Presidents Message for June 2015

Taylor Hunt will be giving a presentation on his recent road trips and will be highlighting the geology of North America. Walt Butler will talk about the recent Federation meeting in Ogden, UT.

New appointment to the Portland Regional Gem and Mineral Show Association.Congratulations to Bill Harvey Jr., who will be replacing Jeff Payne as our second club Advisor to the Portland Regional. Jeff has work conflicts (congrats to Jeff on the new job), and needed to step down. The Advisor position is one of 10 voting positions on the board of the Regional.

The TVRGC Picnic

Our picnic is scheduled for July 9th at the Rice Museum. This will be a regular Thursday meeting night, but will be earlier than normal to accommodate eating. Set up will begin at 4, dinner at 6. The club will provide a main course (more on that in June Newsletter) and members will be encouraged to bring a dish to share. This year we will be changing the silent auction a little. It will be a members-only auction. No non-members will be participating. We intend to put out some very high quality rock this year, and if it goes dirt cheap, it will be considered a perk of your membership. Looking for some nice rock to buy? You won’t want to miss this one. As always, members are asked to also bring something for the silent auction table. A donation of Jewelry, slabs or rough rock to support your club will be appreciated. Proceeds from this sale will be funding two events this year; the picnic and the end of year awards banquet.

There is a strong likelihood that this years awards banquet will move out of the Senior Center, as they are adding some hefty fees that will more than double our costs. Because of the unknown factors of this years awards banquet, we need a decent budget to work with, so please come prepared to bid on the auction.

Speaking of our banquet, do you like to organize holiday parties? We’re looking for help to organize our event and suggestions on a possible venue for up to 100. Please contact any board member with ideas.

Trailer work party being formed.

Our club trailer has some roof leakage that needs to be sealed. Plus, we really should clean up some things inside, get rid of mice that seem to like living there and prepare it for next year’s show. Looking for someone who would like to organize this and set a date for the work.

Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals 12th Annual Summer Festival on Saturday and Sunday, August 1-2, 2015, 10AM to 5PM.

The weekend event includes vendors with minerals, fossils, gems, jewelry, gold panning, lapidary demonstrations, geode cutting, and a variety of activities for the young and old. Our club will have a booth where members can sell their wares and our own Fred and Wilma Flintstone and the Flintmobile will be making their first appearance of the year. The Rice will need volunteers to help with various things and we need help staffing our booth. Contact me if you want to be a part of this event.

OMSI Mini Makers Fair is the weekend of September 12/13 and we’re planning on having a booth that will promote our hobby and our club. This year we will also sell slabs and thunder eggs to the general public to raise funds for our general fund. We’ll need a 10 people to help staff the booth and more to help with stocking the sales table. Can you polish some rocks or cut some thunder eggs for us? We need you to be working on this now. Our booth will be staffed from 10 to 5 on Saturday and Sunday with extra help needed for set up Friday and Teardown on Sunday evening. Please put this on your calendar and let me know if you can be a part of this busy and fun event.

Maker Faire is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. Admission is $15, but all volunteers working our booth get in free.

Go to their web page for more info on this event and watch the video of last years.

Mitch Metcalf

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