to compete at the American Federation Level. Results were not available as of this posting.
Congrats to all of the volunteers who worked so hard to ensure our site was a contender, bringing it up to date to be compliant with web standards and national and international laws for web accessibility and the ADA, way beyond the scope of the contest rules and requirements. We’re eager to keep you updated on all our activities and news from around the rock and mineral world as we continue to move forward.
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Following up on theories that ringwoodite minerals deep within the Earth’s mantle may contain water, a BBC News report says researchers have provided the first direct evidence of this theory.
Diamonds, brought to the Earth’s surface in violent eruptions of deep volcanic rocks called kimberlites, provide a tantalising window into the deep Earth.
A research team led by Prof Graham Pearson of the University of Alberta, Canada, studied a diamond from a 100-million-year-old kimberlite found in Juina, Brazil, as part of a wider project.
They noticed that it contained a mineral, ringwoodite, that is only thought to form between 410km and 660km beneath the Earth’s surface, showing just how deep some diamonds originate.
While ringwoodite has previously been found in meteorites, this is the first time a terrestrial ringwoodite has been seen. But more extraordinarily, the researchers found that the mineral contains about 1% water.
According to the news report, this discovery is important because it solves a 25-tyear-old controversy about deep Earth being wet, dry, or wet in patches. The finding implies that the interior of the planet may store several times the water in the oceans, and demonstrates how hydrogen plays a critical role in the interior processes of the planet, and possibly other planets including Mars.
For more information on ringwoodite:
- Ringwoodite Mineral Data
- There’s a Huge Underground Ocean That Could Explain the Origin of Seas – TIME
- Hydrous mantle transition zone indicated by ringwoodite included within diamond – Nature Publishing Group
- Rare Diamond Confirms That Earth’s Mantle Holds an Ocean’s Worth of Water – Scientific American
- Water in Earth’s mantle revealed by diamond containing the mineral ringwoodite – Slate
- Ringwoodite – Wikipedia
In a article on Phys, they report scientists have found clues in Alaska that has them rethinking how to continental crust forms based upon research published in Nature Geoscience.
A new study appearing in this week’s Nature Geoscience raises questions about one popular theory and provides new support for another, in which arc lava from the surface and shallow “plutons” – magma that solidified without erupting – are pulled down into the Earth at subduction zones and then rise up to accumulate at the bottom of the arc crust like steam on a kitchen ceiling. Scientists have found compelling evidence to suggest that this could have produced the vast majority of lower continental crust through Earth history.
The process, called relamination, starts at the edge of a continental plate, where an oceanic plate is diving under the continental plate and magma is rising to form a volcanic arc. As the oceanic plate dives, it drags down sediment, lava and plutonic rock from the edge of the arc. As arc material descends, minerals within it become unstable with the rising pressure and heat, and they undergo chemical changes. New minerals form, and chunks of the rock and sediment can break off. When those chunks are denser than the mantle rock around them, they continue to sink. But when they are less dense, such as those that form silica-rich granulites, they become buoyant and float upward until they reach the bottom of the arc crust and accumulate there.
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