October Presidents Message

It’s Showtime again! I love October because it means the Portland Regional Gem and Mineral Show is here. This is not only the largest show in the Pacific NW, it’s the best darn show this side of Tucson. There’s something for every interest and our collective metro area clubs really show off the Portland talent pool and the fantastic quality of our collections in the display area. I really look forward to seeing the displays, getting a bargain at the silent auction tables and learning new things at the demo tables, presentation areas and from the Dealers.

It has been my pleasure to serve as President of the Portland Regional for the past two years. The show represents a full year planning and preparing and I look at the work and effort we put in for this years show with a great deal of satisfaction. It’s going to be a great show. You won’t want to miss it.

Now don’t forget, the regular meeting of our club (Thursday the 8th) falls on set-up day, so that meeting is cancelled. Instead, members are asked to come out to the Washington County Fairplex and help with set-up.

I hope everyone from the Tualatin Valley Club will make the effort to not only come out for set-up, but also to get involved in the show. There are plenty of opportunities, from working with the crew at the front door, assisting at the silent auction, helping with kid’s corner, or you can take a few shifts as a show monitor (security). Also, our club is in charge of the R&R room (the break room), so members are encouraged to bring cookies, snacks and other treats to help Gayle Butler, this years chairman, keep the room stocked.

The theme for this years Kids Corner is dinosaurs. If you can donate any plastic dinosaurs for the sales table they’d be grateful. They don’t have to be new, but please make sure they are clean.

Credentials:   – We need your name on a sign-in sheet so your volunteer credentials can be made for you. You get free admission to the show only if you are a volunteer and helping with it. That includes helping with set-up. If you’re not yet signed up, you can register with Collin Kaeder Wednesday morning and he’ll make you the show credentials for free admission.

We begin set-up on Wednesday the 7th at 9am. There will be a lunch served for the volunteers, and if you’ve agreed to bring a crock-pot of soup for that, please have it there by 10am so it can be plugged in and hot by noon.

Thursday the 8th there is more work to be done. Come out and help us put up banners, table bunting and dozens of other things. There are many easy jobs that are not physically demanding, such as taping down paper table toppers or arranging chairs, so everyone should be able to help regardless of physical limitations.

Thursday there will be lunch as well as a potluck dinner for the vendors and volunteers. For the potluck, the Regional is providing the main course, and you’re asked to bring deserts or sides.


Elections will take place at our first November meeting, the 12th. Nominations are now open for officers for 2016. Our nominating committee chairman this year is Walt Butler, so if you have someone to nominate, please submit nominations to him. Walt has also accepted the nomination for Treasurer next year. Molly Brady is nominated for Director. We are still seeking nominations for President, as Rose does not feel she has the time to serve next year.

Also, Bylaws, Operating Procedure updates and Member of the Year will be voted on.

Speaking of that, current nominations for Member-of-the-Year are Cliff Vanderzanden, Linda Harvey and myself. If you want another member recognized for doing an outstanding job for us this year, give them a nomination.

You may not realize it, but we have only two more meetings at the Senior Center this year; One meeting in October, on the 22nd, and one more in November, on the 12th. The second November date falls on Thanksgiving, so it is cancelled, and then in December the Awards Banquet will be at a new place (still to be determined). So make every effort to come out for these last two.

Holiday Party Plans:   – Our end of year Inauguration Banquet is still unscheduled. We have not determined where it will be so can’t confirm a date yet. If you were at the last meeting, you know we were offered a nice space at a retirement home’s dining facility, pending management’s OK. That OK did not happen though, so we are looking at the other options again. More on that as it develops. I want to thank new member Molly Brady for taking on the chairmanship of this committee. She is currently rounding up a crew of assistants for the decorations and preparations, so if you want to be involved in that, get in touch with her soon. By the way, Molly is the granddaughter of Charter Member Daryl Brady. She’s jumped right in and I’m sure we can expect great things from her in the years to come. Welcome aboard, Molly.


See you all at the show.





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